A classic and rare car auction over the weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds generated $14 million in sales, organizers said Tuesday.
Nearly 54,000 people attended the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction event Friday through Sunday, according to the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based auction house. About 66% of the bidders registered to bid for the first time, a sign the event is growing.
"Southern California is without a doubt the car culture capital of the U.S.," Craig Jackson, Barrett-Jackson chairman and chief executive, said in a news release. "The quality and variety of the vehicles we see here is astounding, and the success we had here this year, and every year, is a testament to the large number of people who live and breathe the collector car lifestyle in this region. We're proud to be a part of it."
The event featured 400 cars, many of them collectibles. Others were hot-rods and unusual newer models.