1/22/2017 7:12:45 PM

Visitors to the final day of the 2017 Scottsdale Auction were rewarded with plenty of sunshine, a relaxed atmosphere, a last look at many of the auction cars still on display, waiting to be shipped to their new homes, and plenty of activity in the auction arena itself. The last of the more than 1,800 […]

1/21/2017 11:38:23 PM

  Every Barrett-Jackson auction has what has become known as a “Barrett-Jackson moment.” Today’s event had several. The company has long offered a little something for everyone when it comes to collector cars – but today, that applied to celebrities as well. The excitement in the packed auction arena was off the charts when – […]

1/20/2017 11:49:26 PM

  Despite the weather outside, it didn’t rain on Barrett-Jackson’s parade as some of the biggest names in music, sports and business made their way to the auction block today – along with nearly 400 fine collector cars and authentic pieces of automobilia. The most-anticipated moment of the night didn’t disappoint: Rock and Roll Hall […]

1/19/2017 10:43:36 PM

Judging by the thousands of fans who streamed into the massive auction site at WestWorld today, there was no better place to be on a cold and rainy Arizona day than Barrett-Jackson, where you could stay warm and dry under more than a million square feet of covered space. All of the 1,700+ auction cars […]

1/18/2017 10:17:46 PM

When you come to Barrett-Jackson, you know you’re going to see the best of the best: muscle cars, classics, Resto-Mods, exotics and more. But sometimes … well, sometimes you just need to expect the unexpected. There are always a few more unconventional vehicles that end up on the auction block, and that was certainly the […]

1/17/2017 9:59:36 PM

The Velocity television cameras began to roll today as live television coverage of the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction got underway. Two decades ago, the very first live broadcast of the Scottsdale Auction aired on Speedvision, the fulfillment of a strategy Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson had for the company when he took the […]

1/16/2017 7:17:49 PM

As is Barrett-Jackson tradition, the night before the collector cars start to cross the auction block, the auction arena is transformed into an incredible nightclub-like venue for the much-anticipated Opening Night Gala. Last night, bidders, consignors, sponsors and invited guests enjoyed sampling dishes from gourmet food stations and enjoying a great night of entertainment and […]

1/15/2017 4:59:55 PM

  Collector car enthusiasts headed to WestWorld of Scottsdale today for the second day of the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson event, where the more than 1,700 auction cars were ready to be previewed – including Justin Bieber’s Frozen Blue Ferrari (Lot #1372). The singer/songwriter’s car arrived on-site late Saturday to take its place next to Steven […]

1/15/2017 3:02:39 PM

  Although the origins are unclear, the term “hot rod” dates back in the 1930s in Southern California, when racers would take Model As and Model Ts, strip them down, hop up the engines and run them on dry lake beds near Los Angeles. The best bang for the buck was a Ford, which was […]

1/14/2017 5:55:48 PM

  Enthusiastic fans were out bright and early this morning as the gates opened on the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. Today was Coca-Cola Family Value Day, when children 12 and under could enjoy the event free of charge, so multiple generations of families were out in full force to enjoy all The World’s Greatest […]

1/14/2017 11:39:29 AM

  When you’re ready for a break from the auction action, be sure to visit the Barrett-Jackson Exhibitor Marketplace, where you’ll find numerous displays showcasing unique products and services to accommodate every taste and budget. Maybe you’d like to personalize your garage with custom cabinets or flooring to coordinate with that dream car you will […]

1/12/2017 1:26:56 PM

  The collector car community had to say goodbye to one of its leading lights last February with the passing of Gordon Apker. A longtime friend of Barrett-Jackson, Apker was a collector renowned for his expertise and refined taste. Among other achievements, he became a judge for the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and was […]

1/11/2017 4:02:07 PM

  We can’t thank everyone enough for making Barrett-Jackson’s 45th anniversary year one incredible ride. Because of our fantastic bidders, consignors, sponsors and fans, we certainly had a lot to celebrate. One of our biggest honors is that we’ve now helped to raise more than $91 million for charity to date through the auction of […]

