Barrett-Jackson is back in Scottsdale for one of the most popular car auctions. For over 40 years Barrett-Jackson has been auctioning cars off, and today the multi-day event now attracts more than 250,000 people and hundreds of cars of all makes and models. This year’s Scottsdale’s 2012 auction appears to be just as big since many rare and exclusive automobiles have registered to cross the auction block. It is hard to say what people will bid on or what car will bring the highest bids. However, looking over the long list of cars, we have picked ten that will definitely be crowd pleasers.
Our first pick is the 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Custom Roadster (Lot# 3052). This is a special tribute car for the children of our slain and disabled U.S. Military heroes. The IronMen Foundation will auction off a '32 Ford Roadster dubbed "Metal of Honor," and the proceeds will provide scholarships. Look up this car on the internet it has a great story and will be the talk of the show. Next is the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RCR Series 2 Coupe (Lot# 3045). Earnhardt fans will want a chance at this car; the RCR Series 3 Camaro was a joint venture between RCR and Total Performance Incorporated. The "Intimidator" serial number 3 of the 5 which were produced and the only car of the series to carry the "Intimidator" name is equipped with the actual engine block and other engine components that powered Earnhardt and the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo at several NASCAR tracks. Pick number three is a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe (Lot# 5005.1). This is a rare opportunity for Ford lovers to own a piece of Shelby and Ford history. This Shelby was delivered to Ron at the Flat Rock assembly plant by Carroll Shelby. From the Ron Pratte Collection. The collection was sold with a convertible mate (LOT# 5005.2). One thing you will rarely see at an auto auction is a preproduction car, our next pick is a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 2 Door Coupe (Lot# 3043). Now how cool is that? The other cool thing about this is that all the proceeds go to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Rounding out the first five picks is a The General Lee, that is right “Lee 1” a 1969 Dodge Charger 2 Door (Lot: 1291). You remember the "The Dukes of Hazzard" right; this car was featured several times in the first episode of the hit television series. It has been fully restored and will have many fans of the series ready to bid on this car.
Although the first five cars will fetch a pretty penny, the next 5 "Series 5000" cars are going to make some history. Stating off is a 2001 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe (Lot# 5010.3). This Lambo is the last SE built, serial number 40 of 40, yes the end of the line. The end of Diablo production in 2001, Lamborghini sent the model into the sunset in legendary style with a special run of 40, individually numbered, 6.0L VT SE cars. This car has just 12 original miles! Keep an eye out for this one. Next is one of the most sought after cars, a 1948 Tucker Torpedo (Lot# 5008). This is truly a special treat for everyone, with only 51 ever made, this is going to be the hottest thing at the auction. This is a very special peace of automotive history (chassis# 1043 / engine# 33550), it is going to make one collector very happy. The other heavy hitter is the 1930 DUESENBERG J (Lot# 5004). Every collector wants a Dues in their stable and chassis# 2401 has a great history. Blackhawk Collection has offered this one up; it is definitely one to watch! Next is a 1947 Bentley Mark VI Coachworks by Franay (Lot# 5005). Ron Pratte is offering up chassis# B 20 BH for auction. This is arguably the most successful and expensive post war Bentley/Rolls-Royce automobile of all time. This car has countless Concours wins to prove it and will be one that all collectors will be watching as it drives upon to the podium. Our final pick is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (Lot# 5000). One of only 146 built in 1954. With 4,149 original miles this Gullwing is one of the lowest mileage Gullwing in existence. Original tools, manual and service book. Absolutely stunning piece of machinery.
Well that makes up our top 10 cars to keep an eye on at the Barrett-Jackson 2012 Scottsdale Collector Car Auction.