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Barrett-Jackson Online Only Auction Sets World Records

The country is slowly starting to open up again amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but most classic car shows are still on hold for the time being.  Auctions on the other hand have found a way to continue online during the coronavirus constraints.

We wrote about one auction in particular hosted online by Barrett-Jackson where a No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet was going to be auctioned off For COVID-19 charities.  The event was held online May 8-17, 2020 and Barrett-Jackson set two world records and helped NASCAR team owner Richard Childress raise $425,000 for COVID-19 Relief.

The auction brought in more than $3.79 million for the sale of the collector cars and automobilia.  This included the $425,000 raised for charity by the sale of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress’ No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet that was once driven by legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.

In an interview with Barrett-Jackson, Richard has this to say… “America is facing unprecedented times right now and it’s going to take everyone working together and making sacrifices to make a difference,” said Richard. “I have so many memories of this No. 3 Chevrolet, including celebrating with Dale Earnhardt in Victory Lane. I will always hold those memories dearly, but now I am thrilled to see that the winning bidder will be able to build memories as well. I want to thank our bidder, who has chosen to remain anonymous. Feeding America and Samaritan’s Purse will use these funds to help people most in need right now.”

Two world auction records were also set during the online auction. One was set by (LOT 100) a 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Race Car that went for $61,600 and the second record was set by (LOT 217) a 1984 Dodge Daytona Turbo sold for $20,350. Interesting side note is the Challenger was the first car on the docket.  What a way to start the event!

“The response to our Online Only Auction was incredible, with bidders and consignors participating in the action throughout the entire event,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We kicked off the auction by setting a world auction record for our very first Lot. Our two top sellers also were part of an exciting bidding war similar to one you’d experience during one of our live auctions. But the true highlight of the auction was teaming up with Richard Childress for the sale of his original #3 Dale Earnhardt NASCAR race car, which raised money for people whose health and livelihoods have been impacted by the current pandemic.”

Here are the top 10 vehicles that were sold at the online auction.

  1. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Split-Window Coupe (LOT #240) – $357,500
  2. 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Custom Coupe (LOT #239) – $203.500
  3. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (LOT #241) – $195,000
  4. 1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback (LOT #247) – $165,000
  5. 2003 Kirkham 427 KMS/SC Roadster (LOT #243) – $115,500
  6. 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Convertible (LOT #123) – $93,500
  7. Hank Williams Jr.’s 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville (LOT #234) – $92,400
  8. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (LOT #219) – $91,300
  9. 1968 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback (LOT #249) – $90,200
  10. 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Convertible (LOT #120) – $88,000

“This week’s Online Only Auction gave the collector car community a chance to join the excitement of a digital version of the Barrett-Jackson experience until we can return with our live auctions,” said Jackson. “We’ll continue to grow our online auctions between our live experiences, too, including integrating live streaming elements and providing a chance for our customers and fans to interact with us in real time.”

Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort from September 10-12, and Palm Beach Auction, which was rescheduled for October 15-17, 2020, will be held as scheduled, unless otherwise announced. Be sure to stay tuned to find out if we will be able to attend the auctions live later this year.

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