Barrett-Jackson supercharged the collector car hobby by kicking off the 2023 auction calendar with their flagship Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. In dynamic and trendsetting fashion, the historic event featured a diverse docket of 1,907 No Reserve collectible vehicles totaling more than $184.2 million in auction sales and surpassing 200 world auction records. Leading the charge was the 1989 Ferrari F40 (Lot #1405.1) that sold for $2.75 million. Over 1,100 pieces of authentic automobilia were also auctioned for more than $6.41 million, bringing total auction sales above $190.6 million.
Paying homage to its charitable roots, Barrett-Jackson also sold five vehicles for charity, with 100 percent of the hammer price from each vehicle benefiting its respective nonprofit initiative. Led by the 2024 GMC HUMMER EV Edition SUV VIN 001 First Retail Production (Lot #3002) that hammered for $500,000, the five vehicles raised $1.89 million for charity. To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise more than $151 million for charity, surpassing the $150 million milestone on Friday in Scottsdale.
“Barrett-Jackson continues to electrify the collector car hobby with our true automotive lifestyle events,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We saw a spectacular docket bring incredible sales and set more than 200 world auction records. We also welcomed a record number of enthusiasts to WestWorld, setting the tone for an exciting event season in Arizona. I am especially proud of the additional funds and awareness we built for several deserving charities as we surpassed the $150 million mark raised to date.”
The top 10 auction vehicles that sold during the 2023 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction included:
- 1989 Ferrari F40 (Lot #1405.1) – $2,750,000
- 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Lot #1405) – $1,595,000
- 2019 Ford GT Lightweight Carbon Series (Lot #1419) – $1,320,000
- 2020 Ford GT Carbon Series (Lot #1390) – $1,320,000
- 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang – Built for Ken Miles (Lot #1396) – $770,000
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #1367) – $770,000
- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Lot #1353) – $770,000
- 2012 Lexus LFA (Lot #1382) – $748,000
- 2021 Ferrari SF90 (Lot #1391) – $742,500
- 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Lot #1407) – $671,000
The nine-day automotive lifestyle event kicked off with record attendance over its opening weekend, beginning with QT Family Day, when children 12 and under received free admission and included an interactive STEM Fest supported by Ford Motor Company, Lucid Motors and Safe Haven Defense, as well as the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby. Barrett-Jackson also teamed up with the Driven Project once again to provide supercar therapy to 12 children battling serious illnesses and heavy life challenges.
The following day played host to the Future Collector Car Show presented by Meguiar’s as the event welcomed a young, diverse crowd of enthusiasts celebrating the collector car hobby of tomorrow and featured over 100 future collectibles. The first weekend concluded with the Opening Night Gala, an annual celebration that signifies the beginning of Barrett-Jackson’s auction week. The Gala, a renowned ultimate automotive lifestyle event, featured 56 airmen and women in a salute to Arizona’s Luke Air Force Base and presenting of colors, as well as acclaimed live entertainment from Emerald City Band and DJ Munition, gourmet food and signature cocktails.
“The ‘Barrett-Jackson Magic’ once again made Scottsdale the ultimate place to enjoy the automotive lifestyle,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our docket perfectly catered to every type of collector and met the demand for professionally built Resto-Mods and original, numbers-matching muscle, as well as the industry-leading selection of quality 4x4s. I’m also proud to celebrate our charity efforts over the years. Together with our collector car family, we’re lifting people’s burden so they can focus on healing mentally, physically and spiritually.”
Several of the most powerful moments during the 2023 Scottsdale Auction featured a vibrant arena of generous bidders and the sales of five charity vehicles that together raised $1.89 million. The charity vehicles that sold during the 2023 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction included:
- 2021 Shelby Super Snake Count’s Kustoms Edition (Lot #3000) – $350,000 to benefit Camp Freedom
- 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning 4×4 Super Crew Pickup (Lot #3001) – $275,000 to benefit Fighter Country Foundation
- 2024 GMC Hummer EV Edition SUV VIN 001 First Retail Production (Lot #3002) – $500,000 to benefit Tread Lightly!
- General Colin L. Powell’s 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Lot #3003) – $200,000 to benefit America’s Promise Alliance
- 2024 Ford Mustang GT Fastback VIN 001 (Lot #3004) – $565,000 to benefit JDRF. The Mustang hammered for $490,000 and received an additional $75,000 in donations from generous guests on the auction block.
Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association (AHA), joined Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson and President Steve Davis on the podium to mark the five-year anniversary of the Driven Hearts campaign. The Driven Hearts campaign has reached millions and raised millions to benefit the American Heart Association.
With over 1,100 authentic pieces of automobilia auctioning for more than $6.41 million, the top three sales included:
- 1942 17-foot Chris Craft Special Runabout “Wood” Boat Bar (Lot #9484) – $120,750
- Large Ferrari Dealership Sign (Lot #9391.4) – $95,450
- Circa 1940s-50s Carriage Motors Animated Neon Porcelain Sign (Lot #9490.3) – $86,250
A highly anticipated moment on Saturday was the announcement of the winners in the Barrett-Jackson Cup presented by Castrol. Nearly 50 incredible custom vehicles were hand-selected for the competition. Hot-rod builder Bobby Alloway and automobile designer and builder Troy Trepanier selected the Top 5 finalists and the Ultimate Best of Show winner. Taking the coveted and prestigious Ultimate Best in Show Award, and a $20,000 prize, was a 1969 Pontiac Firebird built by Troy Gudgel at BBT Fabrications and owned by Brad Sather. A 1964 Buick Riviera built by Cruzer’s Customs, LLC., received the People’s Choice Award, which was chosen by thousands of passionate Barrett-Jackson’s fans who voted online.