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Colorful automobilia items fill the stage each morning at Barrett-Jackson auctions.

 

This exquisite full-size transportation-themed carousel manufactured by Wilhelm Hennecke of Germany in 1957 sold for $557,750 at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction.

To mark Barrett-Jackson’s half-century in business, in this special series we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past 50 years – as well as some little-known facts about The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.

 

Automobilia is just as much a part of the Barrett-Jackson experience as the collector cars that cross the block. The neon lights and porcelain signs of yesteryear add to motoring history and nostalgia. It’s an all-encompassing experience and one that makes the collector car hobby so appealing to so many. At the start of each Barrett-Jackson event, the finest and rarest one-of-a-kind automotive collectibles take center stage.

Part of the Ron Pratte Collection, this Harley-Davidson neon sign from the 1930s brought in $86,250 at the 2015 Scottsdale Auction.

The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions has routinely shattered record after record of automobilia sales. Shattering all expectations and landing Barrett-Jackson’s flagship Scottsdale Auction once again in the record books, 2015 was a monumental year. With 2,000 rare automobilia pieces selling for $6.55 million – nearly triple the previous record – the 2015 Scottsdale Auction became the highest-grossing automobilia auction in history. Many of the top 10 automobilia items were from the renowned Ron Pratte Collection. Top sellers included a 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain dealership sign that sold for $86,250 and a 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon porcelain sign at $80,500.

Also out of the Ron Pratte Collection, this Humble Esso Aviation Products neon sign sold for $80,500 in 2015.

“We hit it out of the park with our Automobilia Auction in 2015,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s exciting to set new world records for automobilia sales. I believe it not only punctuates the strength of the collector car market, but also reinforces the confidence and faith that collectors have in Barrett-Jackson.”

The 2018 Scottsdale Auction would also be a monumental event for automobilia sales. History was made when bidding reached a fever pitch on Super Saturday, resulting in the sale of a full-size 1957 Wilhelm Hennecke transportation-themed carousel for an astounding $557,750.

SOLD! A winning bid of $149,500 took home this rare 1939 Husky Gasoline porcelain service station sign at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction.

The hot streak would continue with the sale of an extremely rare 1939 Husky Gasoline service station sign for an incredible $149,500 – setting a new world record for a 30-inch double-sided porcelain sign.

And lightning does strike twice: at the 2019 Scottsdale event, a second Hennecke carousel brought in an impressive $506,000. The momentum continued to climb and, in 2021, a total of 1,018 automobilia pieces sold at No Reserve for more than $4.4 million in Scottsdale – making it the second most successful automobilia auction in its 20-year history.

While collector cars may be the heartbeat of Barrett-Jackson, the always-colorful auction of authentic automobilia items has really added another exciting dimension to the company’s unique automotive lifestyle events over the past half-century.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AMAZING AUTOMOBILIA SALES: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
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Published Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 19:38:45 +0000

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FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite

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FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1964 VOLKSWAGEN 21-WINDOW DELUXE MICROBUS – NO RESERVE

When Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon, inspired by the popular VW Beetle, doodled a sketch of a van in a notebook in 1947, little did he know his invention would turn out to be the face of Woodstock, be featured on album covers and in films, and would become the first “home on wheels” for many a laid-back traveler (well before #VanLife became a thing).

Volkswagen approved the van for production in May 1949 and the first production model rolled off the assembly line that November. Two models were offered: the Kombi (known as an 11-window among American enthusiasts) and the Commercial. The Microbus was added in May 1950, joined by the Deluxe Microbus in June 1951. The DeLuxe model became known as the 15-window, while the sunroof DeLuxe – with its additional eight small skylight windows – is, accordingly, the 23-window. From the 1964 model year, the rear corner windows were discontinued, making it a 21-window.

The VW Bus was an enormous success in America, becoming a symbol of the American counterculture movement in the 1960s and often referred to as the “hippie van” and painted in bright colors. It was affordable, easy to fix and large enough to live in, suiting itself for life on the road – the dream of many a young person at that time. With the engine located in the back of the bus, road trips were even more memorable when taking in the magical views through the big front window, which made occupants feel like they were part of the scenery.

