Top cars from the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction

Celebrity cars mingled with digital offerings at this year’s event



  • Movie cars and replicas included in auction
  • More than 700 vehicles sold

The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction has wrapped up for another year, with a wide range of unique metal selling for strong money.

Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious vehicle auctions, two-stroke minibikes, Bentley convertibles, and just about everything in-between went under the hammer.

A 1970 Camaro dubbed ‘The Grinch’ drew plenty of bidder attention. The car was built in 2012 by Ringbrothers, one of America’s premier custom car companies. Another Camaro by the brothers, known as ‘Valkyrja’, won SEMA’s Battle of the Builders in 2019.

The Grinch is powered by a Wegner Motorsports LS3 producing 602hp. It’s backed by a Bowler five-speed manual transmission and Detroit Speed 9in diff. The rear features a four-link set-up, with chunky Wilwood disc brakes on each corner.

Body modifications include fattended flares, extended sills and quarter panels, and extensive smoothing. A custom staggered set of Forgeline 18 and 19-inch centre-lock wheels round out the slick exterior.

The car was listed for sale online last year with an asking price of USD$229,000 (AU$303,000). Though it’s unclear if the car sold for that price, a bid of USD$385,000 (AU$510,000) won the car at Barrett-Jackson.

This faithful tribute to the Ghostbusters Ectomobile sold for $USD220,000 (AU$291,000). The ‘59 Cadillac ex-hearse is packed with film props and other memorabilia, including four proton packs with their own light and sound systems.

The Ectomobile runs a 390ci Chevy V8 and three-speed auto, which were rebuilt in 2012.

Dual batteries and twin alternators power the electrics, ensuring the car has enough voltage to keep the lights and sirens working even at low speeds.

Some items at the auction weren’t even physical. The sale of four NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) commemorated Barrett-Jackson’s auction of several VIN #001 cars, including the first Mustang Mach 1 and Bronco two-door.

Consisting of a one-off video, an illustration and three still images of each car sold, these NFTs use blockchain technology (much like Bitcoin) to stamp the content as a unique digital collectible. The cheapest NFT sold at the auction – based on the Hummer EV – went for US$5000 (AU$6600), while the most expensive was a Mustang Mach 1 at US$30,000 (AU$39,760).

A 1970 Maserati Ghibli once owned by the legendary Frank Sinatra sold for US$330,000 (AU$437,000). The super-original example has travelled just 21,000 miles from new, with a 4.7-litre OHC V8 paired to a ZF five-speed manual gearbox.

Sinatra bought the car from his son-in-law Wes Farrell, who was its first owner. He later sold the car to 60s heartthrob George Hamilton. It then made its way into Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas’s car collection.

This stunning numbers-matching Mercedes 300SL roadster earned seven digits, selling for US$1,045,000 (AU$1.38m).

The meticulously-restored two-seater was delivered to New Orleans in December 1957 by Studebaker/Packard, which was the US’s Mercedes importer at the time.

A number of modern heroes from the performance scene made it to the auction stage, like this McLaren P1 formerly owned by iconic DJ Deadmau5.

A massive US$1,567,500 (AU$2.07m) bought the McLaren. Packing a twin-turbo V8 bolstered by a 176hp electric motor (which also eliminates turbo lag), the pioneering hypercar is good for 903hp. Just 375 P1s were produced in total between 2013 and 2015.

This 1986 Hilux sold for US$14,300 (AU$19,000). With a coat of black paint and some KC spotlights, it would be the perfect Marty McFly pickup.

The same money netted one buyer an oddball Dodge Dakota convertible, powered by a 3.9-litre V6 and backed by a column-shift four-speed auto.

We’ve already covered the sale price of the auction’s Fast & Furious Supra, but for just US$88,000 (AU$116,600) you could have owned this excellent six-speed manual, 2JZ car. It was sold by its second owner with 58,240 miles (93,728km) on the clock.

You’ll find the full list of Barrett Jackson Las Vegas Auction cars here.