This year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale was dominated by the incredible collection of Ron Pratte. His cars helped push the sales to a record $131.9 million total for the nine day event. Carroll Shelby’s personal Cobra, the 1966 Super Snake, rolled across the block with a hefty reserve and did not sell. The highest bidder was able to negotiate a final price of $5.1 million for the Competition Cobra Roadster.
Aside from Pratte’s museum quality cars, GM and Ford auctioned off the first production versions of their hottest releases.
Ford dominated the entrance with the new F150 and all flavors of the 2015 Mustang. We expected to see the new Shelby, but they pulled out all the stops to create the new 2016 Shelby GT350R. Built as an answer to the Z/28, it drops all creature comforts in order to save weight. From our vantage point in the Muscle Lounge, we were happy to see the gavel fall at $1 million. Ford is donating the proceeds to JDRF in an effort to fight juvenile diabetes. As usual, the car that crossed the block was a prototype, so the new owner will be able to choose options and colors when production starts later this year.
Since most of the high dollar cars are sold on Saturday night, we decided to host an “After Party” at the W Hotel. An upstairs open air patio with two bars and ambient mood lighting was the perfect setting for a social gathering. Arriving guests were greeted by a lineup of cars at the valet stand. A white on white Hennessey Venom GT was next to a Gemballa Mirage and a 918 Spyder. The other side was flanked with a 458 Spyder, FF and a Veyron. Front and center was the new Rossion Q7 Street. The DJ spun a trendy blend of club music as celebrities and motorsport icons had an opportunity to meet our esteemed publisher.
Not to be left out, GM auctioned off the first 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. Both are powered by the 650 hp supercharged LT4. The Cadillac hammered at $170,000, and Rick Hendrick bought the Z06 for a cool $800,000. He also has the first Z06 coupe, which was purchased last year at Barrett Jackson Palm Beach for $1 million. GM donated the proceeds to charity.
Among Hendrick’s purchases was the the last production BMW “30 Jahre M5” for $700,000. Mr. Hendrick was in the running to win the 1950 GM Futurliner from the Pratte Collection, but a last minute phone bidder took it for $4 million.
We have been a presence at all Barrett-Jackson auctions for years, and we value our partnership with them. Our booth was adjacent to Jeep/Chrysler and featured a few wild rides. A 1967 Big Block Corvette Roadster (numbers matching, of course) was up for raffle by Ronald McDonald house. Two wild Jeeps from Starwood Motors towered above the crowd. Argo brought a new eight-wheel-drive 750 HDi, complete with Clarion audio and a tow winch. RTW Motoring just finished their prototype Lorinser S550 Widebody Sedan and we were happy to have it.
Barrett-Jackson’s 44th annual Scottsdale auction has evolved into a pilgrimage for every type of auto enthusiast. 1,611 cars and trucks have new owners, and many charities have an abundance of funding. Stay tuned to Autofluence for updates on the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, scheduled for April 17-19.
Top 10 Sales at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015
- 1. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” sold for $5,115,000
- 2. 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade Of Progress Tour Bus sold for $4,000,000*
- 3. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car sold for $3,300,000
- 4. 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe sold for $1,650,000
- 5. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster sold for $1,595,000
- 6. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $1,100,000
- 7. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet sold for $1,045,000
- 8. 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 Coupe sold for $1,000,000*
- 9. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible “1st Retail” sold for $800,000*
- 10. 2015 BMW M5 Sedan Sold For $700,000*
* Cars sold for charity