Shelbys, Bosses and other performance Mustangs galloped away with the Barrett-Jackson auction on Saturday, with a custom 1967 Mustang Shelby Super Snake continuation leading the herd at a record $330,000, including buyer fee, the highest sale of the event.
Four performance Mustangs are on the list of the top-five selling collector cars of the sprawling Las Vegas event, the first Barrett-Jackson auction held since the death of Carroll Shelby, who had such a hand in making the pony cars into world beaters.
Saturday was the culmination of the three-day Las Vegas auction when the top-drawer collector cars are offered during prime time, and high-powered expressions of Detroit muscle ruled.
The resounding sale of the glossy black custom 1967 Mustang Shelby Super Snake late Saturday afternoon was like a bugle charge for the bidders, setting the stage for an evening of competitive block action that resulted in the strongest results of the auction.
“The energy, the mojo, the vibe, it all just came together,” auction president Steve Davis said the next morning.
The Super Snake sale is also one for the books.
“We looked that up – that’s a world record,” Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, told SPEED’s Mike Joy in a televised interview Saturday night.
Coming in second among the highest-selling cars was the only non-Mustang of the top five, the rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird that sold for $297,000, including 10 percent buyer fee. The Superbird was a much-promoted feature car of the Vegas event.
The next three highest sellers were:
• A lavishly customized 1967 Mustang fastback that went for $275,000, including fee, which sold immediately after the Super Snake.
• The beautiful, powerful 1970 Mustang Boss 429 in Grabber Orange, another Las Vegas feature car, for $247,500, with fee.
• A very special 1970 Mustang Shelby GT500 powered by a 428cid Ram Air Super Cobra Jet engine, at $220,000, with fee.
Three of the auction’s top-selling cars were purchased by one bidder, Delbert Wheeler Sr., a businessman from Mississippi, who is a Yakama tribal member and owner of the King Mountain Tobacco Co. Among his purchases were the Super Snake continuation, the Superbird and the 1970 GT500.
All in, the three-day Las Vegas auction scored an unofficial total of around $21 million for 493 cars. The only car that did not sell in the overwhelmingly no-reserve auction was the matte-finish 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago convertible that stalled at $220,000, failing to meet its reserve.
Another of the handful of reserve-sale cars, comedian Christopher Titus’ 1956 Chevy convertible customized by Chip Foose, did not meet its minimum price on the block but was sold later for $165,000, with fee, when the auction brought together Titus and the eventual buyer, according to Steve Davis.
As usual at Barrett-Jackson auctions, Chevy Corvettes were hot commodities, with a number of Saturday’s entries earning six-figure sales. Highest price was for a 1967 custom convertible at $148,500, followed by a 1958 custom convertible at $143,000, both including buyer fees.
There were also a strong number of Oldsmobile 442 performance cars that came across the stage during the three-day auction, with the top seller, a 1970 convertible with induction hood, reaching $107,800 on Saturday.