History of the Barrett Jackson Auction
For more than four decades, Barrett-Jackson has been known as the world’s undisputed leader in collector car auctions. The legacy started in the 1960s as a meeting between two car enthusiasts, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett. The early auctions, held in Scottsdale, AZ, were so popular that fellow collectors and car buffs across the country demanded their own auctions. In 2003, the first Palm Beach, FL, auction was held and in 2008 it was brought to Las Vegas, NV.
In 2015, the Barrett-Jackson auction hit the small screen with 36 hours straight of live coverage in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Last year was also the first auction held in Mohegan Sun, CT. This year marks the 45th annual Barrett-Jackson auction, and it certainly will not disappoint.
2016 Barrett Jackson Auction
This year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach includes the impressive line-up that has become synonymous with the event itself, but one especially exciting vehicle up for auction is the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette VIN #001 Grand Sport, which was just announced last month and won’t be available for purchase until summer of 2016. This particular 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a limited-production collector’s edition in Tension Blue – a modern interpretation of the classic blue generally associated with the Grand Sport models. The entire winning bid will go to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, based in Detroit.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport isn’t the only VIN #001 Corvette up for grabs at this year’s event. The 2016 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, featured VIN #001 Corvettes from 1955, 1956 and 1957, all of which were purchased by the ultimate automobile collector and Corvette king – Rick Hendrick.
The Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson auction, April 8-10, has 43 Corvettes for attendees to bid on. To purchase new and used Corvettes anytime, visit the southeast’s largest Corvette dealer. Other unique cars on the docket for this year’s auction include:
- 2004 Cadillac custom topless sedan
- 1962 Mercury Comet
- 1986 Maserati Spyder bi-turbo convertible
- 1975 Clarkat Luggage Tug
- 1914 Dodge Viper Roadster
- 2010 Columbia Parcar custom pit car
You can also expect homemade hot rods, collectible bikes and, of course, some of the most desirable classic Corvettes around. Check out all of the vehicles up for auction this year here.
3 Interesting Facts about The Barrett-Jackson
- It was one of the first auctions to offer the majority of its inventory at No Reserve, or no max.
- In 2015, the Barrett-Jackson auction tripled the world record for automobilia sales.
- Barrett-Jackson offers its own car insurance, designed specifically for collectors.