Barrett-JacksonWhen the sun rises in Scottsdale on January 13th, enthusiasts will flock to the site, or to their laptops, to watch what Barrett-Jackson has on display this year. As Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO puts it, Barrett-Jackson is “more than just an auction, it is a celebration of the automotive lifestyle.” Here’s a little history and a glimpse at what you can expect this month as the 47th annual auction gets underway.

Barrett-Jackson Quickly Became Legend Among Classic Car Lovers

Barrett-Jackson was established in 1971 and has grown to become the leader in collector events. With automobilia on offer, in addition to a collection of classic and exotic cars, Barrett-Jackson is regarded as a barometer of the car industry.

What began as a simple festival that Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett called “Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes” has grown to a 4-city event that draws bidders and sellers like Jay Leno, Sammy Hagar, and Reggie Jackson, as well as other athletes and celebrities. Some of the first cars auctioned off included a pair of Mercedes-Benz 770K Phaetons. Once Jackson and Barrett passed away – in 1993 and 2004, respectively – Russ’s son Craig took over the company. Today the auction draws over 200,000 spectators.

Look for Todhunter Collection Classics and More at This Year’s Auction

This year is special, in part because Barrett-Jackson will display 21 cars from the Steve Todhunter Collection. This stunning Scottsdale-based collection features a Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale Coupe and a 2018 McLaren 720S along with other low-mileage exotic and domestic cars. Craig Jackson calls Todhunter’s offerings a “phenomenal addition” to an already impressive line-up.  

In addition to these Todhunter classics, Benz and Harley enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy this year. There will also be a broad selection of classics from the 70s and 80s on display. The entire Barrett-Jackson docket covers 100 years of automotive history and includes a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca De Ville. What else can viewers look forward to? How about this Porsche 911 Carrera, this hard-to-find 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, or this 1958 Cadillac Custom Topless Roadster? That’s just the beginning of what Barrett-Jackson will showcase this year.

Barrett-Jackson Perks Won’t Disappoint

If you decide to bid at Barrett-Jackson, you can expect quite a few perks. Along with preferred seating and a hosted bar, you’ll get an invitation to the Opening Night Gala, where you might just chat with celebrities. In essence, you’ll be participating in a lifestyle event like no other! And that’s before the excitement of a world-class auction even begins!

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