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Barrett-Jackson car auction marks 20 years in Palm Beach


The excitement of the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction is open to the public.

The excitement of the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction is open to the public.

Photo by Barrett-Jackson.


A celebration of all things automotive returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from April 13 to 15 as the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction marks 20 years in the Palm Beaches.


Each year Barrett-Jackson brings hundreds of collector cars and automotive memorabilia to the fairgrounds for a multiday showcase that draws exhibitors, vendors, bidders, vehicles and onlookers from around the country.


“As one of our longest-running events, the Palm Beach Auction has become a pinnacle event for enthusiasts to find an incredible selection of collectible vehicles in one of the country’s most popular destinations,” says Craig Jackson, Barrett-Jackson’s chairman and chief executive.


Attendees and bidders are able to get an up-close look at the classic and collector cars that cross the block at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

Attendees and bidders are able to get an up-close look at the classic and collector cars that cross the block at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

Photo by Barrett-Jackson.


This year’s Palm Beach Auction features more than 600 vehicles, plus more than 300 automotive memorabilia items. All sell without a minimum bid.


The Barrett-Jackson Performance Track offers rides in performance sports cars with professional drivers behind the wheel, and vendors sell food and beverages.


Cars for charity


The Palm Beach event follows a record-breaking weekend at Barrett-Jackson’s signature auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the organization surpassed $150 million raised for nonprofits.


That result “is an amazing achievement worth celebrating,” says Carolyn Jackson, Barrett-Jackson’s chief philanthropy officer. “We are looking forward to continuing to raise funds and awareness for countless charities. I am truly astounded by the generosity of the collector car community.”


This year’s Palm Beach Auction includes several vehicles that will be auctioned to benefit charities, including a 2009 Ford Mustang Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition, No.15 of only 45 made. The sale of the Mustang, with fewer than 1,000 miles on the odometer, will benefit the Ellis Island Honors Society and its work to provide scholarships, support cultural programming and raise money for global disaster relief.


Also crossing the auction block for charity: the first retail production — VIN 001 — of Chevrolet’s first hybrid-electric, all-wheel drive Corvette, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray 3LZ. Every dollar from the sale will go to DonorsChoose, a nonprofit that helps connect donors with teachers in need. Educators create requests within the system, and donors select projects to fund.


“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the very first electrified, all-wheel-drive version of ‘America’s sports car,’” Jackson says. “It’s a major moment in automotive history and an amazing opportunity to provide much needed support to our selfless educators as well as strengthen the education of our nation’s youth.”


The E-Ray pairs a 6.2-liter small-block V-8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor that has a 1.9 kWh battery pack, producing a combined 655 horsepower and the fastest 0-to-60 and quarter-mile times in Corvette’s history.


Crossing the auction block for charity is the first retail production – VIN 001 – of Chevrolet’s first electric, all-wheel drive Corvette, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray 3LZ.

Crossing the auction block for charity is the first retail production – VIN 001 – of Chevrolet’s first hybrid-electric, all-wheel drive Corvette, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray 3LZ.

Photo by Barrett-Jackson.


Muscle cars available


Several muscle cars headline this year’s Palm Beach docket, including a 2020 Ford GT and 2005 Ford GT, two of the many cars at the auction from the Steve Todhunter Collection.


This 2005 Ford GT is among the performance vehicles that will be at this year's Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction from April 13-15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

This 2005 Ford GT is among the performance vehicles that will be at this year's Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction from April 13-15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

Photo by Barrett-Jackson.


Also from the Todhunter Collection: a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Gator Grain Coupe and a 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX.


The auction features a custom 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS with the nickname “Novakill,” which has a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 engine. It was completed in January and has only 100 miles.

Unusual vehicles rolling out


Barrett-Jackson is known for one-of-a-kind custom and unusual cars. Featured this year are four Amphicar 770s, a 1960s oddity known for its ability to travel on land and water.


One of the first cars to cross the block will be a re-creation of the 1976 AMC Pacer from “Wayne’s World,” which “has all the identical markings of the movie car, all the way down to the Twizzler dispenser on the roof,” the car’s listing says.


Also scheduled for the auction’s first day: a petite 1957 BMW Isetta with a door that opens from the front of the car and seating for only the driver. Steve Urkel drove this make and model in the 1990s TV comedy series “Family Matters.”


“On the heels of our record-breaking Scottsdale Auction in January, we’re eager to bring the hobby’s momentum and passion to the collector car community in Florida once again,” Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis says. “With a diverse docket appealing to collectors at every level, we’re committed to growing this hobby by ensuring the first-time buyers and veteran collectors alike can find the crown jewel they’ve always dreamed of owning.”


If You Go


What: Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction

When: 8 a.m. to auction close April 13-15

Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

Tickets: Vary by day. Save money by buying in advance at barrett-jackson.com.

Tips: Bring an umbrella and sunscreen because the event is both inside and outside the Expo Center. Only clear bags are permitted at entry.

TV schedule: Watch from noon to 6 p.m. April 13 on FYI, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 on FYI and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 15 on History Channel.

Information: barrett-jackson.com

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