Barrett-Jackson is synonymous with “Scottsdale, Arizona,” but its influence has been reaching across the country with auctions like its Northeast 2016 sale, launching today at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. It’s Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural sale at the casino, and we’ll be providing updates as the auction unfolds.
Barrett-Jackson, self titled as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions” was busy at work preparing for the three days of vehicle auctions starting Thursday, June 23rd through Saturday June 25th. For a first time venue, physical logistics were a challenge.
Transforming the Arena — a 7,000-seat concert venue — into a drive-through car auction site took lots of planning, and construction was in full swing on Wednesday, with only hours to go before the first car crosses the block. Crews were at work since last week preparing the multiple areas use for display, staging and the auction.
About 600 vehicles of just about every imaginable size and type are on the docket, from muscle cars, classics, collectors cars and trucks, to a few unique offerings. According to auction personnel, fewer than 50 of the offered vehicles will have a reserve. The balance of those 600 cars have no minimum sales price and without a reserve, cars are sold to the high bidder.
This should make for an interesting weekend for the serious buyer who, with the right nod, can take home the car of his or her dreams.
A few noteworthy cars seen today were a 1961 Chrysler 300G with a very rare factory 3 speed manual transmission. A truly beautiful restoration, that looked gorgeous in the display tent. All aspects of the car down to an excellent engine restoration of the 413 cross-ram motor were immaculate. Projected by a former owner to sell for over $200,000, the high estimate is probably questionable.
Saturday will tell the tale and the owner of this car does have a reserve on the car so it will not be sold short. As a historical note, in November, 2010, the lone 1960 300F convertible built with the optional factory 400 hp short ram engine and factory 4-speed sold for $437,250, so maybe $200,000 is not too far off.
In contrast, there was also a Cordoba-based 1979 Chrysler 300 in the garage area display, a far cry from the glory days of the first 300, but still a unique piece available at what should be a relatively affordable price. The 1979 claims to be a 46,000 mile car which is believable based on condition.
Unrestored, this car shows it age with paint issues and more. A very presentable car, it will sell on Thursday with no reserve. This car offers the entry level buyer a solid car with a lot of fun factor built in.
Wednesday should bring more of the scheduled cars in for review, and we will be there to give you our take. We’ll have updates as the auction progresses.
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