The infamous Barrett-Jackson Car Auction will be having its Palm Beach, Florida auction for the 8th year on April 7-9, 2011. The auction will be held at the South Florida Fairgrounds. This year’s event will also be featured live on the SPEED network (April 7th: Noon-4pm; April 8th: Noon-6:30pm; April 9th: 11am-5pm and 7pm-8pm). A few of the special features of this auction are the Collector Car Auction, in which just collector cars are auctioned off. Also, there is an Automobilia Auction every day that auctions off authentic automobile memorabilia, such as: dealership signs, hood mascots, transportation toys, gas pumps, and garage relics.
The times for the auctions are as follows:
Thursday, April 7th: Auction 8am-close; Collector Car Auction noon-close
Friday, April 8th: Auction 8am-close; Collector Car Auction 10am-close; Automobilia Auction 9am-10am
Saturday, April 9th: Auction 8am-close; Collector Car Auction 10am-close; Automobilia Auction 9am-10am.
There are many options for purchasing tickets. Here are the prices if you purchase your tickets online, which will be cheaper than if you purchase them at the auction:
- Opening Day Gala: $75/person
- 3-day Pass: Adults – $28.50; Seniors (55+), Students or Military (with ID) – $21.50; Children (6-12) – $9.50+fee
- Thursday or Friday tickets: Adults – $10; Seniors (55+), Students or Military (with ID) – $7; Children (6-12) – $3.50+fee
- Saturday Tickets: Adults – $15; Seniors (55+), Students or Military (with ID) – $12; Children (6-12) – $5+fee
The Barrett-Jackson company has a long history dating back to their first collector car auction in 1971. The late Russ Jackson and the late Tom Barrett, the founders of the company, first came together over the purchase of a vehicle. Though the purchase never went through, the two became life-long friends and business partners. The company first started building its name in Scottsdale, AZ, which is where the original Barrett-Jackson car auctions took place. Since 1971, their auctions have grown in such great magnitude, that the company decided to expand their auctions to 3 other locations besides Scottsdale (Palm Beach, FL -2003, Las Vegas, NV – 2008, Orange Country, CA). This expansion and their strong values and hard work have helped to make them one of the most famous and successful collector car auctions in the U.S.
Last year’s Palm Beach auction was not only a huge success in how many people came and how much was sold, but it also brought a lot of interesting collector cars. The top 5 cars based on their sales price were a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($297,000), 2005 Ford Mustang GT Platt & Payne Signature Edition ($190,000), 1965 Cobra Custom Roadster ($184,800), 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible ($165,000) and a 1967 Bel Air Custom Hardtop ($162,250). If you are interested in bidding on vehicles in this year’s Palm Beach auction, please register and read the rules here. If you are interested in selling a vehicle, please register and read the rules here.