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Barrett-Jackson celebrates 50 years of car auctions

This image shows cars under tents at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.
Barrett-Jackson, the car auction company based in Scottsdale, is celebrating 50 years.(Arizona's Family)
Updated: Jan. 27, 2022 at 11:51 AM MST
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Barrett-Jackson, the car auction company based in Scottsdale, is celebrating 50 years. Arizona’s Family took a trip to Scottsdale to check out what’s happening at this year’s car show.

Barrett-Jackson Showroom

Every year, Barrett-Jackson features something new and different.

The Buzz Eatery

Want to grab a quick bite to eat and a free coffee? The Buzz Eatery and Treats has a fantastic takeaway menu with everything you need to get started. Check out the “Buzz Bites” for a healthy, protein and fiber filled way to power through your morning.

Bonhams: The Scottsdale Auction

Dustin Hoffman’s 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible from the iconic “Rain Man” film is up for auction. Worth an estimated $150,000 to $250,000, it’s just one of the beautiful automobiles available at the auction which kicks off on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Chauncey Social

Chauncey Social is becoming a popular spot for car enthusiasts to eat at after a day at the auctions. The restaurant has some features running in light of the auctions. $8 drinks like Pink Whitney and Jim Beam Ginger Highball Seltzers, anyone?

Barrett-Jackson Porsche Table

So what does it take to get down to business? It’s a one-of-kind conference room, just miles away from the excitement.

Unique Buick up for grabs

One of the cars up for auction Saturday is the very last Buick Grand National ever made, and it was the last car to ever come out of the Pontiac assembly plant. The man behind the muscle car, owner Bob Colvin from Louisiana, is just as entertaining at the story itself.

The Colvins were there as it was coming down the assembly line in 1987, including Bob’s son Matt, who was 4 years old at the time. He’s now 39. They’ve been playing the home video they shot from that day for anyone who will stop and watch at Barrett-Jackson. “We brought it home, we put it in its own bedroom inside the house - literally inside the house - and when we’re watching TV we’re with the car, and he’s part of the family,” said Bob. “I’m sure I’ll be emotional tomorrow on stage when it comes down the block.”

Bob said they’re selling it because it’s just become too valuable to be inside their house. It’s expected to go for anywhere between $250-$750,000.