• Jun 27, 2010

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?

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      • 4 Years Ago
      From the coverage on Speed, it seemed to me that there were a lot of nice, but not perfect, cars that went for reasonable prices, which I think is good for the hobby. These were cars that you won't feel guilty about driving and enjoying, but are still good enough for a 100pt restoration should you feel the need. There were also a lot of restored and customized cars that went for less than or equal to the cost of restoration and or customization. As one of the announcers on Speed mentioned, the Ford GT engine in the Shelby Expedition concept was alone almost worth the amount that the car went for.

      Maybe not the best auction for sellers but a good solid buyers' auction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I attended the Barrett-Jackson Auction all three days. It was my first time so I had some interesting experiences. The first thing I want to say is, I'll never go to the fair grounds again with the expectation of wearing media credentials will get me on the sky ride , those guys operating the sky ride where absolutley unhelpful to me trying to get a photo from above of the event... Thanks guys at the sky ride for all or help (not) I think they had 10 people ride the thing all day on Sunday, I guess it would have killed them to let me on. $&@!#%!ers

        However, the people at the big wheel did let me on to take some arial views. Thanks!! Now I would pay to ride that ride unlike the sky ride.

        The guys from Barrett-Jackson (photogs) Kieth, Tony & Tim where all cordial and generally accepting of me being at their hip down by the block. Thanks guys for being nice towards me.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this review is rather deceptive.

      From what I understand, this is the first Barret-Jackson auction in California and as such observations should not use a high standard like one would use for the great auction that is held every year in Arizona. From reading the brief and rather jaded observations of the Autoblog staff, I have to say - go find another line of work! You failed miserably in your articles through the weekend to give the complete picture of the auction. And the bits you did choose to cover were poorly done. How you could even botch the Marine charity sale was beyond me but you did it a great disservice. The photographs looked like a 10 year old took them and I have never been more disappointed in this blog than of how you handled this auction.

      I'd offer that for once, on this weekend, there were a great number of really nice vehicles that sold where even people of average means could have picked up a good buy. And unlike some big-name auction houses, what was presented was sold, not sent back to the seller.

      Certainly this horrible economy has brought prices back to a more realistic level - and hopefully there were be more reality offered on 60's and 70's iron that has long been over-priced. Not every hemi is valuable, contrary to the opinions of even the Speedtv gang. And the resto-mods and tacky modified products like Shaq's Cadillac shouldn't be given the time of day. Perhaps the most outrageous product in this auction was the 1940's car with a 4x4 chevrolet chassis underneath with a chevy engine. That was a disgrace and had no place in this auction.

      Overall, I liked the auction but it wasn't up to the standards of the main event. Even Speedtv's production was only average. But it was far better than the disjointed and amateur way Autoblog covered it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the first time, I found watching this event to be really, really boring. It's like, eh, seen it, next! And some of the prices were ridiculously low. It was 100* in Sacramento today, I watched the fan spin endlessly waing for something more interesting to come on the tube.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I spent most of Friday there, and watched coverage the rest of the weekend. Things seemed to pick up on Saturday, but there were quite a few deals to be had Friday. Granted, Saturday is historically the big day at B-J in general, but the event as a whole did feel a little soft. Sure, there was the typical B-J fare (Mustangs, Shoeboxes, SS Chevys) but oddballs like a LOT of SL Benzes, 4 (!?!) DeLoreans, and some used-car-lot fare, like a dented, base BMW E31.

      I'm not sure what they could do to make Fri. and Sun feel more like Sat, and crank Saturday up a few notches, but IMO that's what needs to happen for this to be an ongoing concern.

      There was a brief interview with Barry Meguiar yesterday, and he pointed out that the big auction thing has never taken off down here. I just wonder if the kind of 'car culture' we have here is, on one hand, perfect for Cars&Coffee, but not so much for an auction event.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with KO. This is a car owners and drivers paradise. We love our cars and some of them are almost perfect, but the key word is drive. We drive our cars and we are not much into trailer queens. I myself have a small collection of about twenty cars. One or two number ones, the rest number two's and threes. But all, eye catchers and nothing at all to be ashamed of. I don't think OC will ever be that successful for BJ unless they upgrade the venue. The Fairgrounds, come on. We need to have this event on the bay at the Hyatt and bring some real money to a great location. That will make it a successful event with real buyers with great cars. If they decide to come back to the Fairgrounds, it will probably be only one more time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a big fan of suvs, but that ZZ Electric car looks pretty sharp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wanted to go. I have family in Mission Veijo. I wish I could have gone after the John Deere HN. A nice classic rare Deere.

      But that custom Smart was atrocious. That woman was so happy to have such a fugly car with a bull bar and a weird bumper on the rear. But there were some cool cars there from what I saw. A lot of steals.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought we decided that putting a bunch of rare and expensive cars under a tent was a bad idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      Please find something else to cover besides the boring and over hyped B-J auction.

      • 4 Years Ago
      That new/old Camaro SS is freaking hideous.

      Side note to Autoblog: would it be possible to tag these photos with a description of the vehicle? There were a lot of cool cars in there that i'd love to find out more about. That Fiat microvan in particular.