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The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Arizona Car Week

The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Arizona Car Week

The 2018 Barrett-Jackson auction was held in January in Scottsdale and featured everything from classic cars to pro-builders to celebrity spokespeople and more. The BluePrint team enjoyed speaking with customers and classic car enthusiasts alike while attending the show.  The auction was part of Arizona Car Week, which featured more than 800 cars at Russo & Steele’s auction, 131 cars at Gooding & Company’s auction, 111 vehicles at Bonhams’ one day auction, 114 cars at the RM Sotherby’s auction at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, more than 400 vehicles at the Silver Auctions auction, and 81 vehicles at the Worldwide Auctioneers’ auction,


One of the highlights of the 2018 Barrett-Jackson was seeing a “do-it-yourself” build come to fruition from pro-builder Ron Everitt in conjunction with Factory Five Racing. Throughout the 10-day event, Ron and his team built one of the company’s Mk4 Roadsters, a car designed to look like a legendary 427 Cobra.  At the end of the build, the car went on the auction block and sold for $60,000.


Factory Five’s booth also featured their “Half Mobile”, a unique vehicle that showcases the internal components of the Mk4 Roadster and features a BluePrint Engines 306 engineYou can check out all of the BluePrint Factory Five engine designs we have here.


Barrett-Jackson was just one of more than a half-dozen classic car auctions that were held recently as part of Arizona Car Week, which saw more than 2,600 cars that sold for $248 million combined!


Former President George W. Bush, Jay Leno, and Chad McQueen helped auction a 2017 Ford GT for $2.55 million, a 2018 Corvette Carbon Fiber 65 Edition for $1.4 million and the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1 for $925,000 at the 2018 Arizona Collector Car Auctions.

Here are the top 10 most expensive cars sold at the 2018 Arizona Collector Car Auctions:

  1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Coupe, $8,085,000
  2. 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, $5,170,000
  3. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider, $4,455,000
  4. 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, $4,070,000
  5. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster, $2,947,500
  6. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, $2,640,000
  7. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider, $2,530,000
  8. 2017 Ford GT Coupe, $2,500,000
  9. 2014 Pagani Huayra Coupe, $2,090,000
  10. 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, $1,792,500

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BluePrint Engines to be Featured on Cable Television

BluePrint Engines to be Featured on Cable Television
BluePrint Engines will be featured on cable television over the next eight months.

There are three episodes that will feature BluePrint that will air on gearhead television shows like “PowerNation TV,” “Engine Power,” and “Xtreme Off-Road.”

Actual air dates and times are still in the works, but we do know that each of the three upcoming episodes will be aired at least five times on the following cable networks: Paramount Network (Formerly SPIKE), CBS Sports Network, and NBC Sports.

All of these episodes will be able to be viewed on each networks’ online platform as well.

We suggest that you start watching these shows now as many of the projects will take several weeks to complete. Even though BluePrint may only be “spotlighted” on a single episode, we will likely get some cross over into adjacent shows.

Here is the tentative television show schedule:

Factory Five Spotlight on ‘35 Hotrod Truck
Scheduled Air Date: Feb. 4, 8 a.m. CST on SPIKE
Re-Air date: Feb. 10, 7 a.m CST on CBS Sports
Johnny is sent to talk about BluePrint and our BP3060CT engine is featured.

540 Marine in a Jetboat
Scheduled Air Date: Feb-April 2018, likely multiple episodes
A stock 70’s ear jetboat is repowered with our PSM5400CTC1 which is dyno and speed tested.

‘53 Jeep Willys Mud Bogger
Schedule air date: June-August 2018, likely multiple episodes
The plan is to build an 850+HP 632 cubic inch engine with our PS6320 is the short block. The Willy’s will have 46” tires and they’re hoping to generate enough horsepower to get the tires spinning fast enough to skip the Jeep across the mud.

We hope you tune in!

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Safety Essentials to Keep In Your Car This Winter

Safety Essentials to Keep In Your Car This Winter

A bitter winter is in full swing and the United States has already experienced major storms.  In fact, we had to close our office for only the second time in 10 years! The roads were just too bad to risk our employees coming into work.  Make sure you and your ride are prepared for the weather change by keeping these winter safety essentials handy.

Portable battery charger

If you need to make a call for help or double check your GPS, a portable battery charger for your cell phone will always be a good idea.  If your car battery dies – just keep in mind your in-car chargers won’t work!


Winter months mean shorter days and a lot less sunlight. If you get stuck on the side of the road, it’s important to have a source of continuous light to warn oncoming traffic or flag down help.  Don’t just rely on your cellphone flashlight app!

Road flares/small traffic cone

If you have an accident on an icy road, you’ll want to warn others to slow down, not only to keep you safe but to prevent them from losing control on the same stretch of road that you did.

Jumper cables

A must-have in case your battery dies or if a stranger on the road needs a quick jump.

Box cutter/emergency escape tool

In the worst possible scenario, having something that can quickly cut a seat belt or bust open a window could potentially save a life.


There is nothing worse than having car trouble, but having it in the winter without a source of heat can be downright awful. Keep extra blankets in your trunk in case you need to stay warm.

First aid kit

It’s always a great idea to keep a first aid kit in your car, but it’s especially important to have in the winter when snow and ice can cause scrapes and cuts in the blink of an eye.


A versatile, compact shovel can literally dig you out of any tough situation.

Rock salt or sand

If all you need is something to give you some traction to get you out of a snow bank, rock salt or sand will do. Even kitty litter can help you out in a pinch.

Nonperishable food

Granola bars, beef jerky, and mixed nuts not only are a great source of protein but can you full in case of stand-still traffic due to an accident.

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