- Barry (the Carguy) Thomas
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- My passion is also my business, as I am with the Toronto based Hav-A-Kar Auto Group. I sell or lease any make of car, van or truck available in Canada. My interest in all things "car" has helped me with my many clients in Ontario over the past 20+ years. Please give me the opportunity to assist you.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Jan 17: Barrett Jackson Auction
Alright car guys and gals, it's that time of year again, the Barrett- Jackson Scottsdale Auction starts tonight and goes thru Sunday. A true candy store on wheels, this auction is one of many held around Phoenix this week, but B-J is the most recognized, has the most coverage and has the most cars, trucks or whatever.
Speaking of a "whatever", it's always fun to see what is going to cross the block next, like this GM Futureliner.......
GM used a small fleet of these trucks?buses? in the early '50's to show off their products at shows throughout the US. I believe there are only four remaining (one is in Ontario?), but at a B-J auction a few years ago, one sold for a wildly high $4.2 million! Not your average auction vehicle. Or how about this car........
Supposedly, this was the 1963 ambulance/hearse that received President Kennedy's body at Andrews Air Force base after his assassination in Dallas. There was all sorts of paperwork to back up its claim to fame, but there was also some doubt. Anyway, it sold for somewhere around $120k. Again, not your average auction car, but the kind of thing that surfaces at Barrett-Jackson.
This is what makes the Barrett-Jackson Auction so interesting. And at times dull, as one sees the 53th Corvette go across the block or 77th Mustang or Camaro. Speaking of the old muscle cars, they are plentiful at this auction. Ones like this '71 Hemi Cuda.......
These seem to come out of the woodwork for the Barrett-Jackson event. Rare with low miles, this auction attracts many of the best vehicles. Customs, trucks, hot rods, classics - you'll see them all.
Check out the Speed channel (http://www.speedtv.com/) for the listing of times, but basically it's all evening starting tonight with afternoon coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Worth a look and a lot of fun. Oh and one good thing about watching it at home.......you can scratch your head without fear of buying a half million dollar dream machine!
Until next time........