2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Sale (Auction Preview)

Barrett-Jackson’s top cars on offer at Scottsdale 2018 include a Porsche 918, Aston Martin DB5, Talbot-Lago, Ferrari 212, Shelby Cobras and a variety of pre-war classics.

1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept
1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept © Barrett Jackson

Barrett-Jackson has the largest selection of cars on offer at the annual Scottsdale collector car auctions in Arizona, USA. Some of the top cars at the 2018 auction include modern sports cars such as a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, mid-century classics such as a Ferrari 212 Europa, Talbot-Lago T26, 1960s classics including an Aston Martin DB5 and a variety of Shelby Cobras. Barrett-Jackson will also offer several prewar classics of American brands as well as Rolls Royce at the Scottsdale 2018 auctions. Several very desirable cars will also be sold as charity lots.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018 Auctions

Barrett Jackson 2015 Scottsdale Auction
Pontiac Bonneville Concept Car at the 2015 Scottsdale Auction © Barrett Jackson

Barrett-Jackson will hold its 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction of collectors cars and automobilia on January 13-21, 2018, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® will once again take center stage as the ultimate automotive lifestyle event during “Barrett-Jackson Week,” with a festival of entertainment, exhibitors and activities for the entire family.

In 2017, Barrett-Jackson earned $102.4 million: nearly $100 million from the 1719 cars and $2.5 million for more than 1800 lots of automobilia. The sell-through rate was a very impressive 99.5%. In 2016, Barrett-Jackson grossed $105 million and offered 1,469 cars for sale while the memorable 2015 auction grossed a record $132 million from 1,617 cars offered.

“Barrett-Jackson has attracted some of the greatest exotics and supercars of the modern era to our Scottsdale Auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The incredible star power represented by Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others, is at the heart and soul of the automotive lifestyle. They deliver a perfect balance of performance and exotic design that speaks to every driver. From limited production vehicles, to the ultimate in style and performance, we’re excited to have some of the best examples of modern supercars cross our block in Scottsdale.”

Mid-Century Classics at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018

Barrett-Jackson will offer several top mid-century classic sport cars at the Scottsdale 2018 auctions. Some of the more interesting cars include:

1966 Aston Martin DB5

Somewhat surprisingly, Barrett-Jackson is the only top auctioneer at Scottsdale 2018 with a top classic Aston Martin sports car on offer – Aston Martins sold well in 2017 with the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 the most-expensive car sold in 2017 . The 1966 Aston Martin DB5 (Lot #1389) featuring its original rebuilt matching-numbers 4-liter 282hp engine mated to a ZF 5-speed manual transmission. A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold for $1,485,000 as the top result at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017 sales.

1951 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Saoutchik Coupe

A one-of-a-kind 1951 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Saoutchik Coupe (Lot #1381), acknowledged as an automotive work of art, was touted as the fastest touring car built in France in its day. This First in Class winner at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will certainly be the most-distinctively elegant of all the cars on offer in the sale.

1952 Ferrari 212 Europa

1952 Ferrari 212 Europa (Lot # 1378)
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A 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa (Lot # 1378) is the third of only 11 Ferrari 212 coupes built by Pininfarina. Beautifully restored, it has an extensive pedigree of awards and honors, including a perfect 100-point score at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Gooding will offer a similar 1953 Ferrari 212 Europe Coupe but the more interesting is the 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Ghia that originally belonged to Juan Peron that is on offer at RM Sotheby’s Arizona 2018.

1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept

A highly publicized 1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept (Lot #1383) that was displayed at the 1954 New York Auto Show will cross the block at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction. Chrysler Corporation “Dream” car was the only one ever built.

Barrett-Jackson has good form with such concept cars: a 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Speical Motorama Conceptcar sold for $3.3 million at the Scottsdale 2015 auction.

Other fine examples of the Salon Collection include these spectacular vehicles:

  • 1963 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder (Lot #1394) – Freshly restored, one of the most legendary Italian marques, these spiders increasingly sells around the million dollar mark.
  • 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider Conversion by Straman (Lot #1390) – Rare conversion model with actual Ferrari components, completed by Richard Straman, known for producing the best-quality Ferrari conversions. An authentic Spider may sell for $3 million and a good berlinetta for around $750,000 – it will be interesting to see what a conversion brings.
  • 1961 Jaguar XKE Roadster (Lot #1392) – Recently completed comprehensive nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration

Top Pre-War Classic Cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III © Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson will offer several interesting pre-war classic cars at the Scottsdale 2018 sale including numerous American cars but also a fine selection of Rolls Royces.

Among the prewar classics set to cross the block in Scottsdale is a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Landaulette by Barker (Lot #1378.1) is a legend credited for beginning the Rolls-Royce tradition. It is the last of the 116 B-Series Silver Ghosts produced and is still in its original elegant and handsome Barker-bodied landaulette configuration.

Even more eye catching is a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca De Ville (Lot #1385), one of only 10 Rolls-Royce cars built by a small English coachbuilding company called W.S. Atcherley.

This Rolls-Royce received its special copper detailed body in 1946 made by coachbuilders Freestone and Webb. The car was displayed on the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’elegance in 2017.

