This is being written as cargo jets fan out across the United States, delivering the first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to health providers for distribution. That is decidedly positive news. It means that there is indeed finally a way out of all this, but it’s still vitally important that everybody understand, the virus is still out there. And until you’re vaccinated, you’re in danger. That explains why Barrett-Jackson, among the collector-vehicle auction industry’s most prominent players, announced it’s pushing back the dates of its signature sale next month in Scottsdale, Arizona. Instead, the big blowout has been reset, at the sale’s longstanding Westworld location, for the week of March 22nd. The current COVID-19 spike was identified as the postponement’s rationale. Health officials are predicting that widespread vaccine administration should be well underway by then, which gives the decision a strong measure of common-sense affirmation.
This is not the first virus-related blowback to impact Scottsdale week. Worldwide Auctioneers has shifted its own Arizona event back to its home base of Auburn, Indiana, where the sale will be online-only. Another major sale, by Gooding & Company, will take place as scheduled next month but will likewise be online-only. When the cork does pop at Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale’s most prominent sale, the lots will include this item from the collection of B-J boss Craig Jackson. His 1965 Shelby G.T. 350 is one of the last 10 such cars produced, and was meticulously restored by Thoroughbred Restorations, run by Shelby-American Automobile Club chief judge John Brown, after being found abandoned in a barn. Since restoration, the Shelby-stroked Mustang fastback has become the first G.T. 350 from 1965 to win the Triple Crown of competitive judging for these cars, capturing the Mustang Club of America Authenticity Award, the same club’s Thoroughbred Class Gold Award, and SAAC’s Premier Award. Date change notwithstanding, this will still be Barrett-Jackson, and still taking place in Scottsdale, which means that this Shelby will be anything but cheap when it does cross the block.