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Barrett-Jackson Auction Commences with First Production 2014 Corvette Stingray Selling for $1.1 million bid – w/Video 20
Posted by Darryl in auction, Auctions, Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Batmobile, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Corvette Stingray, Events, Ford, Gullwing, Mercedes Benz, News, video on 01 20th, 2013


The Barrett-Jackson car auction in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona is off to a start with many highlighted vehicles selling for millions including the very first production 2014 Corvette Stingray, the same one that was on display at the Detroit Auto Show, nabbing $1.1 million in its auction. All of the proceeds will go benefit College for Creative Studies.

Other highlights so far include an original 1966 Batmobile selling for an astonishing $4,620,000 at the drop of the hammer along with Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing for $1.85 million.


There were some slight disappointments in the hammer price of vehicles such as President George W. Bush’s 2009 Ford F-150 only nabbing $300,000 even after Jay Leno’s voicestress persuasions helming the bidding. Though, the full $300K will happily go to the Fisher House Foundation – a truly good cause.

There were many other notable vehicles to roll off of the action block including a 1986 Porsche 959 Prototype selling for $440,000, an extremely rare 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport selling for just over $2 million and a 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept for $1,375,000 at the hammer.


The Barrett-Jackson auction still has many other vehicles to cross the block expected to bring in unimaginable numbers. Nearly 1,400 vehicles in total are expected to cross the auction block setting new world records while putting an eternal smile on the faces of newfound owners and sellers of some of the rarest vehicles around.


First Production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray selling at Barrett-Jackson Press Release


Return of the Stingray – The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. This all new Corvette Stingray is the perfect balance of technology, design and performance. The lucky winning bidder for this 2014 Corvette Stingray will receive the first retail production vehicle of this seventh-generation Corvette – a Vin ending in #0001. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450hp (334 kW) and 450ft/lbs of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel efficient Corvette, exceeding EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model. The all new Corvette Stingray incorporates an all-new frame structure chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs. Highlights include: An interior featuring real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens. Advanced driver technologies, including a 5-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new 7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time. An all-new 6.2 Liter LT1 V8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel. Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel, composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels, carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio. A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability. An available track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability. **ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES** **WILL BE SOLD DIRECTLY FOLLOWING LOT 5041 ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013**

First 2013 SRT Viper Sells For $300,000 25
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 SRT Viper, Auctions, Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Kurt, News, SRT on 06 25th, 2012

The 2013 SRT Viper

At this weekend’s Barrett Jackson auction in Orange County, California, the very first production 2013 SRT Viper was sold to raise money for the Austin Hatcher Foundation, which helps children with pediatric cancers. Bidding seemed to stall at the $250,000 mark, until an SRT Track Experience (which comes with all new SRT vehicles, anyway) and a VIP trip to the Petit LeMans were added to the deal.

The final hammer price was $300,000, all of which was donated to the Austin Hatcher Foundation. In return, the new buyer is the first on his block to put a 2013 SRT Viper in his garage, and gets the honor (and collectibility) of owning serial number 001.

As with most charity auctions for new vehicles, we doubt the car crossing the block was the actual car to be delivered. Buyers lucky enough to get a first production model generally get to choose whatever options and colors they like, although we’d be just fine with a new Viper in any color, thanks.

While $300,000 is a nice donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the selling price pales in comparison to the winning bid for the very first Corvette ZR1: back in 2008, that car sold for a cool $1,000,000, with proceeds going to benefit the United Way.

SPEED TV Wants To Give You A Custom Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Contests, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Kurt on 01 5th, 2012

If you’re a die-hard gear head, chances are good you’ll be tuned in to the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on SPEED. Even if you’re not lucky enough to be bidding by phone from the comfort of your yacht anchored in Monaco, it’s still entertaining enough to drool over the cars coming across the block, and to test your knowledge of collector car prizes.

If you’ve watched previous auctions, you know that Hagerty Insurance sponsors something called “Fantasy Bid,” which allows us unwashed masses to win prizes by guessing the correct selling price of selected cars as they cross the stage. It’s not your garden variety swag, either, since this year’s grand prizes include a 60-inch Samsung 3D television, a $500 Amazon gift card and a Kindle Fire Touch. And a tuned Shelby GT500 Mustang.

