CARS OF DREAMS AND DRIVEN HEARTS CORVETTE HIGHLIGHT SUPER SATURDAY AT BARRETT-JACKSON PALM BEACH

It was a celebration as Lot #3001, the Driven Hearts 35th Anniversary Corvette, made its second appearance on the block in two auctions, this time bringing in $200,000 for the American Heart Association.

It was a celebration as Lot #3001, the Driven Hearts 35th Anniversary Corvette, made its second appearance on the block in two auctions, this time bringing in $200,000 for the American Heart Association.

 

LOT #694.1 – 1915 FORD MODEL T CIRCUS WAGON - $110,000

LOT #694.1 – 1915 FORD MODEL T CIRCUS WAGON – $110,000

A busy day three at Barrett-Jackson saw some impressive sales on the famous auction block, with visitors filling the arena to watch the final 90 cars from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection go to their new homes, along with more than 100 fine collectible vehicles. Crowd favorites from the Cars of Dreams included a 1915 Ford Model T Circus Wagon (Lot #694) that sold for $110,000, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle better known as “Herbie” (Lot #703) that brought in $128,700 (a new world record at auction) and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 Split-Window Coupe (Lot #694.1) that sold for $154,000.

The day’s most moving moment occurred when a 1988 35th Anniversary Corvette (Lot #3001) made its second appearance on the auction block after being sold at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction and donated back. The special Driven Hearts Corvette is part of Barrett-Jackson’s yearlong charity initiative to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the American Heart Association. The pristine white ’Vette brought the hammer down on a winning bid of $180,000 – 100% of which goes directly to the AHA – bringing the total raised to date through its sales to $530,000. The winning bidders, Jeanette and John Staluppi, once again illustrated the generosity of the collector car community by donating the car back to be sold at a future auction to raise more for the very worthy cause.

Craig Jackson with Burt Reynolds on the auction block.

Craig Jackson with Burt Reynolds on the auction block.

The arena erupted earlier in the day when film icon Burt Reynolds drove up on the block with Craig Jackson at the wheel of a 1980 Pontiac Trans Am Indy pace car (Lot #656.1) from the actor’s collection, which sold for $110,000 to none other than John Staluppi, who is already busy assembling a new collection of vehicles for his Florida-based Cars of Dreams Museum.

Those exploring the vast auction site today may have also spotted a few other familiar faces, including Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, actor Alfie Wise (known for his appearances with Burt Reynolds in “Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit”), and former NFL wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

Today’s top sellers at the collector car auction were a stunning 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition (Lot #724) for $770,000, and two cars from the Cars of Dreams Collection: a 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible (Lot #718.1) for $330,000 and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot #708) for $286,000 – the latter a new world record for a 440ci 1970 Superbird. There were at least five other new world record auction sales set on Super Saturday, many of them from the remarkable Cars of Dreams Collection (see gallery below).

Automobilia Director Rory Brinkman says this year’s Palm Beach Automobilia Auction is “on the verge of being the best ever,” with today’s bidders looking to augment their car collections or spruce up their garages raising their hands for nearly 90 more pristine pieces of the past.

Lot #6385.2, a Richfield gas station island beautifully restored by McLaren Classic Restorations, was today’s top-selling piece of automobilia, bringing in $36,800. Next to it is a hard-to-find 1920s visible gas pump restored in Signal Gasoline regalia (Lot #6385), which was another of the day’s top sellers.

Lot #6385.2, a Richfield gas station island beautifully restored by McLaren Classic Restorations, was today’s top-selling piece of automobilia, bringing in $36,800. Next to it is a hard-to-find 1920s visible gas pump restored in Signal Gasoline regalia (Lot #6385), which was another of the day’s top sellers.

At today’s automobilia auction – the best Saturday on record in Palm Beach – the top-selling piece of automobilia was an impeccably restored Richfield gas station island with rare A.O. Smith matching electric gas pumps (Lot #6385.2), which brought in $36,800. A large, magnificent “Used Cars” neon sales lot sign from the 1940s (Lot #6395) sold for $26,450, while a towering 1928 Packard Automobiles visible gas pump (Lot #6389.1) went to its new home for $20,125.

Get ready for an extra-special Sunday at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, when the Jerry’s of Alabama Collection will be making its way across the block, along with hundreds more pieces of collectible cool at the Automobilia and Collector Car Auctions. And remember, there’s much, much more to do and see beyond the action in the auction arena – check out the video below of the exciting Ford Ride ’N Drives, Chevrolet Hot Laps and Dodge Thrill Rides (complimentary with your entry ticket), a video of today’s top sellers and a gallery of the fun found around the site today.

