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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Two British brands are coming together to launch a new project.

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The two companies have performance-oriented contemporary design in common, but that's not all. British car company Lotus has begun working with Savile Row outfitter and bespoke tailor Norton & Sons on a new project.

For now, both companies have been relatively mum on what they're working on, but a few key details have snuck out. The first of which is that they say their creation is "For the Drivers". A clue and a tagline in one.

There are promises that the creation will, "incorporate both brands' core values of light-weighting, performance-oriented contemporary design and sporting durability." They'll make an official announcement later this year.

Lotus x Norton & Sons Norton & Sons is located on London's famed Savile Row.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

Lotus has been undergoing a brand renaissance since new shareholders and management took over in 2018. In its heyday, the company had the Elan, which was recently voted as one of Britain's best classic cars, had vehicles featured in James Bond films, and was winning at the racetrack with enough frequency to claim a level of dominance.

Recently, the company has made plans for a quick and electrified future. They announced that the Lotus Evija hypercar has enter its initial build stage.

On the more pedestrian end of the spectrum, the Evora has gotten a cheaper, more daily-driver-focused variant and Elise Classic Heritage Editions were shown for the first time.

Norton & Sons was founded in 1821 and celebrates its bicentennial next year. It has clothed some of history's most stylish and inspiring men, including Hollywood legends such as actor Cary Grant, British royalty including King Edward VII, and performance pioneers such as Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the speed of sound.

Patrick Grant, Director of Norton & Sons, said: "The year I was born Lotus won the Formula 1 Constructors' Championship. Growing up it was the definitive British sports car brand. James Bond drove a Lotus Esprit and it was the car that every kid in the playground dreamed of owning. Colin Chapman is revered as an engineering icon, a pioneer and an entrepreneur of exceptional personal style. Norton & Sons has a long tradition of making for sportsmen and pioneers, so Lotus and Norton & Sons feels like a perfect fit."

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Maserati is promising an electrified future for its brand.

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In his prom "Divine Comedy," Italian author Dante Alighieri wrote, "From a little spark may burst a flame." It is fitting that Italian automaker Maserati is using a spark to tease its future.

That future includes a completely redesigned Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. Maserati has also been showing a pre-production version of the car under wraps on a tour though Italy calling it the MC20. It was designed and engineered at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, Italy.

Maserati electrification 2020 As part of its announcement, Maserati shared images of its headquarters being hit by simulated lightning.Photo courtesy of Maserati

That bit about being straight from Italy is important to the brand. Despite being owned by a company headquartered in the Netherlands (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) that is about to merge with a company headquartered in France (PSA Group), the Maserati team has been given the freedom to design using Italian sports car DNA.

That Italian sports car DNA will be merging with a hybrid powertrain in a move all about sparking Maserati sales. For its part, the company is calling it, "the first in a line of new vehicles at the vanguard of a new era for Maserati." The's a next chapter, if you will.

Throughout 2020, Maserati is expected to strengthen its position in the luxury electric vehicles market as it works to allocate more of its production space to electrified cars.

The Ghibli Hybrid goes first, later this year. The Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabriolet will begin production in 2021 as the automaker's first all-electric cars. The next-gen GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be built at the Mirafiori production hub.

Maserati's Modena facility is in the process of a remodel, which will allow it to be modified enough to begin producing what the company is calling a "super sports car" in 2020.The Ghibli Hybrid will have the first hybrid engine in the history of the marque.

A forthcoming Maserati utility vehicle is set to be built at Cassino in 2021. The automaker is already teasing the model saying that it is, "intended to play a leading role for the brand, thanks to its innovative technologies." Technological innovation is not something Maserati has been known for lately so this could be a welcome change.

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