Reporters gasped at the $160,000 a hand-built custom Ford Mustang went for at the auction in Scottsdale. The same reporter nearly had a heart attack over the $4.2 million a rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing fetched ( it could have been $4.62 million, accounts by the same reporter differ.)
The media missed the sensation of the day: An oil burning six year old Jetta sold for $35,000.
The 1.9 liter 6-speed red Volkswagen race car had competed in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series. The proceeds went to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
The absolute star of the show: A 35hp 2007 New Holland “Boomer” tractor. It went for $535,000, the fact that it was signed by Jay Leno did not reduce the price. Its proceeds went to the Fisher House Foundation. (It may have been signed by President George W. Bush. Accounts differ again.)