TORONTO, Ont. — For nearly half a century, car enthusiasts have turned to Barrett-Jackson to get their hands on some of the finest collector cars on the road.
Widely regarded as a barometer on the collector car industry, Barrett-Jackson’s auctions have evolved into automotive lifestyle events where thousands of people flock for a glimpse at some of the world’s most sought after, unique and valuable cars. At the 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and Wheels.ca, Barrett-Jackson will be showcasing a sample of some of the most prized cars in collections from across Canada, plus — for the first time in Canada — some of the most prized muscle cars from the personal collection of Craig Jackson himself.
“Most car enthusiasts are aware of the Barrett-Jackson brand and the incredible vehicles that have crossed their famous auction stage,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “This feature will bring the excitement of the auction stage to the AutoShow and celebrate some of the most savvy collectors from our own backyard.”
To be located on the 100 level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre across from the popular Auto Exotica feature, the Barrett-Jackson collection will feature up to 10 prized muscle cars.
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson is a global leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. It specializes in providing products and services to the astute classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. Barrett-Jackson produces The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® in Arizona, Florida, Connecticut and Nevada where hundreds of the most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the auction block in front of a global audience.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the 2019 Canadian International AutoShow,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Enthusiasts from across Canada have long been important members of the Barrett-Jackson family. Not only do we share a common love of our cars, but a deep passion for the collector car hobby. To fuel that enthusiasm we’ve selected some incredible custom vehicles for our exhibit, and look forward to connecting with fellow enthusiasts during the Show.”
Among the cars coming to Toronto is Jackson’s 1969 AMC Javelin race car. When AMC entered Trans-Am Series racing, it was represented by the sporty Javelin, built between 1967 and 1974. The car coming to the AutoShow was originally driven by Jerry Grant, until Roger Penske and his team acquired it for developmental purposes. The car is a 1969 Ronnie Kaplan Javelin, reskinned as a 1970. Kaplan, former codriver with Jim Rathman in the Mexican Road Race, and “co-worker” with Smokey Yunick, built race #3 AMC Javelin in 1969 for a number of drivers, most notably USAC Championship and Indianapolis 500 ace Jerry Grant, and Ron Grable. The car was raced by Grant until it was retired from Trans Am racing and subsequently bought by Jackson.
The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow takes place February 15th to 24th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For tickets and show information, please visit autoshow.ca.