Be on the lookout for some decidedly groovy examples of early Volkswagen buses at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, including the examples featured here.

1964 VOLKSWAGEN 21-WINDOW DELUXE MICROBUS – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1964 Volkswagen 21-Window Deluxe Microbus is powered by a 1776cc 4-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. This frame-off restoration has new sheet metal in places where it was necessary. It is finished in Sealing Wax Red over brown. The interior features upgraded Wolfsburg material. This bus sits on AirKewld air-ride suspension and has front disc brakes.

1965 VOLKSWAGEN 21-WINDOW CUSTOM MICROBUS – NO RESERVE

This Microbus Resto-Mod is a fresh 2-year high-quality restoration. It is powered by a new 2,027cc 4-cylinder engine with dual carburetors mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. It is equipped with a tuned narrow-beam suspension and Porsche Turbo disc brakes. This bus features seating for nine passengers, with a sliding ragtop and a safari pop-out windshield. It also has a roof rack, remote-controlled front and rear hatch power locking doors, and dual rear batteries. The custom interior features a 10-speaker stereo system with an iPad touchscreen, new gauges, a 356 Porsche steering wheel and a custom steering column.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/flower-power-the-humble-vw-bus-became-the-icon-of-an-era-and-a-collector-favorite/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 21:09:27 +0000

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MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions

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MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions
2006 PALM BEACH – 1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY – $1.728 MILLION

Taking place in Florida since 2003, the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction is a notable East Coast automotive lifestyle event, featuring extraordinary sales on the auction block year after year. With its uniquely casual yet high-energy atmosphere, it draws enthusiasts and serious collectors alike to take part in The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions. This annual gathering has evolved into more than just an auction; it is a celebration of car culture amidst the luxurious backdrop of Palm Beach.

As we gear up for the April 18-20, 2024 Palm Beach Auction, we’re taking a look back at some memorable moments from previous years. From classic beauties to modern marvels, the event has showcased an impressive array of desirable collectibles. Here are just a few of the many standout sales that celebrate the legacy of Barrett-Jackson’s presence in Palm Beach.

2006 PALM BEACH – 1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY – $1.728 MILLION
Picutred above, this 1947 Bentley is powered by a 4.5-liter inline-6 engine with a 4-speed transmission. Featuring Coachworks by Franay and magnificently restored to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning standards.

2005 PALM BEACH – 1953 BUICK ROADMASTER – $1.62 MILLION
Personally customized for Howard Hughes and the last car he drove. In 100% original condition and powered by a 322/122hp V8 engine with an automatic transmission.

2022 PALM BEACH – 2020 FORD GT CARBON SERIES – $1.54 MILLION
Chassis #40, a limited-edition Carbon Series with $55,100 in options, including the Dark Energy interior. Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 242 actual miles.

2023 PALM BEACH – 2020 FORD GT HERITAGE EDITION – $1,457,500

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine coupled with a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Can do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds with a 216-mph top speed. Includes the Heritage Roundel Graphics package and Alcantara interior trim. 2018 PALM BEACH – 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION – $770,000
One of just 50 Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFAs built. One owner from new, with 1,600 actual miles. Powered by a 4.8-liter 562hp V10 engine backed by a 6-speed sequential transmission.

2016 PALM BEACH – 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 – $550,000
One of just 859 built in 1969; KK #1371 was the 170th unit produced. Previously awarded 504 points at a major Mustang meet in Charlotte, NC. Has a 4-speed manual transmission.

2019 PALM BEACH – 1947 BUICK SUPER 8 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $421,500
Complete nut-and-bolt restoration with an Art Morrison chassis. Powered by a brand-new LSA-supercharged 6.2-liter GM crate engine putting out 580hp with a 4L85E automatic transmission. Has Wilwood 6-piston brakes and Vintage Air.

2017 PALM BEACH – 1961 VOLKSWAGEN 23-WINDOW DELUXE MICROBUS – $291,500
Rare, early factory walk-through bus powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine with 36hp and a 4-speed manual transmission. Detailed to a very high level and beautifully restored.

