Famous Barrett Jackson Auction Sales Total $29.2 Million

The Original Batmobile!

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!

Hereford Zone Car Show – Saturday June 18th

This Saturday there is going to be an awesome car show, the 7th Annual Hereford Zone Car Show.  The show is open to all makes, models, and years.  If you have a vehicle with wheels, you can bring it!  In past the show has had Model A's, Model T's, Hot-rods, classic cars, Ferrias, Lamborghinis, motorcycles, and even Fire Trucks.  This year should be bigger and better than ever before.  There are 200-300 vehicles expected this year, which is a lot larger than past shows.

The show also has an important cause to support, the Leib McDonald Techincal School Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship is for a graduating Senior from Hereford High School who will be attending a technical school for automotive technology, diesel mechanics, motorcycles, or HVAC..  Travis Brown is this year's recipient.  He was awarded the scholarship 3 weeks ago, and will be attending York Technical Institute for Motorcycle Mechanics.  Recipients are judged on several criteria including GPA, attendance records, letters of recommendations, and good fit for the scholarship.  It's a bit of a challenge to receive the scholarship and Travis should feel proud he got it.

Including the car show, right across the plaza there will be 100.7 The Bay's BBQ Bash.  There will also be activities for the whole family.  Crafts, games, live music, face painting, and contests with prizes.  Cars will be judged with 25 trophies to the top vehicles on display, and 34 different awards.  The first 100 cars will receive a great dash plaque.  It will be a fun day for all!


What: 7th Annual Hereford Zone Car Show

When: Saturday June 18, 2011 (10am-3pm)

Where:  Executive Plaza ll Corporate Center, 11350 McCormick Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Admission: Spectators Free, $10 registration fee for vehicles

For more info visit: https://www.hzcarshow.com/Home_Page.html


*Special thanks to Chuck Ritzmann – Committee Member for Hereford Zone Car Show

All GM Car show to benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation, Sunday June 5

Tomorrow (Sunday) at Jerry's Chevrolet and the Chesapeake Corvette Club will be hosting the 7th Annual All GM Car Show. That means plenty of Chevy's, Pontiacs, Buicks, and GMC's, and Oldsmobile's will be there on display for attendees to check out. The show usually has about 80-100 cars and trucks, ranging from classic cars to new cars. There will be trophies for 9 different classes of vehicles. Parts will be for sale at a 10% discount, and there will be some deals on high performance engines you don't want to miss. The first 100 entrants will get a nice Dash plaque to hang in their garage. There will be food and refreshments, pit beef, ham & turkey. Best part about the show is that all the proceeds will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. In the past the show has raised over $15,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. If you like GM cars and want to spend the day having fun while helping a good cause, head over to Jerry's for this car show.

What: 7th Annual All GM Car Show at Jerry's Chevrolet

When: Sunday, June 5th 2011 (Rain date Sunday, June 12th)

Where: 1940 East Joppa Rd, Baltimore MD, 21234

Cost: Registration is $20 per vehicle

Time: 11am – 4pm (Registration 10am – 12pm)


21st Cruisins Ocean City Car Show, May 19-22


Take a trip over to Ocean City, MD May 19-22 to for all the fun and excitement of the 21st Annual Cruisin Ocean City Car Show. Thousands of Hot Rods, Classic Cars, Trucks, and Customs will be out on the streets of Ocean City.  There will be awards, a racing simulator, celebrity guests, vendors, auctions, show & dance, elvis mania, boardwalks parades, and lots of other fun activities and events.  It will quite an event, like all Ocean City car shows.


  • Thursday, 9am-5pm
  • Friday, 9am-5pm
  • Saturday, 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, 10am-4pm

Admission Prices:

  • $10 General Admission
  • $30 Four day Pass
  • Children under 14 are Free!

Ocean City always has great car shows and this one should be no different.  So be sure to cruise over for the 21st Annual Cruisin Ocean City Car Show.

For additional show info and a detailed schedule of events visit: http://www.specialeventpro.com/cruisin.php

Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals, May 20-22

2011 Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals is this weekend, May 20-22 (Friday- Saturday).  Is a special event featuring over 1,200 classic and high-performance vehicles.  Walk through the fairgrounds and enjoy imports and kit cars from 7 different countries, representing 37 unique manufacturers.  Shop for parts for your import or kit car.  There will be a car giveaway (1976 Toyota Corolla), autocross racing, club gatherings, a dyno, music, vintage motorcycles, cruises to historic scenic locations, and even an activities for kids.

Adult Admission: Friday – Sunday $8
Child Admission: 8 and under – FREE
Gate Times: Friday.-Saturday, 7am-6pm / Sunday, 7am-3pm

For additonal show info visit: http://www.carlisleevents.com/ce/events/import/