Here is where the Barrett Jackson Auction really starts, with some key vehicles offered during the height of the auction frenzy. Looking at the list for Friday, there were the usual suspects: Over restored classics, way too many Muscle Cars, a plethora of Custom Trucks, Hot Rods with questionable taste, and some truly head scratching items all mixed in with a few historic and desirable vehicles.
As with the other postings, I will start out with the first item offered for Friday. This is a very nice 1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau Coupe, that is an older restoration that seems to be holding up well. It has been owned by the same family for the past 20 years. The color is called Silver Mink, with a White Vinyl Top, and a Red interior. There is only 2 gaffs I see with this car: The updated Audio System, and the Vogue Tyres, which look garish on this particular car. This should be a bargain.
The Last Vehicle scheduled for Friday is a beautiful 1971 Buick GS 455 Convertible. It is one of only 902 GS 455 Convertibles produced that year, and very few of them were equipped with Factory A/C, and the desirable 4-Speed Manual Transmission. The car was treated to a full restoration, has a few other desirable options, and is the first time shown after the restoration process was complete. This should be a record setting price for a GS 455 of any year.
GM is once again trying to get out from under some of their vehicles, and here is a pair of Pontiac Solstice GXP Sportscars. The GXP Coupe is one of only 12 Coupes produced in 2010, and the only GXP Heritage Edition that was equipped with a manual transmission. There is 260 HP on tap, and should be a future collectible. Unfortunately, you also have to buy its companion, which is a 2010 Solstice GXP Convertible. This is one of only 20 Convertibles produced for 2010, and is the very last one. It also has the Manual Transmission. There is no denying that these two will be blue chip collectibles in the future. The question is this: Are they worth the premium today?
File this under gagworthy. This is a 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite. It sports an “Arrest Me Red” paint job (hey, it’s in the listing), Ford 302 CID V-8, a C-4 Automatic, and a posi-traction rear end. The listing goes on to say that the attention to detail is phenomenal. It is as pleasant to look at as it is to drive. Well, when I look at it, I get sick. What about you?
Speaking of Hurlworthy, here is the 1967 Pontiac GTO that was used in the movie “XXX” with Vin Diesel, and Samuel L. Jackson. This was produced with the help of GM right about the time of the re-introduction of the GTO. Built by Hollywood car builder Eddie Paul, using a custom Blueberry Blass paint made available only to him. The color of this vehicle flip flops in the light. The custom paint cost $1300 a pint. The car is autographed by “XXX” star Vin Diesel. The best part? This car comes with a Salvage Title!!!!
I close out my postings with a group of vehicles, but this time I thought I would do a Jekyll and Hyde comparison. The Dr. Jekyll would be this delicious 1965 Divco Milk Truck, sporting a fresh restoration. Its cargo area is filled with antique crates filled with glass milk bottles filled with non-spoiling but evocative white styrofoam beads, orange juice containers, egg containers and butter.
On the other hand, Mr. Hyde is a rather evil beast, and here is the above Divco’s Beastly Twin. This is a 1954 Divco Milk Truck that has been customized within an inch of its life to be transformed into something sinister. It took seven years to complete, with a 16.5″ chop to its top, a new front and rear end, a 610 HP Chrysler Hemi, and a rare 1963 Chrysler 727 Automatic, with vintage push button controls. The interior is Naugahyde and Alligator. Pure Evil!
See more of the Barrett Jackson Listings later on today, with the Marquee lots set to run on Saturday and Sunday. See the Friday List here.
Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Some of the vehicles scheduled for this Friday going up for sale at Barrett Jackson
You had me at Dr. Jeckyll! The Divco Dairy Trucks are one of my all time favorites, having grown up in that era. I even have a cast resin HO scale model of one in Borden Milk livery!Loading…
That defaced Sprite is nasty. While I love '66 T-birds in general, the Landau with the goofy S-bar is my least favorite body style. I'd prefer the Town Coupe, which had the wide rear pillars but without the vinyl or bars. Or better yet, a convertible.Loading…
"Defaced" is the best way to describe that Sprite. Why anyone would take such a cheerful front end and turn it into a gloomy guppy is beyond me. Why not at least start with a later Spridget instead? Even then I'd still call this modification a step in the wrong direction, but not by as much.
As for the Jet Bird, I've never been fond of that roof treatment, either. I'll take the narrower pillars that accompany the versions with rear side windows, preferably on a '65.Loading…
I do like the '66 front end – slightly more menacing than before with nice bladed bumpers. Plus the '66 had those enormous and awesome full-width taillights.
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R.I.P. yet another Bugeye Sprite.Loading…
A chopped milk truck that will light the tires? I guess I've seen everything.Loading…
I haven't seen a Solstice on the road in a long time, but I don't remember them being that ugly. Did GM restyle them in an awful way before production ended?Loading…