Sunday, January 23, 2011

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2011: Top 4 vehicles that caught my eye including Indy 500 pacecar and the JFK Pontiac Bonneville NAVY ambulance.

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, as the 2011 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale comes to a close today, I wanted to take a look back at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale like I normally do and pick out five vehicles that caught my eye from the SPEED telecast of the auction and give my thoughts.

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1. 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indianapolis 500 Pace Car that sold for $225,000. A Chevrolet Camaro pacing the Indianapolis 500 frankly doesn’t surprise me none the least, neither does selling the vehicle that will pace the Indy 500 at Barrett-Jackson before it does its job. However I will say that I was surprised to see that Chevrolet and IMS did unveil this pacecar at the Barrett-Jackson. Now of course I will be interested in seeing this convertible pace the 500 as well as the double-file restarts that the IRL will be introducing at the 500 as well.

2. 1956 De Soto Fireflite Convertible that sold for $368,500.00 (Includes 10% Buyers Premium). I have to admit that in all of the years that I’ve been watching the Barrett-Jackson on SPEED, I’ve never seen a fireflite before. It reminds me of a Cadillac sort of speak in that boulevard cruiser. But I like it.

3. A 1999 Big Toe Monster custom motorcycle that sold for $80,000. Here is a motorcycle that is powered by a 12 cylinder 300hp Jaguar engine with two huge wheels and a small set of training wheels on the back that I’m sure would leave anyone who sees it speechless. However while this Big Toe did sell for $80,000 to a bidder, I wouldn’t be a person that would buy nor ride this, it’s just not my style. But to whoever did buy it, hopefully its shown off in a museum or World of Wheels type of show.

I really can't wrap my arms around nor would want to own. Sure it’s an interesting motorcycle to look at like a World of Wheels type show, but I wouldn’t want to own it, I wouldn’t know what to do with it neither.

4. I’ve saved the biggest question mark for last, yes I’m talking about the controversial 1963 Pontiac Bonneville NAVY ambulance that took JFK on this horrible day. For the first time during the 2011 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, I was left speechless considering I wasn’t born until 1979 nor do I really know what to make of this particular vehicle. I don’t even know if the real ambulance or what, but I do know that while the ambulance did sell for $120,000, I know that I wouldn’t want to own this vehicle at all. But at least the consigner and Barrett-Jackson did do there research and that’s where I will leave it. Not having all of the facts means no really comment other than what is above.

UPDATE: After the ambulance was sold, another bidder (Tammy) tracked down the original auction winner and asked to buy the ambulance and in fact she did. One could only wonder why the original bidder would sell a car right after winning it, as well as what (Tammy) paid for it (I'm thinking $150k, but thats just a guess), but one thing is for sure, this JFK controversial ambulance will be on display in a museum just as soon as the new owner (Tammy) can get it home. Just one question, where is this museum?

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Damn, what a list that includes just about everything except a plane and the kitchen sink.

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