Prime Time at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction …
It was quite a show during Prime Time Saturday at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction when the Barrett-Jackson producers went into overdrive as the auction format turned into an action packed spectacle and the crowd had a chance to get into the action. Auctioneers used all of their skills and even asked the spectators to give encouragement as bidding on the Carroll Shelby 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake reached $4,700,000. The Super Snake was the prized center piece of the noted Ron Pratte Collection. The bids stalled there and the Cobra had not met its reserve. But the Shelby family ended up re-buying the car minutes later. The final sale is listed as $5,115,000. It was the high point of the night here at the world’s largest auction sale in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Some of our observations of the day: we think Pontiac muscle cars are getting more respect from collectors. Look at some of the results of the auction noted below and you will see prices on Pontiac Trans Ams inching up. Special edition Corvettes were selling well here also. We were surprised by some of the prices on Split Windows here this week. This is a venue where early first generation Thunderbirds get a lot of respect and the money was here for them again on Saturday.
Here are some of the cars we will be watching as the sale gets started.
Here are more cars from the Ron Pratte Collection for Saturday.
|Lot #2515||1936 Delahaye “WhattheHaye” Boyd Coddington||$671,000|
|Lot # 2517||1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Coupe||$423,500|
|Lot # 2520||1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird||$330,000|
|Lot # 2522||1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda||$379,500|
|Lot # 2529||1969 Baldwin-Motion Camaro LS7 454||$242,000|
|Lot #1251||1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV||$44,000|
|Lot # 1253||1953 Buick Skylark Convertible||$85,800|
|Lot # 1258||1968 Corvette L89 425/435 4-spd||$61,600|
|Lot # 1266||1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback||$99,000|
|Lot # 1269||1969 Pontiac Trans Am||$132,000|
|Lot # 1273||1961 Corvette Fuelie||$110,000|
|Lot # 1276||1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible||$93,500|
|Lot # 1277||1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455||$126,500|
|Lot # 1278||1969 Pontiac Trans Am||$124,300|
|Lot # 1280||1964 Volkswagen 21-Window Bus||$126,500|
|Lot # 1291||1957 Corvette Fuelie||$106,700|
|Lot # 5000||1963 Corvette Split Window Fuelie||$214,500|
|Lot #5012||1968 Plymouth Road Runner||$99,000|
|Lot # 5014||1970 Plymouth Superbird||$132,000|
|Lot # 5015||1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger||$115,500|
|Lot # 5016||1971 Corvette LS6 Roadster||$203,500|
|Lot # 5024||1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda||$176,000|
|Lot # 5049||1969 Corvette L88||$495,000|
|Lot # 5050||1969 Corvette L89 Convertible||$220,000|
|Lot # 5053||1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convt||$156,200|
|Lot # 5053.1||1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convt||$137,500|
|Lot # 5059||1969 Pontiac Trans Am Prototype||$313,500|
|Lot # 5062||1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convt||$181,500|
|Lot # 5065||1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird||$324,500|
We invite our readers to follow our coverage of the auction on our Facebook page and on Twitter. We usually have a lively discussion on pricing with our readers each evening as the prime time cars go through the auction. You can watch the auction on TV at home while we see them going through on the auction stage. Our readers usually try to guess the prices before each car goes through. We hope you’ll join us this year and participate in the discussion.
Here is a TV schedule of how the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction will be televised for the rest of the weekend.
U.S. Broadcast Schedule (All Times ET):
Saturday, January 17
4:00 – 8:00 PM on Discovery Channel
8:00 PM – Midnight on Velocity
8:00 – 10 PM on Discovery en Español
Sunday, January 18
2:00 – 7:00 PM on Velocity
You’ll be able to watch it Friday on Velocity Channel. Our Canadian readers will note that the auction will air live internationally on Discovery Channel and Discovery World in Canada, and on Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Latin America throughout the week. In addition, the Spanish language broadcast will be available to U.S. viewers on Discovery en Español on Saturday, January 17 from 8-10 PM ET.
Record Breaking Tuesday Ron Pratte Collection …
The Stephen King movie car “Christine”, a 1958 Plymouth Fury Hardtop, starred in the creepy 1983 movie of the same name. One of the surviving movie cars sold here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Tuesday in a spectacular show. Click here to review Cars On Line’s coverage of the event.
The list of great collector cars sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction seemed endless here on Friday evening. There were a good number of 1969 Camaro Z/28s in the sale, most of them to be sold in prime time. Among the top cars sold were: the first 2015 Corvette Z06 to be sold retail (brought $800,000 in the Friday sale); a 1939 Cadillac La Salle C-Hawk Custom, Lot # 3005, sold for $410,000 in a charity sale to benefit PGA Tour Charities; Jeff Gordon’s 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo Busch Series race car, Lot # 3007 sold for $500,000 to raise money for Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.
The Friday sale here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction was a standout performance. The list of great quality collector cars seemed like it was limitless. Click here to view all the top sales recorded by Cars On Line during the Friday sale.
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.