LAND OF LINCOLN — In something of a late auction surprise, the top non-charity sale of the auction ends up being not a muscle car, a rare Corvette or a European sports car, but a 1931 Lincoln Model K (Lot 759), exactly the kind of car Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett used to specialize in when they started Barrett-Jackson more than four decades ago. This behemoth is elegant and luxurious, a fantastic example of Depression Era opulence, at a time when such cars were a tough sell. It brings $352,000, including the 10 percent buyer’s premium.
RED HOT — An ultra-rare car, and arguably the high-water mark in a production Ford is the 2005 Ford GT (Lot 748), modeled after the Le Mans-winning Ford GTs of the mid-1960s. Even though this one brings a total of $275,000, our FOXSports television team is convinced this is still a very good buy. And with only 58 original miles, it is in absolutely perfect conditions. This is the top selling non-charity car of the entire auction.
SILVER STREAK — Talk about over the top, this amazing 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (Lot 745) has an original MSRP of $465,650 and only 252 miles on the odometer. With a top speed of 208 miles per hour, this Autobahn-stormer is a technological tour de force, with all the latest high-performance touches. The reserve is lifted and it sells for $258,500, briefly tops in the auction.
TIGER TIME — In a surprise and highly emotional move, famed entertainers and animal activists Siegfried & Roy show up to accept a check for $10,000 from Barrett-Jackson for their Sarmoti Foundation. NASCAR President Mike Helton and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick each kicked in $10,000, as did a number of Barrett-Jackson customers.
ALL THE MONEY — And the hits just keep coming with this 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor convertible Super Snake (Lot 738) painted in Wimbledon White with blue convertible top, stripes and interior. Powered by a big block 427-cubic-inch engine with fuel injection and supercharger, it goes for $242,000.
COPO CRUSH — Back in the late 1960s, if your local dealer had juice with someone at General Motors, you could custom build your car through what was known as a Central Office Production Order, or COPO for short. This silver 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (Lot 753) has a 427-cubic-inch V-8, an engine not normally available in this model. It sells for $225,500.
SOLID GOLD — When the top goes down the price goes up, which was absolutely the case for this stunning 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible (Lot 736), which sells for massive money at $225,500. And it wasn’t even red. No, this one was Sierra Gold and lovingly assembled by Snodgrass Restorations, regarded as the best of the 1957 Chevrolet artists. A lot of car and a lot of money.
REAL DEAL — The first non-charity car to hammer at $200,000 is an original 1966 Shelby GT350H (Lot 730) sells for a total of $220,000 with 10 percent buyer’s premium. These cars, of course, began life as Hertz rental cars, which boggles the mind these days. This exceptional example was treated to a full, frame-off restoration and built to an exceptionally high standard.
BLUE BAYOU — It takes a lot of car to bring huge money and this 1970 Chevelle SS 454 (Lot 726) had it all. High-line, matching numbers 454/450-horsepower LS6 engine? Check. Convertible top? Check. Four-speed transmission? Check. Original Fathom Blue over white colors? Check. Although the total sales price of $178,200 sounds like a lot of money, this was probably a great long-term investment for all the reasons listed.
SUPER COBRA JET — Another great charity car, a 2014 Ford Cobra Jet (Lot 3004) prototype drag race car in competition orange sells for $200,000, with every penny benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This car will run high 8-second quarter-mile times as it sits. An incredible car in every respect. Read the story of this car here: http://msn.foxsports.com/speed/cars/ford-mustang-cobra-jet-highlights-day-3-of-barrett-jackson-las-vegas/
TO THE TOP
Just short of the halfway point of the auction, a 1961 Corvette (Lot 699) sells for $143,000, tying for top sale of the day. Great colors on this one — white paints with silver coves and a red-interior. But the big selling point was a 283-cubic-inch, 270-horsepower fuel-injected small-block Chevrolet engine. This one was described as “period correct” but not matching numbers.
ALL MOBBED UP
The 1999 Chevrolet Suburban used in the first four seasons of “The Sopranos” by the late, great James Gandolfini sells for $110,000, roughly 10 times what a normal Suburban is worth. Clearly, the Tony Soprano connection brought a lot of value to the equation. This is a cool ride, though not an inexpensive one.
YOUR FATHER’S OLDSMOBILE
In the last few years, Oldsmobile 442 coupes and convertibles have caught fire, and this Rally Red W-30 442 coupe (Lot 676) jumped to No. 2 seller for the day at $132,500. Restored by Bill Weissman of Dallas, this is a heavily optioned car with a matching numbers W30, W25 cold- air induction system, factory air conditioning, AM/FM stereo radio, Tic-Toc-Tach, tinted windows and a bunch of other goodies. Tons of documentation also contributed to the strong selling price.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
The Damon family of Great Bend, Kansas, are long-time supporters of the Barrett-Jackson auctions, buying and selling lots of cars here. Family patriarch Don Damon and family have made many acquisitions, including buying the former Brad Keselowski Sprint Cup car Friday night for $500,000, all of which went to the NASCAR Foundation.
But Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the family broke new ground. As one of their cars was rolling across the auction block, Brenden Damon, Don’s son, stopped the sale, ran over to girlfriend Mallory Matzek, pulled out a ring and proposed on the spot. She said, “Yes,” the answer he wanted to hear.
“It’s a magical place,” said Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson. Indeed, it is.
The first car to cross the block today with a hammer price of more than $100,000 is this amazing custom 1956 Chevrolet resto-mod (Lot 656), which sells for $132,000 with 10 percent buyer’s commission. The very next car up, a 1957 Chevrolet 150 custom wagon, does the ’56 even better, selling for a total of $143,000. Both of these Tri-Five Chevys are spectacular builds, with modern amenities to make them functional drivers.