2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction Recap & VIP Experience

By Victoria Barnett January 23, 2017


The 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction has wrapped up and to say it was an amazing week is quite the understatement. In fact, the auction set 40 world auction sales records!

This event is always a highlight of the year as car enthusiasts flock from all over the country for the nine-day extravaganza. Approximately 320,000 spectators gathered in Scottsdale for this spectacular event, including celebrities, professional athletes and entertainment personalities. We were very excited to be part of it all!

Auction Highlights

Here are a few highlights from the auction:

  • 2017 Scottsdale sales totaled $102.4 million (unaudited) and raised nearly $2.2 million for charity.
  • 1,719 vehicles were consigned with sales totaling approximately $100 million at a 99.5 percent sell-through rate.
  • Over 1,800 pieces of automobilia sold for more than $2.5 million.
  • The Charlie Thomas Collection, featuring 146 vehicles, sold for a combined total of just over $1.7 million.

Top Cars Sold

Bidders saw everything from American muscle to exotic sports cars to one-of-a-kind customs. Below is a list of the top cars sold in Scottsdale:

  • 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Lot #1397) – $1,485,000
  • 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 (Lot #1390) – $1,320,000
  • 1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Lot #1378) – $880,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Lot #1396) – $616,000
  • 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot #1365) – $445,500
  • Justin Bieber’s 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia (Lot #1372) – $434,500
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Split-Window “Fuelie” (Lot #1393) – $385,000
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (Lot #1400) – $385,000
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce Roadster (Lot #1382) – $341,000
  • 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (Lot #1374) – $330,000
  • 1964 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 (Lot #1399) – $330,000


Each auction, Barrett-Jackson raises funds for charities, and this year was no different. Eight charity vehicles crossed the Scottsdale block and over $2.2 million was raised. To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise in excess of $93 million for local and national charities. This year, the company raised funds for veterans, kids and medical research. The most anticipated cars for charity belonged to Steven Tyler and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Here is the complete docket of charity vehicles:

  • 2016 GMC Sierra Custom Pickup (Lot #3000) to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Building for America’s Bravest – $100,000
  • 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (Lot #3001) to benefit Childhelp – $130,000
  • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro COPO (Lot #3002) to benefit the United Way – $175,000
  • Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003) to benefit Janie’s Fund – $800,000
  • 2017 Ford Raptor Pickup (Lot #3004) to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – $157,000 with an addition $50,000 donation
  • 1930 Cord L29 4-Door4 Brougham (Lot #3005) to benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – $300,000
  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle designed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Lot #3006) to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital – $200,000
  • 2014 Chevrolet #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Race Car (Lot #3006.1) to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital – $200,000
  • 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback (Lot #3007) to benefit Military Assistance Mission, Inc. – $175,000



Several high-profile celebrities visited Barrett-Jackson this year, and a few even auctioned off their own cars.

Justin Bieber took the stage to auction off his 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, which sold for $434,500. Bidding for the car lasted about three-and-a-half minutes, due in part to Bieber interrupting to add extras to the package including tickets and backstage passes to one of his shows.

Floyd Mayweather auctioned off his white 2011 Bugatti Veyron for just below $2 million, falling below its reserve price of $2.3 million, but unfortunately it did not sell.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. auctioned a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle along with one of his No. 88 race cars. The cars combined raised $400,000 for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Steven Tyler took the stage to auction his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, which raised $800,000 for Janie’s Fund. The rock-and-roll legend also added a few perks to the package including a vacation at his house in Maui and a guitar signed by the members of Aerosmith.

Last, but not least, Burt Reynolds sold his 1978 Pontiac Firebird for $275,000.

We also spotted Michael Phelps and Bubba Watson among the crowds!

VIP Experience

The VIP Experience was in full swing at the Scottsdale auction. Our Barrett-Jackson VIP Experiences guests kicked off auction week at the Opening Night Gala, an invitation-only event. The following days were spent admiring and bidding on automobilia and collector cars.

The VIP hospitality experience began Thursday and continued through Saturday with our guests nestled among the Staging Lanes, VIP Luxury Reserve and Craig Jackson’s Box. Each hospitality venue featured gourmet food and a premium open bar to indulge in while they watched the cars cross the block. Our VIP guests also received an auction block tour during their trip where they went behind-the-scenes and got a glimpse of all the auction action.

Attend a Barrett-Jackson Auction

Looking to attend a Barrett-Jackson Auction? Join us for the Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun this summer or the Las Vegas Auction this fall! Barrett-Jackson VIP Experiences provides general admission access, floor seating, bidder badges, Opening Night Gala Tickets, VIP hospitality suite access, auction block tours and so much more.

Want to wait it out for the 2018 Scottsdale Auction? Get on our waitlist to be notified as soon as packages go on sale!

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