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Kevin Wilson May 23, 2022 All Feature Vehicles


If there was ever an automotive event that should be on every auto enthusiast’s bucket list, it’s the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, held in January in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sure, you might have seen the action on TV, but nothing beats being there and enjoying one of the largest automotive circuses on the planet. In reality, it’s more than just an auction, it’s a lifestyle happening for the automotive faithful with pockets full of cash to spend on everything from multi-million-dollar collector cars to trinkets and trash, let alone drinks and cigars.

Vintage ’Vettes are still taking six-figure money on the block.
One of the more unique vehicles up for auction was this Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra that went for $1.6 million.
Barrett-Jackson is known for celebrity appearances. Among the regulars are NASCAR Spring Cup champion Jeff Gordon (left) and car owner Rick Hendrick who always comes away from the auction with a new addition to his collection.

The venue sprawls over 120 acres, complete with huge tents and a new auction center, which also had a rodeo arena next door where those brave or drunk enough could try their hand at bull riding. Outside were more rows and rows of cars under cover and the food vendors. Other things on display outside included a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter and a Cessna fixed-wing aircraft, a giant off-shore racing boat and million-dollar motorhomes, just to hit the short list.

Number 2 on the sales list this year was one of the most iconic Corvette race cars of all time, the ’69 Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Race Car that sold for a whopping $2.8 million.
Restored vintage pickups, such as this pair of pristine ’65 Chevys, are starting to garner big money on the auction block.

This year’s Barrett-Jackson Auction had more than 1,400 incredible domestic, foreign and racing machines on display throughout its enclosed halls and tents. Each vehicle would claim their moment of fame and glory as they were rolled across the famous auction block. Barrett-Jackson said the weeklong show attendance exceeded 300,000 and the celebrity turnout out was huge. This year’s Barrett-Jackson Auction total was a record at $113 million.

Hot cars and cuties are always part of the Barrett-Jackson experience. Not sure they help raise the bar when the hammer comes down.
Barrett-Jackson is known for offering just about anything, including this 1922 Spillman Engineering Corp 40-foot menagerie carousel that sold for $250,000. The accompanying Gasparini Gypsy Queen calliope/organ sold separately for $225,000.

The company hosts four events across the country, but the granddaddy of them all is Scottsdale. Make sure you mark your calendar for next year’s happening. You won’t be disappointed, even if your budget only allows you to look at the cars and people watch.


Street Trucks Magazine’s February 2014 cover truck, the Snakebit F-100, was conceived, built and auctioned off at this year’s Barrett-Jackson event for charity. The one-off custom Shelby-inspired Effie not only helped raise $450,000 from the auction for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, but it also raised awareness about the need for a children’s hospital in that region, an area where there is currently no such hospital. The builders, Creative Concepts & Restorations and the Wheels of Dreams committee, were all at Barrett, and so was the president of Ford Canada and special guests Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed, a Saskatoon native. The purchaser of the truck also received a customized and autographed guitar. For more information on the build and charity, visit

Ford had a big presence at this year’s auction with a side-by-side Mustang GT quarter-mile dyno simulation where participants could makes passes for bragging rights.
It’s hard to believe that a ’60’s era two-window VW Safari bus can fetch upwards of $100,000 these days.


Drag racing icons Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen battled wheel to wheel down the quarter-mile during the ’60s and ’70s known as the golden era of drag racing. Their Mattel Hot Wheels Snake & Mongoose Funny Cars and ramp truck transporters went on the Barrett-Jackson auction block at Scottsdale. The Snake’s ’70 Plymouth Barracuda Funny Car and ’67 Dodge D-700 ramp truck, along with The Mongoose’s ’72 Plymouth Duster Funny Car and his ’67 Dodge D-700 ramp truck were offered as a package deal of American drag racing history.

Don Prudhomme’s ’70 ’Cuda Funny Car brought the crowd to life with a full cacklefest entry on to the block. We guarantee anyone in the front rows had their eyes watering until it was shut down.
Resto mods like this pristine Tri-5 Chevy are starting to take good money at auction.

Both The Snake and The Mongoose were on hand all week signing autographs and promoting the sale of their 1:1 scale Mattel Hot Wheels Funny Cars and ramp truck transporters. Both Funny Cars and matching Dodge D700 ramp trucks were purchased by NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet team owner Rick Hendrick.

The staging lanes outside the auction building is where the detail magic happens, and it’s the last chance for bidders to get a close look before the car hits the block.


Chrysler built approximately 50 of these “race-only” ’68 Plymouth Barracudas that were assembled by Hurst Performance and equipped with 426-ci Hemi engines bolted up to stout A833 four-speed manual transmissions. The high-performance ’Cudas were lightened up by installing Lexan windows, fiberglass interior dashes and door panels along with exterior fiberglass front, rear bumpers, hood, trunk lid and other components. This ’Cuda was originally ordered from Midtown Plymouth dealership in Dayton, OH, in ’67 by Bill Vanway and was delivered on July 22, 1968.

Vanway partnered with Butch Ackman and campaigned the car through the ’69 racing season before selling it to Billy “The Kid” Stepp. Then it was eventually purchased by famous drag racer Ronnie Sox who teamed up with Buddy Martin. They raced the fastback bubble-windowed Sox & Martin ’Cuda in the NHRA Super Stock SS/AH (Super Stock A/Hemi) class, which made this red, white and blue ’Cuda one of the most dominant and famous 1320 rockets in NHRA history. The Sox & Martin ’68 Plymouth Barracuda was purchased by NASCAR Chevrolet team owner Rick Hendrick for $198,000.


What makes Barrett-Jackson more of an automotive experience rather than just a car auction is the vast variety of things on display for sale. You can find everything from a Steinway piano to traditional automobillia such as car art, neon signs and gas pumps, along with jewelry, collectibles, toys and even high-dollar custom cowboy boots.

Need something to decorate the man cave? You’ll find it at Barrett-Jackson.
Barrett-Jackson is chock full of vendors selling quality automobillia such as these neon signs, many of which are originals.
There is something for everyone at Barrett-Jackson, including designer cowgirl boots.


  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 427-ci two-door coupe……$3,850,000
  • 1969 Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Race Car……$2,860,000
  • 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL gull- wing coupe…….$2,090,000
  • 1998 Ferrari F300……..$1,870,000
  • 1963 Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra race car……..$1,650,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg SJ Lebaron dual- cowl phaeton……..$1,430,000
  • 2008 Bugatti Veyon two-door coupe “Simon Cowell’s”……..$1,375,000
  • 1954 Plymouth Belmont concept car……..$1,320,000
  • 1939 Alfa Romero 6c 2500 Sport Touring……..$997,000
  • Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen 1972 Plymouth Duster Hot Wheels Funny Car
  • Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels Ram truck hauler
  • Don “The Snake” Prudhomme 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hot Wheels Funny Car
  • Don “The Snake” Prudhomme 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels Ram truck hauler……..$990,000
2014 Barrett-Jackson Collector
Car Auction Schedule

April 11-13, 2014
Palm Beach, FL
July 31-Aug. 2, 2014
Sept. 25-27, 2014
Las Vegas, NV


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