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Barrett-Jackson is larger than ever this year

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Starting out in the parking lot of the Scottsdale library 43 years ago, this year's Barrett-Jackson auto show and auction promises to be the largest yet.

With more than 1,400 cars up for auction and more than 300,000 visitors expected, the show will be double the size of last year.

"We have a brand new facility here, a world class venue, with the world's largest temporary structure tied on to it.  Almost a million square feet under roof here this year," said Craig Jackson with Barrett-Jackson.

Jackson thinks a Corvette L88 will likely be the most expensive car at this years auction.

"The L88 should bring $3.5 to $4.5, maybe $5 million," said Jackson.

So who's the client for a car like this?

"Serious Corvette collectors," joked Jackson.

If the classic Corvette is not your style, there's the late Michael Jackson's 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, Simon Cowell's 2008 Bugatti, as well as "Hot Wheels" replicas.  And at only 25 inches long, the world's smallest street-legal car is also up for sale.  

Regardless of what tickles your fancy, Jackson offers this advice when it comes to collecting cars.

"Buy the best car you can for the money.  It's always better to buy a restored car than buy a car and restore it yourself.  And get a car that's got documentation," said Jackson.

In addition to the cars, an antique carousel, bull riding events and live music are all new for this year.

"If you haven't been to Barrett-Jackson in a few years, it's a whole different world," added Jackson.

For more information and full schedule of events, CLICK HERE.

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