Barrett-Jackson kicked off its 2023 auction calendar with the flagship Scottsdale Auction, held January 21-29 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The event featured a diverse docket of 1,907 No Reserve collectible vehicles which brought in a total $184.2 million in auction sales surpassing 200 world auction records.
Leading the charge? A 1989 Ferrari F40 that sold for $2.75 million.
Over 1,100 pieces of automobilia were also auctioned for more than $6.41 million, bringing total auction sales to just over $190.6 million.
Paying homage to its charitable roots, Barrett-Jackson also sold five vehicles for charity, with 100 percent of the hammer price from each vehicle benefiting its respective nonprofit initiative. Led by the 2024 GMC HUMMER EV Edition SUV VIN 001 First Retail Production that sold for $500,000, the five vehicles raised $1.89 million for charity.
To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise more than $151 million for charity, surpassing the $150 million milestone on Friday in Scottsdale.
“Barrett-Jackson continues to electrify the collector car hobby with our true automotive lifestyle events,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO. “We saw a spectacular docket bring incredible sales and set more than 200 world auction records. We also welcomed a record number of enthusiasts to WestWorld, setting the tone for an exciting event season in Arizona. I am especially proud of the additional funds and awareness we built for several deserving charities as we surpassed the $150 million mark raised to date.”
The top 10 sales-price-topping vehicles:
1 – 1989 Ferrari F40 – $2,750,000
2 – 2005 Porsche Carrera GT – $1,595,000
3 – 2019 Ford GT Lightweight Carbon Series – $1,320,000
4 – 2020 Ford GT Carbon Series – $1,320,000
5 – 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang (built for Ken Miles) – $770,000
6 – 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible – $770,000
7 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – $770,000
8 – 2012 Lexus LFA – $748,000
9 – 2021 Ferrari SF90 – $742,500
10 – 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – $671,000
The nine-day automotive lifestyle event featured record attendance over its opening weekend, beginning with QT Family Day, when children 12 and under received free admission and included an interactive STEM Fest supported by Ford Motor Company, Lucid Motors and Safe Haven Defense, as well as the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby.
Barrett-Jackson also teamed up with the Driven Project once again to provide “supercar therapy” to 12 children battling serious illnesses and heavy life challenges.
The following day played host to the Future Collector Car Show presented by Meguiar’s as the event welcomed a young, diverse crowd of enthusiasts celebrating the collector car hobby of tomorrow and featured over 100 future collectibles. The first weekend concluded with the Opening Night Gala, an annual celebration that signifies the beginning of Barrett-Jackson’s auction week. The Gala, a renowned ultimate automotive lifestyle event, featured 56 airmen and women in a salute to Arizona’s Luke Air Force Base and presenting of colors, as well as acclaimed live entertainment from Emerald City Band and DJ Munition, gourmet food and signature cocktails.
“The ‘Barrett-Jackson Magic’ once again made Scottsdale the ultimate place to enjoy the automotive lifestyle,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our docket perfectly catered to every type of collector and met the demand for professionally built Resto-Mods and original, numbers-matching muscle, as well as the industry-leading selection of quality 4x4s. I’m also proud to celebrate our charity efforts over the years. Together with our collector car family, we’re lifting people’s burden so they can focus on healing mentally, physically and spiritually.”
A highly anticipated moment on Saturday was the announcement of the winners in the Barrett-Jackson Cup presented by Castrol. Nearly 50 incredible custom vehicles were hand-selected for the competition. Hot-rod builder Bobby Alloway and automobile designer and builder Troy Trepanier selected the Top 5 finalists and the Ultimate Best of Show winner. Taking the coveted and prestigious Ultimate Best in Show Award, and a $20,000 prize, was a 1969 Pontiac Firebird built by Troy Gudgel at BBT Fabrications and owned by Brad Sather. A 1964 Buick Riviera built by Cruzer’s Customs, LLC., received the People’s Choice Award, which was chosen by thousands of passionate Barrett-Jackson’s fans who voted online.
During the week, entertainment icons, professional athletes and titans of industry joined auction guests. Among the many celebrities were automotive personalities Bogi Lateiner, Dave Kindig, Linda Vaughn, Aaron Shelby, Cody Walker, Dennis Collins, Danny Coker, Richard Rawlings and Ken Lingenfelter; motorsport icons Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Erik Jones, Casey Mears, Arie Luyendyk Sr., Paul Tracy and Tom Sneva; and other professional athletes and personalities such as Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins, Zaven Collins, Isiah Simmons, Marco Wilson, Richie Incognito, Shane Doan, Bill Goldberg and Michael Buffer.
Barrett-Jackson will return to Palm Beach for its second collector car auction of 2023, April 13-15. For more information on that event, click HERE.