2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Batmobile Are Highlights of Record-Breaking Auctions


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    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Picture

    The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was a highlight of a record-setting auction week. | January 22, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 auto auctions at Scottsdale, which featured the Batmobile and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, broke multiple records, according to Hagerty, the classic-car insurer.
  • A total of 2,234 vehicles sold for a total of $223.8 million in a record-breaking week, Hagerty said on Monday.
  • The original Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV series was the No. 3 selling vehicle in the overall top 10 sales, Hagerty said.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The 2013 auto auctions in Scottsdale, which featured the original Batmobile and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette (http://www.edmunds.com/auto-shows/detroit/2013/2013-detroit-auto-show-2014-chevrolet-corvette.html), broke multiple records, according to Hagerty, the classic-car insurer.

A total of 2,234 vehicles sold for a total of $223.8 million in a record-breaking week, Hagerty said on Monday. Hagerty said 2,159 vehicles sold for a total of $183.9 million in 2012. Hagerty noted that the average price paid for the 2,234 vehicles sold last week was $100,176, also a record.

The original Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV series was the No. 3 selling vehicle in the overall top 10 sales, Hagerty said.

The top sale of the week was a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spider, which sold for $8.25 million by Gooding.

The No. 2 spot in overall top 10 sales was a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione Berlinetta, which was sold for $8.14 million by RM Auctions. The next highest-grossing sale was the Batmobile, which went for $4.62 million at Barrett-Jackson's auction.

"Creator George Barris looked on with pride from the auctioneer's stand, even adding his signature jacket to the sale, as the crowd cheered the auctioneer on," said Barrett-Jackson in a statement on Sunday.

The first retail production model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray sold Saturday to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick for $1.05 million, said General Motors on Sunday.

The proceeds of the sale will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The Corvette goes on sale later this year.

Edmunds says: This is the first time the Scottsdale auctions have surpassed the $200 million mark — but not a surprising achievement given the quality of the vehicles that changed hands.

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