On Saturday, a lively crowd filled the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, brimming with excitement to discover firsthand what the Barrett-Jackson experience is all about. Their expectations were exceeded, judging by the cheers that erupted as the day unfolded with a whirlwind of activity throughout the venue and within the auction arena. Adding to the excitement was a visit by Cam Jordan, an eight-time Pro Bowler and all-time sack leader for the New Orleans Saints, who stopped by to take in the action on Super Saturday.
The other stars of the day were the auction cars, of course, reveling in the spotlight of the auction stage! The top-selling car on Saturday was a custom 1958 Chevrolet Corvette convertible (Lot #748). The crowd went wild when the iconic car sold for $660,000, setting a new auction world record. Other incredible vehicles landing in the Top 10 on the last day of Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural New Orleans Auction included two stunning 2005 Ford GTs: a Hennessey 1000, Lot #725, that brought in $495,000 and an original model, Lot #735, that sold for $418,000. A 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition (Lot #717) had the audience on its feet when it went to its new home for $440,000.
A true highlight of the day was the sale of a very special 1932 Chevrolet Woody custom wagon known as the “Honolulu Lulu” donated by Megan and George Shinn. Edward Graham, Chief Operating Officer at Samaritan’s Purse, joined Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson, along with Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis, on the block with the Shinns for the sale. The custom wagon with its matching custom trailer brought the gavel down on a winning bid of $100,000. In an incredibly charitable gesture, Michelle Mauzy – the winning bidder and longtime friend of the auction – donated the car back to be sold for a second time, raising an additional $75,000 thanks to winning bidder Ted Mcintyre. Barrett-Jackson VIPs Mike and Tracy Patterson donated an additional $100,000 to the cause. NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick and the Shinns each donated an additional $50,000 – bringing the total raised for Samaritan’s Purse and its disaster relief efforts in Maui to $375,000, with 100% of the funds raised going directly to the worthy cause.
Other top sales of the day included a 1954 Chevrolet custom pickup (Lot #782) for $330,000, while Lot #707, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle custom coupe, and Lot #730, a 2020 Lamborghini Huracan LP640-4 EVO, each crossed the world-famous auction block for $286,000.
It wouldn’t be Super Saturday without a few supercars. Joining the Lamborghini and Ford GTs in the Top 10 was a 2020 Aston Martin DB11 (Lot #701) that sold for $275,000 and a 2023 Maserati MC20 (Lot #723) for $253,000.
Custom pickups were well-represented by a 1959 Chevrolet Apache custom pickup known as the “Indian Outlaw” (Lot #679) that sold for $220,000, setting a new auction world record.
Saturday morning’s Automobilia Auction also saw some fantastic sales, including an iconic Texaco Oil animated neon porcelain sign (Lot #8299) from the late 1950s-early ’60s, which went to its new home for $74,750. A Texaco Oil fuel island with two Bennett Model #966 gas pumps (Lot #8282) from the early 1950s sold for $46,000, and a 1950s Mobil Oil Pegasus left-facing porcelain with animated neon sign (Lot #8298) brought in $36,800. Gas pumps were popular with bidders, with a 1959 A.O. Smith Model 48 gas pump in Shelby Cobra regalia (Lot #8279) selling for $34,500. A Phillips 66 neon porcelain sign (Lot #8295) from the 1930s-40s rounded out the Top 5 with its $23,000 sale.
The excitement wasn’t confined to the auction arena. The final round of the 2023 Fantasy Bid game presented by Dodge concluded during the New Orleans Auction and the 2023 overall grand prize winner, Keith R., was on hand to celebrate the victory and his new 2023 Dodge Charger.
Enjoy the photo gallery below with highlights from the last day of the very first Barrett-Jackson New Orleans Auction, as well as the recap video showcasing the 3-day event and more!
Enjoy the photo gallery with highlights from the last day of the very first Barrett-Jackson New Orleans Auction, as well as the recap video showcasing the 3-day event and more!