What began with a 52 car haul at Barrett-Jackson’s 2003 Scottsdale auction grew into one of the most infamous car collections in America, and now it’s all going to be liquidated. Famous for not exactly being tight with his money when he sees a vehicle he really wants, Ron Pratte became an almost permanent fixture on the front row at Barrett-Jackson’s events for almost a decade.
Known for showing his collection to only a lucky few, and never giving interviews, Pratte has now decided to put the lot back on the market Via Barrett Jackson, and the list of machines he’s disposing of makes for some fine reading… particularly if you’re fond of American iron.
Top of the list has to be one of nine-remaining GM Futureliners, which was bought in 2006 for $4.1 million. Within the year Mr Pratte had dropped a further $5.5 million on the last-remaining Shelby Cobra Super Snake (above), and just kept going from there. Added to the list of extraordinary purchases were the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Concept Car, the last-ever ’67 Corvette Sting Ray, the first-ever Ford Thunderbird, a Tucker 48 (now sold for a record $2.9m), Howard Hughes’ 1953 Buick Roadmaster, a Baldwin Motion Camaro, at least two Plymouth Superbirds, and a host of Boyd Coddington rods and customs as well as a plethora of other highly significant American classics, rods, customs, and muscle cars.
Some critics responded negatively to the apparently inflated prices Pratte paid for some of his cars at the time. Will they be proved wrong when the whole lot crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2015?