Barrett-Jackson Auction Features Corvette Designed By Paul Stanley, And More – PHOTOS

Las Vegas drive-thru crowds have propelled the city’s reopening during the pandemic. The Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas also hitched a ride.

Barrett-Jackson is racing, for real, for its 14th auction in Vegas and second at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event runs Thursday through Saturday, open at 10 a.m. each day. Day tickets start at $45, not including fees, with kids 12 and under free (go to barrett-jackson.com for more info).

Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson features around 650 cars, all with “no reserve” listings (meaning the cars will sell, regardless of the auction).

The car auction culture is thriving, says Jackson. People did some soul-searching through COVID and decided they wanted to ride in style. Or at least feed the need for nostalgia.

“People want to buy their dreams, I think, because it was tough going through the pandemic,” Jackson says. “People see the Barrett-Jackson as a place to have fun and enjoy life, and we’ve felt that about Las Vegas ever since we had our first show in Vegas.”

In this year’s auction, the Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley designed such a dream machine. Starchild’s vision is a metallic red 2022 Chevrolet Corvette 3LT Convertible. The car is VIN 001, the first Corvette produced for the 2022 model year. Stanley also added a signed guitar.

“Paul was part of the team that originally developed this color and it’s not a one-size-fits-all color,” Jackson says. “But he was part of the story of the development of that color. And they spec’d it for him. It comes with a guitar. It’s rock ‘n’ roll.”

Recurring comedy aces headlining the Mirage Gabriel Iglesias has two cars on consignment. His 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Trans Am Bandit Edition is a “special version”, the latest iteration of the Trans Am 77 from “Smokey and the Bandit”. The car features a Burt Reynolds signature on the dashboard and is the 20th of 77 Trans Ams produced that year. Iglesias also offers a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a pure muscle car and one of only 3,300 Demons produced internationally.

Queen’s Wheels are up for sale in this year’s auction. Queen Elizabeth II’s 1966 Venden Plaz Princess limousine, built for the Royal Tour of Jamaica, is offered. A 1981 DeLorean transformed in time, into a recreation of the “Mr. Fusion Time Machine” from the “Back to the Future” movie franchise.

Barrett-Jackson still has plenty of cars to satisfy the passion for American-made hot rods. An extremely rare 1963 Corvette Z06 Split-Window is to be deployed. The car was built in the first year of the Z06 option, and only 199 rolled off the line (one such car sold for $990,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction in January).

Barrett-Jackson has an open-ended deal to continue presenting in Las Vegas.

“Vegas is like our second home,” says Jackson, whose company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. “It’s a big car culture there. That’s why we love it.

cool hang alert

A very cool scene returns to the Spirits Lounge at the Stirling Club in Turnberry Place, with Michael Grimm and Bill Zappia “Givin’ It To ‘Em” scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.) Saturday. Grimm, of course, won Season 5 of “America’s Got Talent.” His recent duet with Michael Johnson on “With a Little Help from My Friends” during Johnson’s and by Jeffrey Neiman The Beatles’ tribute to “Let It Be” just killed the spot. Zappia is a seriously underrated talent who also supports Christine Shebeck, submarines in Santa Fe and the Horns of Fat City and spent about a decade with Sponge Fator. Zowie Bowie singer Jaime Lynch is a guest star. Tickets are $35 (GA), $45 (VIP), fees not included. To [email protected] for info.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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