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This 1958 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible led all auction sales at $660,000.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ October 3, 2023 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, let the good times roll during the inaugural New Orleans Auction, delivering the ultimate automotive lifestyle experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, September 28-30, 2023. In total, 356 vehicles were sold at auction, all with No Reserve, for $21.6 million. Additionally, Barrett-Jackson sold 274 pieces of authentic automobilia for more than $960,000, bringing total auction sales to $22.5 million with a 100-percent sell-through rate and over 30 world auction records. Highlighting the event was a Resto-Mod 1958 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible that led top auction sales at $660,000, as well as the “Honolulu Lulu” custom 1932 Chevrolet Woody Wagon donated by Megan and George Shinn that was auctioned for charity, raising $375,000 for Samaritan’s Purse and their relief efforts in Maui following the August wildfires.

2005 Ford GT Hennessey 1000 – $495,000

“New Orleans was an incredible location to wrap up an outstanding auction year,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We kicked off the week with the city proclaiming this ‘Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Week’ and the city’s rich heritage combined with the region’s expansive car culture made it an ideal backdrop to host the ultimate automotive lifestyle event. We saw enthusiastic bidding across all segments of collectibles, and the performance we witnessed from Resto-Mods as well as custom trucks and SUVs demonstrated just how strong their place in the hobby continues to be. We look forward to building on this year’s momentum as we set our sights on 2024 and our flagship Scottsdale Auction in January.”

The top-10 non-charity vehicles that sold during the inaugural New Orleans Auction included:

1958 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #748) – $660,0002005 Ford GT Hennessey 1000 (Lot #725) – $495,0001967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition (Lot #717) – $440,0002005 Ford GT (Lot #735) – $418,0001954 Chevrolet Custom Pickup (Lot #782) – $330,0002020 Lamborghini Huracan LP640-4 EVO (Lot #730) – $286,0001967 Chevrolet Chevelle Custom Coupe (Lot #707) – $286,0002020 Aston Martin DB11 (Lot #701) – $275,0002023 Maserati MC20 (Lot #723) – $253,0001964 Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #764) – $220,0001959 Chevrolet Apache Custom Pickup “Indian Outlaw” (Lot #679) – $220,000Donated by Megan and George Shinn, this custom 1932 Chevrolet Woody Wagon raised $375,000 for relief efforts in Maui.

Raising a total of $375,000, Barrett-Jackson sold a 1932 Chevrolet Woody Custom Wagon nicknamed “Honolulu Lulu” and donated by renowned philanthropists Megan and George Shinn to benefit Samaritan’s Purse and their relief efforts in Maui following the devastating August wildfires. The custom hot rod originally hammered for $100,000 and was immediately donated back by longtime member of the Barrett-Jackson family Michelle Mauzy to sell again. After hammering a second time for $75,000 with the winning bid from Ted McIntyre, additional donations were added, including $100,000 from Mike and Tracy Patterson as well as $50,000 donations from the Shinns and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick.

“We’re thrilled with the incredible reception we received from New Orleans and the surrounding communities,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From an expansive docket filled with collectible vehicles for every enthusiast to Thrill Rides and live music, we brought the ultimate Barrett-Jackson experience for our first-ever event in Louisiana. Throughout the three-day event we continued to meet the demand for all segments of the hobby, and I can’t wait for what’s on the horizon in 2024 as we now turn our sights to Scottsdale.”

Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural event in the Crescent City also sold 274 pieces of authentic automobilia at the auction with No Reserve for more than $960,000. The top three automobilia pieces that sold during the New Orleans Auction include:

Late 1950s-early ’60s Texaco Oil Animated Neon Porcelain Sign (Lot #8299) – $74,7501930s Shell Oil Neon Porcelain Sign (Lot #7298) – $69,000Early 1950s Texaco Oil Fuel Island with Bennett Model #966 Gas Pumps (Lot #8282) – $46,000

During the three-day event, Barrett-Jackson also hosted several notable celebrities, including the New Orleans Saints all-time sack leader and eight-time Pro Bowler Cam Jordan, as well as “The First Lady of Motorsports” Linda Vaughn.

Additionally, Barrett-Jackson’s year-long Fantasy Bid presented by Dodge competition culminated on Saturday with Keith R. from Ohio taking the crown and winning the grand prize – a 2023 Dodge Charger.

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Title: Barrett-Jackson Concludes Exceptional 2023 Auction Year with Inaugural New Orleans Auction, Featuring $22.5 Million in Total Auction Sales and $375,000 Raised for Charity
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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

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Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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