Scottsdale
Jan 19

Cars: Photo Gallery – Top Sellers Bring In Multi-Millions In Scottsdale

This 1967 Corvette L88 sold for $3.85 million dollars. (Photo: Carey Spencer - Best Digital Shots)

This 1967 L88 sold for $3.85 million dollars. (Photo: Carey Spencer – Best Digital Shots)

PHOTO GALLERY: TOP 15 SELLERS AT BARRETT-JACKSON

Super Saturday at saw truly spectacular automobiles cross the auction block and as a result, seven-digit hammer prices became the norm. A rare 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 led the way with a price tag of $3.85 million.

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Jan 18

Cars: Military Cessna And Truck Bring In One Million Dollars For Armed Forces Foundation

Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

There was high drama to open the action Saturday at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction, as a Cessna scout plane and a military truck raised $1 million for the Armed Forces Foundation.

AFF President Patricia Driscoll delivered an impassioned introduction about the charity’s work and the bidding quickly hit $750,000 before the hammer fell. Other auction attendees contributed an additional $250,000 bringing the total raised to $1 million.

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Jan 15

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — ’63 Shelby Cooper King Cobra

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: )

By Larry Edsall

Nineteen sixty-three. Shelby Cobras were dominating American sports car racing, and designer Pete Brock and the car builders at Shelby American were busy working on a Kamm-tailed coupe to challenge Ferrari on the world racing circuit. Then along came the Sports Car Club of America with plans for its first professional motor sports series, racing for prize money, not just trophies. Called the Fall Series, it was not for production-style sports such as Shelby’s roadsters but for pure, purpose-built “sports-racing” specials — purebred racers with big engines mounted behind the cockpit. (It wasn’t long before the Fall Series blossomed into the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, the now fabled and fabulous Can-Am series.)

Obviously, the Shelby team would compete. First, however, it needed a proper vehicle.

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Jan 12

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection – 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL

This 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport L will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This 1955 T26 Grand Sport will be auctioned off at . (Photo: )

How rare is rare? How special is special? Well, during a decade ending in 1957, the tiny Talbot factory in the Paris suburb of Suresnes handcrafted a total of 750 T26 chassis.

But out of even that small number, they assembled just 19 chassis for the ultimate version, the Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL. Only 11 survive today. Compared to the 39 Ferrari GTOs derived from a long line of Ferrari 250 GTs, for example, a Talbot-Lago Grand Sport GSL is exceptionally rare and very, very special. It’s also wildly underpriced in today’s collector car market.

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Jan 11

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection – 1929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton

A look at the 1929 929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron “Sweep Panel” Dual Cowl Phaeton that will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

A look at the 1929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron “Sweep Panel” Dual Cowl Phaeton that will be auctioned off at . (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

When famed industrialist E.L. Cord purchased the foundering Duesenberg automobile company in 1926, he made a simple demand of talented engineering brothers Fred and August Duesenberg: design and build the finest automobile in the world. Cord, who already owned premium auto manufacturers Cord and Auburn, set his sights on Duesenberg becoming the standard of luxury, style and performance.

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