Barrett-Jackson 2020

Cars owned by Simon Cowell, Dean Martin, Johnny Cash cross the block in Scottsdale

Simon Cowell's 1977 Ford Bronco is one of a number of celebrity-owned vehicles up for auction this week.

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The annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is underway this week with a number of cars owned by celebrity car collectors crossing the block. "America's Got Talent" judge Simon Cowell, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, Blink 182s drummer Travis Barker, author Clive Cussler, and a host of sports stars are among those putting their vehicles up for sale.

Travis Barker's 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Custom Coupe "El Conquistador"

Travis Barker's 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Custom Coupe "El Conquistador"

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The model in Lot #725 at the 2004 Grand National Roadster Show where it won Best of Class. Barker received the '67 Eldorado as a gift for his 30th birthday on the MTV series "Meet the Barkers". The car has been extensively customized by Celebrity Kustoms to include a chopped roof line, static suspension drop; shaved door handles; modified gas door; trunk emblems; and fresh front and rear bumpers and door poppers. The car still gets its power from a 429ci V8 engine that is mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. It has a paint job by Gene Winfield.

Before coming to the auction, El Conquistador was exhibited at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Status: SOLD for $35,200.

Dean Martin's 1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Dean Martin's 1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

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Rolls-Royce of Beverly Hills sold Dean Martin this Corniche on February 11, 1981. He wasn't the car's only famous owner. The Georgian Silver-painted car was also owned by actor Dennis Farina until he died in 2013. In addition to the car, the winner of Lot #1599 gets a warranty in Dean Martin's name, original registration to Dean Martin and Dean Martin-customized California plates: "Dinos RR."

Status: SOLD for $110,000

Simon Cowell's 2009 Bentley Azure Convertible

Simon Cowell's 2009 Bentley Azure Convertible

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The second-generation Bentley Azure lasted only four model years (2006-2009) and Cowell got one of the last ones off the line. The triple-black convertible is powered by a 6.75-liter V8 engine that is paired with an automatic transmission. The auction listing for Lot #1301.2 says that the single-owner vehicle comes with a clean CARFAX report and just 4,625 miles on the odometer.

Status: SOLD for $123,200

1949 Studebaker M5 Truck "Grateful Dead"

1949 Studebaker M5 Truck "Grateful Dead"

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If you swung by the Dead's studio in Novato, California or their party house in Olympia back in the day, chances are you saw this 1949 truck. Being sold as Lot #1619, the model was once owned by Owsley Stanley. It's powered by an eight-cylinder engine that is paired with a four-speed manual transmission.

Status: SOLD for $29,700

Evan Longoria's 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe

Evan Longoria Chevrolet Camaro

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Third baseman Evan Longoria's Chevy is Lot #819. It's powered by a 750-horsepower Whipple-supercharged LS V8 engine. The powertrain is completed with a T56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission. It has a narrowed 9-inch rear end, 3.50 gears and Detroit Locker differential. There is a Hotchkis suspension in the front front with a Heidts 4-link at the back. Its custom wheels fit 12-inch wide rear tires. The car's cabin has Vintage Air and all new upholstery.

Status: SOLD for $52,800

John Elway's 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster

John Elway's 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster

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Lot #1025 belongs to legendary NFL quarterback John Elway. He purchased this 1992 Dodge Viper in 1991 (it's VIN 45). It has 7,935 actual miles on its 400-horsepower, 8.0-liter V10 engine. Its paint job is Viper Red and it has a six-speed manual transmission. Until its sale, the Viper had been stored in the showroom of Elway's dealership in Greeley, Colorado.

Status: SOLD for $88,000

Travis Barker's 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Custom SUV

Travis Barker's 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Custom SUV

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Barker collects big classic cars, but he also has a soft spot for hardy SUVs, as exhibited by this custom Chevy K5 Blazer in Lot #791.1. The model has a new LS3 V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission under the hood. The lifted SUV has Bilstein shocks and Black Rock wheels. It's shoed with Nitto Trail Grappler 35x12.50 tires and the exterior has a Gunmetal Gray paint job. At the front are 7-inch Vision VX series headlights. Inside are black leathers seats, air conditioning, Dakota Digital gauges, and a custom aftermarket sound system. The Blazer only has had 1,962 miles put on it since it was restored

Status: SOLD for $93,500

Billy "The Kid" Wagner's 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition

Billy "The Kid" Wagner's 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition

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Seven-time MLB All-Star pitcher Billy "The Kid" Wagner is selling his licensed and registered Eleanor Tribute Edition Mustang as Lot #1098. It was commissioned by Wagner in 2005 is designed to look like the vehicle from the 2000 film "Gone in 60 Seconds". It only has 1,300 miles on the odometer since its transformation.

