The world famous Barrett Jackson auction, which takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona, has just set some impressive records for a collector car auction. The sales from the Arizona Barret Jackson auctioned generated more than $29.2 million in sales. There were quite a number of famous and well known cars up for auction at Barrett Jackson including the original Batmobile.
These were the top selling cars at the auction:
- The Original 1966 TV Batmobile – $4,620,000
- Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe – $2,035,000
- 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport – $2,035,000
- 1934 Duesenberg J Murphy LWB Custom Beverly Sedan – $1,430,000
- 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible – $1,375,000
- 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible – $1,320,000
The original Batmobile started its life as the one and only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, which was heavily modified by Barris to become the original 1966 Batmobile in the live action TV series Batman, as well as the movie adaptation, starring Adam West. The auction tent was brimming with excitement as fans watched the price for the Batmobile skyrocket to historic proportions on the Barrett-Jackson auction block. Legendary customizer and creator George Barris looked on with pride from the auctioneer’s stand, even adding his signature jacket to the sale, as the crowd cheered the auctioneer on.
Fans also witnessed two new world records, which were set by the 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport and the 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible. Selling for $2,035,000, the Talbot-Lago became the world’s most expensive T-26, while the Diablo set an impressive new sales record for a Chrysler Concept car with a final price of $1,375,000. It was clear from the cheers of the crowd and the final sales price, that both cars showed strong results, signifying a rise in the collector car market and Barrett-Jackson’s stronghold within the industry. In fact, reports in 2012 showed a 33 percent increase in the value of collector cars, surprisingly considering the state of the economy.
In addition to the evening’s top-sellers, a packed audience watched as other iconic cars, such as the 1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Castagna Roadster, 1949 Delahaye Type 175 Saoutchik Coupe de Ville and the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Owens/Corning Racecar crossed the auction block. As well the first production ready 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray was auctioned off for an impressive $1.1 million.
“The vehicles that sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this year were among some of the most exquisite cars I’ve ever seen and the experience is something I’ll remember for years to come,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. I am sure next will be even better!