Mark your calendar for April 18-20 and consign your collector vehicle now to secure your spot in the 2024 Palm Beach Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Start your consignment online today at Barrett-Jackson.com or call 480-421-6694 to speak with a specialist.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 21:18:18 +0000

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Rare Motorcycle Sold for Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars

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For the past 33 years, Las Vegas has become home to motorcycle’s high rollers, collectors, and enthusiasts who swarm the city for Mecum Auctions’ annual January sale. This year’s event had a reported 2,000 motorcycles up for grabs, from turn-of-the-century machines to modern-day racers. By the time the last motorcycle rolled across the stage of the four-day event, these five rose to the top for highest prices paid. Since there was a tie between fourth and fifth place, we included the sixth-place finisher as well, this 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 and its $129,250 selling price worthy of an honorable mention.

A 1928 Indian Ace, with its heralded inline-four engine, earned top honors after selling for $220,000 at the 2024 Las Vegas Mecum Auction.
A 1928 Indian Ace, with its heralded inline-four engine, earned top honors after selling for $220,000 at the 2024 Las Vegas Mecum Auction. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)

1. 1928 Indian Ace | $220,000

Every OEM has a marquee model that exemplifies the company’s very best. While Indian Motorcycle has manufactured heralded Scouts and Chiefs, the elegant Indian Four deserves a spot among the finest machines ever produced by Hendee and Hedstrom.

This restored beauty comes from Wayne Kruty’s private collection. Kruty did a comprehensive restoration in 2014, including having the engine and transmission rebuilt by Davies Antique Motors. The 1,265cc inline four-cylinder engine has overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves and puts out about 30 hp. This one features a leading-link fork and frame, something only found on the first-year Indian Ace models. Draped in classic red paint highlighted by crisp gold script, the motorcycle exudes power and grace.

One of the motorcycle’s strongest selling points, the beautiful inline-four, is a descendant of the 1911 Henderson. The Henderson brothers, Thomas and William, were well known for the American four-cylinder motorcycle engine they engineered. They sold their company to Schwinn bicycles, who also produced Excelsior motorcycles, in 1917. William Henderson then embarked on a new venture, founding the Ace Motor Company in 1919, which was subsequently purchased by Indian in 1927. Production was moved to Indian’s factory in Springfield, Massachusetts, where it rolled out the first 1927 Indian Ace. The next year it dropped the name Ace but continued to produce inline-four motorcycles. This Indian was the Ace in the hole at Mecum’s 2024 Las Vegas auction, winning the jackpot for highest selling motorcycle at $220,000.

With a beautiful dustbin fairing hand-fabricated by an Italian legend and an engine with a GP pedigree, this 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer is truly one of a kind.
With a beautiful dustbin fairing hand-fabricated by an Italian legend and an engine with a GP pedigree, this 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer is truly one of a kind. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)

2. 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer | $165,000

Mondial was a boutique motorcycle manufacturer from Bologna, Italy, that specialized in squeezing the highest performance possible out of motorcycles with relatively small engines. Produced between 1948 and 1979, the brand cut its teeth in Grand Prix racing and won five world championships in its heyday. During that tenure, only approximately seven Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix racers were built by the factory. This survivor is the result of a 10-year labor of love for owner John Goldman, who lovingly restored it to its former glory.

The engine’s history adds to its provenance. The 250cc DOHC single-cylinder engine uses a shaft-and-bevel drive for its cams instead of a tower of gears driving the camshafts. For that reason, it is believed it was raced by Tarquinio Provini in 1957, giving it a GP pedigree.

Owner John Goldman smiles onstage after winning Best of Show at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
Owner John Goldman smiles onstage after winning Best of Show at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)

The beautiful dustbin fairing adds to its allure as well. The aluminum was hand-fabricated by Giancarlo Morbidelli, the famed

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By: Bryan Harley
Title: Rare Motorcycle Sold for Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/rare-motorcycle-sold-for-nearly-quarter-million-dollars/
Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 21:47:50 +0000

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