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Jason’s Banjo Matthew’s Prototype Talladega is Sold

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.


Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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  1. I agree Richard.It WAS handled terribly!!!!To me no one understood the significance of the car.I echo your thoughts as well.I hope the new owners continue to bring it out.

  2. I will be talking to Jason very soon and will bring you an update on the car as soon as I get any information that can be released on the new owner and his plans for the car.

  3. I just got home from Barrett-Jackson. What a great time. Jason asked me to drive the car onto the auction block.
    There was a lot of action on the car all week. Several owners of Talladegas {including Ray Everham} stopped by to talk. We passed out alot of this websites cards.
    I really want to thank Jason & Clarence for all that they are doing to help promote our special cars. Also thanks Jason for letting me drive the car!!!!!

    1. I just updated the Post on this page to reflect some additional information I received from Jason. It seems the Speed broadcast did not reflect the support, time and effort that Jason and the Talladega received from the Barrett Jackson crew. Although many of us were disappointed in the Speed coverage of the entire auction Jason stated that his experience with the BJ staff, crew and attendees was top notch and that he and the others attending with him had a wonderful time and thought they were treated like royalty by everyone involved.

  4. Guys I feel very privliged that Barrett Jackson thought so much of our Talladegas to put us in their auction in the capacity that they let us participate in. I feel we were very fortunate to get just get on TV for the world to see our car sell. That is the first time a Talladega was sold on TV for this kind of money. This was great publicity for the cars anyway you look at it.

    Here is my experience at Barrett Jackson:

    Hi guys,

    I think most of you know my father and I took our red Prototype Talladega to Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale AZ last week. I wanted to fill everyone in on our experience. I want to start by saying Barrett Jackson treated us very well. We arrived on Sat January 14 (a full week before we to go across the block). We couldn’t believe the amount of cars already there and still more coming in! We unloaded and went to check in and found that we were to be parked in the main Expo tent (the same tent the Tucker was in). They gave us a great parking spot at the end of an isle where you could see 3 sides of the car! That night they had a red carpet event to benefit a children’s organization. They had celebrities there, and guess where they all came in at? Our car was the first car they seen when they came in and pictures were taken in front of our car! Awsome! The next day they brought in Bret Michaels (of Rock band Poison ) and parked him and his vehicles right across the isle from us! Steve Davis Personally came by and thanked us for bringing the car and spent time looking at it. He had already known of the car for some time before we committed to sell the car. And then we found out that we were 1 of a select few that they had made a huge sign (3 feet by 6 feet) with pictures and a description of the car. And then we found out that we were going to be running at one of the best time slots available. All week we stayed with the car and talked to anyone who was interested in these cars and there was a lot of people interested in the car. Several were interested in the car and several were interested in Talladega’s. I think people just love Talladega’s. About Tuesday a Gentleman who had stopped several times to talk about the car come by with a schedule of events and wanted us to autograph it since our car was the only car in the brochure! That was cool! Especially since Barrett Jackson thought it was so important to place it over other cars inside the brochure. And then on Wed Jan 18 USA today interviewed Craig Jackson and company what top ten cars would draw the most interest? They listed our Talladega as #8 before a Ferrari, and a Bentley! ( http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/01/top-10-cars-will-draw-big-money-at-barrett-jackson/1 ). Then on Thursday guess who stopped by to talk with us about the car? None other than Bill Hollbrook Stopped by!! If you didn’t already know Bill was the guy ford put in charge of building the Talladega. We had a great time talking with Bill. We are hoping we can get him to come to Chicago. You guys will love hearing all the things that went on! And then shortly after he left Marty Burke showed up to help us out any way he could! We got to spend the rest of the week with Marty. He has been playing with these cars for many years and is full of knowledge of these car. Before I knew it Sat was there and it was time to hit the block! I asked Marty to drive the car for me since everything was hectic noisy and the crowd was huge!! Thanks Marty!! I felt we had a great time slot, and as luck would have it the 55 chevy in front of us wouldn’t start and the tv went to commercial. When they came back from commercial we were on stage for the world to see our Talladega sell!! Steve Davis was on stage telling everyone how important the car was to ford history! He stopped the bidding 3 times to explain the importance of the car. I felt they did all they could to help the car get all the money they could get! And we broke a record of the highest Talladega sold!! Maybe by double! I don’t think anyone more than me would have liked to seen more out of the car but with the Economy and all that is going on with the world today I felt this was a great start to finally get the Talladega’s and Spoiler’s the attention and respect they deserve!

    I am very happy with the experience and would recommend it to everyone!! I want to thank Tim Lopata, Marty Burk, and Mike Turner for all their help! I will miss the car but maybe we will see it again soon!

    Talk to you all soon.

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