Barrett-Jackson hosts most successful auction in its history

January 22, 2014 12:00 AM

The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for car lovers, and this year's action did not disappoint. The 43rd running of the annual showcase saw almost 1,400 cars sell on the auction block, bringing in more than $113 million. 

During the six-day event, about 300,000 guests came to check out the offerings, which ranged from classic cars to celebrity rides and unique concept designs. The biggest price tag belonged to a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2-Door Coupe, which had undergone numerous rounds of auto repair in its history to remain a high-quality vehicle. It eventually sold for $3.85 million. 

That was significantly more than the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car, which was the second on the list with a $2.86 million price tag. A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe was the only other vehicle to break the $2 million mark. 

"The diverse docket created for 2014 was one of my proudest moments with Barrett-Jackson," said the auction's president, Steve Davis. "It reflected the diversity of the collector car hobby and the lifestyle it has created. Our fans and bidders expect the ultimate Barrett-Jackson experience and that is exactly what we delivered." 

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