The most expensive cars at Barrett-Jackson's 2020 Scottsdale auction
Hundreds and hundreds of incredible vehicles passed through the auction house at Barrett-Jackson’s 2020 Scottsdale auction over the past week. Some of them were wacky, while others made us drool in deep desire. One of the best parts of the auction, though, was the sheer amount of cars sold with no reserve. Almost every single vehicle that was for sale is going to a new home, and that’s always more fun to watch than seeing a car being driven away having not met its reserve.
Now that the dust has settled, we decided to take stock of the field and what brought in the highest dollar amounts. Barrett-Jackson is best known for its large selection of classic American cars, but it wasn’t the old guard that brought in the most money. Instead, we got a heavy dose of expensive new cars. There were plenty of classics, restomods and hot rods to go around, all fetching respectable prices.
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5. 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1 COPO
The fifth most expensive car sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO. Hammering for $1,094,500, this orange Camaro is one of the rarest of its kind. There were only 69 of the ZL1 COPO Camaros built for the 1969 model year, and this one is number 59 of that run. As one would expect for such an expensive price, it’s a numbers matching, highly-documented example, and it looks brand new. Spending over $1 million on an old Camaro may sound bonkers on the surface, but this ZL1 COPO is about as close to perfection as one is going to get from this time period.
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4. 2017 Ford GT
Everything from here on out is new or close to it. We’ll start with this extremely green 2017 Ford GT that sold for $1,182,500. This follows the trend of new GTs selling for over a million bucks, as we’ve seen happen a few times already. The seller actually took this one out and drove it a few times, as it has 538 miles on the clock. That’s not nearly enough in our books, but at least it hasn’t been tucked away in storage for the entirety of its life. The car has $82,250 worth of equipment tacked onto the original MSRP, and most importantly, it has the exposed carbon fiber wheels. We love the striking green, and we hope the next owner takes it upon themselves to drive it and let everybody else enjoy seeing it on the road.
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3. 2017 Ford GT
Next up is another 2017 Ford GT, but this one went for a fair bit more cash at $1,485,000. This GT only has 141 miles on it, but it sold for $302,500 more than the one previous. The cost of miles is brutal these days. Maybe those millionaires are onto something … drive 397 miles fewer, return $302,500 more. There are some differences worth noting between the two GTs. The more expensive one pictured here could have appealed to more buyers with its relatively normal red paint and white stripes, as opposed to the neon green paint of the one before it. This particular GT is also being sold from the personal collection of a former Ford vice president. All these elements working together made it just a little bit more desirable than the other, allowing it to fetch one of the highest prices of any new Ford GT we’ve seen yet.
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2. 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible
Now we’re entering the charity auctions. Coming in a somewhat distant second place is the first 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible headed to production. It was purchased for $2 million with all the proceeds being sent to the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. This particular LC500 Convertible was one of the 100 Inspiration Series models that will be sold at the beginning of production. That means it’ll have a bevy of unique finishes and slight differences from the regular LC500 Convertibles set to be sold afterwards. We got to see the finished product at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year where it shone bright in Structural Blue paint.
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1. 2020 Chevy Corvette
Earning the highest price at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is VIN No.1 of the 2020 Chevy Corvette. This one comes as no surprise to anyone — check out our full news story on the sale here. It gaveled in at $3 million, with every penny of that price going to the Detroit Children’s Fund. You might already know the buyer if you pay much attention to these charity auctions. It’s Rick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports. The Corvette you see here is only representative of the first production C8 that’ll eventually be made for Hendrick, as GM hasn’t yet begun production of the mid-engine Corvette.