Sunday, October 11, 2009

Shelby Cobra tops 2009 IACOCCA Ford Mustang at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Las Vegas.

So what did $500,000 dollars get you at Auto Auction?

Over the past several years, enthusiasts have been invading all of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions looking to buy their dream car. However with the tough economy right now that let’s face it will continue for years to come, I wondered just what some of those incredible automobiles would sell for in front of a huge bidding crowd.

Over the past three nights, enthusiasts saw not bargain prices, but reasonable prices. The prices that people, yes even in this economy can afford and that is a good thing. For me, a car enthusiast, ever since I was five years old, I’ve loved cars from a cool Corvette, a 1987 Buick Grand National, a 1969 Ford Mustang, a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad, a 1971 Plymouth HemiCuda, to a 2008 Ford Mustang, a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro or a Shelby and watching people showcase cool cars on television definitely gets my attention.

So after all of that, what did $500,000 dollars get you at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas and more so, who were the showstoppers and the stars?

There were two cars that got my attention way before the heavy hitters hit the stage, first had to be on Thursday night, where the headline read “A 1963 Ford Galaxie sells for $110k at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas, but...”, but why? By the way, it’s a Barney Fife replica cop car signed by the late Don Knotts. Any thoughts and yes even the announcers where shocked.

The second car that caught my attention considering yes I am a Dukes of Hazzard fan (not the movie, the TV Show) had to be Bo’s 1969 Dodge Charger, yes that’s John Schneider General Lee. He was, for another time actually on stage trying to sell a General Lee and while it didn’t sell for millions of dollars, the General Lee actually sold for $230,000. The car included signatures from several of the stars from the reunion as well as behind the scenes crew. There really are not many of these actual TV shows cars around, I believe it’s less than 10.

The showstopper had to be when Carroll Shelby and Don Prudhomme came up on stage to auction off a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Prudhomme Edition that sold for $275,000 ($302,500 total). I can’t believe that these two teamed to build the ultimate street legal dragster. The GT500 Super Snake has a 5.4L Supercharged engine 750hp engine on 93-octane pump gas and does way less than 10 second in a quarter mile. Like I said, what a showstopper and it’s great to see Carroll Shelby in the house.

Now let’s get to the heavy hitters, the top 3 sellers:

The 3rd top seller was a black 1967 Shelby GT500 SE Super Snake Continuation Fastback that sold for $300,000 ($330,000 total price). SPEED just highlighted this Mustang for a moment, but what a piece. The Mustang is the 1st continuation GT500SE Super Snake to be produced that is powered by a supercharged aluminum Shelby big-block 427 FE engine with 780hp with a Tremec TKO 5-speed Manual and coilover suspension. It was even signed by Carroll Shelby at Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach.

The 2nd top seller was the car that was featured on the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas posters; yeah it’s the 2009 IACOCCA 45th Anniversary Ford Mustang Coupe that sold for a total of 352,000. This specific Mustang had a supercharged 550hp Ford Racing engine that was modified and coach built fastback, #5 Lee Iacocca Mustang.

What a really cool car, this Mustang on the outside really reminds me of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback like the one that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Bullitt. I do have to say though, SPEED didn't show the car going across the block and that is terrible, I really wanted to see it.

However the top seller a blue 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster that sold for $400,000 ($440,000 total). What an original car. According to Barrett-Jackson and the documentation, the CSX2568 has the original California black plates and registration tags that expired in 1972. This is the first time CSX2568 has been in the public in about 40 years and the first time it has been offered for sale since 1968. The Cobra was completely redone with a 289cid High Performance engine with 306hp.

Now all that we can do is wait for the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale next January and by the way, Americans still want their high horsepower, big vehicles, that go like a bat out of hell, so get use to it.

(Source: Barrett-Jackson website and SPEED Broadcast of the Auto Auction)