Craig Jackson’s Garage Is Filled With Muscle Cars And Two Bugattis

By Simon Boseman

Published June 23, 2024

Craig Jackson’s Garage Is Filled With Muscle Cars And Two Bugattis
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Craig Jackson is quite a high-octane heartthrob in the car world, who isn't just any other car collector as he was the former owner of his family-run Barrett Jackson Auction House which was mostly acquired by IMG a New York-based company in 2022.

In an interview with "Car And Driver" in 2014 Craig Jackson revealed that his father’s dream was to touch and experience the greatest cars of each generation alongside setting a platform for the enthusiasts to inherit their dream cars. Craig expressed his goal to follow in his father’s footsteps while nurturing and synthesizing his adventure of keeping the American automotive legacy alive.


7. 1966 Pontiac LeMans

The 1966 Pontiac LeMans was the first car that Craig Jackson ever added to his car collection, and as per his word the first night he received his driving license he headed straight up for a drive-in movie. Since then his connection with this vehicle kept growing to the extent that this Pontiac will remain un-auctionable.

1966 Pontiac LeMansSpecs
Price$77,000
Powertrain3.8L Inline-6
Horsepower207 hp
Torque228 lb-ft
Transmission3-speed manual transmission
0-60 MPH12.7 seconds
Top Speed121 mph

But it's not just Craig's ownership that makes it a unique vehicle, as this classic car also holds quite an important place in American automotive history. The 66' LeMans was carefully crafted to become the face of Pontiac in the 60s when the brand was at the top of its game.


6. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

The purple 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda was purchased by Craig Jackson back in 1989, and it was the second car in his personal collection. This muscle car was brought all the way back from the UK, which made it the only 1970 Hemi Cuda that was ever exported.

Aside from that this Plymouth muscle car was also featured in one of the episodes of Jay Leno's Garage where both Craig and Jay had a chat regarding the car Craig mentioned that "it's got rattles and stuff like that yeah that's that's what you're paying for this is luxury performance", and then after a quick review the two took the purple Dodge for a spin around the canyons.

1970 Plymouth Hemi CudaSpecs
Price$100,000
Powertrain7.0L Hemi V8
Horsepower425 hp
Torque490 lb-ft
Transmission4-speed manual transmission
0-60 MPH5.8 seconds
Top Speed146 mph

The Cuda is more than just a nickname as it was a smaller and exclusive muscle car that had only 300 units rolled off during its production. Aside from that this Plymouth muscle car was quite literally made to rule the streets with the potent Hemi V8 under its hood.


5. Bentley Continental GTC

The Bentley Continental GTC is one of the cars that Craig Jackson talked about once in an interview with Car And Driver in 2012. In that interview, he spoke about how the car came with a perfect blend of comfort and performance that made him use it as a daily driver.

Bentley Continental GTCSpecs
Price$212,000
Powertrain6.0L Twin-Turbo W12
Horsepower567 hp
Torque516 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed auto transmission
0-60 MPH4.5 seconds
Top Speed195 mph

The Continental GTC is a symbol or rather a close-to-perfect blend of luxury, craftsmanship, and elegance which justifies its status as a prized possession of Craig Jackson, however not much can be said about the current status of the car.


4. 2020 Shelby GT500 VIN001

The 2020 Shelby GT500 was bought by Craig Jackson in 2019 from the Barrett-Jackson Auction for a staggering $1.1 million. Craig is the owner of the first production 2020 Shelby GT500 which is why it comes with the tag of VIN001 alongside its name.

2020 Shelby GT500 VIN001Specs
Price$1.1 million
Powertrain5.2L V8
Horsepower760 hp
Torque625 lb-ft
Transmission7-speed auto-shift manual transmission
0-60 MPH3.5 seconds
Top Speed180 MPH

One of the most unique aspects of this car is that, unlike the factory options Craig Jackson's GT500 came in "Candy Apple Green" exterior color. It was a special request by Craig himself to pay homage to the classic Shelby EXP 500 "Green Hornet".


3. 1968 Ford Shelby EXP500 (Green Hornet)

The 1968 Ford Shelby EXP500 is one of the most special cars that Craig Jackson had ever owned, so much so that he specially requested Ford to make his 2020 Shelby GT500 look similar to pay homage to it.

Not only that, he also refused to sell the car for a staggering $1.9 million and later sent it to Jason Billups in 2018 for a frame-up restoration. After its restoration was completed the Shelby EXP500 was unveiled at the SEMA by Craig himself and Shell lubricant company Penzoil.

1968 Ford Shelby EXP 500Specs
Price$1.9 million (highest bid)
Powertrain428 CJ-X big-block V8
Horsepower360 hp
Torque440 lb-ft
TransmissionC6 3-speed automatic transmission
0-60 MPH7.2 seconds
Top Speed121 MPH

The Ford Shelby started out with a Lime Gold exterior color, but after the car was handed to Shelby to make all the required enhancements, one of their engineers painted the car into an exclusive "gold luster and green lacquer" exterior color which resulted in the car getting the nickname of "Green Hornet".


2. 2008 Bugatti Veyron

The 2008 Bugatti Veyron is a machine solely built for speed, and it is one of the two Bugatti that can be found in Craig Jackson's car collection.

