January 21, 2011 | 1:00pm
The Barrett-Jackson Auto Show
can be a little overwhelming: Slobbering fans, fancy cars and dollar signs are in every direction. We ventured to Scottsdale this week to check out the madness and take a few notes.
In addition to a line up of of high-class automobiles (see: Drool-worthy slideshow), we stumbled upon a few cars with hefty price tags and interesting stories. Check out our top five after the jump ...
1. Most Expensive Displayed (pictured above): Gumpert Apollo by Evolution Motorsports
This display vehicle put all of the cars on auction to shame. The Gumpert Apollo does 0 to 60 miles-per-hour in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 224 miles-per-hour. Its starting price was just over a half million dollars -- a pretty steep price tag for a vehicle you can't even enter without removing the steering wheel.
2. Fanciest Trike: 2005 Boss Hoss
The Boss Hoss is tricycle features a 502cid Chevy engine -- so fast and furiously loud that It's banned in Canada.
3. Smallest Car: 1963 Peel P50 Replica
Tough choice: Second runner up was the $5,000 1984 Honda Zoe Convertible was originally a prize on The Price is Right. With only three wheels, it could make a Mini Cooper look positively Hummer-esque.
But then came the Peel (pictured above). The 1963 Peel P50 Replica took the prize when the auctioneer paused from his nonstop barrage of numerical nonsense to allow a fellow announcer to inform the audience that The Peel is currently the world's smallest production car according to The Guinness Book of World Records.
4. Biggest Car: 1969 Winnebago Motorhome
The Winnebago was not only the biggest vehicle auctioned off on Wednesday, it was also the biggest bargain of the day. The winning bid of $5,500 got you a motorhome, a porch complete with chairs, a bicycle, a handmade wooden surfboard, a new lime green shag carpet -- apparently a babe magnet.
5. Most Un-car like: Imperial Covered Wagon
The room turned into Oregon Trail when not one, but three of these wagons made a pilgrimage across the auction block. This particular buggy had a new paint job, a new canvas and new hoops, for those of you unfamiliar with wagon terminology that means wheels.
The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction runs through Sunday at Westworld of Scottsdale, January 23. For more information, check out the official auction website.