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Barrett-Jackson raises the stakes at Las Vegas auction


Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos
Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson capped off its auction year with a strong sale this past weekend in Las Vegas. Sales totaled $32.5 million, including automobilia sales of $770,000 and $850,000 raised in charity sales. The sell-through rate was 99.2 percent in the overwhelmingly no-reserve auction format, with about 750 collector vehicles offered. Results include auction fees except for charity sales.

The totals for the glitzy Vegas sale were substantially up compared to year-ago figures, when sales were $27 million with $720,000 attributed to automobilia sales and $750,000 going to charity. There were about 50 more cars going over the block this year as Barrett-Jackson expanded its footprint at the Mandalay Bay Resort due to new construction.

The ulta-exotic Mosler MT900 GTR twin-turbo custom prototype
The ulta-exotic Mosler MT900 GTR twin-turbo custom prototype

Barrett-Jackson also raised its broadcast footprint with “unprecedented live global television coverage,” the company said in the news release.

“This Las Vegas auction proved that Barrett-Jackson continues to set the bar for sales, attendance and broadcast coverage among collector car auctions,” Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of Barrett-Jackson, said in the release.

“We experienced extraordinary television coverage with 24 hours being broadcast in the U.S. on Discovery and Velocity, as well 24 hours in Canada and 20 hours in the United Kingdom. We’re proud to fuel the collector car hobby by bringing our live auctions into the living rooms of fans around the world.”

The top-selling vehicles were a mix of classic muscle and sports cars, and modern exotics. A stunning red 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback led the pack at $357,500. Next up was a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500SE Super Snake, sold for $275,500, followed by an interesting charity sale, that of a custom 2015 Ram 2500 Commando Tactical Edition, which raised $250,000 for Camp Summer Ground in Georgia.

The Las Vegas auction featured the sale of the Tammy Allen Collection of more than 80 cars, many of them bought at past Barrett-Jackson auctions, pus automobilia that resulted in $3.8 million in sales.

Among the auction records set during the auction was the highest result ever for an AMC Pacer. Not just any Pacer but the famed Mirth Mobile that appeared in the comedy classic film Wayne’s World. Restored to its movie specs, the Pacer sold for $37,400.

The top sales for Barrett-Jackson’s were:

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, $357,500
1967 Ford Shelby GT500SE Super Snake, $275,500
2015 RAM 2500 Commando Tactical Edition, $250,000 (charity sale)
2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th Anniversary, $220,000
2009 Mosler MT900 GTR twin-turbo custom prototype “IAD Land Shark,” $220,000
1962 Chevrolet Corvette CRC conversion, $200,000 (charity sale)
2012 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost sedan “Pawn Stars,” $181,500
2012 Ferrari California convertible, $176,000
1970 Plymouth Superbird, $170,500
1962 Jaguar XK-E roadster, $165,000
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 – VIN #001, $165,000
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 convertible, $165,000
1989 Porsche 930 Turbo, $165,000

(Results include auction fees except charity sales)

Barrett-Jackson’s next sale is the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction on January 14-22, 2017, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. For information, visit the auction website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. I wished that Tammy Allen had held out for the Scottsdale auction in January, as she would have sold her cars and automobilia for more money. But the Viper Hurst convertible and the ’49 Cadillac station wagon did bring in the big money, so I hope she is pleased. Her 2 limos went way too cheap!

  2. Love going to B&J one of the best car showes going
    We take in Scottsdale,Az each year.
    Just don’t think your classic is worth as much as the cars selling at B&J
    Some good deals first and last day.

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