Status: SOLD for $148,500

Howard Hughes' 1954 Chrysler New Yorker

Howard Hughes' 1954 Chrysler New Yorker

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Former Houston, Texas resident Howard Hughes was the owner of the car in Lot #1434. The Chrysler New Yorker was owned and customized by Howard Hughes, a notorious germaphobe, to include an elaborate air purification system in the trunk of the car to ensure there was always clean air in the cab. According to Barrett-Jackson, the filtration system far exceeded the cost of the car at the time it was built. With just 1,685 original miles, the car remains in near-showroom-new condition.

Status: SOLD for $126,500

Simon Cowell's 1977 Ford Bronco Custom SUV

Simon Cowell's 1977 Ford Bronco Custom SUV

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New Bronco or old Bronco, the market is ripe for them. Lot #1025.3 will likely prove to not be an exception. Cowell's 1977 Bronco gets its power from a 340-horsepower Ford Racing 302ci V8 crate engine that is paired with a C4 automatic transmission. The under-hood components have been upgraded to include Holley Avenger 4-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake manifold, electric distributor, and aluminum radiator. It has a set of ceramic headers and 2.5-inch MagnaFlow exhaust system. The lifted Bronco sits on James Duff springs and has Wilwood brakes. Like Cowell's Bentley Azure, the Bronco has a triple-black paint job. It rides on XD series wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires. Cowell weather-proofed the inside of the Bronco with LINE-X coated floors. There's a Pioneer head unit and custom stereo along with leather seats and a leather-wrapped roll bar inside.

Status: SOLD for $86,900

Madison Bumgarner's 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Custom Coupe

Madison Bumgarner's 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Custom Coupe

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There is no reserve for Lot #1438, a 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 that was custom-built for four-time All Star, three-time World Series Champion and World Series MVP pitcher Madison Bumgarner, now of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The car gets its power form a 5.2-liter V8 Voodoo engine and Whipple supercharger. The rear-wheel drive car has a six-speed manual transmission and a McLeod 1500 clutch with an aluminum flywheel. It also comes equipped with Stainless Works headers and a specially fabricated Borla Type S exhaust. The model features a 15 percent window tint, which hides much fo its Nappa leather interior, black trim, and carbon-fiber accents. It rides on 20-inch wheels in the front and 21s in the back. It has less than 450 actual miles on the odometer.

Status: SOLD for $88,000

Travis Barker's 1960 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Custom Hardtop

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Donning a light cream paint job, a 3-inch chopped roof, air-ride suspension, and shaved door handles, Barker's Cadillac Coupe De Ville is a head turner. Lot #791.2 is powered by a 454ci V8 engine that is paired with a 700R4 automatic transmission. The Cadillac's interior features light cream leather and custom hideaway Dakota Digital gauges. Despite being 60 years old, the model only has 34,152 original miles on it.

Status: SOLD for $61,600

Johnny Cash's 2001 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L

Johnny Cash's 2001 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L

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This Lincoln was produced for Johnny and June in 2001. Today it's being sold as Lot #431. Under its hood is a 4.6-liter V8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. Its exterior is black and interior is finished gray. Despite the Cashes having Nashville roots, the Michigan-made Town Car has traveled the world. It was passed onto Cash's neighbors in Jamaica after June died and the new owners had the model shipped to Germany. This Town Car has 28,609 actual miles.

Status: Available

Clive Cussler's 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Clive Cussler's 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

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After stints on display in Colorado and Minnesota, author Clive Cussler's Bonneville is Lot #560.2 in Scottsdale. The car gets its power from a 389ci V8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 60-year old car has a host of upgrades including power windows, power steering, power seats, power brakes and a power convertible top. It has been restored and features a maroon paint job and unique Pontiac tri-color interior. There are just 36,393 original miles on the odometer.

Status: SOLD for $47,300

Chris Jacobs' 1968 Plymouth GTX Custom Coupe

Chris Jacobs' 1968 Plymouth GTX Custom Coupe

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The car in Lot #3000 was acquired by MotorTrend's Chris Jacobs in 2004. Its custom paint scheme was designed by Chip Foose, and applied by Foose and Mitch Lanzini. The 392ci crate HEMI was provided by Year One and swapped out by "Graveyard Carz". The engine is paired with the car's original TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission and shifted with a B&M racing shifter. There are custom airbrushed flames by Mike Lavalle on the underside of the hood. It rides on Foose wheels and wears Toyo Proxes R888 tires.

All of the hammer price of the sale of this model goes to the C4 Foundation, which provides support and services to Navy Seals and their families.

Status: SOLD for $300,000

Travis Barker's 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible

Travis Barker's 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible

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The Lancaster Gray beauty in Lot #791 is powered by its original, nearly 80-year old 346ci 5.7-liter V8 engine. The engine is paired with a three-speed manual transmission. It has a red leather interior and its original red carpeting is intact. There are gray custom floor mats.

Status: SOLD for $52,800

2020 Toyota Supra Mariano Rivera's Launch Edition

2020 Toyota Supra Mariano Rivera's Launch Edition

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Lot #1076 is former New York Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera's 2020 Toyota Supra. Toyota crafted this vehicle specially for Rivera. It has an Absolute Zero paint job and a red leather interior. The pitcher, who wore 42 on his jersey, received number 42 of 1500 Launch Edition Supras off the assembly line. This particular model has launch control, an active rear sport differential, and active exhaust. It rides on 19-inch Matte Black forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michele Pilot Super Sport tires. It has just 739 actual miles.

Status: SOLD for $110,000

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Ford dealerships will be adding Bronco showrooms to their portfolio in the coming year.

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Reporting by Automotive News reveals that Ford is enabling its dealership network to opt-in to build Bronco-specific showrooms. The stores are designed to be near or connected to existing Ford dealer locations, but will feature the Bronco horse logo rather than the traditional Ford Blue Oval.

Ford currently has two Bronco models: Bronco and Bronco Sport. All this for two models? Not quite. Ford is reportedly working on a Bronco-based pickup truck. Could it be Ranger Raptor-like? We'll have to wait and see.

Renderings of Bronco storefronts feature those models and vintage versions of the beloved off-roader alongside 3,800 square feet of building space that includes an outdoor fire pit and room to display three vehicles. There's also a wall that showcases Bronco merchandise including some of the over 200 accessories Ford is promising will be available for Bronco models.

Ford Bronco standalone showroom renderings

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The overall aesthetic is very much in line with what you'll see at your local REI. There's back-painted ceiling lining, exposed concrete, a gray stone entryway, and wood accents throughout the modern structure as well as plenty of windows that show it all off.

Dealers are able to modify the design that Ford has come up with. One dealer, in Arizona, told Automotive News that he is planning to build out a 12,000-square-foot space but hasn't included a fire pit in the plans because of the location's desert climate.

If dealerships don't opt for a separate showroom, dealerships can choose from other Ford-backed options to display the Bronco that are more traditional in nature. Andrew Frick, the head of Ford sales in the U.S. said that there are three options: a standalone showroom, an expansion of existing showrooms or displays that can be added to a showroom. All the options are available and recommended, but not required, kind of like the Sasquatch Package on the Bronco itself.

"It's an announcement to the world we're back; the Bronco is back," Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert, Ariz., and chairman of Ford's national dealer council, told Automotive News. "It's such an iconic product that in an absolute way, we feel a Ford dealer is really adding almost an additional franchise."

Last month, Ford revealed that of its 190,000 reservations for either the two- or four-door Bronco, two-thirds of those have turned into firm orders. Deliveries of the redesigned Bronco are slated to begin in June. Early models are already making their way out onto the streets under the car of Ford employees.

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The Bentley Residences will be located on Sunny Isles Beach.

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Sunny Isles Beach already owns the distinction as being the home to the most Rolls-Royces at one residence, the Acqualina Resort & Residences On The Beach. Now, a strip of oceanfront land that's halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale will be home to a new luxury development designed to fit with the lifestyle of luxury Bentley vehicle owners.

The world's first Bentley-branded residences have been launched in partnership with Dezer Development. They've been designed by Sieger Suarez Architects, a firm that has the Porsche Design Tower (18555 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach), Trump Grande, and Residences by Armani/Casa in its portfolio.

The tower will be built at 18401 Collins Avenue, the current site of the Days Hotel by Wyndham Thunderbird Beach Resort.

Bentley Residences will contain more than 200 luxury apartments. The building will stand 749 feet and reach over 60 stories high, the same number of floors as the Salesforce tower in San Francisco and Franklin Center in Chicago. It's being billed as the tallest residential tower on any U.S. beachfront.

The residences are built-to-suit domiciles that will include an in-unit multi-car garage as well as ocean and bay views via floor-to-ceiling windows from each apartment. Homes will also have a private balcony, pool, sauna and outdoor shower. Interior amenities will include a gym, spa, whisky bar and restaurant. There will also be communal gardens.

"The modern and progressive brand identity of Bentley Residences is at work in both the tower's interior and exterior spaces, rooted in authenticity, sustainability and innovation," said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. "We've partnered with Dezer to create a living experience that expresses the very philosophy of the Bentley brand and stays true to our vision of inspiring extraordinary journeys."

Architects have designed the tower to include uninterrupted views of the ocean and the waterways and feature sustainable materials throughout with a focus on wellness. The project is being designed in accordance with the Florida Green Building Council (FLGC) certification. Additionally, designers plan to use reduced coastal lighting to protect endangered sea turtles.

Construction of the residences will begin in early 2023. They are schedule for completion in 2026.

"Partnering with Bentley Motors, a true global luxury brand and being able to create another first in the Miami marketplace is an extraordinary opportunity," added Gil Dezer, President of Dezer Development. "With Bentley Motors, together we will create something inspiring, powerful and iconic – a true game-changer when it comes to luxury living."

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