The Veyron that Craig owns comes with a Silver and Black exterior with "Barett-Jackson" written on one of the doors, apart from that not much has been revealed or said by him about the sports car.

2008 Bugatti VeyronSpecs
Price$2 million
Powertrain8.0L quad-turbocharged W12 engine
Horsepower1001 hp
Torque922 lb-ft
Transmission7-speed automated manual transmission
0-60 MPH2.5 seconds
Top Speed243 MPH

The Veyron with ease delivers mind-bending speed yet comforts you with its unblemished luxury interior. Inside, you’d never feel like sitting in an outrageous hypercar, rather it makes you special with its sheer luxury and comfort.


1. Bugatti Chiron

Unlike Craig Jackson's Veyron his Bugatti Chiron is the last US-spec pure petroleum Chiron model that Craig himself has cosmetically designed and personally invested his vision in creating this timeless masterpiece.

Bugatti ChironSpecs
Price$3.3 million
Powertrain7.0L Quad-Turbocharged W16
Horsepower1,500 hp
Torque1,100 lb-ft
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
0-60 MPH2.3 seconds
Top Speed260 MPH+

After two whole years of designing and building the Chiron, it finally got delivered to his garage and later Craig took his audience through the entire customization process of the car, from its designing process to the final build product through one of his videos.

 


Craig Jackson's Cars Sold At Auction

Throughout the years, Craig Jackson has sold many of his personal cars in the Barrett-Jackson Auction after using them for a while. Here are the most amazing cars that Craig has sold -

1997 Dodge Viper

Craig Jackson has quite a deep connection with this 1997 Dodge Viper, it was the last-ever production Viper that came with a price tag of $66,000. However, just like a couple of other cars in Craig Jackson's collection, the Viper was also sold off at the Barrett Jackson Auction alongside a Dodge Demon for a whopping $1 million.

This red 1997 Viper was considered among the fastest production cars during its era, with its monstrous V10 the Viper was able to clock 450 ponies while dashing from 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds. However, the performance and power quite literally lowered the safety of the car which resulted in it being called a very dangerous car.


1971 Ferrari Daytona

The Ferrari Daytona is more than just a normal car in Craig's collection, it is a standout piece. When Craig found the Ferrari it was barely a car and rather a metal shell, and since acquiring it he has been personally restoring it. This clearly portrays how Craig Jackson understands the industry and has been doing his best to preserve the classic piece from automotive history.

The Ferrari Daytona was officially known as the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, and it was the last-known naturally aspirated car that came with a manual transaxle and no electronically assisted design. And during the 1970s the Daytona became the fastest production car.


1961 Chevy Impala SS

The 1961 Chevy Impala SS had been in Craig's garage for quite some time before he sold it at the Barette-Jackson Auction back in 2021 for $137,500. The Impala originally came in a pretty bad condition but was later customized, and numerous changes were made to the car which enhanced its allure.

The Impala came with a bunch of customizations that included an Art Morrison Frame, dashboard inserts, laser-waterjet cut front grille, fabricated under-hood metal cuts, one-off tangerine metallic and alabaster exterior color, and cream-colored leather upholstery.


2018 Ferrari 488 GTB

Craig Jackson's garage also nestled a 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB before it was sold in the Barette-Jackson Auction at the beginning of 2024. The 488 Ferrari GTB was also featured in one of his videos where not much was revealed, however, it is known that the sports car was finished in Grigio Ferro (dark grey), had 350 miles on it, and came with an optional carbon-fiber component.

As per most Ferrari users, the engine of the 488 GTB has zero turbo lag unlike other turbocharged supercars making it an absolute masterpiece. In many ways, this Ferrari sports car could feel as natural and engaging to drive as a naturally aspirated V8 engine.


1965 Mustang Shelby GT350

Jackson also reportedly owns a 1965 Shelby GT350 which he found in South Texas in 2016, it comes finished in a white shade with blue stripes at the center, and amount bunch of Shelbys in his garage, the ‘65 GT350 is among the finest. However, this car was sold in March 2021 for $962,500.

With its angry and muscular front end with two round classic headlights on either side and a beefy V8 engine underneath, the GT350 is something that never gets old, and it costs about $415,000 approximately to own one of these.


1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

Another Shelby that Craig's had in his car cave is an even more special Ford Shelby Cobra. It is a red Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster from the 1960s that defined a proper track machine in the American automotive industry.

The value of this Shelby Cobra Roadster is north of $1.5 million, however, the one Craig owned was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in 2021 for a mind-boggling $5.5 million.

Equipped with a tremendous 7.0L V8 engine, the Cobra delivers relentless power delivery at all RPMs even by today’s standards. And with a small and sleek body with a fluid side profile and just two seats, the Cobra makes you awestruck the moment you look at it.


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FAQs

When did Craig Jackson take over the Barrett-Jackson auction family business?

Craig Jackson took over his family business (Barrett-Jackson) back in 1995.

What is the current net worth of Craig Jackson?

As of May 2024, Craig Jackson has a net worth of around $300 million.

What is Craig Jackson's favorite car?

Specifically, Craig Jackson does not have a single favorite rather he has 3 cars that are close to his heart, and that are the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster, 2008 Bugatti Veyron, and the 1970 Dodge Hemi Cuda.

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