One of the major events for car enthusiasts in the Phoenix area is the Barrett-Jackson auction. Every January, residents and visitors from around the world can bid on rare antique cars, as well as brand new, special edition automobiles. What makes this event special is not just the cars that are sold, but the charities that benefit from the auction’s generous donations.
The 49th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, held January 11-19, raised $7.6 million for charity, bringing the total amount of dollars raised over the history of the auction to $126 million.
“Charity vehicles are the soul of our auctions,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Supporting the community was the purpose of the first event my family helped create almost 50 years ago.”
“My father Russ and his friend Tom Barrett hosted the ‘Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes’ in 1967,” said Jackson. “It was a simple parade and car show to help raise money for Scottsdale’s art center and buy books for the community library. By the early 1970s, the car show became a collector car auction with 75 vehicles primarily from our two families’ personal collections.”
Barrett-Jackson hosts auctions across the country, in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Scottsdale. The auctions are broadcast on Discovery Channel. The Scottsdale auction is the home auction, as it is the headquarters for Barrett-Jackson.
Nine cars were auctioned for charity this year. Here are a few of them:
A custom GTX coupe sold for $300,000 to benefit the C4 Foundation, which provides support and resources to active duty Navy SEALs and their families.
The first-ever 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series sold for $2 million to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.
The first retail-production 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sold for $3 million to benefit the Detroit Children’s Fund.
One very special moment of the auction was when a 1981 Jeep CJ7 Custom SUV was sold and re-donated to the block three times. In total, this car brought in $425,000 in order to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Will Wade, a 13-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient fulfilled his wish by hammering in the final sale of the Jeep with Jackson.
Jackson himself also purchased a 1965 Superformance MKII for $200,000 to benefit the TGen Foundation, a biomedical research foundation that looks for cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s and pancreatic cancer.