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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018 with SmartShield
Published On 1/26/2018
For our first adventure on the road in the new year, we made it out to Arizona for Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. As usual, the world's greatest collector car auction was a weeklong dream of classics, incredible charity sales, and plenty of new releases to see. With over 1,700 vehicles going up for sale at Barrett-Jackson alone, you'd be hard pressed to not find something you like during Arizona Car Week.
XPEL On LocationAccompanied by the good people from Arizona's very own Smart Shield, we posted up with a black & yellow Chevy Corvette Z06. While the Corvette attracted a lot of attention from onlookers, ULTIMATE's self-healing powers took center stage. Thanks to the help of our on-site installation experts, the paint protection film demos never stopped.
Being in good company is just one of the many perks of having a booth at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Across the walkway, Tesla Motors drew a crowd with their popular Model S & X. Hopefully the Model 3 & Roadster will make an appearance next time around.
A few steps away, we spotted a selection ofÂ ULTIMATE protected beauties from McLaren Scottsdale. It's always nice to stumble across other displays showing off XPEL products. It's even better when it's a fully wrapped metallic blue 570.
Breaking Records on the Blocks
Of all the auto auctions during Arizona Car Week, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale draws some of the biggest numbers. Various charity vehicles raised over $6 million in sales this year, with a new Ford GT that went for $2.5 million alone. Other notable charity cars included the first 2019 Bullitt Mustang for $300k, and the new Corvette ZR1 that hammered down just shy of $1 million. No doubt, it wouldn't be Barrett-Jackson without plenty of oddities for sale. From a lifted hot rod Hearse to a 6x6 armored personnel carrier, there was no shortage of unique pieces to be had. One favorite was none other than a fully operational hot tub. The Cadillac "Car Pool" Deville sold for around $30k. Can you think of a more relaxing way to commute after a long day at the office?
An Awesome Auction AssemblageWhile Barrett is the go-to place for restomods and American classics, we spotted quite a few imports on deck too. A handful of Nissan GT-R R32s were present, along with an original first gen Civic.
It might not have been up for auction, but another notable attendee at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was just down the hall. Sporting VIN #0001 and a mere ~600 miles on the clock, a very rare McLaren P1 GTR stopped show-goers in their tracks.
We would have expected to see the some velvet ropes around the first production ZR1, but it sat relatively unattended. Among other heavy hitters inside the halls of the Sponsor Pavilion, the new super Vette seemed right at home. A buyer would be hard pressed to find more performance per dollar than a Corvette. Needless to say, we're intrigued to see what kind of numbers the unreleased mid-engine variant puts down. Here's hoping they bring one out to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2019.
So Long, Scottsdale
Once again, attending Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was an awesome experience. Watching the sales unfold is a sight to behold, but interacting with auction-goers & educating the masses on the importance of protecting their collectables is just as valuable. Preservation of paint is a vital part of ownership, and we're proud to be a part of the equation each year. Special thanks the team from Smart Shield Protection Film, as well as Albert Borboa from Porsche Chandler & David Dilorenzo from Deluxe Detail for helping out at the booth. We couldn't have done it without you guys. Thanks for reading!