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January 20, 2019

7 Fine Finds At Barrett-Jackson’s 2012 Scottsdale Auction – Guest Post

by Benjamin Greene –

Online Editor of the duPont REGISTRY

Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona, event has become arguably the world’s premier collector-car auction. Starting out as a small charity function in 1967, the multi-day event now attracts more than 250,000 people and hundreds of classic cars. Scottsdale’s 2012 auction appears to be just as big since many rare and exclusive automobiles have already registered to cross the auction block.

Because every collector has his or her own particular likes and dislikes and considering the variety of cars, I could never label a small set of automobiles as standing absolutely above all the rest. But, despite the glorious assortment of fine and collectible cars, I have assembled a list of seven of the more notable automobiles (in no particular order) that will go under the auctioneer’s hammer.

Dukes of Hazard General Lee

As an editor at duPont REGISTRY, I am quite familiar with the first car on the list. The car has appeared in the duPont REGISTRY magazine and now sits in duPont REGISTRY’s Saint Petersburg, Florida, headquarters. Lee 1, as it has been dubbed, is the car featured in the infamous jump during the opening credits of the hit-television-series The Dukes of Hazzard!

The scene was actually filmed for the show’s premiere episode titled “One-Armed Bandits,” which aired on January 26, 1979. The jump sent the 1969 Dodge Charger 16 feet into the air and cleared 82 feet. After 23 years in an Atlanta, Georgia, junkyard, the General Lee was rescued and professionally restored to pre-jump condition.

Lamborghini Diablo

Growing up, the Diablo was my absolute dream machine, and the last of the Diablos, the 6.0s, have always been a car I dream of owning.

In 2001, Lamborghini was preparing for the departure of the Diablo and the arrival of the Murcielago. To commemorate the significance of the former car, it built 40 individually numbered Special Edition models.

Available in two exclusive colors, Oro Elios (sunrise gold) and Marrone Eklipsis (sunset maroon), the Special Edition Diablo included some special options like titanium thread in the carbon-fiber weave used on the body and trim, a rear spoiler, and a two-tone leather interior with titanium trim. The car that will be sent to Scottsdale is number 40 of 40 and in mint condition with only 12 original miles!

Shelby GT 500

The most contemporary car on our list is the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Still a year away from it official model year, the 2013 GT500 features an all-new and quite massive 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 producing an astounding 650 hp! That’s a huge jump from the still-impressive 550-hp produced for the 2012 model. The chance to own what can only be the first 2013 GT500 put up for sale will likely attracted a large number of bidders; all proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Shelby GT 350

Of course, the new GT500 pays its respects to the original Shelby GT350 and GT500 of the mid-to-late 60s and early 70s. In fact, Barrett-Jackson is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shelby American by auctioning five consecutive-year Mustangs for the iconic period 1965–1969. One particularly amazing auction is for a 1965 Shelby GT350 being labeled an amazing barn-yard find. It has matching numbers, 44,000 original miles, and is in mint condition.

I will show my youth with the next statement: it was the recent Gone in Sixty Seconds remake that made my heart palpitate for the classic GT500. Since then, it has been number two on my list (behind the Diablo) of cars for the dream garage.

Cadillac

The next automobile is a part of history albeit one of the saddest days in American history. The white 1964 Cadillac Hearse was used to transport the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and the body of President John F. Kennedy from Parkland Memorial Hospital to the airport at Love Airfield where Air Force One was waiting for the return flight to Washington D.C. This iconic car has passed through a couple hands without attaining a bunch of miles or losing any of its original form.

Ghia

One car that will draw bidders from its looks alone is the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II. The one-off concept by Ghia was built on a Chrysler Imperial chassis and powered by a Hemi motor. It was sold new to King Mohammed V of Morocco before landing in the hands of an American diplomat. Fully restored and with just 14,000 miles on the odometer, the Barrett-Jackson listing calls it one of the top ten concept cars of all time (and if you give the photos a long enough look, I think you will agree.).

Brett Michaels, Bentley GT

Known by the younger VH1 crowd for his pursuit of love on Rock of Love, Bret Michaels is recognized best as the lead singer for the American rock group Poison. After such hits as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” Brett Michaels accumulated a small collection of cars, some of which will be sold off at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale.

The most notable car going up for sale is his 2004 Bentley Continental GT, which has appeared on some of his television shows as well as in the print media.

All seven of these machines will be auctioned at no reserve to the highest bidder on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

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