1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Early Entries at 2016 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

The 2016 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction will be staged January 23-31 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Barrett-Jackson will host a nine-day celebration of the company’s 45th anniversary with more than 1,500 vehicles offered for sale.

“Our 2016 Scottsdale auction is particularly meaningful because it celebrates our 45th anniversary,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “My father, Russ Jackson, and his friend, Tom Barrett, started the auction with one auction and a few select cars. More than four decades later, Barrett-Jackson has become the premier collector car auction company for enthusiasts around the world. Of course, our 45th anniversary is as much about our future as our past and that’s why we continue to bring new assets to our events, such as the Experts’ Symposiums.”

Representing the pre-war cars that Barrett-Jackson began selling 45 years ago, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A will be one of the featured consignments in Scottsdale. This vehicle was originally delivered to German field marshal Erhard Milch in 1939 before going to an unknown owner in Switzerland following World War II. Following a complete restoration in 1982, the vehicle has spent most of its time in museums. The body, frame, driveline and supercharger are all original to the car and it has taken home multiple awards, including Most Significant Mercedes-Benz at the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours and Best in Class, European Class Pre-War at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours.

Also featured on the docket for Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction is the 1938 Lincoln Coddington V12 Hemi named “The French Connection.” This one-off car looks similar to a 1937 Delahaye and was Boyd Coddington’s last build before he passed away. Atop a custom Art Morrison chassis, this vehicle boasts a 12.8-liter, all-aluminum Hemi-headed V12 BPM motor and a Turbo 400 transmission. It also features a Ford nine-inch rear end, coilover suspension and Boyd Coddington wheels. The body is hand-formed aluminum by Marcel and the upholstery boasts ostrich leather. As this car was Boyd’s last vision for a car — his final ride — it comes with a Letter of Authenticity from his wife, Jo Coddington.

Barrett-Jackson’s 45th annual Scottsdale Auction will include a host of activities, events and exhibits over the week. Kicking off the week will be the Cox Family Value Day on Saturday, January 23, with free admission for children under 12. The Opening Night Gala, an event held at each of Barrett-Jackson’s four annual auctions, will be on the evening of the 23rd. Registered bidders, consignors and sponsors receive invitations to the gala. Throughout the nine-day auction, fans can participate in the Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides with Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, as well as shop the vendor marketplace and enjoy live music on select evenings.

New to the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction will be the Experts’ Symposiums held early in the week. Here, enthusiasts can get an idea about what to look for when buying a car and hear from Barrett-Jackson’s team of experts. This team works at each event to help review certain cars that may be represented, by the consignor, as having matching numbers or documented with show provenance. The symposium schedule will be announced and available online as the auction approaches.

Additional entries at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale include:

  • 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, One of 343 Heritage Editions produced;
  • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, Weissach package with 595 original miles;
  • 2003 Saleen S7 Competition Package, One of 78 total units produced, first of four naturally aspirated S7s built with the optional “Competition” Saleen Performance package;
  • 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet, one of three T-26 Cabriolets built by Carrosserie Worblaufen of Switzerland; offered for sale for the first time in 24 years; and
  • 1939 Talbot-Lago T15 Cabriolet, restored in 1990 by Frances’s Carrosserie Lecoq.

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 Auction will be held January 23-31 at the WestWorld facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information on becoming a bidder, visit Barrett-Jackson.com/Bid.

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]