In its 43-year history, Barrett-Jackson has raised more than $60 million for charity, and Friday night’s auction in Scottsdale saw an additional $1.4 million raised towards philanthropic efforts.
Three charity cars rang the bell with bidders in a big way:
• The top seller on the day at $700,000 was a special drag racing-only Chevrolet Camaro. Called a COPO Camaro — COPO being short for Central Office Production Order — Lot No. 3007 was VIN No. 001 of 69 built for the 2014 model year. After a spirited bidding war with NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, an unidentified bidder walked away with it. All the money went to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
• Legendary KISS bassist Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed donated an amazing 1956 Ford custom truck, Lot No. 3006, that was designed with a heavy Shelby influence. It raised $450,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. Simmons also threw in backstage passes for a KISS concert, a personalized guitar and other goodies to sweeten the pot.
• Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson donated a 1979 Hurst Oldsmobile that used to belong to Linda Vaughan, the iconic former Miss Hurst Golden Shifter. Jackson bought the car at a prior Barrett-Jackson auction and this time, as Vaughn fought back tears onstage, Lot No. 3005 raised $270,000 for the Cancer Research Fund at TGen in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.
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Live coverage from Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale continues today on FOX (3-5 p.m. ET) and National Geographic (5 p.m.-Midnight ET). Here’s everything you need to know: