Last Sunday, Barrett-Jackson concluded their 48th Annual Scottsdale Charity Auction, with the proceeds going to deserving charities across America. During the weeklong event, starting from January 12-20, 2019, Barrett-Jackson was able to raise over 9.6 million dollars, with the help of top auto manufacturers such as Toyota and Ford as well celebrities, who teamed up with Barrett-Jackson to sell some of the most rarest cars.
“With the help of the generous car collector community, we raised $9.6 million for charity, the most of any auction in our 48-year history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. A total of 13 lots were generously donated to help raise funds for charities nationwide, with one of the lots featuring NASCAR Hall Of Famer Jeff Gordon’s 2016 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. On the auction block, the vehicle was able to bring in $600,000 towards pediatric cancer research at Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. As a traditional at Barrett-Jackson, bidders had a chance to own three very special VIN 001 vehicles. One of them being a 2020 Ford Mustang GT500, which sold for $1.1 million to benefit JDRF. The new owners of the Ford Mustang are Barrett-Jackson’s own CEO, Craig Jackson and his wife, Carolyn Jackson.
When asked about his reason behind the bidding of the vehicle, he said, ”Over the years I’ve collected several rare Shelby Mustangs, including the ‘Green Hornet,’ and more recently the experimental Shelby, ‘Little Red.’ The 2020 GT500 VIN 001 is a descendant of those vehicles, and I’m honoured to have it as a part of my collection. More importantly, the money from the sale of this rare Mustang will be donated to JDRF. Type 1 diabetes is a terrible disease, and Carolyn and I are grateful to be a part of helping JDRF find a cure.”
The auction action continued when Barrett-Jackson and Toyota North America teamed up for the sale of the 2020 Toyota Supra, which was the first global production Supra. It raised $2.1 million to benefit the American Heart Association and The Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Another VIN 001 car on the auction block was a 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition sold for $2.5 million, with 100 percent of price benefiting United Way for Southeastern Michigan, which was purchased by Hendrick Motorsport owner, Rick Hendrick. In total, 16 charity vehicles raised $9.6 million, which includes additional donations made on the block after the hammer prices.