By on January 24, 2020

Making the pilgrimage to the big top building at Westworld in Scottsdale to experience the insanity that is Barrett-Jackson’s flagship is a trip that should be undertaken by every red-blooded gearhead. Equal parts car show, party, and sale, the annual desert soirée is gloriously mad in all the right ways.

Of course, there are plenty of people who carp that vehicles at Barrett-Jackson fetch too much money and, indeed, some of them do. Witness the 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight that traded for an eye-watering $385,000 simply because Paul Walker’s name was on the ownership.

However, many of those same people are simply making noise on the internet and have no plans (or means) to, y’know, actually buy something. They’ll also bemoan the so-called Bring-a-Trailer premium instead of simply appreciating the weird and wonderful cars that appear.

Here’s the simple fact: there are deals to be had. While on the ground in Scottsdale, we sought out a few we figured would be of interest to you, the reader. And to prove a point, of course.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 – $39,600

We’ll kick off with a honkin’ bit of GM muscle for exactly the price of a Kia Stinger GT. Yes, the latter has modern safety kit and a good deal more comfort but, with Chevelle SS prices trading in the stratosphere not that long ago, this 396 with a four-speed manual represents the decline in value of this type of car now that “the kids” are in the hobby and spending $80k on a Supra.

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Custom Coupe – $36,300

This is a great example of a great car either being overlooked by those in the room or it simply being in front of the wrong crowd at the wrong time. Perhaps a celebrity was creating a scandal at the back of the auction tent and everyone was looking the other way. Whatever the reason, this is the first 2015 Scat Pack released to the public and was a Chrysler partnership car for that year’s SEMA. Its one-off body kit has landed this thing on magazine covers and in various auto show booths. A comment left on your author’s Instagram indicates it was valued much higher.

1967 Cadillac Eldorado Custom Coupe “El Conquistador” – $35,200

The sheer amount of work that went into the creation of this custom Cadillac is proof positive that one rarely recoups their money when hot-rodding a car. The gold Gene Winfield is difficult to appreciate until seen in person, while the amount of badge and trim shaving must have been extremely time consuming. If you’re looking for a rock star connection with your custom Caddy, this thing was once owned by Travis Barker of Blink 182.

2019 Mclaren Senna – $946,000

“Matt’s delusional again,” we hear you sneer into your box of stale popcorn. But bear with me. With an original asking price somewhere in the neighborhood of $1m bucks, this Senna with delivery miles is just one of the 500 produced by Woking, with only about 120 of those earmarked for the States. Considering the snazzy duPont Registry has a number of them on offer well in excess of $1m, this hammer price starts to look like a bit of a bargain. This is VIN 212 and, if you’re wondering, VIN 005 sold in Scottsdale last year for $1.45m.

2001 Homemade Custom Roadster – $7,700

Are ya feeling lucky, punk? This vehicle, with a gas tank mounted by your ear and a Buick V6 under the hood, is literally registered as “Homemade” in the Make & Model box of its listing. Fit and finish was decidedly, um, agricultural but it would definitely evoke the envy of any British Leyland owner. With the look of a 1927 Roadster, you’ll at least depart this earthly world in a bit of style.

1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express – $16,500

You lot know I’m a sucker for trucks, so when one is endowed with quad headlights and twin stacks, you best believe I’m unholstering my Nikon. This was a good example of a cool vintage truck that was in great shape — but not that good that you wouldn’t want to get the thing dirty. Powered by a familiar 5.9-liter V8 and three-speed automatic, it should also be simple enough to fix with a hammer.

2009 Kirkham 427 KMS/SC Aluminum Roadster – $165,000

Here is an excellent example of a basic cars sales tenet that polarizing color can make or break a deal. This car was part of a Cobra quartet on display — finished in shiny bronze, silver, aluminum, and copper — from the same collection. The moneyed were whispering that the unique finishes on these cars would be hard to care for … and they’re probably right. This seemed to scare away more than a couple of potential bidders. A real Shelby Cobra CSX 7000, from the same collection and also finished in terrifying-to-maintain polished aluminum, fetched $236,500. Keep in mind that other gen-u-wine CSXs, admittedly of different vintages, have commanded seven figures in the past.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale Arizona

[photos: Matthew Guy / Barrett-Jackson]

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30 Comments on “Wheels n’ Deals: Good Buys at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    On that Cadillac, the fenders alone are worth $35k.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      I guess you really do have to see it in person to fully appreciate it

    • 0 avatar
      SilverCoupe

      Dang, the best thing about these Eldorados was the vertical tail lamps that were visible from either side, and they changed them!
      If my ten seconds worth of research is correct, this car sold for $50,400 at auction a year ago, so $35,200 is a comparatively good deal. Someone figured out how to make a small fortune in buying and selling classic cars, by starting out with a large fortune.

  • avatar
    2drsedanman

    The earlier you go in the week, the better the deals. While high end customs continue to bring more money than their stock equivalent, there were several customs that went thru during the early week that could not be built for what they sold for (which is how I would gauge a good deal on a custom). Some of the muscle cars have really taken a hit lately, bringing a fraction of what they did 10 years ago. There are some deals there if your are willing to look. But you have to factor in the 10% buyers fee and most likely shipping.

