Every year, the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale Auction is home to some of the most exciting vehicle sales in the world. This year was no different, as no less than seven VIN #001 or first production offerings from Detroit’s three automakers came across the block. That’s the highest number of VIN #001 vehicles ever offered at one auction, by the way. Among the group of firsts were: the GMC Hummer EV, Ford Bronco 2-door, Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, Mustang Mach 1, 2021 Ram TRX, and the first C8 Corvette convertible. In total the sale of these sought-after machines raised over $5.5 million for charity, which is just plain awesome. Here’s what you need to know about how these sales broke down.
Out of all of these performance cars, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV VIN#001 brought the most amount of cash. In fact, the GMC Hummer EV’s hammer price of $2.5 Million was the highest of the bunch by a healthy margin. That isn’t entirely surprising, considering that this vehicle will be GM’s first electric pickup truck. As the age of electrification is ushered into place, this particular 4×4 will surely be remembered for its role in transforming General Motors’ lineup. From a collectors point of view, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. According to Barrett Jackson, all of the proceeds were allocated to the team over at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The next highest sales price was bestowed upon the first 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door. Considering just how popular this reborn off-roading icon has already been, this likely won’t shock anyone. The hammer came down at $1.075 million, easily making this the most expensive Ford Bronco to date. That said, Big Oly could still come in and steal that title when it crosses the block at Mecum. Either way, this 4×4 is officially the first $1 million SUV, which is rather incredible. All of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound, two charities supported by the Bronco Wild Fund.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 VIN #001 hammered at $500,000, which was enough to secure its place as number three on this list from Barrett Jackson Scottsdale. This one was a bit surprising, but we all know how intense muscle car collectors can be. That said, that’s a lot of cash to pay for a car powered by the same 5.0L Coyote V8 as the standard Mustang GT, albeit with a few modifications. The money is slated for a good cause however, as it will go to Ford’s longtime charity partner in JDRF. For that reason, we’ll say it was well bought.
Next up is the Ram 1500 TRX VIN #001, which crossed the block with a final sales price of $410,000. Like the Hummer, this pickup is an undeniable future classic. In fact, we might look back at this thing one day and remember it as the peak of ICE-powered tomfoolery. And for that reason alone, it’s not hard to see why someone would pony up nearly half a million to stick this into their collection. We’re willing to bet that this particular example will never send it over a creek, however. All of the proceeds from this auction are destined to help the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Coming in right behind the 2021 Ram TRX was the first production example of the 2020 C8 Corvette convertible. Unlike its coupe companion that sold for over $3 million last year, this drop top sports car “only” pulled in $400,000 at the block. Not an insignificant amount of money by any means, especially when you remember that cash slated for charity. According to Barrett Jackson, this money is also destined for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
The most affordable cars of this collectable bunch at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale were the Cadillac Blackwing twins. Unsurprisingly, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing carried that higher price of the two, crossing the block at $265,000. The smaller CT4-V Blackwing managed to capture $165,000, which is just under double its factory MSRP. The sport sedans raised $430,000 to benefit Black Ambition, a project of PolicyLink.
Raising $5.5 million for charity isn’t an easy task, but we’re glad that Barrett Jackson and automakers alike are willing to partake in these sort of auctions. And of course we can’t forget the well-heeled buyers who make this sort of thing happen, albeit with a nice tax write off at the end. Either way, what an auction that was.