- Jun 27, 2010
Barrett-Jackson OC '10: Highlights and Lowlights
2010 Barrett-Jackson Orange County Auction – Click above for high-res image gallery
The first Barrett-Jackson Orange County auction is about wrapped up Costa Mesa, California today, and while the numbers might have been a bit lower than hoped-for this time around, there were still good prices for top-level machinery. Barrett-Jackson knows what it's doing, and Orange County is definitely a car-lovers' paradise, but there will surely be some doubters about this venue's long-term viability.
Take a look at the attendance though - at the turnout of vendors and manufacturers, of bidders and gawkers - and you'll see that the only thing lacking was an abundance of really high-quality offerings. For every numbers-matching LS6 '70 Chevelle SS convertible, there were ten daily-driver VW Beetles. The overall take was boosted by several charity lots, as is often seen at Barrett-Jackson events, but beyond that cluster of noteworthy vehicles, there wasn't much for bidders to excited about.
There was a fringe benefit to this, however. It gave us a chance to wander around the grounds a bit more than usual. To that end, we've pulled 50 of our favorite photos from the hundreds we shot over the weekend and posted them in the wrap-up gallery below. Clicking through should give you a sense of what it was like to be at Barrett-Jackson's OC event this weekend. You'll find the good, the bad and the fugly in there, but each and every one of these cars sold, so who are we to judge?
Showcase Pavilion Tent 1 American Classics DuPont Registry exotic display Musclecar Alley Tent 2 Automobilia Ferris wheel GM and Ford Ride and Drive area GM Ride and Drive area with Bondurant demonstrators Ford Ride and Drive area Ford Ride and Drive area with Mustang FR500s Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Sport Corvette convertible Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione ZZ electric car Porsche Panamera plus Chronic Taco display Superformance display Porsche Cayman custom Laker girls Auction tent Camaro crossing the block Bidders and spectators Graham went cheap Rare Camaro RS/SS was a bargain too Nomad's land Fiat 600 Multipla 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS custom Porsche 935 look-alike '67 Chevy C-10 army pickup '67 Chevy C-10 army pickup '67 Chevy C-10 army pickup Purgold Pantera Delorean Turbo '61 Ford Thunderbird-based Thunderflite custom DUB widebody Mustang Sean Smith SEMA Mustang Maybach wannabe Lamborghini Jalpa Johnnie Taylor's Royal Coach '58 Ford 500 Custom Johnnie Taylor's Royal Coach '58 Ford 500 Custom interior Miles Kovac Charger Coupe 1983 Pontiac Trans Am with 59 actual miles 1997 Bentley Turbo R400 Smart Cabrio by KAO Autostyling 1951 Mercury custom hardtop coupe Military display