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First Dodge Challenger Hellcat Going to Auction

Charities benefit from trend of muscle cars going to highest bidder.

by on Jul.28, 2014

Dodge is auctioning a one-of-one 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever built, at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014.

In what has become a growing trend among muscle, performance and sports car manufacturers, Fiat Chrysler plans to auction off for charity the first 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The very first 707-horsepower coupe, vehicle identification number 0001, will roll across the block at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction to be held in Sin City between the 25th and 27th of September. Proceeds will be donated to Opportunity Village, a service that provides a variety of programs for men and women with various disabilities.

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“The 2015 Challenger Hellcat is already guaranteed to be one of the hottest cars that will roll through the Barrett-Jackson auction lanes in decades to come,” said Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge and SRT Brands. “The VIN 0001 being auctioned this year is the ultimate one-of-one collectible 2015 Dodge Challenger, as Dodge is ensuring there will never be another one like it.” (more…)

Mavens Wanting the First Mustang Will Write a Big Check

Ford auctioning off 2015 ‘Stang GT at Barrett-Jackson for charity.

by on Dec.20, 2013

Ford is raising money for charity by auctioning off the first Mustang GT on Jan. 18.

Ford Mustang aficionados should be circling Jan. 18 on their calendars as that’s when the first 2015 Mustang GT will be sold – by the Barrett Jackson auction house with the proceeds going to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The car, which will be Lot 3010, being auctioned at the Scottsdale, Ariz. Event, will feature a 5.0-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The winning bidder will get to outfit the latest pony car with a variety of options, including a choice between a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, and any interior or exterior color combo.

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“Ford Mustangs have always been among the most popular collector cars at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car events,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “While every collector wishes they had snapped up the first Mustang sold in 1964, this is an opportunity to realize that dream in a different way.” (more…)

First C7 Corvette Commands $1.1 Mil for Charity at Barrett-Jackson Auction

GM CEO Akerson's '58 Vette raises another $270,000.

by on Jan.20, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray #1 drives up on the block at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction. Photo Courtesy Drew Phillips,

It was a Corvette weekend at the annual Barrett-Jackson, one of the nation’s biggest classic car auctions, as bidders ran up big winning bids for both new and old versions of the 2-seater often referred to as “America’s sports car.”

Less than a week after the all-new, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette – the “C7” to insiders and aficionados – made its splashy debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, NASCAR team owner and Atlanta Chevy dealer Rick Hendrick won the bidding for the Corvette Stingray number one for a bid of $1.1 million.

(Back from the brink – the inside story of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Click Here.)

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The money will go to the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies which runs one of the world’s most highly respected automotive design programs – and where several of the stylists who worked on the Corvette program were trained.


What Troubled Economy? Scottsdale Classic Auctions Rake in Over $180 Million

First-off Corvette 427 Convertible nabs $600,000; Mercedes gullwing nears $5 mil.

by on Jan.23, 2012

The winning bid and fees for this 1955 aluminum-bodied Mercedes Gullwing neared $5 million.

The economy may still be in trouble but one would have had a tough time believing it in tony Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend, where bidders flashed their cash in a bidding frenzy that generated tens of millions of dollars in sales during the city’s annual classic auction extravaganza.

Final figures from the well-known Barrett-Jackson and five other auctions indicate they generated about $182 million in sales, with a rare aluminum-bodied Mercedes-Benz gullwing coupe commanding $4.62 million after commissions were added in.  Meanwhile, charities netted a cool $600,000 for the first-off-the-line Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible – as much as eight times what it would go for in a dealership later this year.

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The final sales total was up from $157 million in 2011, and was well beyond initial expectations, McKeel Hagerty, head of the classic car insurance firm, Hagerty Insurance, telling that, “Across the board, everybody had solid sales.”  Hagerty added that a number of collectors returned to Scottsdale after being out of the market for several years.

On the other hand, he said, there was “definitely not the irrational exuberance (of a decade ago).  It’s a smarter market.”


First 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Set for Auction

Fastest drop-top Vette ever.

by on Jan.20, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible is billed as the fastest drop-top Vette ever.

Look fast or you might miss it.  Here’s a first look at the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible that will make its formal debut, tonight, during a special break in the action at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The 7.0-liter, 505-horsepower monster is being billed as the fastest drop-top that Chevy has ever offered – and a good way to celebrate both the 60th anniversary of “America’s sports car,” and the likelihood this will be the last major variant off the soon-to-be-replaced C6 version of the Corvette.


Some lucky bidder at the Barrett will have the opportunity to be the first on his (or her) block to drive home in the Corvette 427 Convertible, one sporting a special 60th Anniversary Package that boasts Arctic White paint and Pearl Silver Blue stripes, with a Diamond Blue leather-wrapped interior.  It will be auctioned off for charity over the weekend.


First Camaro ZL1 Goes for $250,000

Charity auction aids YMCA.

by on Sep.26, 2011

The first retail Camaro ZL1 crosses the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas.

The first Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 garnered a cool quarter-mil when it went across the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The most powerful version of the Chevy muscle car ever built will reach showrooms early next year at a decidedly more affordable price – anticipated to be somewhere around $50,000.  But the very collectible first retail Camaro ZL1, offered by a Sin City dealer, was aimed at raising money for the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

Curiously, it was another dealer who anted up the winning bid.  Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of the Hendrick Automotive Group, took the gavel at $250,000.  He’ll have to pony up the money now though he’ll only take delivery of his new Chevy Camaro ZL1 sometime during the first quarter of 2012.

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The wait should be worth it considering the ZL1 Hendrick will get will be the only one produced with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior. It will be the 69th ZL1 to roll off the line at the Oshawa Assembly Plant, in tribute to the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1, of which only 69 were produced.


The $250,000 Viper

Big money at the Barrett-Jackson

by on Jan.28, 2009

Hurst/Viper 1 goes for 250 "large" at the Barrett-Jackson

Hurst/Viper 1 goes for 250 "large" at the Barrett-Jackson

Though best known for delivering big bucks for classic cars, the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction, in Scottsdale, Arizona, rang the cash registers big time for this new Dodge Viper.

Actually, to be more accurate, it’s the Serial #1 50th Anniversary Hurst/Viper, which sold for a record-breaking $250,000 – more than any Hurst model or Viper has ever commanded at the BJ.

The first of only 50 to be built, the Hurst/Viper features the new Hurst HARD-DRIVE gold pistol-grip shifter, huge black chrome Hurst wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, Corsa exhaust and Moton Club Sport adjustable coil-over suspension with Eibach springs. To mark Hurst’s Golden Anniversary, the modified coupe is finished in a satin-gold paint with gloss black stripes. The interior features custom Hurst logo floor mats and a special Katzkin charcoal leather with Hurst embroidered logos, gold thread detailing and perforated leather inserts.

Half the sale price is being donated to a new Victory Junction camping facility for children for chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses to be built in Kansas City.

Now, if Chrysler could only get this much money for every Viper…