West palm Beach, FL. February 28, 2008 –-Cars and SUVs driven by the famous TV mobsters on “The Sopranos” will be sold at No Reserve during the 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event on March 26-30, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Fla. A total of eight vehicles from the award winning HBO series will cross the block, led by Tony Soprano’s 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV, with net proceeds benefiting Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. SPEED will once again bring the action home with 19 hours of TV coverage during the auction as approximately 600 of the finest collector vehicles are sold at No Reserve. For the sixth 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.
“From the biggest show on television to the biggest stage in the collector car industry, these movie star vehicles will demand the spotlight in Palm Beach,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “A staple in American pop culture, ‘The Sopranos’ captured the attention of viewers across the globe, much like Barrett-Jackson events are watched by devoted car enthusiasts worldwide on SPEED. We’re thrilled to join forces with HBO for this special project to help raise funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”
The signature piece of “The Sopranos” collection is the white 2003 Cadillac Escalade driven by mob boss Tony Soprano during the final three seasons of the series. Scheduled for sale during SPEED’s primetime coverage on Saturday, March 29, the fully loaded Escalade has only 11,000 miles on the odometer and features clear, untinted windshields for exterior camera shots of the show’s leading character.
Another high-profile car headed to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach is the champagne 2003 Cadillac CTS utilized by one of Tony’s top soldiers, Paulie Walnuts. The CTS is infamous for its demolition of Christopher Moltisanti’s new front yard in the “Kennedy and Heidi” episode during Season 6. Two more vehicles that played key roles in Season 6, a red 1997 Mercury Villager minivan driven by Tony and Paulie and a black Cadillac Deville driven by crew member Vito Spatafore, will also be sold.
“When a TV series becomes as popular as ‘The Sopranos,’ the cars driven by the larger-than-life characters become stars as well,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Another factor that adds to the value of these celebrity vehicles is the ‘staying power’ of the series. Decades from now, ‘The Sopranos’ will still be appreciated as one of the top series in TV history, making these star cars significant well into the future.”
A pair of blue Lincoln Town Cars, utilized by rival gangster Phil Leotardo and the New York-based Lupertazzi crime family, will be sold as a pair in Palm Beach. The two cars were featured in numerous episodes of “The Sopranos,” most notably in the climactic Bada Bing shootout scene in “The Blue Comet” episode during Season 6. Additional cars from that high-energy scene that will be auctioned include two 1993 Cadillacs driven by Patsy Parisi, which will be sold together.
With net proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “The Sopranos” vehicles will join a long list of cars in Palm Beach that will be auctioned for charity. On March 26, Barrett-Jackson will host their annual Opening Night Gala to raise money for The Darrell Gwynn Foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. During the 2007 Palm Beach event, Barrett-Jackson raised over $500,000 for various charities.