A chance meeting between an antique auto seller and potential buyer in Arizona developed into the world’s premier classic auto auction event. In the 1960’s, Tom Barrett advertised a 1933 Cadillac for sale, Russ Jackson saw the ad, came by to see the vintage vehicle and a friendship became cemented through a mutual love of classic autos. The friendship led to the two holding their first event in 1971 with some autos in their own collections and history was made.
Well over 100,000 attend the Barrett-Jackson Auction every January. The event, held at Westworld in Scottsdale, is a boon for the former wild-west town. Bidding will be keen and exciting. Since the advent of the internet, collectors from all over the globe are able to bid on the vintage vehicles from any country with internet access.
One of the stars of the 2011 event was a one-of-a-kind piece of American history. The 1963 Pontiac Bonneville hearse that once held the body of assassinated President John Kennedy. This sleek and elegant piece of American memorabilia sold for $132,000 by its private owner at the 2011 show. The vintage ambulance is one of only 69 produced and only 15 used in military service. It carried the slain president from Air Force One, on its arrival from Dallas, to Bethesda Naval Hospital and later to Capitol Hill.
The ambulance received the Gold Award in 2010 from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and is, allegedly, in its original sterling condition.
Barrett-Jackson always offers the best in mint-condition classic vehicles at the event. Visitors and their representatives from all over the globe will be vying for bragging rights to become the newest owners of rare and luxurious examples of the finest in automotive design, function and historical elegance.