Just clicking through the photos on the Barrett-Jackson auction website is a dream in itself for auto lovers. There’s every type of car, truck or motorcycle imaginable, from old classics to cutting-edge speedsters, shined up and ready to be sold at Mandalay Bay Events Center September 26-28. Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson spoke with us about the glamour of the event, and the subculture that adores it.
What’s the most interesting car that’ll be up for sale?
Without a doubt, by far, it’s the 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Maharaja Car. It has all these guns from back in the era on it, a full assortment of weapons. The Maharaja hunted tigers on his own property in it. It’ll go for somewhere between $700,000 and $1 million, probably.
How can the novice, or someone who doesn’t have that kind of money, get involved in car collecting?
You can get started with $7,500 or $10,000. But what I love about Las Vegas is the mix of people. The casinos like to take their customers who may not yet be collectors to the auction, and you never know what they might decide to buy. We always get new people.
Since you grew up in a car-collecting culture, what would you collect if not cars?
I collect music memorabilia. I own the first guitar that Paul McCartney ever held in his hands; the guitar he learned to play on. But I still love my cars.