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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.

First Production 2013 SRT Viper To Be Auctioned For Charity 9
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 SRT Viper, Auctions, Automotive, Kurt, News, SRT on 04 9th, 2012

The 2013 SRT Viper. Image: Chrysler Group LLC

When SRT introduced the 2013 Viper last Wednesday, it was pretty clear that the gathered media approved. SRT head Ralph Gilles even announced that the Viper was going racing, and sowed off the still-under-development Viper GTS-R, which will be campaigned in the American LeMans Series (ALMS). There was no way around it: the Viper was back, and SRT was going to do everything in its power to make up for lost time. That even includes auctioning off the very first SRT Viper, in support of the Austin Hatcher Foundation For Pediatric Cancer.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation is also the official charity of the ALMS, so SRT’s support ties in on multiple levels. The first Viper will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson as part of its Orange County, California event, scheduled to take place on June 22 to 24. As is often the case in “first production car” auctions, the car on the block won’t be the car you’re actually buying; instead, the winning bidder will get to specify his or her preferences on color and options before the car hits the assembly line.

Charity vehicle auctions generally raise serious money for worthy causes. At this weekend’s Barrett-Jackson event in Palm Beach, FL, a 2011 Shelby GT500 auctioned off to support Wounded Warriors Family Support raised a total of $1,000,000 for the charity. The American flag-themed car was originally bid up to $450,000 when the hammer dropped the first time. The winning bidder then donated the car back to Barrett-Jackson, and second-round bids quickly topped the half-million dollar mark.

Further details on the upcoming Viper auction can be found on the Austin Hatcher Foundation website.

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.

Charlie Sheen’s ’66 Mustang Hits The Block For Charity 4
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 1966 Ford Mustang, Auctions, Automotive, Charlie Sheen, Ford, Kurt, News on 11 4th, 2011

Charlie Sheen's '66 Ford Mustang. Image: Charitybuzz

Chances are good that you can’t party like Charlies Sheen (unless you’re Keith Richards, and we doubt he reads Automotive Addicts), but now you can drive like him. Up for grabs is Sheen’s 1966 Ford Mustang convertible, which the actor never drove off a cliff (unlike a Mercedes or two). Built in 2006, the Mustang has somewhere around $300,000 worth of go-fast parts on it, including:

– A 385 cubic inch NASCAR Winston Cup V-8, good for 650 horsepower
– Stainless headers and a custom 3-inch exhaust system
– Six speed transmission with scattershield
– Wilwood disc brakes with 4-piston calipers front and rear
– Custom rollcage
– Adjustable coil-over shocks
– Ford Detroit Locker rear end
– Breakaway steering wheel
– Racing seats
– Five point harnesses for driver and passenger

The car is street-legal, even in California, and its racked up just 155 miles since it was built. Autoevolution says that bidding has already topped $100,000, with all proceeds going to support C5LA, which assists junior high school students with educational advice.

Want to be “winning” behind the wheel of your own NASCAR-inspired Ford Mustang? Hit up Charitybuzz and register to bid.

BMW M1, With Ties To Jacksonville, Hits The Block 10
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, BMW, BMW M1, Events, Kurt on 08 10th, 2011

Peter Gregg's BMW M1 Art Car. Image: Bonhams

BMW’s M1 was the company’s first attempt at building a supercar. Produced between 1978 and 1981, BMW built just 456 examples of the mid-engine coupe, powered by a 3.5-liter straight six engine producing 273 horsepower in street trim. Mild by today’s standards, the car’s power and shape were cutting-edge at the end of the 1970s, and the M1 remains a highly desirable collector’s item today.

As valuable as an M1 is in any form, an M1 “Art Car” is exponentially more valuable. Throw in ties to a famous racer/owner who died a tragic death, and you have a recipe for huge auction numbers. The car pictured is a 1979 BMW M1 Art Car, painted by Frank Stella in a theme called “Polar Coordinates” and originally owned by IMSA champion road racer Peter Gregg. For Jacksonville, FL residents, Gregg is perhaps best known as the former owner of Brumos Motors, or for his tragic death by suicide at the age of 40. Injured in a crash on his way to the 1980 Le Mans race, Gregg was left with double vision; unable to race and unable to enjoy life, Gregg ended his life with a bullet by the side of the road on A1A.

Image: Bonhams

His BMW M1 was painted by artist Frank Stella, in Jacksonville, FL, in 1979. Stella designed the paint scheme himself, and produced a series of paintings on the theme as well. All “Polar Coordinates” pieces, including the M1, were dedicated to Ronnie Peterson, a fellow racer and teammate of Gregg’s who died following a crash at Monza in 1978.

Image: Bonhams

Gregg’s former M1 is currently owned by the Guggenheim Museum, and it represents the only BMW Art Car not owned by BMW. It’s scheduled to cross the block at Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale on August 18, and pre-auction estimates have the value at $450,000 to $600,000. Given the car’s history and status as an Art Car, I expect that estimate will easily be broken. BMW would love to bring the car home to Munich, but it would be fitting if it were snapped up by someone with ties to Jacksonville. This city is a big part of the car’s tragic history, and it belongs here as much as it does in Munich.

Source: New York Times Wheels

Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4-6 Up For Auction 4
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, Ayrton Senna, F1, Kurt, mclaren, News on 08 4th, 2011

Image: Adam Jacobs for Coy's Auctions

The problem with buying a historically significant race car is that your significant other doesn’t always appreciate its value as fine art. You may think that Nigel Mansell’s 1989 Ferrari F640 goes great in your family room, but I suspect your wife will want it relegated to the garage. What if you could blend the best of both worlds, and turn a one-of-a-kind race car into art that everyone (well, almost everyone) could appreciate?

That’s exactly what McLaren did with Ayton Senna’s title-winning 1991 McLaren MP4-6. Rather than leaving the car intact, McLaren disassembled the car and gave it to artist Jay Burridge, whose treatment will be familiar to anyone who’s ever assembled a plastic model kit. Yes, a lot of components are missing, such as the engine, monocoque, seat, steering wheel, instruments, wheels, tires and the rest of the bits that make a race car, but there’s still enough there to make it historically significant. Besides, it’s sculpture now, so your wife (or husband) can’t possibly complain when you mount it to the wall in the living room or dining room.

If you want to take a chance at owning the MP4-6-turned-wall-art, it will be up for bid at next weekend’s Coy’s Auction at the Nürburgring. It’s expected to go for between $50,000 and $82,000, so be sure that you’ve got the money in the bank before you start phoning in your bids. I don’t have a wall big enough for it, otherwise I’d be selling my organs on the black market to raise cash.

Source: Autoblog

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