Las Vegas — The 2021 Barrett-Jackson auctions wrapped up its three-day run at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over 700 vehicles were auctioned off–with no reserve. “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton made a special appearance on Saturday afternoon and addressed the crowd.
Barrett Jackson is every car enthusiast’s dream with everything from classic cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, motorcycles and even newer vehicles as well. There was lots going on including live auctions, hot laps in Chevy and Dodge sports cars, vendor booths and much more.
Ford showed off it’s all new 2022 Maverick compact pickup truck at this year’s show. It is expected to achieve 40 mpg in the city, seat five people with a price under $20,000. For those who remember, the Maverick was formerly a compact car that was manufactured from 1970-77.
This was one of the first big evens to open inside the convention center’s newly-built West Hall. It was also the first time that car enthusiasts were allowed to attend and see the vehicles in person since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Many celebrity owned vehicles were displayed and later auctioned off to the highest bidder.
- Wayne Newton’s 1981 Mercedes Benz 380SL custom roadster (Selling price: $84,700)
- Wayne Newton’s 1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph sedan (Selling price: $66,000)
- Wayne Newton’s 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II (Selling price: $93,500)
- Siegfried and Roy’s 2011 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Coupe (Selling price: $198,000)
- Siegfried and Roy’s 1994 Rolls-Royce Corniche (Selling price: $117,700)
- Frank Sinatra’s 1970 Maserati Ghibli (Selling price: $330,000)
- Rapper Mac Miller’s 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport electric car (Selling price: $165,000)
- Kevin Hart’s 1977 Ford Bronco custom SUV (Selling price: $139,700)
- DJ Deadmau5’s 2015 McLaren P1 (Selling price: $1,567,500)
“Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton made a special appearance at the auction on Saturday afternoon. First, he did an interview for the History Channel. Later, he introduced his three cars that he sold during the auction.
“I cannot thank Barrett-Jackson enough for bringing this back to Las Vegas,” Newton addressed the crowd. “I’ve been taking vocal lessons on how todo this over here. ((Laughs)) This is something that has been in my heart and in my garage for some 22 years. I love it and it is time to share that love with you.”
One of the cars that received lots of attention was the 1959 Cadillac Ghostbusters Ectomobile. While it wasn’t the actual car used in the 1984 film, it sure looked like it! This fan re-creation sold for $220,000!
Another vehicle of note was Henry Ford II’s custom built 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code convertible. It is powered by a matching-numbers 289ci K-code V8 engine paired to a 4-speed manual transmission. That car sold for $330,000.
Several vehicles were auctioned off with proceeds going to different charities as well:
- 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Detroit (Selling price: $180,000)
- 1956 Chevrolet 150 benefitting Honor Flight (Selling price: $70,000)
- 2021 Ford Bronco 4-door Badlands Raiders Edition benefitting Grant a Gift Autism Foundation (Selling price: $275,000)
- 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Hertz/Hendrick Motorsports Edition benefitting Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (Selling price: $250,000)
I also spoke to some attendees to get their thoughts about the Barrett-Jackson auctions returning. For many car enthusiasts, it was their first big event they’ve gone to since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“What I see here is a lot of heritage,” said car enthusiast Charles Carte from Las Vegas. “I was born in the 1970s so I got to see the muscle cars of the 60s be real popular in the 70s and 80s and then all of what we see now which is modern technology and max capacity. My favorite car is one that nobody is going to pick. It’s a 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT it’s red and it looks just like the one I had in high school.”
“I love seeing the expression on his face when he sees this cars, ” said attendee Jocelyn Burkhart from Canada. “I love the trucks that we were looking at earlier.”
“I like the old classic Corvettes, the T-birds, Bel Airs stuff like that,” said car enthusiast David Brauer from Las Vegas. “We’re excited about it, trying to see some of the high value dollar cars definitely interested in that.”
“I like some GTOs, the Broncos are awesome,” said attendee Alan Majerus from Arizona.
This was also the first opportunity for attendees and locals to ride The Boring Company’s Las Vegas loop. It took passengers underground from one end of the convention center to the other inside Tesla electric vehicles.
All of the cars were impressive. It was great to see big crowds inside the Las Vegas Convention Center once again. I can’t wait until next year!
Next up: The Barrett-Jackson auction heads to Houston, Texas from September 16-18, 2021.