• Jan 17, 2006
Say what you will about car-collector mania and auction hype, this year's Barrett-Jackson auction will give you the opportunity to see some truly remarkable vehicles.

After last year's $3.24 million sale of Harley Earl's 1954 Oldsmobile F88 concept car, collectible American concepts have come out of the woodwork for this year's event, including the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special pictured above.

In a more contemporary vein, the very first 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe will cross the block at this year's auction.

The auction has extensive live and tape-delay coverage in North America on SPEED Channel, starting tonight at 7p.m. ET.

Pictures of the rest of this year's American concept cars after the jump.
1953 Ford Vega Roadster - the "Gardner Special"


1950 GM "Futurliner" Parade of Progress bus


1964 Pontiac Prototype Banshee XP-833 Coupe


1953 Chrysler d'Elegance Sports Coupe


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I waited for months for this years BJ coverage and it certainly lives up to it's billing. The prices are staggering and it's amazing how quickly we have adjusted from expecting a Hemi Cuda to sell for $75,000 to now $275,000. The big shift is the acceptance of re-creation cars at lofty prices. So... there is a 73 Challenger down the street for $18,000 with the a fresh big block..should I buy it? , drop in a crate Hemi, freshen it up and sit next to Ron Pratte next year? Comments please.

      P.S. Should have kept my 72 Chevelle SS drop top that I sold for $6000 in 1989! AAARGH!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ron Pratte is one the coolest and humblest guys you'd ever meet. I can say this because I know him on a personal and first name basis. I would greet him a couple times a week upon his arrivial in one of his jets (Cessna CJ2), turbo-props (Pilatus PC 12), or helicopter (just a little Robinson R44), in Phoenix AZ. He is a pilot/owner with all his aircraft. Yes, he is a kakakazillionaire but has never let it truely go to his head, only is wallet. He treats everyone with same respect no matter where you are in the monatary food chain of humans. He has a huge garage (about 50,000 sq.ft. I believe) I mean warehouse in Chandler, Arizona to house a majority of his prize winning and very rare collection of cars. I could tell you more about him but I'm short on time here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am a new comer to watching the B-J auctions, and have been in awe of Ron Pratt's buying ability. I am curious as to how his family came into their wealth. I'm not looking for details, just wondering if he's a Pratt from Pratt & Lambert, or Pratt & Whitney, or????

        Thanks in advance
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can anyone tell me just who Ron Pratt is, and how he became 'fiancially capable' to make all these purchases?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am frankly jealous of the bizzillionaires and I would love to have a Cobra/'55vette/babyBird (yes, one of each) (oh, and a '56 Porsche) but when I watch this show as great as it is to see the fabulous cars, I can't help but think the people who run the event are the definition of (successful) hucksters. And of course I would go in a minute if I could. (Although it seems that I'm seeing too much money chasing too few cars. I think Barrett-Jackson is a place to sell a great car, not to buy one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm jealous of the bizzillionaires too! And since I didn't win the lottery, yet again, I guess I won't be buying any of these cars. Maybe I could sell one though, and it would be like winning the lottery! On another note, that Ron Pratte is a good looking guy - he should smile a little once in awhile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Terry is right. He has a large warehouse with not only all the cars but also alot of automotive memorabilia and signs.
      He is an extremely humble guy and really nice but not big on smiling. When I met him he was in his hanger next to my uncles hanger laying on his back listening to loud classic rock and applying an American flag to the bottom of his recently purchase custom helicopter.
      I got to sit in the $5.5 mil Shelby Cobra. It's in the museum. The futureliner is there too.
      • 7 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Pratte sounds like a good guy from comments here however to have such an incredible collection of world class cars and yet keep it private and not open to other car buffs is sad and wasteful and selfish.
      I see the economy is affecting prices big time this yr some cars they are practically begging for bids this yr. Went to an auction like this in oct last yr and the same thing very few cars sold and those that did went for way under the money.
      Next year prices will be a lot lower guaranteed.
      • 9 Years Ago
      beautiful cars, looney toon bidders. come on,$100,000 for an original Z-28 with 11k miles. the car wasn't even good looking.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am kind of tired of these shows. I listen to the announcers and their silly comments. Good example was they were asking why a guy wouldn't take it to the last step as there was overspray on the trunk latch of a 70 GTO Judge. Well guess what, that is exactly how they were done..it was very sloppy, right from GM. the car was correct, announcer was not.

      These guys have created their own market of perfect paint, perfect gaps amd perfect trim and people build cars to suit the event, and it does a diservice to history and how these cars were REALLY put together.

      And of course, as mentioned above, it has priced these cars out of the hands of the people who really enjoy them, and made them into expensive bragging right toys for people who have more money than common sense.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I, for one, hate to see this beautiful Exner/Ghia creation change hands so often....I fear it might end up in some garage, barn, field or worse a junk yard...I was in the (IIRC) Blackhawk for quite awhile...........It belongs in a museum.....
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