I am sure this is a sad day for most of us in the Talladega Family. The red Banjo Matthew’s Prototype is off to a new home. It sold at Barrett-Jackson for $125,000 plus commission. It is a far more valuable car than this price suggests.
In my opinion the crew at Speed did a terrible job of producing and televising this year’s Barrett Jackson auction from Scottedale. I watched every minute of every day either live or by DVR. I can honestly say by the end it was a strggle to “stay tuned.” For the hard core car guy there were way to many commercials, visits to the Social Garage and other entertainment features. If Speed wants to do this kind of stuff do it in a pre-show and broadcast more of the cars on the block.
As for the Talladega, it seemed very rushed on TV and suffered in that it had to follow some stupid airplane engine powered 55 Chevy that would not even start. The “million dollar” car was the only car at an auction I have seen greeted with boo’s from the audiance. It was a no sale with only a few quick bids and then rapidly removed from the room. All the Speed announcers could talk about while the Talladega was being introduced was the stupid 55.
Since the auction I have talked with Jason about his experince in selling his prized Talladega Prototype at the Barrett Jackson auction and he had nothing but praise for the BJ crew. He was thrilled with all of the onsite attention they provided to his car. It had a premo spot in the high end tent and BJ even provided a 4 foot by 6 foot display board for the car and used its image on one of the brocures handed out to all attendees! Jason said it was a great experience and he is happy with the sale price although he would be happier if had sold for more.
This may be the last time we will see this rare car again. Jason and Clarence have done an outstanding job in bringing this car out for all of us to see and enjoy. They have taken it to small shows, big prestegious shows and had it on display in the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum. Unfortunatley, it looks like it is going into a private collection in Midland, Texas. The new owner has an undergorund garage where he keeps a large private collection of cars for his own enjoyment.
Now it is time for Jason and Clarence to move forward with the build of the white Banjo Matthews Prototype.