Here’s the good news: the winner of the Mustang will be chosen at random from the pool of registered Hagerty Fantasy Bid players, so you don’t need the same in-depth knowledge of car prices that you would to win the other prizes. That’s a good thing, because even those of us who work in the industry and know a thing or two about car prices don’t stand a chance of beating the ringers who can usually guess the exact price of a car by its description.

The Shelby GT500 up for grabs comes packing an upgraded Ford Racing supercharger, which boosts output from 550 to 750 horsepower. There’s a Ford Racing exhaust, a Ford Racing handling pack, a Wilwood braking system with added cooling ducts, a beefed-up cooling system from C&R Racing, a 3.5-inch aluminum driveshaft and assorted aero and body parts from the Shelby catalog. The car was designed with the help of 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., both of whom know a thing or two about going fast.

To get more details on how to enter, head on over to the SPEED website.

Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 Hammers At $175k 12
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Chevrolet, Corvette, Corvette Z06, News, Special Editions on 04 12th, 2011

Image: © GM Corp.

Barrett-Jackson has had good luck selling the first available Chevy models over the past few years. Last year, I watched them drop the hammer on the first available Z06 Carbon, which sold to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick for $297,000. In 2009, the first available Camaro sold for $350,000, but none of these recent sales top Barrett-Jackson’s price of $1 million for the first Corvette ZR-1, sold at their Scottsdale event in 2008. This year, Barrett-Jackson auctioned off a Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition, with the proceeds going to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. When the gavel fell, the special edition Corvette had sold for $175,000, to – you guessed it – Rick Hendrick.

The car sold will be production number 100 of the Centennial Edition Corvettes, and will come with the Z07 performance package, the CFZ carbon fiber package and even a carbon fiber hood. The Centennial Edition package, which will be available on all 2012 Corvette models, includes special Carbon Flash Metallic paint, matte black graphics, custom wheels, interior badging and GM’s outstanding Magnetic Ride suspension. Want more details? See our story on Chevy’s announcement of the Centennial Edition Corvettes here.

Source: Corvette Blogger

2012 Centennial Edition Corvette Honors Chevy’s 100th Birthday 7
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Chevrolet, Corvette, News on 04 7th, 2011

The Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition. Image: © GM Corp.

Louis Chevrolet, the man behind the bow-tie badge, was a race car driver long before he founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911. It’s fitting, then, that Chevrolet is honoring it’s 100th birthday with a special edition of the Corvette, the most-campaigned race car in Chevrolet’s long history. The 2012 Centennial Edition package will be available across the entire Corvette range, including the ZR1, and includes both appearance and content upgrades.

Image: © GM Corp.

All Centennial Edition Corvettes wear Carbon Flash Metallic paint, augmented by satin black graphics and wheels. The Centennial Satin Black wheels are made from lightweight cast-spun aluminum, and Z06 models get a thin red stripe on the lip to match the red brake calipers on all Centennial Edition cars. Magnetic Selective Ride Control, previously available on ZR1 and Z06 models only, is also included on all special edition cars.

Image: © GM Corp.

Unique graphics distinguish the cars as well. A logo bearing the image of Louis Chevrolet is featured on the B-pillars, the wheel center caps and the steering wheel airbag cover. Seats get an embossed centennial logo, and even the traditional “crossed flags” Corvette logo gets special treatment on Centennial Edition ‘Vettes, with the fleur-de-lis symbol replaced by a “100” logo. The black theme carries over inside the car as well, with all special edition cars receiving an Ebony leather interior with microfiber suede inserts. Red stitching is used to highlight the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter.

Image: © GM Corp.

Pricing will be announced this summer, prior to the start of availability. The initial car will be a Z06 with the Z07 performance package and the CFZ carbon fiber package, to be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson’s West Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 9. Proceeds from the sale of the first available Centennial Edition Corvette will go to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The car will be the 100th 2012 Corvette built, so it will even carry a VIN ending in 00100.

Source: Chevrolet