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Can You Spectate the Barrett-Jackson Auction?

The Barrett-Jackson auction is one of the biggest and most popular auto auctions in the country, features some of the most expensive and rarest cars, and even some one-of-a-kind custom cars that you can’t see anywhere else. It is a great place to go to see some amazing and unique cars, but do you have to be there spending thousands, or millions, on a car at auction in order to attend the auction?

What is the Barrett-Jackson Auction?

The Barrett-Jackson Auction is a showroom and buyer/seller platform for automotive enthusiasts of every type of car. It’s a long-established and highly regarded attraction for buyers and sellers of unique and exotic cars, as well as spectators with a passion for everything automotive. It is centralized in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada. It has also been featured in several television shows and specials, like Gas Monkey Garage.

A red 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 on a display with a clear reflection beneath it
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 | Barrett-Jackson

General admission tickets

While many people do attend the Barrett-Jackson with the intent to sell or bid on a car, there are still plenty in attendance that are purely there for the experience. In fact, you can buy general admission tickets to the event and even VIP tickets to attend some of the more private sections of the event. If you wanted to, you could very well treat the Barret-Jackson Auction as a high-end car show, and not have to worry about spending a dime — well, except for buying the tickets, of course.

A black 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible | Barrett-Jackson

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The excitement of auction day

There are a lot of reasons why someone might choose to attend the Barrett-Jackson as a spectator, even if they have no intentions of bidding. For many, the bidding process at the auction can be fast-paced and exciting, some cars going for incredible prices. It’s also an indoor auction, meaning you can enjoy the show without having to walk around a parking lot exposed to potentially harsh weather — like some other car shows.

A white 2005 Ford GT with blue stripes
2005 Ford GT No Reserve | Barrett-Jackson

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The Barrett-Jackson Auction is one of the most anticipated auctions of the year, with many people in attendance event after event. Whether you are there to buy your next collector car, sell something you already own, or just want to check out some cool and rare cars, you can buy tickets to attend the event.