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Ron Pratte’s Entire Car Collection Will Be Auctioned In 2015

American Barret-Jackson Scottsdale auction house has recently announced that the businessman Ron Pratte has decided to sell his worldwide famous car collection, in January next year. Among plenty other exclusive vehicles, the collection includes Carrol Shelby’s personal 1966 Cobra Super Snake (the only that remains today), the last Sting Ray model ever produced and the first T-bird of the assembly line.
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Now this is probably one of the world’s craziest auctions to ever happen. We are talking about tens of unique cars and over a thousand pieces of automobilia that will all be on the docket at Barrett-Jackson’s 44th Annual Scottsdale Auction, the same where the millionaire had bought his cars from the last years.

“This is arguably the most significant collection ever offered in Barrett-Jackson history. We are so privileged to be given this opportunity to showcase Ron Pratte’s unparalleled offering” said Craig Jackson, CEO at the Arizona-based auction house.

Pratte’s collection is just a crowd of beauties that leave anyone visiting it astonished at sight. First of all, it includes the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, owned by Carroll Shelby’s himself. Shelby was the actual person who designed the famous performance cars, while also being a racing driver. The Shelby was sold for a world record $5.5 million (EUR 4.03 million).

Moving forward in Pratte’s scarce collection, one of only two Pontiac Bonnevile Special Concept cars ever made will also be part of the auction taking place in January 10-18. But the list only starts here. Among classics and exclusivist luxury cars, this Arizona multi-millionaire owns also a Futurliner bus he payed $4.1 million (EUR 2.27 million), the 1967 Last Corvette Sting Ray, the first Ford Thunderbird off the assembly line, the Oldsmobile F-88 show car and “The Beverly Hillbillies” car, Woody.

This crazy car collection could go on forever but we’re not going to spoil it for you. You might want to know, though, that Pratte has also given to charity almost as much as he spent on cars. For instance, he donated Tony Stewart’s race car to the Gwyn Foundation, after winning it at an auction, a car that brought the NGO $165,000 (EUR 121,000). They've used the money to buy electric wheelchairs for kids. He also purchased the 2006 Jeff Gordon Monte Carlo for $500,000 (EUR 403,000), money that went to the National Marrow Donor Program.

As to his success, you’ll want to know that Ron Pratte is one of those businessman that was inspired enough to sell when the time was just perfect enough. He earned his wealth as the founder and former CEO of the Pratte Development Company Incorporation, one of the biggest wood framing and concrete foundation companies in the United States. Pratte sold the development company to Pulte homes at the peak of the housing boom in Arizona. He was able to cash out before the housing market crashed.

Photos via chevymanusa.com

 
 
 
 
 

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