Barrett Jackson Palm Beach – Staluppi Collection Heads to Auction
Florida car collector, auto dealer, yacht builder and philanthropist John Staluppi will take center stage this weekend at the Barrett Jackson Palm Beach collector auction. The gala event, quickly gaining momentum as one of the east’s largest automotive auctions will be held at the South Florida Fairgrounds outside Palm Beach. The auction will run April 12-15 and will be televised live on Velocity channel beginning Thursday 4/12. Check your local listings for all show times.
Mr Staluppi (pictured below) will be auctioning off no less than 140 vehicles from his famous Cars of Dreams Collection which ranges from a 1915 Ford Model T Circus Wagon all the way up to a 2007 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. With 140 cars to auction, the Staluppi cars will take up a good portion of stage time and rightfully so. Over the years, Staluppi has been one of Barrett-Jackson’s most staunch supporters and contributors to their charitable fundraisers.
Some of the cars that caught our eye from his collection include some we didn’t even know existed. Cars and trucks like a 1940 American Bantam Pickup, a 1949 Oldsmobile 98 Futuramic Convertible and perhaps the best looking unicorn of the collection – a 2007 Ford Mustang GT Custom Fastback. All of Staluppi’s cars will be sold at no-reserve and the majority of them will cross the block Saturday, April 14th.
Joining the Staluppi Collection will be the prestigious South Florida Collection. These special cars, the majority of which will be offered at No Reserve, run the gamut – everything from 1950s American classics and Ferraris to a 1979 Panther Lima Turbo Convertible (Lot #613) that was built in the U.K. and has traveled less than 4,900 miles from new. Stock restorations share garage space with modified street cruisers, and cars from the U.S., Europe and Japan are represented. Also Included in the South Florida Collection are a pair of Ferraris highlighted by a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT.
Adding a little TV star power to the auction is a 21-window 1967 VW Bus that had a starring role in the hit TV series “That 70’s Show” and driven by its star, Ashton Kutcher, who played the role of “Kelso.”
Also in Palm Beach, Barrett-Jackson will accelerate its “Driven Hearts” campaign, the company’s first-ever yearlong charity initiative to help raise funds and bring awareness to heart disease and stroke. The charitable initiative, spearheaded by Barrett-Jackson’s Vice President of Brand Strategy Carolyn Jackson, was unveiled during January’s Scottsdale Auction and benefits the American Heart Association.
“Heart disease is the number-one killer, which is why Barrett-Jackson is 100-percent committed to the battle against it,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The recent passing of our good friend Dave Ressler inspired Carolyn and me to donate our 35th Anniversary Corvette he once gifted to my mom, Nellie, and me. We auctioned it in Scottsdale to honor the memory of Dave as well as Greg Mauzy, two great members of the collector car community gone too soon. We are grateful for the more than $350,000 raised in Scottsdale, along with the tremendous support on social media to help raise awareness. We are fully dedicated to this campaign and excited for Palm Beach to be our next stop in this fight against heart disease.”
No matter how you slice it, Barrett Jackson Palm Beach is shaping up to be a blockbuster 4-day event. After the record setting Scottsdale Auction in January, the momentum will surely carryover to South Florida. To view the official Palm Beach docket, click here.