The 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Binder (Lot #1395) is a beautifully restored with a history of legendary owners starting with Octavio Guinle, the original owner of the Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018 sale will include a large number of pre-war American cars. Some to watch include:

  • A beautifully restored 1934 Packard 1101 Cabriolet (Lot #1380) features a 320ci Straight-8 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission.
  • A 1932 Cadillac V16 Special Phaeton (Lot #1387)
  • A 1930 Cord L29 Sport Phaeton (Lot #1382)
  • A 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Bustleback (Lot #1351)

Top Sports Cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018

Modern, even brand new, hypercars and super sports cars have been doing well at recent auctions and the trend is likely to continue at Scottsdale 2018. Barrett-Jackson has several sport cars on offer:

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
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Barrett-Jackson has already sold two Porsche 918 cars for $1,760,000 in the past two years and has another one on offer at Scottsdale 2018. (Gooding and Bonhams have a similar car each at Scottsdale this year.)

Arguably the most advanced high-performance hybrid on the market, a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Lot #1415) is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine hybrid and 7-speed PDK transmission. Its combination of 285hp of electric motors and 608 gasoline-generated horsepower produce a combined 994 ft/lbs of torque.

One of several Lamborghinis on the docket, a 2014 Aventador LP700-4 (Lot #1374) produces 700hp from its 6.5-liter V12 engine and includes a 7-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

Supercars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018

2015 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale Lot 1431
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The unmistakable style of Ferraris will also be on display in Scottsdale, including a 2015 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale (Lot #1431) from the Steve Todhunter Collection with a 4.5-liter 597hp V8 engine and reprogrammed 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission for quicker shifts.

The pinnacle of Lamorghini performance, 2014 Aventador LP700-4 (Lot #1374) is one of the great exotics heading tot he 2018 Scottsdale Auction.

Exotics and supercars headed to Barrett-Jackson that will cross the block at No Reserve include:

  • 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Custom Roadster (Lot #1375) – Powered by a 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, it was built at the FAB Design factory in Switzerland
  • 2016 Porsche GT3 RS (Lot #1432) – From the Steven Todhunter Collection, it features 4.0-liter 500hp flat-6 engine with 7-speed PDK gearbox propelling it to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds
  • 2006 Ford GT (Lot #1372) – Powered by a 5.4-liter with 6-speed manual transmission with just over 650 actual miles
  • 2007 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1 (Lot #1313) – A one-owner car with only 4,777 actual miles.
  • 1991 Lamborghini Diablo (Lot #1314) – #50 of 401 built in 1991, it is powered by a 5.7-liter V12 engine

Shelby Cobras at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018

It seems every auction house at Scottsdale, Arizona, 2018 will have at least one Shelby Cobra on offer but Barrett-Jackson has by far the biggest selection. The choice car is probably the 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Dragonsnake, CSX2093, (Lot #1428). In addition to two further original Cobras, a variety of recreation and continuation Cobras will also be available – likely to go for a lot less than the around a million dollar that the original Shelby Cobras fetch at auction.

Charity Lots at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018

Barrett-Jackson’s tradition of selling a variety of lots for charities are due to continue at Scottsdale 2018 with some of the most coveted vehicles on the planet, including the first production 2019 ZR1 Corvette (Lot #3009) featuring a new hand-assembled LT5 small block 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. Because Barrett-Jackson waives all fees on charity vehicles, the entire hammer price will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Also crossing the block will be the first retail production 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Z06 Coupe (Lot #3007). One of only 650 Carbon 65 Editions produced, it is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine and automatic transmission with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative.

2017 Ford GT to be donated and auctioned for charity Lot 3010
© Barrett-Jackson

A 2017 Ford GT (Lot #3010) is the first current-generation GT that has been donated for charity and entire hammer price will benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program. Donated by businessman Ron Pratte to the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, the Ford GT couples its extraordinary power with impressive aerodynamic efficiency, making it the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever.

Carolyn and Craig Jackson’s 35th Anniversary Edition Corvette (Lot #3008) is one of just 2,050 built, featuring a 5.7-liter engine with automatic transmission and the Z01 option. As part of Barrett-Jackson’s yearlong charitable initiative, “Driven Hearts,” to increase awareness and improve heart health, 100 percent of the hammer price will benefit the American Heart Association.

1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition
© Barrett-Jackson

Carolyn and Craig Jackson’s 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition (Lot #3008) will benefit the American Heart Association.

Other vehicles crossing the block for charity in Scottsdale include:

  • 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe (Lot #3004) – The “Project Prestone” car to benefit TGen
  • 2015 Pioneer Cedar One Custom Roadster (Lot #3005) – “Cedar Rocket” to benefit Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation
  • 2017 Ford F-250 Pickup (Lot #3003) – To benefit Childhelp, Victory Junction and The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer through SEMA Cares Foundation
  • 2018 Bennington 23SBXP Pontoon Boat (Lot #3002) – To benefit the Mayshad Foundation
  • 1996 Ford Mustang (Lot #3001) – Quaker State “Best in Class” winner to benefit Jordan Vocational High School

In addition, Ford Motor Company will auction a special new Ford Mustang (Lot #3006) at No Reserve for charity. Details to be revealed on the Barrett-Jackson website prior to the car’s sale.

More Scottsdale / Phoenix, Arizona 2018 Auction Previews: 2018 Overview, Barrett Jackson, BonhamsGooding & RM Sotheby’s