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Barrett-Jackson Kicks Off their 2019 Tour January 12–20 in Scottsdale

Producers of the world’s greatest collector car auctions are revving up for their first stop of the 48th annual event at Westworld of Scottsdale in Arizona.   According to Craig Jackson and Steve Davis, the chairman CEO and president of Barrett-Jackson, this year’s auction is going to be the largest event in Barrett-Jackson’s history with over 1800 collector cars, trucks and other specialty vehicles crossing the auction block at no reserve!

Once again MotorTrend TV & Discovery will be there to cover the event and broadcast more than 37 hours of live TV, so no matter where you are, you will be able to tune into the excitement.  You also do not need to be there is person to bid on the cars.  Thousands of bidders will be signed up online to virtually bid on these collector cars from all around the world.  Auction registration for the week-long extravaganza is already available by visiting https://www.proxibid.com/aspr/Barrett-Jackson-Auction-Company/10600/FeaturedSeller.asp?ahid=10600.

We will be there this year and cannot wait to feast our eyes on the stars of this year’s auction docket.  There are so many vehicles we are looking forward to seeing.  One of which is Lot #1365, the very first Ford Pilot Plant/Pre-production Mustang hardtop ever made with VIN 00002. This 1965 was hand-assembled at the Ford Pilot Plant and is one of three known existing Pilot Plant Mustangs to survive.

A few others we are really excited to see are Lot #1398, a 1968 Corvette L88, one of 80 L88s built in 1968.  Lot #1371, a custom 1955 Bel Air convertible, and Lot #1402,  a 1969 ZL1 Camaro COPO that was previously owned by baseball great Reggie Jackson.

There will definitely be a lot of stars in attendance as well.  NASCAR legends Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty both have vehicles they are auctioning off for charity.  Jeff Gordon is letting go of his personal and extremely rare 2016 Corvette C7.R Lot #3007.  All proceeds will go to Gordon’s Charity, The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research and patient support programs.

An exclusive 2015 Ford Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GT, which has been signed and designed by Richard Petty, will be auctioned off during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, with 100 percent of the profits benefiting patient care and research at Barrow Neurological Institute.

There are also 4 stars that are cars heading to Westworld.  Four black and yellow Camaros from the Transformers movie series will be auctioned off to one lucky fan.   That’s right, Bumblebee is up for sale or should we say Bumblebees.  Lots 3009 through 3009.3 will all be auctioned off Saturday – January 19, 2019.

The Barrett-Jackson auction will also showcase and sell a superb collection of automobilia collectibles. From dealership signs, hood mascots, and transportation toys, to gas pumps, racing posters, and garage relics, the auction has something for everyone. The star of the automobilia arena will certainly be Lot #9499, the magnificent full-size transportation-themed carousel manufactured by Wilhelm Hennecke of Germany in 1965 (pictured above). It will truly be a sight to behold, is considered to be one of the finest examples of automobilia craftsmanship in the world and will be auctioned off at no reserve.

Quite possibly the most exciting vehicle of all to cross the stage is the never-seen-before 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001.  Ford will be debuting the car at the Detroit Motor show on January 14 and then 4 days later, VIN 001 will be sold at auction in Arizona.  The winner of Lot# 3008 will get the chance to option out their GT500 any way they like, however, they will not be allowed to actually take possession of the car until Ford gives the go ahead.  Most likely, the 2020 Shelby GT500 will become available to the public in the fall of 2019 and VIN 001 will be able to head home.

Another first-of-its-kind vehicle will cross the auction block and is causing quite the commotion amongst sports car enthusiasts. The all-new 2020 Toyota Supra will go to the highest bidder with the sales price being split between two charities, the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation (which helps 9/11 impacted veterans).  Like the 2020 Mustang, the winner will have to wait for the official release date before they can take home Lot #3010.

It is shaping up to be one of the best Barrett-Jackson auctions yet.  We can’t wait to get there and expect this show to kick off another great year for Barrett-Jackson auctions.  Be sure to tune in to the live TV coverage on MotorTrend and be sure to check back with our blog the days following the event where we will share all of the images we took while attending the event.

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