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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017 Auction Preview

barrett-jackson-scottsdale-2013The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction will be returning to Scottsdale in January of 2017 for its 46th year. I have attended the Scottsdale auction for over 10 years, and I am impressed with Barrett-Jackson’s ability to keep the event fresh and interesting time after time. Here are some highlights of recent auctions to illustrate my point:

2005 – Barrett-Jackson sells a one-off Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car for $3.24 million.

2006 – Barrett-Jackson makes headlines by selling a 1950 GM Futurliner bus for $4.1 million.

2007 – Barrett-Jackson sets an all-time record when they sold Carroll Shelby’s personal 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” for a staggering $5.5 million dollars.

2008 – Barrett-Jackson auctions off cars from the hit TV show Monster Garage.

2009 – Barrett-Jackson auctions off hundreds of concept and prototype cars from the GM Heritage Collection, and sells a rare Ford Tri-Motor Airplane for $1.21 million.

2010 – The top seller is a Hamilton H-47 Metalplane, which sells for $671,000. Other big sales included a 2011 Mustang Glass Roof Coupe for $330,000 and a 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback for $247,500.

2011 – This was a rough year for the collector market, with the economic recession putting a damper on things. The top seller was a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition for $450,000 – followed by a 1950 Mercury Custom Coupe and a 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica selling for $330,000 each.

2012 – Barrett-Jackson debuts “The Salon Collection” featuring highly desirable collectible automobiles from Duesenberg, Isotta-Fraschini, Pierce-Arrow, Packard, Delahaye, and other prestigious marques. Highlights include a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe selling for $2.2 million, a Ghia-designed DeSoto Adventurer Coupe concept car for $1.43 million, and a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow that sold for $2.2 million.

2013 – Barrett-Jackson celebrates the memory of Carroll Shelby with over 50 Shelby vehicles up for auction. They also sold the Original #1 Batmobile for $4.6 million.

2014 – The Scottsdale Auction was held in the all-new permanent auction building this year. Simon Cowell’s Bugatti Veyron fetched a $1.375 million price, while a Ferrari F40 from Gas Monkey Garage sold for $643,500.

2015 – Barrett-Jackson auctioned off an amazing collection of 140 American classics and customs from the Ron Pratte Collection. Sales from the Pratte Collection topped $40.4 million.

2016 – The 45th Anniversary of Barrett-Jackson was highlighted with the sale of a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Supercar, which sold for $1.76 million dollars.

So what can we look forward to in 2017? The January 2017 auction will feature the Charlie Thomas Collection. 141 collector and classic vehicles will cross the block. Charlie Thomas made his fortune through car dealerships in Texas. At one point, he owned 50 dealerships in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He sold many of them to AutoNation and is now down to 14 dealerships in the Galveston, TX area.

Charlie’s car collection covers a broad range of American history, from a 1929 Studebaker President to a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12. The bulk of the collection consists of original and restored 1950s and 1960s Ford and Chevrolet cars – which is the era of vehicles that Barrett-Jackson is best known for.

Here are some of the standout lots to look forward to at next month’s auction event:

Lot #1016 – A 1970 Dodge Challenger coupe that has been updated with an 8.0L V10 engine from a Dodge Viper.

Lot #1022 – A 1949 Mercury Coupe that has been chopped into a “lead sled.”

Lot #2016 – A Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2 door hardtop with a column shifter – the only one known to exist and one of just 22 ever built.

Lot #2049 – An extremely rare all-original 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback that was originally ordered by a retired Ford employee.

We are eagerly looking forward to the Charlie Thomas Collection and to the other cars that will cross the block from January 14-22, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona! Be sure to follow Generation: High Output on our website, Facebook page, and Instagram for auction updates and highlights.

Barrett-Jackson 2016: 1951 Cadillac Custom Roadster

1951-cadillac-deville-custom-roadster-rearThis car caught my eye while I was walking around the tents at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale this past January. The window sticker revealed frustratingly few details about this cool custom roadster.

