Barrett-Jackson Million Dollar Cars
With a very successful Palm Beach auction Barrett-Jackson had a few lots hit the million dollar range. Of course there are the ones that benefit a charity – those always go for big money – but there are a couple that broke seven-figures all on their own.
A one-owner car with only 242 miles showing and still retaining the original window sticker and ordering kit, complete with a carbon fiber case, along with numerous other pieces of original documentation is apparently plenty of reason for this car to sell for more than $1.5 million.
It is a limited production example of the 2020 Ford GT Carbon Series and features a more powerful version of the EcoBoost engine compared to earlier models, so it’s not really surprising to see this supercar sell for a very strong $1,540,000.
This 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition is from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams collection and was the most expensive car from his collection. It’s fitting to see a Ford GT that pays tribute to the 1967 Ford GT40s bring such strong money as we approach the 55th anniversary of Ford’s victory at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In addition to having only driven 295 miles, this is one of just 250 ’67 Heritage Edition cars built for 2018 and it has a unique ID plate that shows this. It also included the original window sticker, ordering kit, Ford GT Welcome Book, photos of the car as it was built, and a Ford GT watch. We genuinely hope that the new owner will only wear the watch when driving this car.
Charity Million Dollar Cars:
Although there were other lots sold to benefit charities during Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale, we’re just going to look at two of them – well, in a way. We’re actually looking at three different lots, although two of them were sold as a package deal to benefit Samaritan’s Purse which will use the sale price, along with an extra $760,000 donated after the winning bid, to provide humanitarian relief in Ukraine. The other charity lot that reached seven-figures was offered to benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be a hot ticket item when it reaches dealerships, but one bidder in Palm Beach wanted to ensure that they received the first production example to be built. So what does $1,000,000 worth of Corvette include?
The Z06 Convertible will be powered by a new 5.5L LT6 V8 that claims to be the highest horsepower naturally-aspirated V8 in any production car, ever. It will redline at 8,600 rpm and generate 670 HP. In addition to the powerful engine, other modifications have been made to create the Z06 that include: revised exterior elements for aerodynamic performance, larger wheels to give a lower appearance, and an available carbon fiber wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles, just to name a few.
The winning bidder also receives a two-day class on driving the new Corvette at Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. Oh, and one more perk – should the winning bidder choose to do so, they can take delivery of their new Z06 at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
2. 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Indy Pace Car & 2009 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake - $1,000,000
These two cars are out of Mark Pieloch’s American Muscle Car Museum Collection and were purchased by Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports. The Pace Car is one of only 735 built and shows a genuine 9,325 miles on its odometer. It even includes its window sticker and build sheet. Sure, charity is part of the reason this sold for so much, along with the GT500 Super Snake, but this is quite the collectible Corvette from the 1980s.
The 2009 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake is the real deal with a CSM number and everything. A supercharged 5.4L V8 puts out 750 HP and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. There are plenty of Shelby-specific design elements including custom Alcoa wheels and, of course, Super Snake badges.
Would either of these two cars be worth $1,000,000 on their own? Frankly, no. But the opportunity to buy a couple very cool cars while simultaneously supporting humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine was more than enough reason for the winning bid of $1,000,000 plus an extra $760,000 donated after the two cars sold.