Barrett-Jackson car auction draws thousands to Scottsdale

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Car collectors and enthusiasts wait all year for the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. And this week the event has returned to Westworld in Scottsdale.

The week-long event started as a charity car show back in the '60s and has evolved into an international auction of the most exclusive, hand-picked cars from Hollywood and around the country. More than 1,600 cars will be on display and go up for auction.

Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to astute classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world.

This year, many of the vehicles at the auction will come from the world-renowned Ron Pratte Collection.

“The Ron Pratte Collection is possibly the largest and most diverse to cross any collector car auction block over the past decade,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The majority of Ron’s collection was purchased at Barrett-Jackson auctions and it’s only fitting that these fine collectibles come back to our Scottsdale auction to be passed along to their next caretaker."

The collection includes a a ’69 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2 door hardtop (Lot #2016), one of only 22 still in existence and the only one known to exist with a column shift; a ’29 Indian 401 motorcycle (Lot #2058), which was restored to as-new condition and is ready to be ridden; and a ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot #2049), one of the rarest Mustangs available with its original engine, transmission and rear end.

"Every car we have sold Ron, he has made better," says Jackson. "He is just that meticulous, and the attention to detail of how he makes these cars perfect."

For a complete listing of The Ron Pratte Collection, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com.

Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from beginning Tuesday at 4 p.m. and running through Sunday, Jan. 18.

The world's largest collector car auction has expanded to nine days this year, added 500 more cars for sale and expects to break attendance records over last year. Attendance is already up.

"A lot of people fly in for this," Jackson said. "About 90 percent of bidders are from out of state."

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including live international coverage in both Canada and Latin America. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.