From what I could tell, this car began life as a 1951 Cadillac DeVille and was at some point turned into a chop-top roadster. The engine has been swapped out for a Chevrolet LS V8 power plant with a 4L60E automatic transmission. The interior has been redone in tan leather while the exterior has been resprayed a laser red metallic color. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson 2016: 1963 Impala SS

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To most people my age, the 62, 63 and 64 Chevy fullsize cars are more closely associated with the rap or hip culture and low riders. However this particular Impala is pretty strong evidence to the contrary and hopefully a wake up call that the full size cars can be just as interesting as their midsized brethren when it comes to moving fast.

What I like about this car:
1. 340hp W-series big block. Nice.
2. 4-speed manual transmission, a requisite for hauling ass before drivers got lazy.
3. Paint/interior color. Blue, green and metallic. Perfectly 60s.

What I dislike about this car:
1. As much as I like any 348 or 409, this really isn’t “the” 409 that we all know from the Beach Boys’ song of the same name.
2. I feel for a top trim fullsize, the hubcaps leave a bit to be desired. From what I understand, they’re correct for the car, I just don’t care for them.

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1986 Zimmer Golden Spirit Neoclassic Car

zimmer-golden-spirit-frontHaving written about nearly every other type of neoclassic car, I was excited to see my first Zimmer at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. Like other neoclassic cars, the Zimmer combines the reliability of a modern, fuel-injected powertrain with classic styling. The prominent waterfall grille, exposed headlamps, full-length running boards, and bustleback style rear end are all design characteristics of pre-war American cars.

While there have been many companies that produced cars in this style, Zimmer was one of the most successful. Founded in Florida, the company built over 1,500 cars during their peak years of 1978-1988.

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Hot Rods of Barrett-Jackson 2015

Just take one look at the Barrett-Jackson catalog and you’ll notice that there are plenty of Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Camaros, Corvettes, Chevelles, and Impalas in lovingly restored condition. That’s great if you like mass-produced cars, but does little to tickle the fancy of hot rodders.

If you are of the “built not bought” mindset, you will appreciate the ingenuity of cobbling together a car from whatever parts can be sourced or scavenged. With that in mind, I present 3 awesome hot rods that I saw at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015.

1932 Ford Custom Roadster “Dicey Duce” – Lot #376.1
Sold for $25,300

bja-2015-dicey-duceThe Dicey Duce is exactly what you want in a period-correct hot rod! This 1932 Ford is powered by a Grancor Flathead V8 engine coupled to a Granatelli 3-speed manual gearbox. It has a Grancor intake manifold, MSD ignition, and an electric cooling fan. A few other upgrades make this nice to drive such as a rear coilover suspension, steel braided brake lines, and a dual exit exhaust system with muffler bypass outlets.

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 Review

barrett-jackson-2015As I was going to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 auction, a thought occurred to me: I have been going to this event for over 10 years! During that time, I have seen the auction grow and change with the collector car market.

In case you are not familiar with Barrett-Jackson, their annual Scottsdale auction is THE collector car event of the year. It’s like the Super Bowl of cars – no other auction has more cars, more attendees, or more media attention than this one. For car guys, visiting is a sacred rite of passage to worship at the altar of speed. It’s hallowed ground, like the Bonneville Salt Flats or Daytona Beach or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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BJA 2015: 1967 Ford Ranchero

DSCF3319 (Copy)Now this is a gorgeous example of what could be a great daily driver vehicle. Grabber blue paint, tastefully sized wheels (albeit still a tad large for my tastes at 18″) and an engine upgrade that does this vehicle a favor, substituting the likely 289 powerplant for a 5.0L and stick shift 5 speed. All of this attention to detail and this car went for $17,000 –  a real bargain price as compared to some items here at the auction. I hope you enjoy stacked headlights just as much as I do.