Ron Pratte Collection at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson-Auction in Scottsdale

"Christine" 1958 Plymouth Fury

The movie car “Christine” a 1958 Plymouth Fury 2-Dr Hardtop restored from remaining cars and parts from the Stephen King movie. Sold Tuesday at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $198,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com.)

 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — The best Tuesday sale ever happened when they sold the Ron Pratte Collection at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson-Auction in Scottsdale. The Barrett-Jackson posted a record breaking sale here for a Tuesday as they packed the house for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy some of the rarest collector cars of all time, part of the Ron Pratte Collection here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction. The Barrett-Jackson Auction is the world’s largest collector car auction, held every January here in Scottsdale, Arizona.

You can really appreciate how deep the Ron Pratte Collection was when you watched one of the actual cars from the Stephen King movie “Christine”, a red 1958 Plymouth Fury 2-Dr Hardtop (see photo above), cross the auction stage. They say that there are only two actual “Christine” movie cars in existence. The final price, including buyers commission was $198,000. This one was said to have been restored from many of the parts of the original movie cars. (See photo above.)

Ron Pratte is an Arizona developer, a multi-millionaire, who has been buying cars here at the Barrett-Jackson Auction for over ten years. On Tuesday here he sold 109 of his choicest cars through a special auction session organized by the Barrett-Jackson team.

After the shock and awe of the Tuesday sale here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction auction goers were still talking about the Ron Pratte Collection. Cars On Line is in the house to watch what happens at the world’s most famous collector car auction here in Scottsdale, Arizona. As the incredible Ron Pratte Collection crossed the auction block here on Tuesday the Barrett-Jackson Auction had its best Tuesday sale in history. There were 109 items sold here out of the millionaire construction magnate’s collection. Many of them topped the $200,000 mark.

 

1940 Ford Pickup, Boyd Coddington

Plans to build a 1940 Ford Custom Pickup with an old school look were drawn up and started by Boyd Coddington. Ron Pratte took over the project and finished this beauty. Tuesday it sold for $374,000, including the buyer’s commission. This was the highest priced sale of the day.

1956 Chrysler 2-Dr Custom Wagon

Chrysler never built a 2-Dr Wagon in 1956, but J.F. Launier of Ridler Award fame didn’t let that stop him from correcting that omission. His 1956 Chrysler Custom 2-Dr Wagon was sold as part of the Ron Pratte Collection here for $242,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com.)

1922 Oldsmobile from Beverly Hillbillies TV series

The 1922 Oldsmobile from the hit TV series “Beverly Hillbillies” was designed and built by George Barris. As part of the Ron Pratt Collection it was sold on Tuesday at the Barrett-Jackson Auction for $275,000.

1954 Corvette Custom by Boyd Coddington

One of the many Boyd Coddington cars in the Ron Pratte Collection, this 1954 Corvette Custom was sold on Tuesday for $242,000 at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Hardtop from the Ron Pratte Collection sold for $225,500 with commission included.

1969 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T

A 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T sold for $220,000 at the Tuesday session of the Barrett-Jackson Auction here in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was part of the Ron Pratte Collection.

1955 Pontac Star Chief Convertible from "I Love Lucy" TV series

The famous 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible from the TV series “I Love Lucy” also sold out of the Ron Pratte Collection. The stunning original went for $220,000.

"Junkyard Dog" built by Boyd's Garage sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Tuesday

“Junkyard Dog” built by Boyd’s Garage sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Tuesday. It was part of the Ron Pratte Collection. The price, including buyer’s commission, was $216,700.

1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake

A 1967 Shelby GT500E Super Snake, built for Carroll Shelby by Unique Performance, part of the Ron Pratte Collection, sold for $170,500. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com.)

 

The reason we are here in Scottsdale this week is to take the temperature of the current collector car market. We believe that the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale has the power to set the stage for an upward trend in collector car prices. Whatever happens here in Scottsdale this week may set the tone for an upward trend in collector car sales for the rest of the year.

The 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is one of America’s great events. The history, the spectacle, the fervor for classic American steel is intoxicating as the staccato of the auctioneers voice pounds out a cadence that delights the crowd. Every three to five minutes history is made. What we will be watching for are quantifiable numbers which will tell us if collector car prices will go up this year. If average prices on collector cars increase here at the Barrett-Jackson it will most likely happen all across America by this spring.

Valuable collector vehicles from the Ron Pratt Collection to be sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

Two of the top collector vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection will be on the auction docket for Saturday. The GM “Parade of Progress” Futureliner will sell at a charity auction for the Armed Services Foundation. The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville concept car stands next to it. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com)

The Saturday edition of the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction will be the best show in the country. Click here to review the auction action as Cars On Line covers the world’s largest collector car auction.

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