Six Hot Lots From Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Posted January 20, 2020

By Dean Larson

Photos: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Barrett-Jackson just wrapped up a staggering event in Scottsdale, Arizona, underscored by big celebrity collections, spectacular charity Lots and a display of significant Shelby Mustang prototypes. But we're really concerned with replicas and recreations, of which this event was teaming with. 30-some cars of this category crossed the block at Scottsdale, and there were plenty of interesting cars and sales figures.

The following six cars caught our eye for one reason or another, but you won't find any Cobras, as we've got a whole collection coming later this week.

Well bought or "auction-price buzz," let us know in the comments below. Note: all prices shown are fee-inclusive.

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No. 6: Auburn Boattail

A design touting excess in every detail, the Auburn Speedster’s lines embody all the glitz and glamour of an era nearly 100 years gone. With simple Ford running gear over fiberglass boattail bodywork, this Auburn replica achieved a $57,200 sale price.

Known for its boattail rear, the Auburn speedster has been a staple in the replica market for decades. This one is an object of opulence in every way on the exterior, but its humble origins can be seen by way of its Ford running gear from the 1970s-’80s. From the front, we can see the OE coil front suspension peaking out, and under the hood we find a familiar Ford 351. From what we can tell, this is likely a 351 Windsor, given the six-bolt valve covers and radiator hose configuration. A three-speed automatic sends power to the rear.

Barrett-Jackson sold the car at no reserve for a final price of $57,200 — right about the middle of the Auburn replica market. From the exterior, the replica is second to none, but we question if a more vintage interior treatment would have brought higher bids.

See more on Lot 508 here.

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No. 5: Eleanor Mustang

Made popular in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, the Eleanor Mustang has become a true icon in the movie-car scene. But with no fewer than eight Eleanor Mustangs offered at Scottsdale, we’d almost think there’s something fishy going on.

You'd imagine there's only one way to spin the Eleanor concept, but the variety of Mustangs that crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson was surprising. The combination of mechanical and cosmetic features commanded varying prices, but we were glad to see all the cars were built under license. The car shown in this photo, Lot 1462.1, was the cheapest of the bunch at $115,500, but still touted an all-aluminum Roush 427, TREMEC TKO-500 transmission and all the correct cosmetic enhancements.

Compare that to Lot 1087, which looks almost identical, but managed a fee-inclusive price of $330,000. This car is loaded with options and documentation however, and did start life as a genuine ’67 S-code big-block fastback. Still, that’s quite the premium.

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No. 4: 550 Spyder

Rick Hendrick is one of the biggest names in NASCAR, so it might surprise you to learn that this 550 Spyder replica is from his personal Heritage Center Collection. After some digging, we found the Spyder is a product of Thunder Ranch, and Barrett-Jackson was able to move it to a new owner for $58,300.

Power comes by way of a 2,187 cc Volkstroker engine with Weber carburetors and an upgraded oiling system. Wide-hub wheels wear speed-rated Yokohama tires and the car is fitted with disc brakes. The whole combination has just 632 miles on the clock.

550 Spyders grab a premium over your standard air-cooled replica, but even so, $58,300 seems like strong money for this 550 Spyder replica, as entry-level cars start in the $30,000-range. Sure beats dropping $6.1 million on a real one though.

See lot 708.1 here.

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No. 3: 356 Speedster

The 356 Speedster is quite popular on the market, and one of the best affordable replicas you can buy. But this car achieved a sale price of $55,000, twice that of the cheapest examples, so what makes this one so good?

There isn’t really a smoking gun here other than the fact that the car is just very well presented. It wears a beautiful shade of silver over chrome wheels and hubcaps. The interior is delightful though, with saddle leather buckets, door cards and dash cover. What a great spot to spend a sunny day, and if that fails, there’s a black soft top included.

Power comes by way of a 1,914 cc engine and OE four-speed transaxle. Disc brakes are fitted on all-four corners. One negative however, is that the car is said to have only test miles on the clock, so count on a few hiccups along the way.

Check out Lot 715 here.

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No. 2: Jaguar C-Type

The Jaguar C-Type is a stunning mix of elegance and performance, highlighted by a pair of Le Mans victories. This C-Type looks the business, but was hammered away for a somewhat reasonable $88,000. Was it worth more? Let’s dive in.

It’s important to first establish that we’re looking at a composite bodied car here, so we’re not expecting huge prices like we’d see with aluminum recreations from Lynx, Proteus or Tempero. But even with a fiberglass body, $88,000 seems like a solid buy on this one.

Under the hood you’ll find a 4.2-liter Jag straight six, fed by three Weber carburetors and backed by a five-speed transmission. Everything is really tidy on the chassis and in the engine bay, like the car hasn’t seen any extensive road miles lately, if ever.

The interior is handsomely appointed, even if a little more so than the originals. Brooklands screens, as well as a full-width screen, add nostalgia points, and the car wears a smart-looking race livery.

We’ve seen lesser cars ask $100,000, so in our opinion this one was well bought!

See more on Lot 1015.1 here.

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No. 1: Superformance GT40

Now there’s a sight that would make any car lover go weak in the knees; an authentic MkI GT40 in silver with black BRM-style wheels. That color, more accurately described as Argento Nurburgring Silver (a Ferrari shade), is applied over a Superformance MkI fiberglass body, but a quick look under the body reveals that its beauty is more than skin deep.

The real headline item here is the power plant: Ford’s supercharged 5.4-liter race mill. This all-aluminum engine was taken from the 2011-2012 Shelby GT500, and makes a whopping 550 hp and 510 lb-ft. Force fed by an intercooled Eaton Roots-style supercharger, and howling through a 180-degree bundle-of-snakes exhaust, we’re willing to bet that nothing in Scottsdale sounded as good as this GT40.

Otherwise, you’re looking at just about every conceivable option one could ask for in a GT40. Six-speed manual transmission, Gurney bubble, Wilwood four-piston brakes, air-conditioning and front aero enhancements. What an amazing GT40.

With all that in mind, it’s interesting that this car didn’t grab even more than $148,500, because as they say — you couldn’t build it for that. And you certainly couldn’t option one out like this new for that money.

Check out Lot 1093.1 here.

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