9 Celebrity Cars Sold at Barrett-Jackson 2014

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.

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Scottsdale Auto Auctions 2014 Calendar

January is the busy season for classic car auctions in Phoenix. For 2014, there are six different auctions coming up and two concours shows! This will be an exciting winter if you are looking to buy or sell your classic car, muscle car, hot rod, or other custom vehicle. Check out this list of upcoming Arizona car auctions for 2014:

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 Auction
Dates: Jan 12-19, 2014
Location: Westworld
Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 1,600+ vehicles for sale
Gate Price: $15-$60 (varies by day)
Week Pass: $175
Website: barrett-jackson.com

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2014 Auction
Dates: Jan 15-19, 2014
Location: Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road
Address: 18601 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ
Catalog: 700+ Vehicles for sale
Tickets: $20 per adult/single day
Five-Day Pass: $80
Website: russoandsteele.com

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Barrett-Jackson’s Permanent Auction Building Nears Completion

For automotive collectors and enthusiasts, the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale car auction is THE premier event of the year. For the past decade or so, the main auction has been held in a 120,000 square foot tent at WestWorld.

Then in January 2013, Craig Jackson made an announcement that Barrett-Jackson would be constructing a permanent auction arena on the grounds – with real bathrooms! His comment was met with great applause, as the restrooms were previously located in a separate building a short walk away from the main tent.

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The Pinnacle of Excess: 1972 Stutz Blackhawk

Following the carefree fifties and the rebellious sixties, the 1970s were a decade of uninhibited excess. This was the decade that brought us leisure suits, disco music, and brutalist architecture. For the most part, the 1970s are remembered as a dark age of design, and cars were no exception.

During this decade, cars got bigger and heavier, less fuel efficient, and in many cases uglier due to a combination of Federally-mandated 5mph impact bumpers and the prevailing styles of the times. There is perhaps no other automobile on earth that embodies the lavish excess, the indulgence, and the absurdity of the seventies quite like this 1972 Stutz Blackhawk. Continue reading

1967 Ford Mustang Custom by 360 Fabrication

I spotted this unique 1967 Ford Mustang at the DuPont Registry booth at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013. DuPont Registry is a magazine where people advertise high-end and exotic cars for sale – sort of like an AutoTrader for millionaires.

This black stallion comes all the way from Beautiful British Columbia in Canada, where it was built by 360 Fabrication. This car has a lot going on with it – it’s half show car and half pro-touring car. The grille, wheels, and air ride are all show, but the rest of the car is all “go!”

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The Roadster Shop’s 1962 Corvette C1RS

When you get right down to it, a car is a machine that does work. It transports people and cargo from one location to another. For most people, a car is just another appliance which is no different from an alarm clock or a garbage disposal. It is a purpose-built machine that makes our lives easier in some way. You use it when you need to, fix or replace it when it breaks, and feel no special attachment to it.

From the beginning of the automobile era, cars were designed with functionality in mind.  Early automobiles were simply boxes on a ladder frame with some wheels. Today, cars have evolved into sophisticated, computer-controlled machines – but I would argue that the majority of cars on the road are still more functional than beautiful.

The appearance of a car hasn’t changed much because it hasn’t needed to: a car doesn’t need to be beautiful to get us where we are going. While I can certainly appreciate the intrinsic beauty of something that is purely functional, I can also appreciate when things are both functional and beautiful.

This car, a customized 1962 Corvette roadster “C1RS” is one of the most aesthetically beautiful cars I have ever seen. This vehicle transcends the definition of a car or even a hot rod, it is a work of art.

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Ringbrothers 1970 Mustang Mach 1 ‘Dragon’

As any chef will tell you, making an award-winning dish starts with having the best ingredients. The same is true for custom cars: if you’re going to build an award winning show vehicle, why not start with the best? That’s exactly what Mike and Jim Ring did with their 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 “Dragon.”

Mike and Jim are the owners of Ringbrothers, a custom car shop from the sleepy little town of Spring Green, Wisconsin (population: 1,648). They’ve built some high-profile cars before, but the Dragon is quickly becoming one of their most popular creations. It was built for an Arizona customer and made its grand debut at SEMA 2010. The car spent the next few years scooping up awards on the show circuit. I caught up with the Dragon at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013, where it was scheduled to go on the auction block.

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Barrett-Jackson Auctions First 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray

While the Batmobile was definitely the crowd favorite of the Barrett-Jackson 2013 Scottsdale auction, I was looking forward to seeing a different car. On Saturday January 19th, they auctioned the first production model (VIN #0001) of the seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

When Chevrolet says the 2014 Corvette is “all-new,” they aren’t kidding around! The Corvette has a new exterior look, a brand new engine, and a completely redone interior. Even the sacred round taillamps have been redone! With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the changes.

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