- Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was depicted in the feature film “Lone Survivor,” was on stage to support the sale of Lot #3001, a Dodge Viper Hennessey Venom 500 benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation
- Lot #3002, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Commando Tactical Edition topped all charity vehicles with $225,000 going to support the Patriot Foundation
- General Motors donated two VIN #001s, a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (Lot #3003) and a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition (Lot #3005)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – April 21, 2016 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, helped raise $1,050,000 for charities supporting U.S. veterans and their families, youth programs and medical research during its 14th Annual Palm Beach Auction. To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise more than $89 million for charity.
“The charity vehicles created some truly remarkable highlights during our Palm Beach auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The excitement grew to unbelievable levels as people filled the arena to see the vehicles and special guests on stage. We take great pride in using our global platform to support those in need, which is one of the reasons the Barrett-Jackson brand is so endearing to our fans around the world.”
Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and other wounded veterans came together on stage for the sale of a Dodge Viper Hennessey Venom 500 (Lot #3001) as it brought $150,000 for the Lone Survivor Foundation. The exterior of the vehicle was airbrushed with scenes depicting the U.S. Navy SEAL team from Operation Red Wings. The SEAL team was ambushed on June 28, 2005, while on a mission to gather intelligence on Taliban leadership in Afghanistan and Luttrell was the only survivor.
A 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Commando Tactical Edition (Lot #3002) hammered in at $225,000 in support of the Patriot Foundation to provide support to families of airborne and special operations soldiers killed or wounded in combat. Inspired by the original Hendrick Commando tactical vehicle and premiered at the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, the Commando Tactical Edition Jeep is a collaboration between 4 Wheel Parts Dealer Services division and Hendrick Dynamics, who worked together to create this spectacular vehicle’s aggressive design, style and versatile up-fit technology, including an exact replication of the authentic COMMANDO Tan™ exterior color.
“Barrett-Jackson continues to lead the collector car community in supporting veterans, youth programs, medical research and countless other worthy causes,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our history of helping runs deep in our company’s DNA and it’s such a rewarding experience to share the stage with many of the individuals that our charity vehicles benefit. Having a true hero like retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell on the block to support the Lone Survivor Foundation was one of the more inspirational moments we’ve experienced during a charity auction.”
GM continued the tradition of selling VIN #001 vehicles for charity during the 14th Annual Palm Beach Auction. The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette VIN #001 Grand Sport (Lot #3003) sold for $170,000 to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro VIN #001 50th Anniversary Edition (Lot #3005) hammered at $150,000 in support of The United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
Other vehicles that crossed the block to support specific charities included:
- 1974 BMW 2002 (Lot #3004) donated by Clarion Builds to support The Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at TGen in Memory of Russ and Brian Jackson – $125,000
- 2014 Ford Raptor Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 (Lot # 3000) donated by Shell to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America – $100,000
- 2004 Hummer H1 Custom HMCS MP (Lot #3006) to benefit Camp Southern Ground, the passion project of Grammy award-winning artist Zac Brown – $100,000
- 1985 Ford Bronco II (Lot #3007) to benefit the Boy Scouts of America – $30,000