Barrett-Jackson to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2022

The Scottsdale 2022 Collector Car Auction will be a milestone for Barrett-Jackson, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary next year. Founded in 1972 by Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett, the company is now headed by Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson and President Steve Davis, both automotive legends in their own right.

Today, Barrett-Jackson has grown to five major auction events, having recently added Houston to the list that includes Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Las Vegas, and the Northeast U.S.

The Scottsdale 2022 auction will be a return to the form for the auction company, which was forced to offer a scaled-back event in 2021 due to capacity restrictions in Arizona at the time. The January event was pushed back to March and saw lower attendance than previous years due to the pandemic. However, Arizona can expect a full-scale event for next month’s auction.

Those attending the 2022 Scottsdale event from January 22-30 can expect a very special event celebrating the company’s 50th Anniversary. Barrett-Jackson is a company that likes to offer surprises, such as in 2018 when former President George W. Bush made a special appearance on Super Saturday to help auction a Chevrolet Corvette for charity. There’s no telling which celebrities may appear at this year’s auction – though we do know that Bret Michaels and Grammy-winning artist Pitbull will be a few of the big stars present at the upcoming event.

With just over a month to go, the auction catalog is already filling in with more than 400 collector vehicles already listed online. Though Barrett-Jackson is primarily focused on American cars from the mid-century such as Camaros, Corvettes and Mustangs, the catalog has everything from muscle cars to late model sports cars, present-day exotics, and even pre-war classics. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at these events!

Do you plan to attend the 2022 auction event in Scottsdale, Arizona? Which cars are you looking forward to seeing? Post a comment below and share your thoughts!


SEMA 2021: Lanark DS Roadster – Drew Scott’s Dream Car

Drew Scott is one half of the famous duo “Property Brothers” which he has co-hosted with his twin brother Jonathan for 14 seasons on HGTV. The popularity of the series has inspired a number of spin-offs and specials, all of them centered on renovating houses.

In a two-hour special that will air on Discovery+ on Saturday, December 18, 2021, we will see a different side of Drew as he pursues another of his passions beyond house flipping. Called Drew Scott’s Dream Car, the special will show Drew Scott teaming up with master mechanic and builder Art Anstead to build his dream car.

I saw the finished vehicle on display at the Hagerty Automotive booth at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Let’s take a quick tour of this very unique car.

It’s called the Lanark DS and it is a two-seater roadster which was inspired by European sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The car is a one-off built using a one piece composite body shell over a custom tubular space frame chassis. The finished car weighs 2,600 lbs (1200 kg).

The car’s powertrain is sourced from a Tesla, meaning this is a fully electric car. It will launch the little car from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph and a redline of 18,000 rpm. The 220 kW motor produces the equivalent of 294 hp with 245 lb-ft at the motor and 2200+ lb-ft at the wheel. The car reportedly has a range of 300 miles, enough to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas before needing a recharge.

The car also has 4-wheel disc brakes, adjustable coilovers and a double wishbone suspension setup. The exterior is finished in a unique blue-green aqua color.

I like this little car. The doors and rear haunches remind me of a Kaiser Darrin, but I can also see the influence of European cars like OSCA, Lancia, Ferrari, and others in the front end. The wrap-around windshield is a very cool style element.

With the Tesla powertrain, it sounds like this car will be very quick once you mash the pedal to the floor. What are your thoughts on this one-off Lanark DS?

Barrett-Jackson to Host Inaugural Houston Collector Car Auction

For more than 50 years, Barrett-Jackson has hosted its annual collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The auction has grown over the years into a multi-day event and has become the cornerstone of Arizona Car Week.

Now the auction house is expanding with the launch of their first ever Houston, TX auction scheduled for September 16-18, 2021. The auction will be held at the NRG Center in Houston.

This is not the first time Barrett-Jackson has entered a new metro area. The Scottsdale-based company launched auction events in Palm Beach, Florida in 2002, Las Vegas in 2008, Orange County in 2010, Reno-Tahoe in 2013, and the northeastern U.S. in 2015. In a statement, Barrett-Jackson’s CEO Craig Jackson said “The car culture runs deep in Texas, which is why we’ve had our hearts set on bringing an event to the state. The pent-up demand for collectible vehicles and the hobby in 2021, combined with the level of excitement we see at our inaugural events, will make this Houston Auction one that enthusiasts around the globe will not want to miss.”

The event is more than just a simple car auction. Barrett-Jackson will be kicking things off on September 15th with an invitation-only gala for registered bidders and VIPs. There will be an exhibitor marketplace during the event featuring vendors and companies centered around the automotive lifestyle.

Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to ride with a professional driver on the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track. Chevrolet and Ford will provide hot laps in their C8 Corvette and Mustang Mach 1, respectively. Toyota and Dodge will also be on site with Thrill Rides in a drifting exhibition featuring the Toyota Supra, as well as Dodge Charger and Challenger.

