Everyone from serious auto collectors to families snapping pictures of their dream cars packed the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday for the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.
During its inaugural Orange County auction last year, Barrett-Jackson — which bills its events as the World's Greatest Car Collector Auctions — sold more than $15 million in cars. This weekend, organizers said they expected 70,000 people to attend the three-day event.
On Friday, more than $3.3 million in cars were auctioned, but the heavy hitting started Saturday. Bidders had a chance to buy rare collectibles like a 1968 Shelby GT-350 Mustang and a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta.
Robert DeMars owns an automobile appraising company based in Palm Springs that has offices everywhere from Miami to Milan. He said he has been coming to Barrett-Jackson events since 1971 — the first year the company hosted auctions.
"They put on a very nicely run event," DeMars said. "It's nice that they brought it to Orange County. We needed a large car auction in the L.A. area."