Spectacular cars and sizzling celebrities will once again take center stage at the South Florida Expo Center as the Fifth Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event rolls into West Palm Beach from March 28 – April 1, 2007 . SPEED will bring the action home with TV coverage during the auction as approximately 600 of the finest vehicles are sold at No Reserve. The world-famous event will kick off on Wednesday, March 28, with a preview day for bidders and auction participants and the highly anticipated Opening Night Gala from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST with proceeds to benefit The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
The auction schedule was extended an extra day to accommodate over 600 of the world’s finest collector automobiles. The action will begin on Thursday, March 29, and continue through Sunday, April 1. SPEED will broadcast 17 hours of TV coverage during the first three days of the auction.
“Last year’s Palm Beach auction was one of the most exciting events in the collector car hobby with new records set for sales and attendance,” said Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson. “Judging from the excitement at this year’s automotive lifestyle event in Scottsdale and the lineup of vehicles scheduled to cross the block in Palm Beach , I believe we’ll experience the same level of energy as we did last year. Our goal is to continue fueling the hobby’s passion along the East Coast for a fifth straight year.”
Highlighting this year’s stellar Palm Beach lineup are two wood-bodied station wagons restored to exceptional condition. The 1948 Packard Series 2201 woody is powered by a 288ci, L-Head straight 8-cylinder engine that produces 135 horsepower and is equipped with a 3-speed manual transmission. It features rare six passenger seating, leather interior, factory radio, heater, defroster and a ventilation system. The exclusive 1938 Buick Series 60 Century Estate woody is driven by an overhead valve 320ci straight 8-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and features a sliding gear, 3-speed manual transmission.
” From classics to rare muscle cars, customs and exotics, our fifth annual Palm Beach event will feature the greatest selection of the best collector vehicles on the East Coast,” added Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson president. “For example, the demand for woodies in Scottsdale has created a great deal of excitement for these beauties to cross the block. The anticipation surrounding these vehicles is just one example of the hobby’s growing popularity and the hunger for collector vehicles.”
On the opposite spectrum of the car collector hobby will be a Foose Coupe. The rights to the first car available to the public will be sold at No Reserve by famed designer Chip Foose. Engineered and constructed by MetalCrafters of Fountain Valley, Calif., this mid-engined beast is a cross between a muscle car and a hot rod. Equipped with suspension by Hotchkis and a Baer Brake system, the Foose Coupe is powered by a Mopar Hemi V8 engine, capable of an estimated 550 horsepower and 520 pounds of torque.
Another popular trend that will continue this year in Palm Beach will be the Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction. The one-of-a-kind automobile collectibles will be offered at No Reserve prior to the start of the automobile auction on March 29 – April 1. In addition, the public can shop hundreds of vendors that will be part of the automotive lifestyle event.
Barrett-Jackson continually reaffirms its leadership position in the collector car market by elevating consignment standards, challenging annual records and serving as the barometer for market trends. In 2006, more than 275,000 attendees and millions of television viewers from around the world witnessed over 1,600 cars being auctioned off for approximately $135 million at the two Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events held in Scottsdale , Ariz. , and Palm Beach , Fla.
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale , Ariz. , Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the “World’s Greatest Classic Car Event” in Scottsdale , Ariz. , and has expanded to other venues, including Palm Beach , Fla. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit or call (480) 421-6694.