Kendra Sommer
February 7, 2019

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2019 auction did not disappoint. The most anticipated West Coast event not only shattered records but it also saw an unprecedented 1,800 plus highly desirable cars selling with a zero reserve price. The high number of vehicles participating in the auction this year were also accompanied by this year’s skyrocketing event attendance numbers! We caught up with Barrett-Jackson CEO, Craig Jackson, as he showed us around WestWorld, the grounds of this annual Mega-Event Auction. “This is our Super Bowl, our Daytona 500; we kick off the year with the biggest auction of the year! We have 300,000 people attending, over 200 vendors, and auto manufacturers turn out in force,” Jackson said.

The Arizona event was jam-packed with a mixture of activities, offering something for the whole family at this Mega-Event Auction. Super Saturday was packed with an amazing selection of cars for charity, like the first Ford 2019 GT Heritage Edition that was sported VIN 001.

Barrett-Jackson also paid tribute to the silver screen by selling one of the surviving three real Eleanors from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” with mega film star, Nicolas Cage. Another Fierce Ford worth mentioning, at this year’s Scottsdale Auction, as you may have read about on Mustang-360.com already, was the very first 1964.5 Mustang hardtop ever sold. Owned for years by Bob Fria and attempted to be auction off one time before, hardtop number 1 now has a new owner.

Other notable Fords include Kevin Manley’s 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. Manley’s shop specializes in Boss 429 Mustangs and they have worked on more than 70 cars, just like the one featured here in this video—Manley’s Boss Mustang is concourse-correct.

Another Boss 429 that caught our attention at Barrett-Jackson this year was the 1969 example owned by Jim Wicks. This Boss is a highly desired collector car and has been a part of some pretty serious Ford Mustang collections over the past years. It not only has its original engine, it’s a complete numbers matching car. Sporting its original carburetor and distributor, it stands just as it would have been delivered to its first proud owner. This Mustang’s originality even extends inside to the interior and all the way down to its door panels and dash pad.

And of course one of the highlights of the auction for the Mustang crowd was 2020 Mustang Shelby G.T. 500 being sold for charity, which heard the gavel after Craig Jackson himself stepped up with a winning bid of $1,100,000! Shelby President Gary Patterson commented that there was a significant history between Shelby American and The Barrett-Jackson Auction. “Craig Jackson is such a big fan of this company that he even named his daughter Shelby. There’s a lot of history with Barrett Jackson and Shelby American”

One of the surprising aspects of Shelby American is now, the fact that trucks are about 75 to 80 percent of Shelby American’s current business. That’s not surprising since their line includes such offerings as the Shelby F-150, the Shelby Raptor and, believe it or not, the Shelby Diesel.

Overall, the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for 2019, was definitely without equal. Once again, proving the importance of this annual automotive sales summit that, again, presented the very finest in automotive specimens available for sale and, at the same time, supporting important automotive-based charities.

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Photography by Kendra Sommer