Auction Fever: Barrett-Jackson Underway

McCulloch factory Supercharged F Birds

If you have a thing for expensive, classic cars, you know this already! The 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction is underway and runs until January 18. 

The the iconic car auction has an impressive amount of expensive items on its docket. It’s also where legendary Arizona car collector Ron Pratte is auctioning off his entire collection of vintage vehicles. Here are some of the impressive cars on the docket:

  • 1957 Factory Supercharged “F” Bird from the Pratt Collection sells for $175K. It was previously owned by Robert McCulloch, the father of the McCulloch/Paxton superchargers.
  • 1950 General Motors Futureliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus: GM made 12 of these art deco-inspired buses to tour North America to promote their forward thinking concepts and this one of three that has survived.
  • 1960 Pininfarina X Sedan: An experimental from the Space Age era that would look comfortable on The Jetsons. The three-wheel concept has a better coefficent drag (.23) than a modern Toyota Prius.
  • 1968 Lotus Indy Turbine Car: The love child of Colin Chapman and Andy Granatelli combined the chassis and aerodynamics of Lotus with a turbine motor in an unconventional but swift race car. With 500 bhp on tap it propelled Graham Hill to an Indy record, at the time, with an average speed of 171.208 mph in 1968 Indy 500 qualifying.
  • 1950 Crosley Hot Shot Roadster: The first post WW2 American sports car and incredibly affordable at $849, or $8383.84 when adjusted to inflation 2014. It’s hard to imagine that a car with a 44 cubic-inch engine that generates 26.5 BHP but due to its diminutive size, 85-inch wheelbase, it could hit 90-mph, which was probably terrifying for the driver.
  • 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake: Carroll took a normal 427 Competition Cobra—already one of the rarest and fastest Cobras produced—and put two superchargers on it.

If you want to catch all the action from your couch, you can. BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE begins Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8 PM ET on Discovery Channel and continues through Sunday, January 18 from 2-7 PM ET on Velocity.

Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson



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