To an average person on the street, a Bentley and a Rolls-Royce are pretty much the same thing: a very expensive car for rich people. However, the two cars actually serve very different purposes. A Rolls-Royce is a car for you to be chauffeured around in, while a Bentley is a driver’s car.
Bentley has a long tradition of racing heritage going back to the company’s founding in 1919. Bentleys won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race five times between 1924 and 1930. Facing bankruptcy during the Great Depression, Bentley was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931.
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.
This is my own observation, but it feels like I’ve been seeing the car everywhere lately. It’s been mentioned in Motor Trend’s Aventador vs. Rat Rod video, it’s been featured on Petrolicious, and oh yes, Jay Leno has one. On top of all that, I’ve even spotted three of them in the past year at my local Cars and Coffee cruise-in.
The Countach was the catalyst that sparked the modern supercar era. It is one of the most ridiculous, over-the-top designs to ever come out of Lamborghini’s factory. The car’s abundant vents, scoops, and giant wing make it look like a fighter jet with wheels. And who could forget those vertical doors!
What is it that makes certain cars more collectible than others? Certainly the car’s condition, its documentation, and any unusual factory options can affect a car’s value. However, I think the most important factor is rarity. The less common a car is, the more valuable it becomes.
Sometimes car manufacturers deliberately make small runs of cars, ensuring that they will become instant collectibles. Take a look at some recently produced exotic cars and their prices:
Lexus LF-A Supercar – 500 units – $375,000 each
Aston Martin One-77 – 77 units – $1,000,000 each
Lamborghini Veneno – 3 units – $3,000,000 each
It boggles my mind that automakers can produce a run of $1 or $3 million dollars cars and have no trouble selling all of them. However, it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when automakers had a hard time finding buyers for hyper-expensive cars. One of the first manufacturers to create a ridiculously high-priced supercar was none other than the Hudson Motor Company.
We had a blast covering the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction this year! Here is a video I made highlighting some of the things I saw at the auction, including lots of very cool cars. Hope you enjoy it!
Today was the final day of Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013. By the numbers, it was one of the most successful auctions ever. Over 3,400 bidders participated in the 7-day event, buying $100 million worth of vehicles – $58 million of which happened on Saturday alone.
As the cars are delivered to their new owners and the booths and tents are packed up, I would like to reflect on 10 things I loved about Barrett-Jackson 2013.
January is the busiest time of year for auto auctions in Scottsdale! Whether you’re bidding or just browsing, there are a plethora of car auctions to satisfy your need for speed with the thrill of the auction environment. These annual consignment auctions feature everything from classic cars, muscle cars, and concept cars to rare and exotic or historic vehicles. Let’s take a look at the big events coming up this month:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Dates: Jan 13-20, 2013 Location: Westworld Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Catalog: 1,365 vehicles for sale Gate Price: $10-55 (varies by day) Week Pass: $160 Website:barrett-jackson.com
Once a month, car enthusiasts from all over the greater Phoenix area get together in Scottsdale to enjoy some coffee and look at some cars. The show is called Cars and Coffee, and it is open to any make and model of vehicle.
Though anyone is welcome, the show primarily features high-end and exotic cars such as those from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, Lotus, and others. We were on hand to capture some of the action at this month’s event. Hope you enjoy the video!