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First Day of the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

The 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has come and gone, and the 2020 event did not disappoint!  The auction started on Saturday. January 11 and ran for 8 days when they wrapped up another year on Sunday, January 19.

The world’s greatest collector car auction featured its biggest docket ever, with a record number of bidders competing for almost 2,000 vehicles that sold for more than $129.7 million, while over 1,200 pieces of automobilia brought in more than $3.7 million and $7.625 million was raised through the sale of nine charity vehicles, bringing the total amount sold on the Barrett-Jackson auction block to more than $141 million.

We were there to enjoy all the excitement and drool over some of the nicest classic and collector vehicles in the country.  There was so much to see that it can easily take two days to wander through and see everything.

We have so many pictures to share that we took of our favorites that we need to split them up into two days’ worth.  For our first set of pictures, we will focus on what we saw in the main building and indoor tent areas of the WestWorld facility.  The rest of the images in the next article will be mostly the vehicles we admired in the outdoor tent areas.

Upon walking in you are immediately greeted by the Ford exhibit areas where many of the new 2020 Ford vehicles were on display.  It’s the same every year.  We think they want to greet you with the future before you get lost in all the classic cars that await further into the building.

For starters, we were really taken back by the all-new 2021 Mustang Mach-E.  It is an all-electric crossover that claims to have a 300-mile range and a 0-60mph time of mid 3 seconds with the GT version.  It is quite a massive undertaking to get your he3ad wrapped around the idea of an electric crossover with the Mustang badge on it.

Chevrolet was also on hand showing off their latest feat of engineering with the highly anticipated 2020 mid-engine corvette.  This car is a game changer for American-made sports cars.  The reviews have been incredible and with it bringing $3 million at the auction block for VIN001 (red corvette shown), it certainly was the star of the show.  There were also two others on display… one white, one orange.

Over by all the new Ford trucks was something far from new.  As a matter of fact, this is the very first Bronco ever made.  It is the 1966 Ford Bronco Prototype.  It is not fully restored, but rather very well maintained for a SUV over 5 decades old.

Once we walked into the area where the vintage cars were on display, we were immediately stunned and blinded by the shine of three stunning, metal-bodied Kirkham Cobras and one Daytona Coupe – all at No Reserve.  Each vehicle body is mad entirely out of metal.  A 2013 Kirkham Cobra Aluminum Daytona, a 2011 Kirkham Cobra Bronze Roadster, 2010 Kirkham Cobra Copper Roadster and a 2009 Kirkham Cobra Aluminum Roadster.  All were built by legendary Texas-based Ford dealer Sam Pack.

Just beyond the Sam Pack Collection, we came across one of the largest gatherings of GT40s for sale including a 2005 Ford GT with VIN#003.  It is the lowest Ford GT VIN ever offered to the public.

Sitting amongst the GTs was a star car that everyone recognized.  It is the 1963 Ferrari that was taken for a joyride in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

Across from the Bueller Ferrari were two very unique builds.  The first is titled CADMAD and is a hybrid build of a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado with the roof of a Chevy Nomad.  This CADMAD creation was actually the winner of the 2019 Riddler Award in Detroit.  The car took 10 craftsmen to build with a $2.3 million dollar budget.

Another Nomad was right next door.  Titled “Gone Mad”, it’s a 1955 Chevy Nomad Resto-Mod has been featured at SEMA and has won many awards and accolades.  It really is a super cool Nomad and with a $300,000 price tag, we think they got a fair deal and it is worth every penny.

There were many, many more vehicles left to admire like these strings of Superbirds and rows of high-quality antique restorations shown in the pic below.  Be sure to check back for our Day 2 coverage of all the classic cars and trucks we spotted under the big tents outside and the staging area.

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