PRESIDENTIAL VISIT AND $100+ MILLION RAISED TO DATE FOR CHARITY HIGHLIGHT SUPER SATURDAY AT BARRETT-JACKSON

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With former President George W. Bush and comedian Jay Leno on hand, a 2018 Carbon 65 Edition Corvette (Lot #3007) sold for $1.4 million today for charity.

 

The final Saturday of any Barrett-Jackson auction is always exciting, but it’s safe to say this year’s was off the charts, and undoubtedly one of the most important in the company’s history.

In its 47-year existence, Barrett-Jackson has hosted its share of celebrities and dignitaries at its events, but never before has it welcomed a U.S. president – until today. To the roaring approval of the surprised crowd in a packed auction arena, former President George W. Bush came to the Barrett-Jackson block, along with comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno, to help auction a 2018 Chevrolet Carbon 65 Edition Corvette (Lot #3007) – generously donated by General Motors – for the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative. Only 650 of these special vehicles were produced, and this one hammered at $1.4 million – 100% of which goes to this fantastic cause, which ensures post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life. It was another unforgettable auction moment – made all the more special by the fact that the sale of this vehicle and three others today saw the amount of funds raised for charity to date through the platform of Barrett-Jackson surpass the $100 million mark, reaching nearly $102 million.

SOLD! A 2017 Ford GT (Lot #3010) raised $2.5 million for charity today.

SOLD! A 2017 Ford GT (Lot #3010) raised $2.5 million for charity today.

Another electrifying charity sale that sent the thousands in the auction arena into a frenzy was the $2.5 million sale of Lot #3010, a brand-new, rare Liquid Blue 2017 Ford GT, donated by the always-generous Ron Pratte to the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program. To make this incredible moment even more special, Ron Pratte donated an additional $50,000 to help the Autism Alliance of Michigan. Fresh from his induction in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, racing legend Ray Evernham was onstage to encourage bidding on the stunning supercar, as was racing icon Chip Ganassi and Raj Nair, Executive Vice President and President of North America, Ford Motor Company.

With American Heart Association CEO on the block, a 1988 35th Anniversary Corvette (Lot #3008) sold for $350,000 today for the AHA.

With the American Heart Association CEO on the block, a 1988 35th Anniversary Corvette (Lot #3008) sold for $350,000 today for the AHA.

The sale of Carolyn and Craig Jackson’s 1988 Chevrolet 35th Anniversary Edition Corvette (Lot #3008) kicked off the start of Barrett-Jackson’s yearlong “Driven Hearts” charitable initiative in a big way. With Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association (AHA), on the block, the car initially sold for $200,000 to benefit the AHA, and then was donated back to sell again for an additional $100,000, while another generous individual contributed $50,000 more to the cause. The car was once gifted on the auction block by the late Dave Ressler, a noted Corvette enthusiast and longtime member of the extended Barrett-Jackson family, who passed away recently. Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson and President Steve Davis both wore white jackets to match the car during the sale to honor Ressler, who had a tradition of wearing jackets that matched many of the cars he sold at the auction over the years.

The fourth car to sell for charity at today’s auction was another incredible vehicle donated by Chevrolet: a brand-new, first retail production VIN 001 2019 Corvette ZR1 (Lot #3009) – the fastest, most powerful, most advanced production Corvette ever produced. The entire hammer price of $925,000 will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Building for America’s Bravest.

Lot #1415 - 2015 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER - $1,430,000

Today’s top-selling non-charity car was Lot #1415 – a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder – for $1,430,000.

There was plenty of action in addition to the charitable moments, with several likely records set and many noteworthy sales. Incredible collectible cars topping the charts today included a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Lot #1415), coming in as the top sale of the day and the auction at $1.43 million. A stunning 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa (Lot #1378) went to its new home for $1.1 million, as did a unique 1965 Corvette Cutaway Coupe (Lot #1413). Likely world record sales at auction were set with several sales, including a 1958 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup (Lot #1358), a 2018 Dodge Demon (Lot #1317) and a 1951 Cadillac Custom Coupe (Lot #1422).

Lot #9499 - Exquisite full-size transportation-themed carousel manufactured by Wilhelm Hennecke of Germany in 1957 - $557,750

Lot #9499 – Exquisite full-size transportation-themed carousel manufactured by Wilhelm Hennecke of Germany in 1957 – $557,750

Another incredible sale occurred before the collector cars even started rolling, at the Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction, when an exquisite transportation-themed carousel manufactured by Wilhelm Hennecke of Germany in 1957 (Lot #9499) brought in an astounding $557,750 – a world record for this type of carousel. One of only five imported to North America during the 1950s, the fully functional carousel is considered to be the finest surviving example, with stunning craftsmanship and 27 hand-built transportation-related vehicles making it a magnificent piece of mechanical art.

