Led by the stellar $3.6 million sale of the first-retail 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 50th Anniversary, VIN 001, charity sales raised more than $8.8 million during Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Corvette Z06 sale, which broke Barrett-Jackson’s record for the highest-selling manufacturer-donated charity car, benefitted Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families. Sweetening the pot was Michelle Mauzy, a Barrett-Jackson regular who donated an additional $100,000 for the non-profit group.
Charity sales are a regular feature at Barrett-Jackson auctions, which over the years have raised more than $144 million for various causes. All proceeds go directly to the designated charities without auction fees.
Highlighting the charity sales this past week was the appearance on the auction stage of Grammy-winning rap artist Pitbull, who joined Craig Jackson and Steve Davis in auctioning Pitbull’s own 2022 Karma GS-6 “Mr. 305 Edition,” which sold for $500,000 to benefit the Selfless Love Foundation and The SLAM Foundation. Mauzy again stepped forward to donate $100,000 for each of the charities, raising the total to $700,000.
Another music celebrity who helped raise the bidding on a charity vehicle was Bret Michaels, who came on stage to support the auction of the De Tomaso Pantera that sold for $155,000 to benefit Barrow Neurological Foundation in Phoenix and their upcoming fund-raising event, Neuro Night.
“Raising over $8.8 million for charity this weekend was the perfect way to honor our 50th Anniversary,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of Barrett-Jackson. “It was an absolute honor to share our auction block with some of the world’s most influential artists and business leaders, including Pitbull, Bret Michaels and Henry Ford III to raise both funds and awareness for many worthy causes.
“Our company’s roots are firmly planted in giving back to our community, and I am confident my parents Nellie and Russ as well as Tom Barrett would be proud to see that we never lost sight of their philanthropic vision.”
The charity auction bidding started Thursday with the sale of actor James Garner’s 2009 Cadillac CTS sedan, which sold for $100,000, benefiting the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund. Also on Thursday, bidding on the 2021 Ford Bronco “Bronco 66” First Edition raised $500,000 to benefit the Pope Francis Center.
All told, there were 10 charity sales during the Scottsdale auction. Aside from the those already mentioned, the other five were:
• 1968 Ford Mustang custom fastback, $1 million to benefit the STARS Foundation, which assists needy children around the world.
• 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Hybrid Crewmax pickup VIN 001, $700,000 to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund
• 2022 Ford Shelby GT500KR first production, $700,000 to benefit Carroll Shelby Foundation and JDRF, which funds research into and awareness of diabetes type 1. Henry Ford III was on stage to urge on the bidders.
• 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Crewmax pickup VIN 002, $550,000 to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.
• 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C CSX 6086, $280,000 to benefit the Mayo Clinic
“The amount of good to come from the nearly $9 million we raised from charity is simply immeasurable,” noted Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From supporting life-saving medical research and higher education opportunities for our youth, to supporting our military veterans and their families, we aren’t just raising money, we’re creating hope, improving lives and lifting spirits.”
An additional $500,000 in matching funds was donated by Jen and Greg Holmes of the Homes Family Trust going to Barrett-Jackson Charities in support of the Driven Hearts campaign, which raises funds and awareness for the American Heart Association.
For more information about and results from the 50th anniversary Scottsdale auction, visit the Barrett-Jackson website.