1966 Shelby Cobra 427

Incredible $50 Million Ron Pratte Collection Going Up For Auction

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1966 Shelby Cobra 427

Ron Pratte has used the fortune he made in the construction business to amass a fortune’s worth of highly collectible cars and memorabilia and now it’ll be going up for auction to the highest bidder. Barrett-Jackson will be holding the auction over 9 days in January in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This is the second big auction featuring Pratte’s collection with the first one held last year fetching a record $113 million. Many of the cars going up for auction were actually purchased by Pratte through Barrett-Jackson years ago.

There are over 140 cars in the collection as well as 1500 pieces of memorabilia that includes vintage signs, pedal cars, and gas pump globes. Every last item was one that Pratte personally picked for his huge collection.

Among a grouping that includes an incredible array of vehicles that represent the history of automotive design, there are a few standouts. One of those cars is the last surviving 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake that he bought at a Barrett-Jackson auction back in 2007 for $5.5 million.

1950 General Motors Futurliner

There’s also a beautiful 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus. It’s one of only 12 ever built and toured as a part of GM Motoramas from 1940 until 1956. Once he purchased the bus, Pratte chose to restore it to its original condition with exacting attention to detail. The tires were even produced from the correct molds to keep it true to the period.

This was another vehicle that Pratte originally purchased at auction for $4.3 million. He won’t be making any money back on the sale of this particular vehicle. Instead, he’s chosen to donate the proceeds to the Armed Forces Foundation which helps active-duty and retired military as well as their families.

1978 Tupolev N007 Gullwing Boat

And then you have some vehicles that defy categories, like this 1978 Tupolev Gullwing Boat which was built for the Russian military. They commissioned Aleksei Tupolev to build an amphibious craft that would fit into an MK6 helicopter, manage all manner of rough terrain, and still function in below-freezing temperatures. It was to be used for retrieving cosmonauts downed in Siberia.

The N007 was revealed in 1965 and won awards for its unique design. This N007 was restored by hand to its original condition and is the only one known to exist in the US. How many were made is a complete mystery as this was a military vehicle so details were never released.

You can see all these amazing cars, and place a bid if you’ve got the cash, at the Barrett-Jackson auction happening January 10-18th in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin

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