The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premium automotive event that starts up Arizona collector-car auction week, has chosen Packard and Maserati as its honored marques for the Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, concours held at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort and Hotel.
LAND OF LINCOLN — In something of a late auction surprise, the top non-charity sale of the auction ends up being not a muscle car, a rare Corvette or a European sports car, but a 1931 Lincoln Model K (Lot 759), exactly the kind of car Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett used to specialize in when they started Barrett-Jackson more than four decades ago. This behemoth is elegant and luxurious, a fantastic example of Depression Era opulence, at a time when such cars were a tough sell. It brings $352,000, including the 10 percent buyer’s premium.
RED HOT — An ultra-rare car, and arguably the high-water mark in a production Ford is the 2005 Ford GT (Lot 748), modeled after the Le Mans-winning Ford GTs of the mid-1960s. Even though this one brings a total of $275,000, our FOXSports television team is convinced this is still a very good buy. And with only 58 original miles, it is in absolutely perfect conditions. This is the top selling non-charity car of the entire auction.
As was the case Thursday, charity cars continued to dominate the Friday action at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector-Car Auction.
The big seller was a 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Penske Racing No. 2 Dodge Charger driven by Brad Keselowski last year as he drove to his first Cup championship. Donated by team owner Roger Penske, the car sold for $500,000 with all proceeds going to benefit the NASCAR Foundation, which involves itself in a variety of charitable efforts for children in need.
The first emotional highlight of the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector-Car Event came just 15 minutes into our live coverage on FOX Sports 2. The Wounded Warriors Family Support’s 2012 Shelby Mustang GT500 SVT Super Snake sold for $500,000 to noted collector Don Damon, who won a $96.6 million Powerball jackpot back in the fall of 2009.
Wrapped in red, white and blue vinyl and driven through 48 states during a five-week driving tour, the car has the signatures of hundreds of individuals who support and respect the brave fighting men and women of our military.
Every penny of the $500,000 sale will go to the Wounded Warriors Family Support and help in its mission to provide support to families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.