The sales commence on September 16th, starting with automotive memorabilia such as antique gas pumps, neon signs, and other decorations for the ultimate collector garage or man cave. Then, it’s on to the cars.

Barrett-Jackson specializes in postwar American muscle cars of the 1950s through 1970s, though their auction catalog includes everything from prewar cars to the latest sports and exotic cars. Here are some highlighted vehicles that will be sold at the Houston auction:

Lot #748 – 2019 Ford GT with 19 Miles

The Ford GT is an amazing, purpose-built, low-production race car for the road. While each of them is special, this one carries a high number of factory options that distinguish it from the pack.

  • Liquid Blue paint with Frozen White stripes
  • Exterior Exposed Carbon Fiber Package with matte finish
  • Ebony and white Ford GT Re-Entry interior
  • Carbon fiber seats
  • Indoor car cover
  • 6-point harness anchors
  • 18.1 actual miles


  • Formerly owned by Sir Stirling Moss
  • Raced from 1991-97
  • Car upgraded to “R spec”
  • Extensively documented


If you are not able to attend in person, don’t worry! The auction event will be live streamed on Presented by Toyota.

2021 SEMA Show Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever

LVCC West Hall Construction

LVCC West Hall under construction in 2019. Photo by: Trevor Freeman

Here at Generation High Output, we don’t just write about cars – we are car enthusiasts. We like bringing you news and information about what’s happening in the automotive world. We like seeing cars up close and in person.

Because of the pandemic, the Specialty Equipment Market Association decided to make SEMA a virtual event for 2020. We completely understand why, but it definitely did not provide the same experience as walking the convention center, talking to builders, meeting people, and discovering amazing new booths and vendors.

Joyfully, the SEMA Show will be back to an in-person event for 2021! The automotive aftermarket expo returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center November 2-5, 2021. But wait, there’s more!

The Las Vegas Convention Center has completed its latest expansion, and the new West Hall adds an incredible 1.2 million square feet of floor space. And SEMA will be using all of it! That’s right, the 2021 SEMA Show will be the largest event yet!

A sky bridge connects the new West Hall to the North Hall, crossing over Paradise Road. This expansion will host the Trucks, SUVs, and Off Road exhibitors, Powersports and Utility Vehicle exhibitors, and Restyling and Car Care Accessories exhibitors. This means changes to the layout of the South Hall exhibitors. The South Hall Lower Level will feature wheel and tire exhibitors as usual, but the South Hall Upper Level will feature booths and exhibits related to Collision Repair, Tools, and Equipment.

There will be a lot to see at the 2021 SEMA Show, and we plan to be there to bring you the most updated information on trends in the auto industry, the aftermarket, and some cool custom cars as well! For more information, visit NOTE: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.

Arizona Car Week 2021 Update

January is a sacred time of year for classic and sports car enthusiasts in Arizona. It’s a time when multiple collector car auctions converge on the desert for a week of excitement and events known as Arizona Car Week. But with the current restrictions in place regarding public health and safety, things are going to be very different for 2021. Here’s a quick update on what you need to know.

Three auction houses including RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., and Bonhams will hold collector car auctions in January. Two of them are hybrid events (live stream plus limited in-person attendance) and one is online-only. There are no auction events open to the general public in January.

The two larger collector car auctions, Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele, have been moved back to March 2021. Barrett is planning on an in-person event, though general admission ticket holders will not be allowed to enter the Auction Arena. Russo and Steele will only be open to registered bidders, and not to spectators or the general public.

Please see below for detailed information about each auction event.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March

The largest event during Arizona Car Week is Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale collector car auction. This event usually draws more than 300,000 attendees from across the country. Originally scheduled for January 16-23, the auction house announced on December 10, 2020 that their Scottsdale event would be rescheduled for March 20-27, 2021. Another important change is that only registered bidders will be allowed access to the Auction Arena. Only single-day tickets and VIP packages are available; I did not see any weekly passes for sale at the time of publication.

Preview Dates: Mar 20-23, 2021 (ticket required)
Auction Dates:
Mar 24-27, 2021
Location: Westworld of Scottsdale
Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 146+ vehicles for sale
Admission: $25-$70 advance online (varies by day)

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March

Russo and Steele will be hosting an exclusive private auction event at their headquarters in the Scottsdale Airpark. This invitation-only event is not open to the public. It will be a one-day event on March 27th instead of a multi-day event as in the past.

Preview Dates: Private Event, registered bidders only
Auction Dates:
Mar 27, 2021, 5:00 PM
Location: Russo and Steele Scottsdale Office
Address: 7722 E Gray Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: Not Available
Admission: Exclusive Private Event – By Invitation Only. Not open to the public.

RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021

RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021 collector car auction will primarily be a live-stream event, with limited in-person attendance. Attendance is limited to registered bidders only, and is not open to the public.

