The Most Expensive Cars Sold At The Barrett Jackson Auctions – Part I
The Barrett-Jackson auctions are heaven for car collectors, and some of the world’s most unique and rare automobiles are sold
The Barrett-Jackson auctions are heaven for car collectors, and some of the world’s most unique and rare automobiles are sold at these auctions.
The craze for rare cars has been around for ages and has only become bigger and better with time. Most legacy manufacturers produce vehicles in limited numbers to make them exclusive to a unique set of audiences. When people are satisfied with their purchase or when they purchase a car as an investment, the value of the vehicle over time increases due to its limited production number, and later on, these vehicles are usually sold at auctions.
These auctions happen to be a good place for car enthusiasts who wish to buy iconic cars but are not able to get their hands on them due to the limited production number, and for an added cost, they can own their dream vehicle, and this is precisely what Barrett Jackson auctions are all about. Barrett-Jackson is an American car collector company based in Arizona. It was founded by Tom Barrett and Russ Jackson, and the initial purpose was to set up a car show which would allow raising money for the locality. Due to the immense success that the event saw, it became an annual event and later transitioned into one of the world’s biggest automobile auctions for rare and unique cars. Here are some of the most expensive cars ever sold at the
Barrett Jackson auctions.
2014 Porsche Carrera GT – $1.9 Million
The Porsche Carrera GT is considered to be the scariest car of all time, and it is infamous for causing an accident that led to the death of the legendary actor Paul Walker. The vehicle has a stunning design and comes with removable roof panels allowing it to become a convertible on the go. The vehicle is powered by a 5.7-liter V10 engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine produces 650 HP and 437 lb-ft of torque.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001 – $3 Million
While the standard Chevrolet Corvette Stingray costs much less than $3 million, what made this one special was the fact that it was the first-ever mid-engine Corvette to roll off the production line. The 2020 iteration of the vehicle is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine and was mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The engine produced 490 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque. Another special aspect of this action was that it was entirely a charity-based auction, and a hundred percent of the proceeds were sent to the Detroit children’s fund.
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake – $5.5 Million
The Shelby Cobra is a superb vehicle as it is of a completely different breed altogether, and the 1966 version of it was considered to be the last ever Shelby American Super Snake built. The vehicle is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine mated to a rare-to-find 3-speed automatic gearbox. As the name suggests, the vehicle makes 427 HP, and it is also considered one of the finest creations of Carroll Shelby.
2014 Mclaren P1 – $1.7 Million
The 2014 McLaren P1, which sold for $1.7 million, is coated in “F1 Liquid Silver” that looks like something out of a sci-fimovie. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine produces 644 lb-ft of torque and a brake steering system straight out of Formula 1. The P1 can reach a top speed of 217 mph and rocket from zero to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.
1950 General Motors Futurliner- $4.4 million
An auction that’s generally reserved for exotic and rare cars also happened to find a bus in its listing. Not just any bus but one of the most expensive ones to ever exist, this bus is officially known as the 1950 Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus, one of many buses that GM built and used to tour the country as a compliment to its Motorama yearly event. Each bus had a weight of close to 30,000 lbs and had its unique theme; the 1950 model was themed ‘March Of Tools’. The bus was auctioned twice, once in 2015 for $4 million and once in 2016 for $4.4 million.
2019 Ford GT Heritage – $1.6 Million
The Legacy of the Ford GT is something that is known to the entire world as it was the car that dethroned Ferrari from its dominance in the Le Mans. The 2019 Ford GT Heritage celebrates its four consecutive victories at Le Mans. The vehicle is wrapped in the famous Gulf oil blue paint scheme, and has the number 9 graphics on the doors and the bonnet. The car is powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 Engine that produces 647 HP and respect to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Since the vehicle was a limited production, the 2019 model, sold in the auction, had less than 20 miles on it, making it a brand-new car.