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The Barrett Jackson Auction celebrated its 37th year of offering some of the Worlds Finest Collector Cars for auction at No Reserve. This year’s event was again held at West World in Scottsdale, Arizona January 13th – 20th. For years Barrett Jackson was synonymous with Scottsdale Arizona in January. Things do change, there are now six Collector Car auctions in Scottsdale during the month of January. Each of the competing auction companies has its own automobile specialty. Barrett Jackson concentrates on Muscle Cars, Street Rods and Resto-Mods, but you will find a good mix of all types of automobiles at their event. They definitely specialize in record breaking sale prices. 
Of the six auctions I elected to experience the original, Barrett Jackson. I had never attended the Scottsdale Barrett Jackson auction until this year. I was not disappointed. It is a Class event. Speed Channel covers this event each year and they do a great job, but it is nothing like being there. The auction is very impressive; 1000 to 1200 cars are offered for auction at no reserve with 4800 registered bidders. The event draws an estimated 250,000 automobile enthusiasts. This year’s sales were expected to top 110 million dollars.  
The event is more than just great cars being offered to the highest bidder. You will find a fantastic selection of automobilia and memorabilia thatDealership_Neon_Signs is auctioned as well. There is something for everyone in the exhibitor tents and in the Barrett Jackson Lifestyle Pavilion. This is the ultimate flea market for the wealthy. Where else can you shop for art, bronze sculptures, jewelry, custom built garages and vacation homes and furnishings along with dealers offering personal aircraft, vintage boats, custom speed boats and personal helicopters. Are you ready to trade up for a new Bentley Continental? Coupe, Sedan or Convertible…  
Ford was this year’s major sponsor. The Ford Motor Company room had all of the latest2007_Bullet_Mustang_Barrett_Jackson Ford offerings and some future Ford automobiles, such as the new Flex and the soon to be released Bullet Mustang. There were plenty of new Mustangs parked throughout the room. You could register for the hourly drawing to win a chance to experience Drag Racing new Mustangs. This was really cool, two Mustangs were tied down to dynamotors. There was a NHRA style Christmas tree and you can figure out the rest. The winners actually got to drive the Mustangs wide open and banging gears through a timed and recorded ¼ mile race. They would rotate the Mustangs around from the floor to the platform drag strip each night so you would have new racers each day. I watched the new Bullet Mustang run against a black Mustang GT. Nice Job Ford! 
I will not attempt to cover the auction results. The major magazines and websites will do a much better job. But, some of the more notable cars were that of the Corvette “Rondine” from the 196Corvette_Styling_Car3 Paris Auto Show. Pronounced “Ron” D “Nay”, the car started life as a well optioned 1963 Fuel Injected Corvette Stingray Coupe. Tom Tjaarda from the Italian Design House of Pininfarina then began working his magic. After the Paris Auto Show, the car was put away in the Pininfarina Museum in Turin, Italy. The car did not surface again until the 2005 Concours at Villia d’Este to celebrate Pininfarina's birthday. The car was then moved back to the museum. Concept cars do not come up for sale very often and when they do; they command a lot of attention. When they change hands they command a lot of money. The Rondine Corvette sold for 1.6 million dollars. Three cars crossed the block this year selling in seven figures. A 1928 Dual Cowl Duesenberg sold for 1 million dollars, and the first, as in serial number one, 2008  Corvette ZR-1 sold for 1 million dollars.
Another CThunderbird_Concept_Caroncept Car that drew the huge crowds all week was the “Italien”, considered by some to be the most significant Thunderbird ever to be offered for sale. The 1963 Italien Thunderbird Concept Car toured in Fords “Custom Car Caravan” in 1962 and 1963. The  Italien was also showcased in the 1964 New York City Worlds Fair “Cavalcade of Customs” This beautiful car sold on Saturday for $600,000. A more affordable Thunderbird was the 1966 convertible used in the Thelma and Louise film, obviously it is the car used in the movie before the cliff drop. It brought $65,000.  
Anything with Carroll Shelby history was Hot and bringing big money. His personal car since new, a 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible in Red sold for $675,000. A 2008 Shelby GT500 KR Coupe, in “KITT” black, sold for $550,000. Just one more, because I grew up with this one… The original Monkee Mobile sold for $360,000. OK no more auction numbers. 
The Barrett Jackson Scottsdale event is now on my list of annual pilgrimages. Scottsdale is a perfect winter getaway. Besides the collector caSedona_Red_Rocks_Jan._2008r auctions Scottsdale offers pleasant January weather, fine lodging, great shopping and many restaurants. You are only minutes from a desert masterpiece,
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Taliesin West was the architects personal home, studio and architectural campus. It is located on 600 acres in the beautiful Sonora Desert. You really should allow a few extra days in your planning to see Sedona, Arizona. It is only 2 hours from Scottsdale. You have to see the Red Rocks. Sedona is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on earth and I must agree.

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