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The 2016 Barrett Jackson auction at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT was a huge success. And our own ASE staff had an all access pass to this inaugural 3 day event. This was the first of at least 4 more auto auctions to come to the Mohegan Sun facilities, and based on the record crowds, there will surely be many more after that. It was a huge hit on TV, with record viewership on the Discovery and Velocity Channel.
Barrett Jackson dubs itself as the world’s greatest collector car auction, and is definitely one of the largest and most popular auto auctions in the industry. This event was a quick sellout, and boasted record attendance at over 90,000 patrons , which was more than any other event ever held at the Mohegan Sun facilities. There were also over 1,700 attendees bidding on automobiles, with a total purse of over 26 million for over 500 vehicles sold.
A nice by-product of this auction were the funds donated to charity, with over $600,000 going to various charitable causes. One of those cars was a Shelby GT-H prototype that went for $150,000, with the proceeds going toward the Carroll Shelby foundation.
If you’re in to classic cars, exotic autos, or just unique vehicles, this was the place to be in the northeast from the 3 day range of June 23rd to 25th. Most any type of collectible car was there, from US made muscle cars , to European standards, and some amazing prototype and concept cars.
Some of the more notable sales were –
1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird – $330,000
1969 Chevy Corvette – $624,000
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 439 Fastback $346,000
1969 Ferarri GT – $330,000
2005 Ford GT Custom Coupe – $253,000
1998 Lamborghini Diablo – $236,000
We were there for all the festivities and with our back stage passes, and we were able to obtain for you some exclusive footage that we are processing now. We are producing a video that will demonstrate the highlights, and show you some of the best footage on location from the VIP areas of the show.
But for now, we thought you would like to see some pictures from the show.
UPDATE – Check out our video of this event below –
The original Batmobile, made famous in the iconic 1960’s action / comic book series has sold for $4.2 million. This is one of the original cars from the series, a 1955 Lincoln Futura was sold at the Barrett Jackson auction in Arizona back in January. Adam West would be proud.
The unique auto was owned and customized by George Barris back in the 1960’s and was the perfect accessory for the superhero with all the best gadgets. It had all kinds of cool features and gimmicks, such as parachutes, lasers, smoke screen and even a bat phone. It was obviously well before it’s time. Hence the name “Futura”.
Although the show only ran from 1966 to 1968, it remains one of the most popular shows of it’s kind, and the car always stole the show. From an investment perspective, the specialty and classic car market has gained in returns and these types of vehicles are considered to be a wise investment, as far as collectibles go.
Sure, there were other vehicles that sold at this particular auction, such as a few Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s and such, but (ho-hum) how can anything top the Batmobile? The economy may be crawling along, but apparently there are still plenty of wealthy investors.