January 11, 2015 is All About Barrett Jackson!
Did you know? Barrett Jackson is an auction company in in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company specializes in the auction of classic cars and antique cars, and runs collector events in in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Florida, Orange County, California, Reno, Nevada and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett organized the original auction at Scottsdale, Arizona. Jackson met Barrett through an interest in Barrett’s 1933 Cadillac V-16 town car. In 1967, Barrett and Jackson presented a car show called “Fiesta del Auto Elegance”, a fund-raiser for local charities, including the Scottsdale Library. Then in 1972, the two jointly presented a classic car auction, when they auctioned Adolf Hitler’s armored Mercedes-Benz 770K. The car more than tripled the previous auction record, selling for $153,200.
Jackson died in 1993, and Barrett in 2004. Craig Jackson, who had worked actively on a daily basis throughout the year and on-site at the event, took over running the company in 1997, the same year the auction began airing live on the Speed television channel. Internet bidding was also introduced at that time.
Did you know?
Although it is billed as an automobile auction, other items are also sold, including trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, engines, boats and other memorabilia. American car manufacturers sell their first production vehicles of a given model and generation combination, in charity format.