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Bids and emotions run high at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction


Highlighted by an emotional presentation and bidding that raised $1 million to support first responders, Barrett-Jackson’s 10th annual Las Vegas collector car auction posted more than $31.32 million in sales this past weekend at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip.

“We were all overwhelmed following the tragedy in Las Vegas and so thankful for our sponsors, partners, exhibitors and, most of all, the thousands of guests who came out in a sign of solidarity that we are all ‘Vegas Strong’,” Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of the auction company, said in a news release.

“Not only did we raise over $1 million for the Las Vegas first responders thanks to the unbelievable generosity of Steve and Janie Davis, we generated money for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and many other great causes.

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Bidders are on their feet as the Super Snake sells for charity | Barrett-Jackson photo

“The collector car community is one of the greatest groups of people on the earth and Barrett-Jackson is grateful to be a part of this wonderful family.”

Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson’s president, donated his own 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Mustang to be sold to benefit Las Vegas first responders through The Injured Police Officers Fund. The car sold for $1 million with all of that amount going directly to the charity.

The car was one of seven vehicles sold for charities. In all, those cars generated $1.64 million for their causes.

“We simply could not have asked for more support from our bidders, consignors, guests and the local community this year,” Davis said. “When we opened our gates on Thursday, we welcomed the largest group of fans for any initial day in Las Vegas.”

A 1965 Shelby Cobra re-creation roadster generated $150,000 for Convoy of Hope and Harvey and Irma relief efforts; a 1991 Acura NSX customer coupe earned $135,000 for the American Red Cross; a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Edition sold for $100,000 to benefit the University of Nevada-Las Vegas emergency medicine residency program; a 2017 Chevrolet custom pickup and accompanying motorcycle sold for $100,000 to benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada; a 1972 Ford Maverick custom coupe earned $95,000 for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund; and the “Cancer Car” by Steve Darnell generated $60,000 for TGen Foundation’s Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

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Unique Porsche 918 Spyder tops the auction, selling for $1.76 million | Barrett-Jackson photo

The top sale of the auction was a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder with unique livery that sold for $1.76 million (price includes buyer’s fees, which are not charged for charity vehicles).

In total, the auction drew a record attendance of nearly 75,000 people. Of the 671 vehicles crossing the block, 99.25 percent sold, for $30.68 million. Sales of automobilia generated more than $640,000.

Top 10 sales, Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2017
(excludes cars sold for charity)

  1. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, $1,760,000
  2. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, $396,000
  3. 1965 Porsche 356 custom convertible, $315,700
  4. 2005 Ford GT, $280,500
  5. 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, $222,200
  6. 2008 Porsche 911 GT2, $222,200
  7. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible le, $220,000
  8. 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LS6, $198,000
  9. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster, $198,000
  10. 1970 Dodge Charger custom coupe “Punishment,” $176,000

(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

In addition, Barrett-Jackson claimed auction records for the sales of a 1964 Volkswagen 21-window microbus ($132,000), a 2001 AM General Hummer H1 wagon ($128,700), a 1997 Land Rover Defender ($128,700), a 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible ($110,000), a 1982 Chevrolet Blazer ($44,000), a 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special ($44,000), a 1989 Ford Bronco 4×4 ($40,700), and a 1979 Ford F-150 pickup ($33,000)

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The block was busy throughout the auction | Larry Edsall photo

The auction also showcased a preview of several vehicles that will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale sale scheduled for January 13-21, 2018, at WestWorld in suburban Phoenix.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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