Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
May 2, 2016

The Mustang-360.com team was excited to head west for the 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. We were poised to see all the classic and late-model Fords, but never expected such an amazing extravaganza. The event was packed with cars, stars and a wild energy.

There was a seemingly unlimited amount of Ford performance vehicles, collectibles and displays from your favorite manufacturers. Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is a staggering nine-day Auction (held from Jan. 23-31, 2016), at WestWorld of Scottsdale and all the vehicles sold at No Reserve. “Ford has been an integral part of the Barrett-Jackson family for many years,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “That’s why we’re excited to have our Scottsdale docket filled with rare Ford performance vehicles. Besides being well cared for and maintained, each of these powerhouses has some unique feature that makes it a truly remarkable vehicle. I look forward to seeing the audience excitement amp up when these Fords cross the block in January.”

One of the stars of Barrett-Jackson, despite not being for sale, was the 2017 Ford GT. Posing with the car are the teams from Ford, Shelby, Barrett-Jackson and this humble motoring scribe.
One of our personal favorites from Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was this perfect 1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang that sold for $12,500.

Throughout the nine-day auction, fans can participate in the Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides, as well as shop the vendor marketplace and enjoy live music on select evenings. We were excited to see everything from Fox-body Mustangs to the 38-car barn collection of Jack Miller, which consisted primarily of rare Roush, Saleen and Shelby Mustangs.

The successful results reported by Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, demonstrates the company’s dominance in the industry and the current state of the collector car hobby. With 1,469 cars selling for over $102 million (unaudited) at a 99-percent sell-through rate and many records set, 2016 Scottsdale Auction was the highest grossing auction during Scottsdale car week and one of the company’s most successful auctions in its 45-year history.

Another favorite was the awesome 2003 Saleen S7 with the competition package. This is one of 78 S7s, featured the naturally aspirated 625 hp 7.0L engine and sold for $451,000!
Recognize this guy? It’s two-time Masters champion PGA Golfer Bubba Watson, and he was checking out the line-up from Shelby American.

“Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was a spectacular success,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our sell-through for such a large number of collector cars was truly prolific. Some might be tempted to compare our 2015 auction, which included the enormous Pratte Collection, but when the Pratte Collection sales are factored out, our 2016 results proved stronger than what we did in 2015.”

For full results of Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction, follow the link to www.barrett-jackson.com. Barrett-Jackson’s next auction is scheduled for Palm Beach, Fla., from April 8 – 10, 2016, at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

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