Barrett-Jackson Auction Company wrapped up day two of its 3rd Annual Las Vegas Auction on Friday with bidding lasting late into the evening. Charity was on the minds of hundreds of car enthusiasts as the top sellers benefitted foundations from across the country.
The top car of the day was a 2010 limited edition UFC Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe from Lot #392. Shannon Allen, a UFC fan and car enthusiast took home the Camaro for $350,000 to benefit fallen troops and their families. Chuck Liddell, UFC hall of famer, surprised the crowd when he stepped out of the passenger seat and Dana White, president of UFC, spoke a few words via video about the special meaning of the car prior to its entrance on the block. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which was founded to support families of military personnel lost in service and for those veterans severely wounded.
The second highest bid of the day was also a charity car. YMCA of Southern Nevada received proceeds from Lot #396, a production number two 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The bidder will have the opportunity to order the color, engine, transmission, trim and factory installed equipment. Greg Heinrich of Fairway Chevrolet in Las Vegas donated the vehicle for the auction.
A pair of 1981 Chevrolet Corvettes added to the energy of the auction arena. After competitive bidding for the two historic GM vehicles, which were also charity cars, the highest bidder paid $300,000 and immediately donated the ‘Vettes back to the foundation. Lot #373 was the first ‘Vette off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky, June 1, 1981. Its partner, a Lot #373.1, was the last built at the legendary St. Louis factory before the doors closed on July 31, 1981.