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I am fortunate enough to be posting from beautiful Scottsdale, AZ. Not to rub it in but the weather is mid 70’s and we’ve yet to see a cloud! Quite a contrast from the typhoon of last year and a much needed break from the subzero temps back home!
I will be checking in the next couple days with updates from the Barrett Jackson auction. This year’s line-up looks excellent. While there isn’t a “main attraction” this year (as there has not been the last couple years) there is definitely a fine crop of vehicles to hit the auction block. As many of you know Barrett Jackson is a “no reserve” auction which means that all vehicles will sell for the highest bid. While this can be a little nerve racking for the sellers, it makes for an amazing spectacle as a spectator. We have been coming to this auction for 25 years and it has gotten progressively better each and every year. This year is the 40th anniversary of the greatest collector car auction in the US.
For you Pontiac fans like Andrew and John, one car getting a lot of hype so far is the 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance that transported JFK’s body from Air Force One following his assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. This ambulance is one of 66 Bonneville ambulances built in 1963 and of those only 15 were contracted for military use. This vehicle was stored for over 40 years and is 100% unrestored and in its original condition. The car looks exactly the way it did back on that fateful day and has been perfectly preserved. It is being dubbed as “the most historically important vehicle in US history”. It is also fully documented by the PHS.
There are also a couple high profile collections going through this year from Sylvester Stallone, Allan Jackson, and Bret Michaels. The highest selling vehicle of the auction so far (as of Thur. eve 9:00 local time) was a 1955 custom Chevy pick-up with a Corvette LS2 power plant that sold for $147,000.
Things are just starting to warm up and I will keep everyone posted over the next couple days. I plan on having some photos to share as well from Friday and Saturday. Don’t forget to tune into Speed Vision to watch live coverage all weekend. Have a great weekend everyone, and I will keep you posted tomorrow.
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