Fans streamed into NRG Center Saturday, eager to see for themselves what the Barrett-Jackson Experience is all about in Texas – and they weren’t disappointed. The day was packed with action all around the site and in the auction arena.
The big stars of the day, of course, were in the spotlight on the auction stage! The top-selling car on Saturday (and of the entire auction) was a 1979 Porsche 928 used as the “hero car” in the film “Risky Business.” The crowd went wild when the iconic car sold for $1.98 million – making it the highest-selling Porsche 928 ever sold at auction. Other incredible vehicles landing in the Top 10 on the last day of Barrett-Jackson’s very first Houston Auction included two stunning 2019 Ford GTs (a Lightweight model that sold for $1,199,000 and a Liquid Blue example that brought in $1,001,000), as well as a 1966 Shelby GT350 once raced and owned by Sir Stirling Moss that went to its new home for $495,000.
The electrifying atmosphere in the auction arena also resulted in more than a dozen new world auction record sales for the day, including a 1988 BMW M3 E30 once belonging to actor Paul Walker ($154,000), a 2014 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible ($192,500), a 1971 Plymouth Duster HEMI Custom Coupe ($123,200) and a 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 428 SCJ ($165,000).
A great highlight of the day was the sale of a very special 1956 Chevrolet 150 built at the height of WWII and used as a U.S. Army staff car at the Sioux Army Depot in Nebraska until 1964. The restored piece of history brought the gavel down on a winning bid of $425,000 – with the generous bidder donating it immediately back to be auctioned again, which brought in an additional $400,000. And, in an incredible charitable gesture, longtime Barrett-Jackson customer Michelle Mauzy donated another $125,000.
Every penny of the $1 million grand total goes to benefit the Honor Flight Network, which recognizes our nation’s veterans with all-expense-paid trips to the memorials in Washington, D.C. – a trip many of our veterans may not otherwise be able to take.
Saturday morning’s Automobilia Auction also saw some fantastic sales, such as an iconic 1950s Mobiloil Pegasus left-facing animated neon porcelain sign, which went to its new home for $69,000. A rare Cessna Airplanes neon porcelain sign from the 1940s/50s sold for $57,500, and a neon Ford V8 sign from the 1930s brought in $46,000. Gas pumps were popular with bidders as well, with a 1929 Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline visible pump selling for $34,500 and a Polly Oil Fuel Island from the mid-1950s going to its new home for $29,900.
Enjoy the video below with highlights from the very first Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction, as well as a photo gallery showing Saturday’s top sellers and more!
Make plans to join Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, January 22-30, 2022, for a big celebration marking 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions! Visit Barrett-Jackson.com to consign your vehicle, register to bid, purchase tickets or treat yourself to a VIP package.
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