I have noticed that several of the cars for sale at this year’s Scottsdale auction belong to celebrities. Here are some of the ones I’ve spotted so far:
Lot #1319.2 – Simon Cowell’s 2008 Bugatti Veyron
Sold for: $1,375,000
This black-on-black Bugatti Veyron is the first used car to be certified by the factory. It belongs to Mr. Simon Cowell, who is best known as the outspoken asshole judge on TV’s American Idol (Seasons 1-9). Comes with a 1 year factory warranty!
#1355.1 – Alice Cooper’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Sold for: $82,500
The shock rocker behind “School’s Out for the Summer” is also a famed car collector. This ’69 Camaro has been beautifully restored to look showroom new. Comes with a signed picture from the man himself. Features a 396 V8 with an automatic transmission and a new interior.
#1279 – Chad Kroeger’s 1969 Ford Mustang BOSS 429 Fastback
Sold for: $291,500
This beautiful ’69 Boss 429 Fastback belonged to Chad Kroeger, frontman and lead singer of the band Nickelback. They might make shitty music, but he has good taste in cars. This ’69 Boss 429 has been restored to concours standards, right down to the chalk and grease pencil marks as if it just came off the line. Has a rare 820-S NASCAR engine with forged internals and extensive documentation. Comes with a signed guitar and 2 passes to some kind of VIP who-gives-a-shit event.
#1003 – Kobe Bryant’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala
Sold for: $53,900
Built by West Coast Customs for five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, this 1963 Chevrolet Impala was done in the classic lowrider style. It’s got hydraulic suspension, a white leather interior, and rides on 13″ 100-spoke Dayton wire wheels. Under the hood is a 327 V8 engine.
#1658 – Kyle Busch’s 1969 Camaro SS
Sold for: $40,150
This car belonged to NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, who is the same age as me (28). This ’69 Camaro looks like a pretty clean ride for the money. It’s got a 350 V8 under the hood and a fresh paint job and new tires. All in all, not a bad deal if you’re looking for a nicely restored American muscle car.
#1657 – Kyle Busch’s 2006 Corvette Z06
Sold for: $55,000
#1109 – 1999 Shelby Series 1
Sold for: $110,000
It’s not every day that you see a Shelby Series 1 come up for sale! This car is one of just 249 ever built by Shelby. Powered by an Oldsmobile V8 engine from the Alero, this tuned up car makes 320 HP with an amazingly quick 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. It belonged to Jaime Navarro, longtime MLB pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.
#579 – Custom 1988 Lincoln Towncar Limousine
Sold for: $17,600
This car belonged to the late Rich Snyder, who was the president of In-N-Out Burger from 1976 to 1993. His father, Harry Snyder, founded the company in 1948 in Baldwin Park, California. Rich oversaw the expansion of the company from six stores to more than a hundred. He was a very well liked guy and died tragically in a plane crash in 1993. This ’88 Towncar has been in storage for over 20 years and was only taken out for emissions and registration tests. Has 16,166 original miles and documentation from In-N-Out.
#5080 – Michael Schumacher 1998 Ferrari F300
Sold for: $1,870,000
Okay, we all knew this one was going to sell for a lot of money, but I was pretty surprised at the final hammer price of $1.8 million! At the time of this writing, 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life in a medically-induced coma following a skiing accident in France on December 29, 2013. I don’t believe that his current condition drove up the auction price with any sympathy bids, because as one of the winningest racing drivers of all time, his career is truly impressive.
This 1998 Ferrari F300 was the car that got Ferrari back in the F1 game and set them on a decade-long winning streak. The car’s 3.0L V10 engine makes 805 HP at a screaming redline of 17,500 rpm. Of course it is not street legal, but it has been given a “Smithsonian-quality restoration” by Ferrari and comes with extensive documentation that would make it an excellent museum piece or driver’s car under Ferrari’s F1 Cliente program. I bet this thing will only go up in value as time passes!