Weird and Wonderful at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction
There’s truly something for everyone at a Barrett-Jackson auction. Around 1,000 vehicles – from a Porsche 918 Hybrid hypercar to a Mercedes-Benz SL500 roadster with a $15,000 American flag paint job – were pushed across the auction block in Las Vegas last weekend in front of hundreds of people with one hand on their wallet, the other on their drink. If you’ve never been to a Barrett-Jackson auction, you’re missing out.
With such an eclectic collection present, it was difficult to select a mere dozen or so examples we thought you’d enjoy – but we did. So without further ado, here’s some of the most weird and wonderful lots from the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction.
1972 Honda Z600 Custom 4×4
This small (big?) Z600 is powered by a modified Suzuki 1.3L engine with a COMP cam and Weber carburetor and features a modified custom frame so it can rock it’s 33” 4×4 wheels. It can also probably crush any other Z600 out there – literally.
SOLD FOR $11,000
1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Custom Gotham Cruiser
Batman’s going environmentally friendly with this Batmobile (sorry, “Gotham Cruiser”) – it’s 5.7L Corvette engine was converted to dual fuel so it takes both regular and natural gas. Even the dual working .30-caliber machine guns are converted to fire natural gas flames. And hey, it’s street legal!
SOLD FOR $137,500
1965 Ford Galaxie Custom Hardtop
Time for a little NASCAR action, and we’ll start with something classic. This re-creation of Ned Jarrett’s 1965 championship winning stock car was initially built for a corporate function before it was used by NASCAR when they announced Jarrett’s introduction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
SOLD FOR $9,900
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Jeff Gordon Edition
Want to make everyone jealous at the local Cracker Barrell? Roll up in one of these beauties. This is number 24 of the 24 examples produced, has only 639 miles, and features Gordon’s iconic rainbow livery (ironically this car has never been in the rain), and the number 24 on the front bumper, sunroof, embroidered seats, and dash.
SOLD FOR $14,850
2012 Ford Fusion NASCAR Racecar
This NASCAR racecar was driven in the Sprint Cup Series STP 400, the inaugural race at Kansas Speedway in 2012 by Aric Almirola, and features the beautiful livery driven by Richard Petty in the 90s. Almirola qualified the car in 26th and finished in 23rd – but who cares! It’s a stunning 1:1 model you can display in your man cave or she shed.
SOLD FOR $52,800
1969 Mercury Cyclone Fastback “Dan Gurney Special”
Made to meet the 60s NASCAR homologation rules which dictated that 1,000 examples of the Cyclone had to be built and offered for sale to the public, Mercury decided to celebrate their two prominent teams: a red/white Cyclone to celebrate Yarborough/Wood Brothers, and this gorgeous white and navy blue version to celebrate Dan Gurney and his All American Racers. Just 60 of these Gurney Specials were made.
SOLD FOR $44,000
1972 Oldsmobile 442 Hurst Indy 500 Pace Car
After the 1971 Indy 500 Dodge Challenge Pace Car crashed into a photographer’s stand and injured 29 people, 2 critically, it’s no surprise that auto manufacturers were hesitant to be the official pace car the next year. However, Hurst leapt at the opportunity and became the first and only time an Indy pace car was sponsored by a performance manufactuer, rather than an auto maker. Only 279 of the 629 Pace Cars produced featured a hard top, and this one’s got it.
SOLD FOR $39,600
Muhammad Ali’s 1976 Alfa Romeo Spider
It’s hard to imagine Muhammad Ali in an Alfa Spider, but that might be because we weren’t able to find a single image of him in it. According to the story, the legendary boxer was persuaded to purchase this Alfa by a friend who accompanied him to the dealer, but Ali shortly after gifted the car to said friend (we’ll have to remember this trick sometime). It was featured recently in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage where Jay takes Billy Crystal for a ride in the car.
SOLD FOR $23,100
Elvis Presley’s 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL
This 280SEL was purchased brand new by Elvis and kept it for the handful of years before he passed away where it ended up in a museum for the last 40 years. Extra details like an original Memphis window sticker and his trademark TCB lightning bolt logo are featured with this car, and a picture of the car in front of Graceland was offered with the sale.
SOLD FOR $116,600
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe “Breaking Bad”
Here’s a deal – all the looks of a shot up car without the gunshot wounds! This car was featured in several episodes of Breaking Bad as Detective Steven “Gomie” Gomez’s vehicle, and used in the shootout scene in Episode 5. One concerning thing to note, however: it was involved in a rear impact collision resulting in minor damage in 2011 – in case you’re worried if you’re getting a pristine example.
SOLD FOR $11,000
Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am “Bandit” Re-Creation
A Barrett-Jackson auction would not be complete without a Bandit replica, especially more so after Burt Reynolds’ recent passing. This car was actually owned by the late actor and created under his direction to ensure it was as movie-correct as possible, while still offering some new creature comforts. This was part of a Reynolds collection that included recreations of his Trans-Am from “Hooper” and a re-creation of the “Cannonball Run” Chevy Pickup.
SOLD FOR $192,500
Which car would you want to take home from the Barrett-Jackson auction? Let us know in the comments section below!