Final day in Florida wraps up most successful Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction ever

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An early morning rain shower did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of fans on the final day of the 16th Annual Palm Beach Auction! Guests continued to stream through the gates, eager to catch a glimpse of the many collector cars on display, check out all the activities around the site and watch the remaining auction vehicles take their turn on the block – including the Jerry’s of Alabama Collection, featuring a group of original and restored collectible vehicles, most with incredibly low mileage.

Brightly lit neon signs light up the auction arena every day. This extraordinary Mobil Pegasus example from the 1950s (Lot #6498) went home with a lucky bidder this morning.

Brightly lit neon signs light up the auction arena every day. This extraordinary Mobil Pegasus example from the 1950s (Lot #6498) went home with a lucky bidder this morning.

The morning began with the last of nearly 400 items taking their turn in the spotlight at the Automobilia Auction. Once again beautifully restored gas pumps and outstanding porcelain neon signs proved to be kings of the auction stage, with interest in both categories continuing to escalate as bidders clamored to take them home. Among the top sellers today were an impressive 1928 Polly Gasoline visible gas pump (Lot #6941.1), an extraordinary Mobil station neon porcelain Pegasus sign from the 1950s (Lot #6498), and an unusual limited-edition Budweiser Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR #8 light-up rotating carousel tavern light (Lot #6455).

The auction arena continued to buzz until the final gavel fell as the final 85 of the nearly 700 collector vehicles crossed the block. Among the top sellers today were two late-model Jeep Wranglers (Lot #967 and Lot #968), a 2016 Range Rover Sport (Lot #972), a ’74 Bronco (Lot #947) and a ’56 Ford F-100 pickup (Lot #936), illustrating the continuing rise in popularity of pickups and off-road vehicles, many of which are highly customized. The top seller of the day, however, was a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (Lot #971).

The gallery below features highlights of today’s activity around the auction site – and if you weren’t able to attend the event this year, check out the video below for a little taste of what the 16th Annual Palm Beach Auction was all about! (And make plans now to attend the 3rd Annual Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, June 20-23, 2018.)

Gas pumps were big bidder favorites at this year’s Automobilia Auction, such as this 1928 Polly Gasoline visible model from 1928 (Lot #6491.1).

Gas pumps were big bidder favorites at this year’s Automobilia Auction, such as this 1928 Polly Gasoline visible model from 1928 (Lot #6491.1).

This unusual, limited-edition Budweiser Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR #8 light-up rotating carousel tavern light (Lot #6455) was among the highlights of today’s Automobilia Auction.

This unusual, limited-edition Budweiser Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR #8 light-up rotating carousel tavern light (Lot #6455) was among the highlights of today’s Automobilia Auction.

A number of vintage bicycles took to the automobilia stage today, with a never-ridden limited-edition Carroll Shelby GT350 cruiser (Lot #6478.4) bringing top honors in that category.

A number of vintage bicycles took to the automobilia stage today, with a never-ridden limited-edition Carroll Shelby GT350 cruiser (Lot #6478.4) bringing top honors in that category.

Pedal cars are always popular relics of days gone by – this perfectly restored 1948 Pontiac Coupe pedal car (center, Lot #6478.1) was among the examples crossing the block today.

Pedal cars are always popular relics of days gone by – this perfectly restored 1948 Pontiac Coupe pedal car (center, Lot #6478.1) was among the examples crossing the block today.

LOT #971 – 2017 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA CABRIOLET

LOT #971 – 2017 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA CABRIOLET

LOT #968 – 2018 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED CUSTOM

LOT #968 – 2018 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED CUSTOM

LOT #973 – 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG

LOT #973 – 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG

LOT #967 – 2017 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED CUSTOM SUV

LOT #967 – 2017 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED CUSTOM SUV

LOT #972 – 2016 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT HSE SUV

LOT #972 – 2016 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT HSE SUV

LOT #956 – 1969 FORD MUSTANG 428 CJR FASTBACK

LOT #956 – 1969 FORD MUSTANG 428 CJR FASTBACK

LOT #947 – 1974 FORD BRONCO

LOT #947 – 1974 FORD BRONCO

LOT #957 – 2007 FORD SHELBY GT500 CONVERTIBLE

LOT #957 – 2007 FORD SHELBY GT500 CONVERTIBLE

LOT #936 – 1956 FORD F-100 PICKUP

LOT #936 – 1956 FORD F-100 PICKUP

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Pat Patterson of Sirius NASCAR Radio and Craig Gussert of Sports Car Market discussed the finer details of auction cars at the Motor Trend Live Stage today.

Pat Patterson of Sirius NASCAR Radio and Craig Gussert of Sports Car Market discussed the finer details of auction cars at the Motor Trend Live Stage today.

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Chevrolet's life-size Hot Wheels car was a big hit with visitors.

Chevrolet’s life-size Hot Wheels car was a big hit with visitors.

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Velocity's Rick DeBruhl and Steve Magnante.

Velocity’s Rick DeBruhl and Steve Magnante.

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