If you have only watched auto auctions on television, you are really missing out. Seeing the cars cross the block is definitely cool, but there is a cornucopia of automotive eye candy elsewhere on the property, which is why we took a trip to Palm Beach.
When it comes to the well-known Barrett-Jackson auctions, the scene on the stage and beyond is like an automotive carnival. There are food vendors, manufacturer displays and even ride and drive experiences put on by the big three auto manufacturers. Moreover, all the cars up for sale are on display under tents and many of the manufacturer displays included vehicles and many of those were Fords.
Ford is actively involved in supporting the Barrett-Jackson events and often auctions special vehicles, particularly at the granddaddy event in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, in Palm Beach, Fords have long been a draw for bidders.
“After a Boss 429 ended up as the top seller at our 2016 Palm Beach auction, I’m excited to have another fine example among the great lineup of Fords this year,” Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said before the event. “Not only do we have many historic Fords crossing our auction block in Florida, but Ford is also bringing their all-new 2018 Ford Mustang and Expedition to showcase in their display.”
This year there were numerous high-profile Fords up for sale and a pair of them brought in over $200,000. Former NFL star receiver Reggie Wayne sold his 545-cube Pro Touring ’Stang for $206,800, while late actor Lee Marvin’s 1968 Shelby GT500KR brought down the gavel at $220,000.
While the rare and famous cars were definitely cool, we canvassed the entire South Florida Fairgrounds to track down all manner of great Fords that were up for auction or simply on display. These auctions are truly some of the best car shows you can attend and it appears this year’s edition prospered.
“The success of this year’s automotive lifestyle event reinforces that people continue to come to Palm Beach to consign and buy world-class collector cars and automobilia,” Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, said. “We’re grateful for the wonderful reception we received in Palm Beach and we look forward to building on our momentum this June during our Northeast Auction.”
Our 15th Annual Palm Beach Auction was an incredible follow-up to Scottsdale. — Craig Jackson, Barrett-Jackson
If you have never been to one of these events, we highly recommend doing so. The next Barrett-Jackson extravaganza rolls into the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on June 21. For more information, you can visit the official event site here.