As the 50th anniversary celebration of Barrett-Jackson roared into mid-week action, eager bidders and automotive enthusiasts filled the auction arena to watch the parade of muscle cars, custom Resto-Mods, one-of-a-kind creations and future collector cars. Bidding increased as the day progressed, the first vehicles to reach the $100,000 mark were sold, and auction records were set.
The “Mirthmobile,” one of the most iconic movie vehicles of the 1990s, returned to the Barrett-Jackson auction block on Wednesday and shattered the world record that it set at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction. A fan favorite from the moment gates opened for the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, the 1976 AMC Pacer (Lot 515) rose to cinematic fame in the hit 1992 comedy “Wayne’s World.”
The Baby Blue three-door hatchback with flame decals and roof-mounted licorice dispenser played not only a pivotal role in the film — ferrying Wayne, Garth and their buddies around town as they perform a memorable lip-synced rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — but also in the vehicle’s history, resurrecting the Pacer from relative obscurity. It sold for $71,500.
Some of the day’s other highlights included Lot 465.1, 1969 @Dodge Charger – $117,700; Lot 496, 1966 Pontiac GTO – $110,000; Lot 534, 1984 @Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV – $106,700; and Lot 471, 1974 @Ford Motor Company Bronco Custom SUV – $103,400.
World-class collections continued across the block today, including a select offering from a private collection as well as vehicles from the Chevrolet Collection, the Bruce R. Lieberman Auto Collection, the Bryan Frank Collection, and the Mile-High and Flying Marlin collections.
Two vehicles from the @General Motors Collection pushed the competition forward when the 2020 Camaro LT1 convertible VIN 001 (Lot 421.1) and the 2020 Corvette Stingray 1LT (Lot 421.2) sold for $90,200 and $108,900, respectively.
The 70-car strong Mile-High Collection, which debuted on the block Tuesday, presented an eclectic array of vehicles, including the aforementioned Mirthmobile; Lot 487, 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – $110,000; Lot 484, 1969 Oldsmobile 442 coupe – $100,100; and Lot 481.1, 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible – $77,000.
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