Throughout a mostly bright and sunny week in Scottsdale, Arizona, millions of dollars changed hands at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. As one of the most renowned classic car auctions in the country, there’s always a wide collection of unique vehicles up for grabs. Sometimes, though, grabbing your own piece of automotive history doesn’t come cheap.
To that end, we’ve decided to put some Top 10 lists together now that the auctions in Scottsdale have concluded. Let’s kick things off with one of the most mouth-watering collections of the week. It’s the top 10 most expensive cars sold at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale:
#10 – 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition – $495,000
This is a special edition of the Ford GT called the Heritage Edition. The 343 examples produced by Ford in 2006 feature a paint scheme that matches the Gulf Racing livery seen on the original race car in the 1960s.
#9 – 1968 Chevy Corvette L88 – $495,000
What makes this car special is the L88 motor option. Chevy only produced 80 cars with this 427 cu in, 430 horsepower V8. Although, the L88 option also gave the vehicle larger brakes and special exhaust.
#8 – 1966 Shelby GT-350 Prototype #001 – $605,000
This is the first pre-production prototype of the world-famous 1966 Shelby GT-350. It features a high performance 289 cu in V8 to help homologate the Mustang for SCCA racing.
#7 – 1969 Chevy COPO Camaro ZL1 – $770,000
This is number 59 of the 69 COPO (central office production order) Camaros built for 1969. A COPO Camaro has been custom ordered by a dealer, usually with special parts that aren’t normally fitted to the stock vehicle. This one has a 427 cu in V8, an NC8 Chambered Exhaust (the only ZL1 with this), and a 4-speed manual transmission.
#6 – 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 – $925,000
This ZR1 was auctioned off for charity, with 100% of the hammer price going to the Building for America’s Bravest program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The program “builds smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home.”
#5 – 1965 Chevy Corvette Cutaway Coupe – $1,100,000
This car began its life as a regular production Corvette. However, it was shipped to a specialty display production company that completely disassembled the car and turned it into a one-of-a-kind display that GM used in the auto show circuit.
#4: 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa – $1,100,000
While there have been some low production numbers on this list, this car takes the cake for fewest built. Just 11 of these Pininfarina 212 Coupes were made. This example was the show car for the 1953 Turin Motor Show.
#3: 2018 Chevy Corvette Carbon 65 Edition – $1,400,000
This is another limited edition Corvette. The Carbon 65 edition celebrates 65 years of Corvettes with a special paint color, graphics, and the supercharged 6.2L V8 from the Z06 Corvette. According to Barrett-Jackson, “the proceeds will benefit the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative, which is focused on helping post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and on addressing the issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.”
#2: 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder – $1,430,000
The 918 Spyder almost needs no introduction, but Ill give it a brief one anyways. This vehicle featured a 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine hybrid and 7-speed PDK transmission, a combination of 4-wheel drive, coupled with 4-wheel steering allows its combined 285hp of electric motors coupled with 608 gasoline-generated horsepower that produce a combined 994 ft/lbs of torque. This example had just over 3,000 miles when it sold.
#1: 2017 Ford GT – $2,500,000
By a wide margin, this 2017 Ford GT was the most expensive car at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. As with the 918 Spyder, the new Ford GT needs no introduction. It’s fitting that this car is rounding out the list, as we started with the old-model GT. While the old one has a supercharged, 5.4-liter V8, the new version has a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V6 pushing out 647 horsepower. Now, the MSRP for this car is around $400,000.
You may be thinking, “Why on Earth would anyone spend more than six times that amount?” Apart from Ford building a limited amount (especially in this color), businessman Ron Pratte auctioned this GT off for charity. 100% of the $2.5 million asking price went to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina.
Chevy definitely made a splash in this list, but which car was your favorite? Were there any that you think didn’t deserve such a high price? Please let us know in the comments section below!
Thanks to Barrett-Jackson for the images used in this article.