The Best Cars at Barrett-Jackson: Friday

Buyers down in Scottsdale, Arizona have another full day of buying ahead of them today at the Barrett-Jackson automobile auction. Let’s check out some of the cool cars that people with deep pocketbooks are able to bid on today:

[*Sell price includes buyer’s fees]


#930 – 1955 Messerschmitt KR-200 (Sold for $42,900)


German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt was barred from producing planes in the years immediately following World War II and was looking to put its plant to good use. Enter engineer Fritz Fend, fresh from producing his Fend Flitzer motor scooter. Fend convinced Messerschmitt to build a bubble car called the KR-175; the KR-200 you see here is its more powerful successor. The microcar seats two, one behind the other, and packs a 191cc 1-cylinder in the middle of the car. That motor is only good for about 10hp, but the lightweight body style allows the KR-200 to exceed 50mph and achieve roughly 80mpg. When looking at these KR-200s, it’s important that the glass on the canopy is intact, and this one appears to have everything in order.

#949 – Noble M400 (Sold for $62,700)

Noble M400

The Noble name may not mean much to Americans due to the ludicrously low number of cars that make their way over here, but make no mistake: this British race car is hardcore and is just street legal enough to drive home. The M400 was notoriously difficult to procure in the States: South African manufacturer Hi-Tech built the body and chassis and shipped it to U.S. importer 1G Racing (who were licensed to sell six bodies per month). A buyer would purchase the powerless shell and send it to a shop, where the twin-turbo Ford V6 was installed. The final product weighed only 2,300lbs, and the 425hp supplied by the engine made this car a track demon. It was originally priced at just a hair under $100,000, and when one is actually for sale, the price isn’t that much lower. Expect this rare supercar to command a high, but not record-breaking, price

#973.1 2001 and #978.1 2000 Corvette Commemorative Edition (Sold for $85,800 and $72,600, respectively)

Corvette Commemorative

“But wait!” you’re thinking. “The 50th Anniversary Corvette was just a regular one with 50th Anniversary badges!” And you would be right. However, how it came to be, and just what these two cars are, is another story.

Back in the early 2000s, Corvette fans knew the 50th Anniversary of Corvette production was coming up, and speculation on what GM would do to celebrate the occasion ran rampant. Bill Pasteiner and Bill Miller (who worked at Magna Steyer, owners of the Corvette C1 design) teamed up to create a concept car that looked like a C1 but was underpinned by the current-gen C5. They hoped the concept would be interesting enough to Chevrolet to sell the design idea; unfortunately, Chevy lazily stuck with a leather and trim job for the C5 and called it a day. The two designers new they had a hit, however, and created a company that licensed the design from Magna and stuck the new panels based on the Corvette C1 over a C5. The result: a beautiful retro design with plenty of power and exclusivity: only 200 were built. Two  are up for sale today, so it will definitely be interesting to see how the collector car market treats these rare beasts.

#999 2009 Ford Mustang Lee Iacocca 45th Anniversary (Sold for $88,000)

Iacocca Mustang

Lee Iacocca is one of the most recognizable figures in the automotive industry, serving as both President of Ford and President and CEO of Chrysler. He is a savvy businessman and was one of the earliest supporters of the Mustang project. In 2009, Michael Leone and his company I Legacy paired with Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters to create the Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Mustang. Only 45 were built and one went to Iacocca himself. The Mustang was sold only through the Galpin Ford dealership in Southern California, and all were available either as with a naturally aspirated V8 at 320hp or with a supercharger for 400hp. They were all sold for over $200,000 apiece, so this isn’t a cheap Mustang by any standard, but bidding will certainly be thrilling to watch.


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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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