With less than a month to go until the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 auction, collectors are already murmuring about will be on this year’s list of vehicles. As always, you can count on there being dozens of survivor and frame-off restored, numbers-matching Chevelles, Impalas, Camaros, Mustangs, and other classics. I’m going to focus on some of the more interesting vehicles scheduled to cross the block in January:
Lot #3014 – 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible
As I mentioned in my previous post about the COPO Camaro, this factory-built drag racer can throw down quarter mile times well below 9 seconds. The car is number #69 of 69 produced, one of only two convertibles made and the only one in Inferno Orange Metallic. All proceeds from the sale of this car will go to the American Heart Association.
Lot #5001 – Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Clark Gable will forever be remembered as Rhett from Gone With the Wind, but he was also a man of good taste in automobiles. He bought his 300SL brand new in 1955 and owned it until he died in 1960. It is one of just 1,400 made and has undergone a $200,000 restoration.
Lot #5002 – 1968 Shelby EXP 500 “The Green Hornet”
This rare prototype car was an engineering and development car that Ford and Shelby American used in the late 1960s. This car was saved from the crusher unlike other cars of the era and according to Barrett-Jackson, is “…arguably the rarest and most desirable Shelby Mustang of all time.”
Lot #5004 – 1934 Duesenberg J Murphy LWB Custom Beverly
This Duesenberg is one of only 12 built and the finest one in existence. The Model J was designed to be the finest car in the world and was immensely popular with Hollywood celebrities as well as European royalty (the Kings of Italy and Spain each owned one). It has been entered in over 10 Concours d’Elegance shows and is reported to have never lost.
Lot #5025 – 1971 Plymouth HEMI Cuda Convertible
According to Barrett-Jackson, these are widely agreed to be the most desirable muscle cars among collectors. This car is one of 11 made, and the ONLY 1971 Convertible finished in factory-correct Plum Crazy Purple paint. I predict that this one will sell for over a million dollars.
Lot #5028 – 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Tourer
This is one of the few custom-bodied cars ever built by Pierce-Arrow. This car was built for Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, star of the silent film era, at the height of his career. Designed by none other than Harley Earl, the car cost an astonishing $30,000 (approximately $386,000 in today’s dollars). It has a 13.6-liter Straight 6 with a rare 4-speed manual transmission. The car has undergone a 3-year restoration and maintains its original white tires. It took first place at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2007 and is one of seven surviving Model 66 A-4s known to exist.
Lot #5037 – #1 Batmobile
Built by legendary Hollywood car builder George Barris, this is the original Batmobile built from the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. It is being offered for sale for the first time ever, and it is a major highlight of the 2013 Scottsdale auction. Expect this one to go for some big bucks.
Lot #314 – Yellow Submarine
In spite of all the seriousness surrounding collectible and historic cars, Barrett-Jackson is still an auction. They can and will sell any vehicle that someone consigns to them. Personally, I am delighted to see wacky automotive creations such as this Yellow Submarine cross the auction block.
What cars are you most looking forward to seeing at Barrett-Jackson? Post your comments below!