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Fast & Expensive: Barrett-Jackson's Top Moneymakers

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. held its annual event in Palm Beach, Fla., last week, and raked in over $20 million. During the three-day auction, more than 55,000 attendees visited the South Florida Fairgrounds, where they were able to bid on hot rods, concept cars, American muscle and NASCAR race winners. All told, seven highly-collectible cars sold for $150K or more each, including a half-million dollar custom ride so unique that it even has a name: Project American Heroes.

Here are top rides:


1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS custom
Winning Bid: $500,000

Dubbed "Project American Heroes," this '69 was built by "Super Chevy" magazine with parts donated from over 25 major aftermarket manufacturers. The beast is powered by a LS7-based 427 engine with a Turbo 400 transmission, custom performance suspension and more. Proceeds went to the Armed Forces Foundation.


1934 Auburn 1250 Salon Cabriolet
Winning Bid: $253,000

This old old-school ride is powered by a 391cid/160hp Lycoming V12 engine with a 3-speed manual transmission and vacuum power booster. It was used by James Cagney in the movie Mayor of Hell and restored 20 years ago.


2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR “Jimmie Johnson #48”
Winning Bid: $200,000

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson raced the shit out of this No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the '04 and '05 seasons, as well as the '06 Cup Championship season. This car visited victory lane three times.


2004 Ford Mustang GT convertible concept
Winning Bid: $175,000

The Mustang GT convertible concept, which debuted at the North American Auto Show in January of 2003, signaled a new direction for the 2005 Mustang. After its debut, this car traveled to more than 50 auto shows around the world.


2004 Ford Mustang GT coupe concept
Winning Bid: $175,000

This glass-roofed Tungsten Silver coupe interprets the performance edge of Mustang's heritage. It features functional hood scoops that help the supercharged engine breathe as it churns out nearly 400hp. The engine bay boasts a MOD 4.6 Liter 90-degree cast-iron block V8 with aluminum heads, a belt-driven supercharger and a liquid-to-air intercooler.


1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 convertible
Winning Bid: $173,250

Can you say rare? A 4-speed convertible with factory matching drivetrain and the 1970-only W27 aluminum axle carrier, this is one of 96 ever built. It was restored with 77,000 original miles.

2010 Ford Shelby GT500 coupe
Winning Bid: $150,000

Here it is: the very first 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 available for retail sale to the public.