 

Beautifully restored gas pumps – like the 1928 Packard Automobiles visible pump at left (Lot #6389.1), which sold for $20,125 – continued to be kings of the stage today.

Beautifully restored gas pumps – like the 1928 Packard Automobiles visible pump at left (Lot #6389.1), which sold for $20,125 – continued to be kings of the stage today.

Resplendent with its Pontiac Chieftain logo, this stunning 1940s-50s double-sided neon dealership sign (Lot #6395.1) went to its new home for $25,875.

Resplendent with its Pontiac Chieftain logo, this stunning 1940s-50s double-sided neon dealership sign (Lot #6395.1) went to its new home for $25,875.

This huge “Used Cars” neon sales lot sign (Lot #6395) sold for $26,450.

This huge “Used Cars” neon sales lot sign (Lot #6395) sold for $26,450.

Who remembers these from the ’60’s? This “Ride Sandy the Horse” coin-operated kiddie ride (Lot #6374) went to its new home for $18,400.

Who remembers these from the ’60’s? This “Ride Sandy the Horse” coin-operated kiddie ride (Lot #6374) went to its new home for $18,400.

LOT #724 – 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION –  $770,000

LOT #724 – 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION – $770,000

LOT #718.1 – 1959 DESOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $330,000 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #718.1 – 1959 DESOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $330,000 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #708 – 1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $286,000 (Highest price ever achieved for a 440ci 1970 Superbird)

LOT #708 – 1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $286,000 (Highest price ever achieved for a 440ci 1970 Superbird)

LOT #719 – 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $275,000

LOT #719 – 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $275,000

LOT #726.1 – 2006 FORD GT – $244,200

LOT #726.1 – 2006 FORD GT – $244,200

LOT #719.1 – 1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $231,000

LOT #719.1 – 1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $231,000

LOT #720 – 1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $231,000

LOT #720 – 1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $231,000

LOT #717.1 – 1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $225,500

LOT #717.1 – 1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $225,500

LOT #718 – 1959 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL SUPER D-500 CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $220,000

LOT #718 – 1959 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL SUPER D-500 CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $220,000

LOT #712.1 – 1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/290 FUELIE CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $209,000

LOT #712.1 – 1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/290 FUELIE CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $209,000

LOT #703.1 - 1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL R-CODE CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) - $170,500 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #703.1 – 1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL R-CODE CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $170,500 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #707 - 1959 PLYMOUTH FURY CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) - $148,500 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #707 – 1959 PLYMOUTH FURY CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $148,500 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #715.1 - 1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) - $184,800 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #715.1 – 1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE (from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection) – $184,800 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #694.1 – 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE - $154,000

LOT #694.1 – 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE – $154,000

LOT #703 – 1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE “HERBIE” - $128,700 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #703 – 1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE “HERBIE” – $128,700 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #632 – 1952 CHEVROLET 3600 CUSTOM PICKUP - $121,000 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

LOT #632 – 1952 CHEVROLET 3600 CUSTOM PICKUP – $121,000 (A NEW WORLD RECORD AT AUCTION)

John and Jeanette Staluppi (center), winning bidders on Lot #3001, the Driven Hearts Corvette, donated the car back to be sold again at a future auction to bring more funds to the American Heart Association.

John and Jeanette Staluppi (center), winning bidders on Lot #3001, the Driven Hearts Corvette, donated the car back to be sold again at a future auction to bring more funds to the American Heart Association.

Jillian Flaherty, a freshman at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida, performed today's National Anthem.

Jillian Flaherty, a freshman at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida, performed today’s National Anthem.

View from the VIP Experience Skybox.

View from the VIP Experience Skybox.

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John and Jeanette Staluppi watch from the skybox as their vehicles cross the auction block.

John and Jeanette Staluppi watch from the skybox as their vehicles cross the auction block.

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Burt Reynolds is DRIVEN!

Burt Reynolds is DRIVEN!

Vehicles from the Cars of Dreams Collection in the Staging Lanes.

Vehicles from the Cars of Dreams Collection in the Staging Lanes.

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Joseph Mast and Craig Jackson on the block.

Joseph Mast and Craig Jackson on the block.

Teaching new generations...

Teaching new generations…

The Barrett-Jackson Automotive Experts at the Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposium this morning.

The Barrett-Jackson Automotive Experts at the Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposium this morning.

Craig Jackson and John Staluppi share a moment in the exit lanes.

Craig Jackson and John Staluppi share a moment in the exit lanes.

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Craig Jackson with Velocity's Mike Joy.

Craig Jackson with Velocity’s Mike Joy.

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Craig Jackson and Steve Davis.

Craig Jackson and Steve Davis.

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