Barrett-Jackson to celebrate 45th anniversary in Scottsdale in 2016

The Barrett-Jackson will be celebrating its 45th anniversary when it opens its 2016 auction at Westworld in Scottsdale. (Bret McKeand/Scottsdale Independent)

The Barrett-Jackson will be celebrating its 45th anniversary when it opens its 2016 auction at Westworld in Scottsdale. (Bret McKeand/Scottsdale Independent)


Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will host a nine-day celebration of the company’s 45th anniversary in Scottsdale, from Jan. 23 to 31, 2016, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Barrett-Jackson is filling its docket with more than 1,500 rare and collectible vehicles. Two exceptional collectibles crossing the block include a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and Boyd Coddington’s “The French Connection,” a 1938 Lincoln Coddington V12 HEMI.

“Our 2016 Scottsdale auction is particularly meaningful because it celebrates our 45th anniversary,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

“My father, Russ Jackson, and his friend, Tom Barrett, started the auction with one auction and a few select cars. More than four decades later, Barrett-Jackson has become the premier collector car auction company for enthusiasts around the world.

“Of course, our 45th anniversary is as much about our future as our past and that’s why we continue to bring new assets to our events, such as the Experts’ Symposiums.”

The 45th anniversary Scottsdale Auction will include a host of activities, events and exhibits over the week.

Kicking off the week will be the Cox Family Value Day on Saturday, Jan. 23, with free admission for children under 12. The Opening Night Gala, a renowned event held at each of Barrett-Jackson’s four annual auctions, will be on the evening of the 23rd.

Registered bidders, consignors and sponsors receive invitations to the gala.

Throughout the nine-day auction, fans can participate in the Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides with Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, as well as shop the vendor marketplace and enjoy live music on select evenings.

New this year will be the Experts’ Symposiums held early in the week. Here, enthusiasts can get an idea about what to look for when buying a car and hear from Barrett-Jackson’s team of experts.

The symposium schedule will be announced and available online as the auction approaches.

“This 45th anniversary celebration will represent the ultimate automotive lifestyle experience and the most incredible environment of its kind,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The amazing docket we are building for the 45th anniversary will be a milestone in Barrett-Jackson history.”

Representing the prewar cars that Barrett-Jackson began selling 45 years ago, a pristine 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A will be one of the featured consignments in Scottsdale. The vehicle was originally delivered to German field marshal Erhard Milch in 1939 before going to an unknown owner in Switzerland following World War II.

Following a complete restoration in 1982, the vehicle has spent most of its time in museums. The body, frame, driveline and supercharger are all original to the car and it has taken home multiple prestigious awards, including Most Significant Mercedes-Benz at the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours and Best in Class, European Class Pre-War at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours.

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For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit, or call 480-421-6694.

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