Preview Dates: Jan 18-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates:
January 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Location: OTTO Car Club, Scottsdale
Address: 15550 N 78th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 80 vehicles
Admission: Open to registered bidders only. Not open to the public.

Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2021

Gooding & Co.’s Scottsdale 2021 auction will be an online-only event via the company’s Geared Online platform. There will be no in-person event for Scottsdale 2021.

Preview Dates: Online starting January 11
Auction Dates: Jan 18-22, 2021
Location: Online-only event
Address: Online
Catalog: 36+ vehicles
Admission: Online

Bonhams Scottsdale 2021

Bonhams will be offering a Live Stream with limited attendance auction event at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. The event is open to registered bidders only, and previews are available by appointment only.

Preview Dates: Jan 19-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates:
Jan 21, 2021
Location: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Address: 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85254
Catalog: 37+ vehicles
Admission: Open to registered bidders only.

Barrett-Jackson 2020 – 1954 Corvette Convertible Lot # 1162

The Corvette name is directly associated with the zenith of Chevrolet performance and if you haven’t been paying close attention, you might think it always has been. The C1 generation was a bit of a bumpy start for what was a Thunderbird copycat.

In 1954 it was equipped with a souped-up version of the standard 235ci inline six cylinder. This “Blue Flame” sported most obviously three Carter side-draft carburetors and coupled with a high compression ratio was good for 150hp that was capable of propelling all 2886 lbs to 0-60 in 11.6 seconds. If that seems underwhelming, keep in mind that it was enough that GM didn’t have a manual transmission fit to sit behind it and since opted for the 2-speed powerglide auto on all models.

That didn’t stop a dealer option that would add a Paxton supercharger, though this model is without one. With a Polo white exterior, Sportsman red interior seen in pristine condition this ‘Vette was able to make it’s owner $60,500 on the block.

SEMA 2019: 1968 Lamborghini Espada CHD Rat Rod

The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the “World Series” for custom car enthusiasts. Builders from all over the world bring their custom vehicles to the annual show, hoping to scoop up awards or recognition for pushing the custom automobile industry forward a little bit.

Within the custom car world are many different segments: street cars, drag cars, pro-touring/restomods, Exotics, original restorations, stanced/flush, VIP, Rustomods, hot rods/Kustoms, vintage racers, street trucks, lowriders, Overlanders, Jeeps and 4x4s, and many other classes of vehicles.

But every once in a while, a vehicle comes along that defies classification. At the 2019 SEMA Show, there was a car that I couldn’t quite make sense of.

Builders Herve Castagno and Alexandre Danton from France presented this 1969 Lamborghini Espada CHD Edition. Now you might be asking: who in their right mind would chop up and rat rod a Lamborghini Espada? I was wondering the same thing.

A sign in front of the car offered the following information:

  • Built to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Espada
  • The most expensive rat rod (insured for $750,000)
  • The first ever Fabio Lamborghini inspired rat rod
  • Custom built with real, numbers-matching Lamborghini body and chassis
  • Custom G67 RUMI wheels by Govad Forged Wheels in Toronto, Canada
  • Original V12 engine
  • 8.2 feet wide
  • Built by Danton Arts Kustoms in France

These two guys have taken Lamborghini’s original 2+2 four-seater and reimagined and remixed it for a new generation. As I walked around the car, I couldn’t help but wonder: who is this car for?

I can understand how Lamborghini purists would not like the car, as it goes in a very different direction from the car’s original intent as a luxury grand tourer. A car with no side windows, no engine cover and a very sparse interior seems too radical a change for a car that is supposed to be comfortable, fast, and elegant. It’s utterly impractical for anything other than short drives to car shows.

And what about the traditional rad rod enthusiast crowd? What would they make of this chopped and stretched Italian sports car? Rat rods are all about creativity – making a gas tank out of an old beer keg, or repurposing a vintage pump handle as a door latch. Using old pistons to make side mirrors – cool stuff like that. While this car has some rat rod elements – an extreme chopped roof and a wide stance, it is too polished, too perfect, too different from the “DIY aesthetic” that is at the center of rat rodding.

I am not sure that this car would fit in with the Vintage Lambo crowd or with the rat rod crowd. It’s kind of in between two very different segments of the car universe. I had the same mixed feelings about the 2009 Ford Mustang which received a Lamborghini Gallardo V10 engine swap, which I saw at Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Scottsdale auction. I covered that car in my post Weird and Wonderful Custom Cars.

Don’t get me wrong – I think the Espada rat rod looks cool and it definitely showcases some expert level fabrication skills. But would I want to own the car? The answer is: no.

Not long after the SEMA Show, the car was offered for auction at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida in January, 2020. While a high bid of $100,000 was received, this was far short of the estimate of $200,000 to $250,000. As far as I know, the car did not sell.

What do you think of the rat rod Lambo? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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