Barrett-Jackson Inaugural Houston Auction Totals $37.5 Million

  • story by David M. Brown
  • posted on 09/2021
  • posted in: Newswire

A 1979 Porsche 928 (Lot#749), which Tom Cruise drove in Risky Business, led all sales at the inaugural Barrett Jackson Houston Auction September 16–18, when it brought $1.98 million, setting the world record auction sale for the model.

In addition, a 1956 Chevrolet 150 (Lot #3000) sold to benefit charity for $425,000 and was immediately donated back, and an additional round of bidding brought $400,000. Another $175,000 was donated, raising the total to $1 million for the Honor Flight program, which gives veterans an all-expenses paid trip to the memorials in Washington, D.C. To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise $135-plus million for charity.

Held at the NRG Center, the Houston auction totaled $37.5 million from the sale of 500 vehicles, with a 100-percent sell-through rate and 34 world-record auction sales, charity cars and automobilia.


Two 2019 Ford GTs were second in the top 10: a 2019 Light-weight (Lot #759), $1,199,000, and Lot#748, $1,001,000. Three other Ford GTs posted in the top 10: two 2006s, Lots #726 and #728, each $440,000, and a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #727), $412,500.

“This was a banner year filled with historic events made up of over 200 world-record auction sales that are forever etched into automotive history. Thanks to our sponsors, consignors, bidders and guests, our inaugural Houston auction was an extraordinary extension of this year’s success,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Scottsdale-based Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, founded in 1971.

“We rocked the house in Houston and delivered the kind of results expected from a state that likes to do everything bigger and better,” says Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our 100-percent No Reserve docket reinforced the demand for American-built Resto-Mods and quality customs, and the strong prices underscored the trust we’ve earned from our consignors and bidders.”


The six remaining top-10 vehicles were a 1966 Shelby GT350 Sir Stirling Moss Race Car (Lot#741), $495,000; 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Custom Coupe (Lot #733), $396,000; two 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Editions, Lot #767, $357,500, and Lot #443, $330,000; 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom (Lot #762), $330,000; and a 1956 Ford F-100 Big-Window Custom Pickup (Lot #756), $275,000.

The automobilia auction featured 279 pieces that sold for more than $1 million, marking the most successful non-Scottsdale Automobilia Auction in the company’s history. The top two pieces were a 1940s-50s Flying A Service animated porcelain neon sign (Lot #7297), $77,050, and a 1950s Mobiloil Pegasus left-facing animated porcelain neon sign (Lot #8299), $69,000.

Barrett-Jackson also auctioned two NFTs: The 1959 Cadillac “Ghostbusters Ectomobile” Re-Creation NFT (Lot #4001) sold for $8,000, and the 1994 Toyota Supra from “The Fast & The Furious” franchise (Lot #4002), $6,000.


Also during the event, Aaron Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby, joined Jackson for the historic presentation of the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Experimental (EXP500) “Little Red” and the only Shelby GT500 convertible built that same year –– the first time in history that these two vehicles were shown together in public.

Says Jackson: “We can’t wait for our January 2022 Scottsdale Auction, when we’ll celebrate everything we’ve accomplished over our 50-year history, in true Barrett-Jackson fashion.”

Consignments for the Scottsdale auction can be arranged at For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit or call 480.421.6694.