SCOTTSDALE, AZ - General Motor's Chairman, Dan Akerson, will be auctioning his 1958 Corvette, with 100-percent of the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity Detroit.
"The fact that Dan is is giving up a car that I know must mean an awful lot to him is very humbling," said Vincent Tilfford, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, Detroit. "You know, for whoever buys this car, not only are they going to give this classic a new home, but they're also going to give new, better, and healthier homes to families in this neighborhood, and actually help rebuild an entire community."
The vehicle will be auctioned at the company's flagship Scottsdale auction, January 13-20, 2013, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Ariz.
he 2013 auction marks the return of the company’s impressive 5000 Series, which includes the Salon Collection and features approximately 50 of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles. Ranging from elite prototypes, muscle cars to classics, these prestigious vehicles have been hand-selected to sell on Saturday, January 19th beginning at approximately 5:00pm. More information on these eclectic vehicles can be found at SalonCollection.com.
In addition to the Salon Collection, Barrett-Jackson will honor one of the world’s greatest automotive icons, Carroll Shelby, by auctioning off nearly 30 Shelby automobiles at No Reserve. Ranging from a stellar 1965 GT350 (lot #5023) previously owned by Ford, to a 2012 GT500 50th Anniversary Super Snake (lot #1321) to the rarest Shelby Mustang in existence, “The Green Hornet,” (lot #5022) collectors from all over the world are eagerly waiting for the chance to bid on these legendary vehicles.
Barrett-Jackson will also offer a variety of other vehicles that carry Hollywood history, including the 1966 Original #1 Batmobile (lot #5037) by renowned customizer, George Barris, as well as Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe (lot #5001) and a 1919 Pierce Arrow (lot #5028) built for the famous silent movie comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.
“Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction is unlike any other automotive event in the world,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “With the caliber of vehicles crossing our auction block this year, I believe this could be the greatest selection of cars ever sold at one auction in history. We’re looking forward to watching the excitement unfold.”
As part of the week-long festivities, the company will host a “Barrett-Jackson Night” at the Pavilions on January 12th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in addition to the Barrett-Jackson’s Opening Night Gala on Monday, January 14th at 7:00pm. Guests can enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, Fashions by Neiman Marcus, live music, and celebrity sightings, while preparing to watch world-class vehicles.
“We’ve put together a quality collection of some of the most unique and interesting vehicles for our upcoming Scottsdale auction,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “We anticipate that the diverse offering is sure to bring excitement to every level of enthusiast.”
SPEED will broadcast nearly 40 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction from Tuesday – Sunday, January 15 – 20. Tuesday through Thursday the auction will be broadcasted from 5:00pm to 10:00pm MST, Friday and Saturday from 12:00pm to 10:00pm MST and Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm MST.