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.
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.
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.