A lot of the top sales at Barrett-Jackson's 2015 Scottsdale, Arizona auction were from the Ron Pratte Collection—in fact they made up nearly a third of the total vehicle sales (in dollars). Here are the top 10 sales. (Prices include buyer's commission.)
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus
1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car
1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay
1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet
1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street Rod
1991 Ferrari F40
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet
Sale price: $5,115,000
This one-of-two-made “Super Snake” Cobra was purchased by Ron Pratte at a Barrett-Jackson event in 2007, for $5 million (before commission). The car came with a reserve which initially wasn’t met during when the car crossed the block (bidding topped out at around $4,700,000). Pratte worked out this final sale price with the top bidder afterward.
Sale price: $4,000,000
The entirety of the sale price of this GM promotional vehicle, from the Ron Pratte Collection, went to the Armed Forces Foundation, which helps U.S. military veterans re-acclimatize to civilian life. It was one of ten for-charity sales that went down during Scottsdale 2015.
Sale price: $3,300,000
Like the top-sale Cobra, this show car from ’54 was one of just two GM made. We much prefer this emerald green example to its champagne-coloured cousin, too.
Sale price: $1,650,000
Not all the top sales at Barrett-Jackson are super-rare muscle cars: some of them are also super-rare European sports cars, like this gorgeous Talbot-Lago with bodywork by Franay. Probably one of our favourite cars of the entire auction.
Sale price: $1,595,000
This ’65 Cobra has been factory-spec-restored in its correct Vineyard Green and has a very well-documented ownership history. Otherwise, it’s just another Cobra (if there is such a thing). This is just how much they go for now.
Sale price: $1,100,000
Numbers-matching and with just 200 miles on it since restoration, this 300SL is a real standout. If weird histories are your thing, this one came with one: it was one of just three gullwing Benzes sold new in Guatemala.
Sale price: $1,045,000
Part of this car’s history is lost in the ruins of the Second World War, but its restoration’s been well-documented, which we presume must’ve been consolation enough to the buyer who took it home for over a million bucks.
Sale price: $671,000
When the legendary Boyd Coddington threw this car together, he combined French-inspired coachwork with a Dodge Viper V10 engine. Something about it hits all the right notes for hot rodders, ‘cause it’s previously traded hands for closer to $500,000—its value’s going up!
Sale price: $643,500
The poster cars you had on your bedroom wall as a kid? This is how much they cost nowadays. Apparently a lot of guys with some pretty deep pockets had their posters on their bedroom walls, too. This one features several modifications over a stock F40 to boot.
Sale price: $643,500
These 300S Benzes cost about ten times as much as a typical car when they were new—and apparently they still cost about ten times as much as a typical high-end car today.