Next weekend, the South Florida Fairgrounds will transform into one of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, as Barrett-Jackson, returns to Palm Beach to showcase an outstanding line-up of vehicles for paying visitors and television viewers to enjoy.
“After our unprecedented success at Scottsdale, I am proud to be returning to Florida for our 12th annual Palm Beach auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We are expecting another high-energy crowd to see a docket filled with impressive vehicles that appeal to our unique and distinct collectors and fans in Florida.”
This year, the auction is proud to feature three prominent examples of motorsports engineering that will be auctioned off for charity. They include the 2013 Ford Mustang prominently featured in the “Need For Speed” movie to benefit the Henry Ford Health System, the first production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with all proceeds benefiting the Karmanos Cancer Institute, and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart’s customized scooter used while he recovered from a broken leg last year, to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
The auction extends General Motors’ long-standing support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, which last year raised $1 million by auctioning the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible at Barrett-Jackson.
The Corvette Z06 has unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, at least 625 horsepower from an all-new supercharged engine, and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic. The LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine features direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing. These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmission, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel efficient.
“Chevrolet’s donation of the first 2015 Corvette Z06 produced is yet another way that we are showing our continued support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said Dan Ammann. “The funds raised from the auction will help further the exceptional patient care that Karmanos is known for in our community and across the country.”
In honor of the Annual Dinner, the General Motors Foundation recently announced a $400,000 grant to support the Institute’s cancer research. The grant brought GM and the GM Foundation’s support of the Institute to nearly $7.3 million over the last 17 years.
“When it comes to corporate citizenship and philanthropy, General Motors and its employees set the example,” said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO, Karmanos Cancer Institute. “Their generosity goes a long way toward improving the lives of cancer patients and supporting cancer research. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to GM, the GM Foundation, Chevrolet and Barrett-Jackson for their ongoing commitment to help end this disease.”
The docket of vehicles up for auction feature an exceptional line-up, including a 2006 Bentley Arnage 4 Door Sedan once owned by Miami Heat Superstar Lebron James, a 1969 Dodge Charger used in the 2005 “Dukes of Hazzard” movie, a 1969 Charger used in the 2011 “Fast Five” movie driven by its stars, Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, and an absolutely pristine 2010 lime green Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder with less than 1,000 miles.
Adding to the excitement is a special appearance by pop sensation Rob Van Winkle, also known as “Vanilla Ice.” The South Florida native is a long-time Barrett-Jackson supporter and enjoyed last year’s 11th annual Palm Beach event.
”We are proud to bring the Barrett-Jackson experience to Palm Beach for the 12th year,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “The vehicles we have consigned to auction off here in Florida are sure to be crowd pleasers. Palm Beach is always an exciting celebration. We’re consigning some really rare, stunning cars, diverse enough for every level of enthusiast. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of our Barrett-Jackson fans in Palm Beach.”
The auction will begin April 11th, but the party starts Thursday, April 10th with the Opening Night Gala featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres plus live music from Soul Survivors, returning for the 5th year. There are a limited amount of tickets to the Gala available. For tickets and complete event information, please visit the Barrett-Jackson website or call 480-421-6694.
Those unable to attend the Palm Beach Collector Car Auction may bid online. To register, call 480-421-6694 or contact the auction house by email. For the items offered for the charity sale, Barrett-Jackson will waive all buyer and seller fees.
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