As always, there were many familiar faces at today’s auction in addition to those mentioned above. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, country superstar Kenny Chesney, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace were among those enjoying the thrilling auction moments today.

Check out this video and gallery below highlighting Saturday’s top sales, world records and all the excitement of a Barrett-Jackson Super Saturday, and remember – there’s more to see tomorrow at The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions!

The crowd in the auction arena went wild when former President George W. Bush stepped onto the stage.

The crowd in the auction arena went wild when former President George W. Bush stepped onto the stage.

2019 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1

Representatives from Chevrolet and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation celebration the sale of Lot #3009, a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for $925,000.

Lot #1378 - 1952 FERRARI 212 EUROPA - $1,100,000

Lot #1378 – 1952 FERRARI 212 EUROPA – $1,100,000

Lot #1413 - 1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUTAWAY COUPE - $1,100,000

Lot #1413 – 1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUTAWAY COUPE – $1,100,000

Lot #1409 - 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 - $770,000

Lot #1409 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 – $770,000

Lot #1406 - 1966 SHELBY GT350 PROTOTYPE #001 - $605,000

Lot #1406 – 1966 SHELBY GT350 PROTOTYPE #001 – $605,000

Lot #1426 - 2015 MTI RACING BOAT - $548,900

Lot #1426 – 2015 MTI RACING BOAT – $548,900

Lot #1414 - 2006 FORD GT HERITAGE EDITION - $495,000

Lot #1414 – 2006 FORD GT HERITAGE EDITION – $495,000

Lot #1418 - 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 - $495,000

Lot #1418 – 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 – $495,000

Lot #1348 - 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE - $440,000 (a likely world record)

Lot #1348 – 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $440,000 (a likely world record)

Lot #1412 - 1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE RAM AIR IV CONVERTIBLE - $440,000

Lot #1412 – 1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE RAM AIR IV CONVERTIBLE – $440,000

Lot #1318 - RUSTY WALLACE'S 1966 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO CUSTOM PICKUP - $126,500

Lot #1318 – RUSTY WALLACE’S 1966 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO CUSTOM PICKUP – $126,500

Lot #1371 - 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE - $321,200

Lot #1371 – 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $321,200

Lot #9498.2 - Exceptional 1950s Dogs-N-Suds Drive-In single-sided neon porcelain sign - $41,400

Right: Lot #9498.2 – Exceptional 1950s Dogs-N-Suds Drive-In single-sided neon porcelain sign – $41,400

Lot #9492 - Very iconic 1950s Donald Duck neon porcelain parking lot entrance sign from Disneyland - $48,300

Lot #9492 – Very iconic 1950s Donald Duck neon porcelain parking lot entrance sign from Disneyland – $48,300

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A selection of authentic automobilia from Saturday’s auction.

Patrick Lauder, official anthem singer of the Arizona Coyotes, opened the collector car auction by singing the National Anthem.

Patrick Lauder, official anthem singer of the Arizona Coyotes, opened the collector car auction by singing the National Anthem.

Lead auctioneer Joseph Mast with a #DrivenHearts collector plate.

Lead auctioneer Joseph Mast and his team with #DrivenHearts collector license plates, available for purchase at the merchandise location on-site and soon online. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these plates will benefit the American Heart Association.

Steve Magnante and Mike Joy

Steve Magnante and Mike Joy kicking off the Velocity live television broadcast on Saturday.

Automobilia Director Rory Brinkman (right) and Craig Jackson celebrate the world record sale of the transportation-themed carousal this morning.

Automobilia Director Rory Brinkman (right) and Craig Jackson celebrate the world record sale of the transportation-themed carousal this morning.

Another successful bidder.

Another successful bidder during the busy Saturday auction.

Steve Davis, Ron Pratte and Craig Jackson.

Steve Davis, Ron Pratte and Craig Jackson.

The Staging Lanes

The Staging Lanes

Craig Jackson with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane

Craig Jackson with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane

Heading to the auction block.

Heading to the auction block.

Craig Jackson and Steve Davis share a laugh on the block.

Craig Jackson and Steve Davis share a laugh on the block.

Camille Booker

Auctioneer Assistant Camille Booker hard at work during today’s auction.

Craig Jackson with former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

Craig Jackson with former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

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