WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (March 4, 2009) – South Florida is poised to welcome car enthusiasts and collectors from around the world when they unite this spring to enjoy the high-excitement and lavish parties that can be provided only by Barrett-Jackson’s 7th Annual Palm Beach Collector Car Auction. This year, more than 400 of the most desirable collector vehicles will be auctioned at No Reserve at the world-famous automotive lifestyle event to take place April 9-11, 2009, at the Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Live, high-definition TV coverage will once again be provided by SPEED.
The event will kick off on Wednesday, April 8, with a preview day for auction bidders and consignors. Bidding will begin on Thursday, April 9 and continue until the last vehicle crosses the block on Saturday, April 11. For the seventh consecutive year, the event will take place at the spacious Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
Barrett-Jackson’s annual Palm Beach event continues to grow in importance and has become a fixture in West Palm Beach. Last year’s event drew more than 67,000 attendees and helped raise $1.1 million for various local and national charities. The Palm Beach auction will come just three months after Barrett-Jackson helped raise $4.4 million for charity during the 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Following a successful auction in Scottsdale, we’re ready to return to South Florida for another great event,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “There were many surprises during the January event, including impressive sales during the early days on some of the Corvettes from the GM Offering. We believe that the Palm Beach docket will offer the same excitement and a fresh batch of auction surprises.”
With plenty of remarkable performance vehicles and classic cars on the auction list, the 2009 event is set to match the excitement and success generated last year. Scheduled to cross the block is a 1969 RS/SS Camaro custom built by “Super Chevy” magazine and Route 66 Motorsports. Dubbed “Project American Heroes,” all proceeds from the sale of the Camaro will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. In addition, proceeds from the sale of Jimmie Johnson’s No.48 NASCAR will benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, through the Hendrick Foundation for Children.
“The 2009 Palm Beach auction will feature top-tier vehicles, along with mid-range and more affordable cars,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “This mix will attract a broad range of collectors, as well as enthusiasts looking to celebrate this great hobby. We took a similar approach in Scottsdale and the feedback from buyers and sellers was very positive.”