1/10/2017 6:05:41 PM

Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson   The 1970 HEMI ’Cuda could be considered the ultimate muscle car from the classic era. It arrived on the scene with everything. Its fresh, smooth body lines cut the perfect profile for charging into a new decade. The HEMI power option broke new ground in terms […]

1/9/2017 12:36:50 PM

Steve Davis’ dark glasses protect his eyes from a light sensitivity condition – but that doesn’t hinder his vision of the collector car market. I’ve been a car guy all my life. And that goes way back to collecting Hot Wheels cars and putting model cars together. It wasn’t until 1969 that I got to […]

1/6/2017 1:44:30 PM

  If you’re a sports fan, movie buff or music-lover, there are some cars with impressive celebrity tie-ins at the 2017 Scottsdale Auction that will grab your attention. Leading the pack of more than a dozen cars with celebrity tie-ins headed to the Scottsdale Auction block are two supercars from superstars of the music world: Steven […]

1/5/2017 11:18:11 AM

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Magnante   So you thought Carroll Shelby’s 427 Cobra was cool, eh? Well, compared to Bill Thomas’ Cheetah, some might say the Cobra paled by comparison. Put down the stones. At least that’s how things look when each car is viewed strictly from the perspective of its performance potential […]

1/4/2017 3:43:54 PM

Don’t ever give up. That’s the mantra longtime Barrett-Jackson customer Ele Chesney lives by, and adamantly tells the scores of girls she often addresses when asked to speak at schools. “Dream about it, work hard, and some day you, too, can own the car of your dreams,” she says. “You’ll make it happen.” She speaks […]

1/3/2017 2:45:43 PM

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Magnante   There’s a popular saying making the rounds throughout the car enthusiast world today that goes, “The good old days are right now.” And it’s true. Think about it – we’ve got brand-new 2017 Detroit V8 muscle cars making 600 and even 700 horsepower raring and ready to […]

1/2/2017 1:07:03 PM

  When you are a collector car enthusiast faced with the incredible 1,500-plus vehicles on the docket for the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, it’s often hard to know where to begin. So, to provide a little “cheat sheet,” we asked our team of automotive experts which cars were beginning to catch their eyes as the docket […]

12/30/2016 1:59:59 PM

  At the 2015 Scottsdale Auction, the incredible Ron Pratte Collection of more than 100 collector cars and over 1,000 pieces of automobilia was unquestionably the star of the show. The sale of Pratte’s pristine automobilia alone ultimately led to Barrett-Jackson nearly tripling the world record for automobilia sales. Now, two years later, an automobilia […]

12/29/2016 10:57:09 AM

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Magnante Despite the deep awe and respect the original Shelby AC Cobra commands ‒ and deserves ‒ one must remember that Shelby and his team only served to maximize an already-existing platform: British-built AC Aces that rumbled across Europe between 1954 and 1963 with humble 6-cylinder engines under hood, […]

12/28/2016 4:13:28 PM

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Magnante   There’s an old saying among hot-rodders and customizers that warns, “It is just as easy to insult the subject vehicle as it is to compliment it.” We’ve all seen certain custom cars that suffered at the hands of their makers instead of benefiting from their efforts. You […]

12/28/2016 9:12:12 AM

  Two decades ago, two forces collided that changed the collector car world forever. When Craig Jackson took over the leadership of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company following the untimely death of his brother Brian in 1995, he had a vision: to broadcast the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction on national television. That same year, Bob Scanlon […]

12/27/2016 10:50:59 AM

Written by independent automotive journalist Rich Taylor   Packard was the most successful American luxury car of the Golden Era. Guided by General Manager Alvin Macauley and Chief Engineer Jesse Vincent, each year from 1924 through 1930, Packard was the best-selling luxury brand in the world, typically outselling Cadillac, Lincoln and Pierce-Arrow combined. There was […]