In the US, the charity week created a great hype, as various collector cars were auctioned for fund raising. The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT3550R first production car was sold for $1 million by Barrett-Jackson during the auction held at Scottsdale, Arizona the proceeds of which will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The auction house consigned 1,611 cars to their new owners, fetching back a total sum exceeding $130 million, which is a historical mark for Barrett-Jackson. Other significant first production cars sold at auction were the Cadillac CTS-V ($170,000) and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible ($800,000).
The circumstances also favored Automobilia sales who broke their own record by selling more than 2,000 items for more than $6.55 million. There were multiple hot-shots that kept the bidding go on, including car collections of Ron Pratte.
The highest bid was $5.1 million for a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake. Ron donated General Motor’s famous 1950 Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus that remarkably reaped $4 million, while a Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept was sold for $3.3 million. Among other significant fundraisers was a BMW M5 ‘30 Jahre’ edition which mounted an astonishing $800K, which will be passed on to BMW Car Club of America Foundation and Tire Rack Street Survival program.
A lump sum $8,735,000 were collected from the biddings, which will be donated to different charities.