  • avatar
    ajla

    “1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 – $39,600”

    I’ll start caring if it drops to $25K. $40k+fees on an old muscle car for Dairy Queen trips and Sunday drives is still quite a luxury.

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      Yeah it’s hard to say without more info, but I wouldn’t call $40k a bargain.

      The big dollar cars were and are the ’70 LS6s, not a ’67 396. This isn’t much of a decline from what this car could have been bought for 5 or 10 years ago.

    • 0 avatar
      Halftruth

      Agreed. That and worrying some dolt will drive a door into it, slobber ice cream on it etc.

      True story – when I had gotten my old Chrysler out of the paint shop, naturally myself and the wife wanted to take it out for a ride. Wouldn’t ya know, we come upon someone mowing their lawn with a side discharge mower (no problem right?). The problem was he was mowing a rock bed that was a parking space. Looks like he was trying to get a few blades of grass but rocks were flying everywhere. I tried to slow but had a big box up my arse so I grinned and beared it. Luckily I only heard one ping and let it be.. Oh well. Moral of the story, buy an old cheap classic and care not what happens. Something will ping and ding it at some point. No avoiding it.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Yikes, that Challenger is an eyesore.

  • avatar
    redapple

    Lil Red Truck – man. A steal.

  • avatar
    JMII

    I’ve been to the auction in WPB and will likely go again this year. What you normally don’t see on TV is the Friday sales which are cars you could actually afford. In past years I’ve seen several SEMA / product demo / one-off customs that are unbelievable values given the work that went into them. Granted they are stuffed full audio gear, crazy body kits, custom paint, air bag suspension and oversized wheels. Guaranteed to draw a crowd at Cars and Coffee but likely not something you want as a daily driver and very likely a terrible investment.

    Here is the 2019 Friday docket:
    https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Docket/PalmBeach-2019/Collector-Cars/d31ded7b-ecd0-4507-9100-52a63bcd27ae/04-12-2019/04-12-2019

    Some random samples:
    17K for ’74 Challenger
    45K for ’14 “Hennessey” Corvette
    30K for ’79 “Bandit” Trans AM
    18K for ’01 911 Carrera 4 Aero

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I guess for rich folks, $40K is no big deal .

    I’d like that Little Red truck but don’t like V8’s much .

    I wonder haw that home made roadster drives ? it looks to have a really short wheel base so maybe not much fun just driving it as all motor vehicles are made to be .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    The trouble with American cars from that era is that they are not special. You have to get this super rare unique combination of options, air conditioning from the factory but then deleted, with the one year trim code, and the 427 but not that 427, for them to be worth anything. But ultimately you have the same interior and underpinnings of a car that a secretary would have bought 50 years ago. They are not Ferraris, or Doozys, or even 1950s Caddys and Lincolns.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I would take that Dodge Lil’ Red Express truck for 16.5k. Not a bad buy for that price and has more potential to increase in value in the future. Also this would be a fun truck to own and drive.

  • avatar
    Michael S6

    Although cars of 1960-1970 reminds me of youthful times, I have no desire to own another car of that era at all.
    50 years of car evolution has made cars significantly better in any metric with possible exception of generic look.

  • avatar
    56BelAire

    FOX Body Mustangs have risen quite a bit over the last 5-6 years. They have quite a fan base and are still a cheap entry point to a collector car.

    My ’91GT, convert, 5-speed has tripled in value since I bought it 10 years ago.

  • avatar
    johnnyz

    I’ve always wondered if those exhaust stacks on the little red truck are real?

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      Real. And: “In 1978 The Dodge Lil’ Red Express was the fastest [quickest] American made vehicle from 0 to 100 MPH as tested by Car and Driver magazine.”

      https://www.dodgeconnection.com/LilRedInfo.html

      • 0 avatar
        ToolGuy

        Don’t get too excited – 0-100mph in 19.9 seconds:
        https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g23603018/quickest-pickup-trucks-ever-tested/

        New Tesla Roadster 0-100mph: 4.2 seconds.

        Conversely, a Sprinter will not get to 100mph no matter how long you give it:
        https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g22576995/these-cars-and-trucks-cant-do-100-mph/

        • 0 avatar
          johnnyz

          A 360 4 barrel with no cat. You would think they could squeeze more than 225 horses out of it.

          Probably 7.5:1 compression. L A M E.

          My 345 hemi makes 395 up. Good times!

        • 0 avatar
          johnnyz

          A 360 4 barrel with no cat. You would think they could squeeze more than 225 horses out of it.

          Probably 7.5:1 compression. L A M E.

          My 345 hemi makes 395 up. Good times!

      • 0 avatar
        dukeisduke

        Yeah, I had that issue (was a subscriber then). The five fastest American cars, based on top speed (some were trucks). I think the Corvette placed third that year. For shame!

  • avatar
    gkhize

    I think some of the best deals out there are for restored pickups from the 60s and 70s. You can pick up a nice F100 or C10 for less than a ratty mid-2010s F150 or Silverado with 150K on the odometer.

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