Las Vegas — About 650 collectible vehicles and 275 pieces of automobilia crossed the world famous auction block at 2022 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. All were sold to the highest bidder—with no reserve price—during the three-day automotive event.
New this year were classic car vehicle NFTs. NFTs are non fungible tokens that hold value just like trading cards. Those winning bidders will receive videos and images of a previously sold classic vehicle.
“I like a lot of the muscle cars that I see here,” said Marvin Lewis, a car enthusiast from Las Vegas. “There’s so many to take in. I like the Novas, I’ve seen a lot of SS Camaro and Chevelles. A lot of beautiful cars. It’s insane, a lot to take in. The whole experience so far has been pretty awesome.”
Here are some of the significant vehicles that were auctioned off:
- A 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird sold for a record-setting $1.65 million on Saturday afternoon.
- A custom 2022 Chevy Corvette convertible with VIN #001 owned by Paul Stanley from the rock band KISS. It sold for $198,000.
- A brand new 2022 GMC Hummer EV 1 pickup truck. This new electric truck comes with a range of 350 miles and it produces 1000 hp. It sold for $324,500.
- A 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 drew lots of attention. It is a recreation of the Mr. Fusion Time Machine from the “Back to the Future” movie. It sold for $170,500.
“It’s nice to see all of the variety and the range from old to new,” said Tina Kaufman, an attendee from Fairbank, Iowa. “Now at the car dealership, there’s hardly any cars on the dealership lot. It’s kind of nice to see the variety and the quantity of cars.”
Another cool vehicle was a 2022 Ford Bronco Badlands Area 51 edition. It features thousands of dollars in upgrades such as a custom rear bumper, custom front and rear lighting, off road suspension lift, custom off road wheels and tires. It sold for $89,100.
Two brand new vehicles were auctioned off for charities. First, a 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V first retail production model will benefit the Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design. It sold for $525,000. Secondly, a 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 will benefit Ronald McDonald charities of Detroit. It sold for $125,000.
Car enthusiasts were able to take free thrill rides in Dodge and Toyota cars on the Barrett-Jackson performance track outside.
“I think there are a lot of great cars today,” said Sam Goeble, a bidder from Utah. “In fact, I’m impressed with how many there are. I like this black one over here, these short bed trucks are pretty hot. I also was looking at this Volkswagen. Even though it was a recreation, it was pretty cool. The most fun part is looking at what people do to their vehicles. Some of the ideas that people have, the heart that goes into the cars. Every once in a while, you see something you’ve never seen before.”
Other special collections included: the Bryan Frank collection, Chevrolet collection, the high-octane collection, the Lindley collection, the mini bike collection and finally, the SoCal collection.
Cadillac, Dodge and Toyota had exhibitor displays to show off their latest vehicles.
A+E networks offered 21 hours of live coverage from the 2022 Barrett Jackson auctions in Las Vegas. That included Thursday and Friday auctions on FYI channel and Saturday’s events on the History channel.
Up next: The Barrett-Jackson heads to Houston from Oct. 20 – 22, 2022. For tickets and more info, go to https://barrett-jackson.com/