Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona is the biggest name in car auctions for good reason—some of the world’s most exclusive and exotic cars are sold for six or even seven figures to the highest bidders. The event is nationally televised on the Discovery Channel and the perfect place to spot icon rides such as the Mustang GT500 or an original Shelby Cobra.
Most of the cars sold at this auction come from private sellers, sold to millionaires for profit, but a group of celebrities take the opportunity to raise serious money to charity by auctioning off cars from their own collection—and people are willing to pay big money for hot rods driven by rock stars.
Check out the sexiest cars sold by celebrities for the good name of charity.
Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, $800,000
The Aerosmith frontman offered up one of the rarer brands in supercars that gives the likes of Ferrari a run for it’s money. The Venom GT Spyder packs a huge 7.0 liter V8 engine that produces more than 1200 horsepower and wears elegant curves that will surely be noticed from the other side of the track. This car is so fast it had to be tested for top speed at the Kennedy Space Center, where it reached a skin-peeling 270mph. The proceeds of this auction went to Janie’s Fund, which supports young women who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Justin Bieber’s 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, $434,500
It’s not just rockstar royalty in Scottsdale. Pop sensation Justin Bieber put up his custom-wrapped Ferrari, crafted by West Coast Customs specific to Justin’s liking. While the 458 is a more common supercar, the baby blue wrap and custom sound system make it unlike any Ferrari on the road. Interestingly enough, this car was involved in a rear-end collision in 2014, but that didn’t stop the winning bidder from spending nearly half a million dollar on Bieber’s former ride.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2014 Chevrolet NASCAR Stock Car & 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, $200,000 each
Was there ever any doubt that #88 himself was anything but a Chevy man? The multiple Daytona 500 winner put up one of the very cars that crossed the finish line in six races in 2014 and 2015. While this car is certainly not street legal, it will certainly look great in a private collection as Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a place in racing history.
The second car sold is most certainly street legal and begs for an easy drive down the highway. The Chevelle SS is an iconic classic car and the black exterior gives this one an even more iconic and timeless look. Of course this ride is completely custom from bumper to bumper, with serious engine work (this is a race car driver, after all), new wheels, and even custom trim to combine a modern and classic look. The proceeds of these sales went to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Special thanks to Barrett-Jackson for allowing us to use their photos!