No joke or Joker: Barrett-Jackson returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale, Jan. 13–20, 2013.
The 42nd Scottsdale edition of “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” will bring to the block 1,200-plus classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, resto-mods and contemporary collectibles — almost all at No Reserve. And the original Batmobile.
This will be the last Scottsdale auction in the big top tent, as next year’s event will be held in a new 120,000-square-foot permanent structure, now under construction at WestWorld.
SPEED will broadcast over 40 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 15–20. From Tuesday through Thursday, the auction can be seen 5–10 p.m. MST, Friday and Saturday Noon to 11 p.m. MST and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. MST.
The 5000 Series/ Salon Collection returns this year, featuring more than 50 of the world’s most desirable, unique and valuable automobiles, ranging from prototypes, muscle cars to classics.
From this group, 18 superlative cars will be sold on Saturday evening, Jan. 19, beginning at approximately 5 p.m. This premiere collection includes two Duesy’s, with coachwork by Beverly and Murphy; a 1927 Bugatti Type 38; a Talbot Lago; a 175 Delahaye, once in Bill Harrah’s Las Vegas collection; a Lamborghini Diablo concept convertible; and a ‘54 Panther convertible. All of these distinguished vehicles (a few offered at Reserve) are at SalonCollection.com.
In addition, the world-class automotive lifestyle event will honor automotive icon Carroll Shelby, who died last year, by auctioning off nearly 30 Shelby automobiles. Many, such as the iconic Shelby “Green Hornet,” (Lot #5022) will be sold Saturday evening, Jan. 19. All of these vehicles will cross the block at No Reserve. These include
•1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (#5023) — Highly documented and highly detailed with correct numbers and codes, this car was verified by Howard Pardee, SAAC Registrar for 1965/1966 GT350s, and was fully documented in the 2010 Shelby American Registry. Previously owned by Ford Motor Company and used in its Performance Heritage Tour.
•1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback (#5024) — Original, unrestored, well documented and low mileage, this is one of the lowest-mileage Shelbys in existence. Powered by a 428-cid V-8 with a 4-speed transmission and complete documentation, it was displayed at the Shelby Headquarters in Las Vegas and was one of 20 vehicles invited to the Shelby tribute at the Quail in Monterey during the 2011 event.
•1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback (#5039) — This 4-speed Ford show car with Magstar wheels has been newly restored using virtually all NOS parts. Matching numbers drivetrain.
•1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback (#1288) — This includes its original date-code correct K Code 289 cid and 4-speed manual transmission combination. Options include the extra cooling package, courtesy light group, fold-down rear seat, power steering, power front disc brakes, interior décor group, heavy duty battery as well as tachometer and trip odometer. A correct Paxton Supercharger was added in 2011, and it was autographed by Carroll Shelby.
•1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback (#1267) — In dark blue metallic with white racing stripes and the ultra-rare white deluxe interior, it has only a little more than 1,000 miles since undergoing a complete restoration.
•1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback (#1322) — Rock star Sammy Hagar owned this car from 1989 to 2006. It is listed in the Shelby Registry. He rebuilt the Shelby in 1992–93 with features such as a solid-lifter 427 tunnel port motor and Detroit locker.
•1967 Shelby Terlingua Continuation (#1019) — The only car approved by Shelby Inc. to reproduce the ’67 Terlingua. Keith Craft Motorsports was approved to build these cars in 2007 and only built this one.
•1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible (#1263.1) — In Wimbledon White with black deluxe interior, it has undergone a rotisserie restoration. Only a few convertibles, including this one, came through with factory air.
•1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible (#1088.1) — Originally ordered with the 4-speed, 3.50 Traction-Lok axle, power steering, power front disc brakes, glass backlite, tilt-away and the 428 CJ engine. Documented with a Marti Report and listed in the Shelby Registry.
•1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback (#1263) — Rotisserie restored in rare Sunlit Gold, air-conditioning and tinted glass, this car comes with 100-plus pieces of documentation, Marti Report, owner manuals and build sheets.
•1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback (#5050) — Fresh, original restoration with under 10 miles. Elite Marti Report. This is one of only 125 with a 428 CJ, 4-speed and air-conditioning.
•1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback (#1323) — This very rare car, in Grabber Blue, has only 32,650 actual miles. The matching numbers vehicle was fully restored only three years ago.
•1969 Shelby GT350 Fastback (#1075) — The car has a matching-numbers 302 4V engine, C4 automatic transmission and 3.50 rear axle. This Shelby just received a complete rotisserie restoration, keeping all of its original sheet metal and fiberglass with complete attention to every minor detail and factory — marking as if it just rolled off the assembly line.
•2012 Shelby GT500 50th Anniversary Super Snake (#1321) — The first of two prototype 50th Anniversary GT500 Super Snakes, this car was used at auto shows, featured in magazines and was a part of the Shelby American displays during the company’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
“As a lifelong friend of Barrett-Jackson, Carroll Shelby was a regular on the Scottsdale auction block, making this a fitting tribute,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “These Shelbys represent much more than just an addition to someone’s collection. They are a piece of Carroll’s legacy.”
“These vehicles exemplify the spirit and passion of Carroll Shelby,” adds Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Owning one of these vehicles will help perpetuate the passion and excitement these cars represent for the next generation.”
Bondurant, Barris, Batmobile, Gable
Also to be honored at the auction is Valley resident Bob Bondurant, who drove for the Shelby American team and helped it capture the 1965 World Manufacturers Championship, besting Ferrari. Bondurant will be 80 in April, and his world-famous driving school in Phoenix will celebrate its 45th anniversary in February.
Hollywood will also be the star at Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson 2013. Featured will be the 1966 original Batmobile (#5037) by George Barris. The great car customizer began with a ’55 Ford Futura, and $15,000 later the Batmobile was prowling Gotham City for bad guys and girls. Will Adam West uncowl at B-J 2013? Only Commissioner Gordon knows.
Also featured will be Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe (#5001), the last car the actor and car lover acquired, and a 1919 Pierce Arrow (#5028) built for the silent movie comedian Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle.
Two featured Fords are the matching 1965 Custom Mustang, ‘The Producer,’ at 740 horsepower, and the 2007 Shelby Mustang, with 630 horsepower, which will sell either individually or as a pair. Both were built by the Ring Brothers.
This year, a new event “Barrett-Jackson Night” at the Pavilions shopping center, off the Loop 101, at Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale, takes place Jan. 12, 4–7 p.m. Two nights later is the Barrett-Jackson’s Opening Night Gala, Monday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Invited guests can enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fashions by Saks Fifth Avenue, live music, and celebrity sightings, while previewing world-class vehicles.
“We’ve put together a quality collection of some of the most unique and interesting vehicles for our upcoming Scottsdale auction,” Steve says. “We anticipate that the diverse offering is sure to bring excitement to every level of enthusiast.”
“Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction is unlike any other automotive event in the world,” Craig says. “With the depth of the docket, the caliber of vehicles crossing our auction block and a good stable market, I believe this could be the best selection of cars ever sold at one auction in history.”
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 — Barrett-Jackson.com and SalonCollection.com, 480.421.6694