The 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona from January 12 through January 19. The Barrett-Jackson has been called “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction,” and the Barrett-Jackson Company actually has that title trademarked. The auction company was founded by Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett in Scottsdale in the early 1970s. The company has added additional auctions over the years, with annual car auctions also taking place in Palm Beach, Florida, Reno, Nevada, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The Scottsdale auction is still the biggest, now spanning eight days and attracting over 200,000 attendants. The most expensive car ever auctioned at a Barrett-Jackson event is a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” that sold for $5.5 million at Scottsdale in 2007. Last year, the #01 Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV show sold for $4.62 million.
Among some of the more interesting cars at this year’s Barrett-Jackson event is a 1967 Chevy Corvette L88 that sold for $3.5 million (see the picture above). It was one of only 20 ever produced. The first production 2015 Ford Mustang sold for $300,000, which is probably about ten times the MSRP for the car, but it being the first, there has to be some sort of collector’s premium there. The auction also has some unexpected cars, like a 1966 Dodge A100 van, a 1972 Winnebago RV, and a 1956 Cadillac Hearse. Making it to this auction should be on every car enthusiast’s bucket list. Checkout some of the car auction action below, as well as some highlights of the cars being auctioned, set to the sounds of Johnny Cash’s “One Piece at a Time.” If you like the video, ‘Share’ it.