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A quick sample of possible Hoon favorites at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

Jeff Glucker August 27, 2012 For Sale 14 Comments


The automotive auction juggernaut that is Barrett-Jackson has its sights set on Las Vegas. Running from September 20th through the 22nd, a wide selection of vehicles will invade Mandalay Bay in order to find new owners and new homes. The booze and testosterone will undoubtedly be flowing, and should result in a few interesting purchases.

Let’s take a quick peek at a few of our favorites that are slated to cross the block, shall we?

First up is a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, which left the factory floor equipped with a six-cylinder motor. That modest mill was quickly replaced with something quite a bit more aggressive. The owner swapped in a 5.7-liter HEMI, and then proceeded to updated pretty much everything else underneath the skin of this Wrangler. That’s a lot of go-forward energy for a vehicle with such a short wheelbase, but we’re pretty sure this Jeep would be one of the most entertaining vehicles we’ve ever driven.

This one goes out to our resident NSX lover. What we have here is a 2001 Acura NSX with just 49,000 miles listed on the odometer. This targa-roofed example looks pretty sharp with its silver paint work, and the 3.2-liter engine pairs perfectly with the five-speed manual gearbox. The Acura NSX remains firmly planted on the Hooniverse Dream Drive list.

If you’re going to haul the occasional car to a track, it would be nice to have something equally impressive to haul it with. That is where this fully-restored 1956 Ford C800 flat-bed comes in. The 323-ci V8 has just 52,800 original miles on it, and the rest of this behemoth has been taken care of from the frame on up. On top of that, it has a two-tone paint scheme and one of the colors is a brilliant brown. It’s practically delicious, but it’s not because it’s a beast of a machine that would hurt me for calling it such a word.

Anytime a Plymouth Superbird goes up for sale anywhere in the world, my ears begin to ring and my heart beats a little faster. I’ve never driven one, of course, but I feel connected to them because of the Überbird. I’d love to have a big fancy garage someday and park one of these massive winged racers next to the not-so-massive German “racer”. Someday…

The 1954 Kaiser Darrin is … unique. It’s got oddball styling, the doors slide into the fenders, and the K logo on the steering wheel reminds me of the notebook sketch of a 1990’s high schooler trying to draw the Wu-Tang logo. Still, this is one desirable hoon machine because it’s so unique. Dropping the top and slotting the three-speed manual gearbox into first would be a wonderful way to begin a trip down PCH, and back into a different time. 

Take a look at the rest of what Las Vegas has to offer here: http://www.barrett-jackson.com/lasvegas/



    I need that COE. To haul….something. Anything. SO COOL.

  • Number_Six

    Why is the NSX on snow tires?

    • Manic_King

      Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires in front and General Exclaims in the back? Strange combo.

      • Number_Six

        Doesn't lead me to believe the previous owner(s) gave a rat's ass about the car…

  • jeepjeff

    The 5.7L Hemi swap can be done really cleanly on the later TJs. Chrysler kept the wiring harness and other bits for the 4.0L in sync with the gear going into their Dodge trucks, so while the computers and precise details of the wiring harness are different, things like the gauge cluster are plug and play. It's probably a hoot. And probably one of the less questionable entries into the "would you buy someone else's engine swap project?"

    As far as the "all of the other equipment was upgraded to handle the bigger engine" looks like it is likely salesman bullshit as anything else. The ad says clearly that it started life as a Rubicon, and then goes on to list the stock axles and t-case that came with the Rubicon. (Admittedly, the stock Rubicon stuff is pretty burly, and probably doesn't need to be upgraded, but it wasn't upgraded like the ad claims…)

    Those tires look a bit larger than stock, and it sounds like they just got a new bumper and fenders that allow for bigger rubber, no actual suspension upgrades…

    It's an automatic. I don't believe you can mate a 42RLE to a 5.7L, but if they did keep the stock automatic, pass on it.

    At 7700 miles on the clock, leather interior and the giant stereo system, this is a Mall Crawler. But it already has excellent axles, a giant V8 swap and you could probably fund re-ruggedizing the interior by selling the sound system. It has potential. It looks like Rubis are going for around $20k around here. Even with the V8, it's not worth much more than that (but probably a bit more, just given the low miles on the chassis and axles).

    • tiberiusẅisë

      FrankenJeep the YJ-5 laughs at the "short wheelbase" description.

      • jeepjeff

        That wheelbase is 93.4" and the same wheelbase as a YJ, and short by the standard of average wheel base.[*] Mine does u-turns on residential streets rather than 3 point turns. OTOH, the 80"-81" wheelbase of the CJ-5 is definitely shorter, and leaves me a bit jealous (my TJ would be better if were shorter and had fewer cupholders…).

        [*] 1984-87 Honda Civic Hatchback: 93.7". I've parked my TJ next to one before. They're nearly the same width. My TJ only looked huge because it is so much taller.

        • tiberiusẅisë

          People don't realize how short a CJ-5 is. FrankenJeep is based on a 1978 frame so at 83.5 inches it is a whopping 3.5 inches longer than a Suzuki SJ40 Samurai. When they see it in a regular sized parking spot they're amazed how small it is.

          • jeepjeff

            With an extra two decades of model bloat, that still ends up being pretty hilarious with my TJ. Again, noticing that I have the same foot print as a 3-door '87 Civic was pretty dumbfounding. You're nearly a foot shorter, which just makes it that much funnier.

            I let a buddy borrow my Jeep (one of my groomsmen, I'd say no to anyone else), and every time he sees it, he marvels at how maneuverable and short it is. Ten fewer inches of wheelbase would just make that better.

  • Hey, NSX! Thanks! I saw one on CL the other day. It had a million miles, and the seller wanted way, way to much money, but I could still use one.

    • chrystlubitshi

      i've got a few quarters I can donate towards the "muthalovin still doesn't have an NSX; but will gladly let anyone who donates anything towards getting one drive it" fund

      • I can afford to keep the tank full of premium! Forget about my kids college fund.

        • Vairship

          Just make sure you have dumb kids, that way they don't need a college fund!

        • TDI_FTW

          Don't keep the tank full…. Empty it as often as you can!