The Weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of January will be the final two days for the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale Auction. This is where the Premium Lots will be offered, with the bids expected to reach stratospheric proportions. Looking through the listing, there are some rare and exquisite vehicles being offered, along with one of a kind custom creations, and other rarefied items. There is even a listing of a “Mystery” Chevrolet that will be unveiled and auctioned off to benefit a charity.
As with my other postings, I will start off with the first lot offered for Saturday. This is a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 SS 35th Anniversary Edition, with all the SLP go-fast goodies installed. What makes this car so unusual is the fact that is has only been driven 15 miles! It has been shipped via enclosed trailer, and kept in a climate controlled garage all of its life. The factory plastic is still in place on the seats, carpet, and rear cargo area. The window sticker is still in place. It has never been enjoyed as a motor vehicle EVER. What would you do with a car like this?
After that I thought the last lot offered for the day would be a little more realistic. Nope, I was wrong! This is a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, with only 219 actual miles! The car was a race car for the first two years of its life, and there are pre-restoration pictures of the car as the Puerto Rican Boss. After the 1970 racing season the car was put on a flat bed and it sat untouched for the next 37 years. It was then restored by Kevin’s Klassic Cars, and brought back to factory condition. I have a big problem with this restoration because they faked all the factory chalk marks, and faked the over-spray when restoring this Mustang. What do you think?
The next lot I want to showcase is very historic, yet slightly morbid. It is the very 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance that transported the body of John F. Kennedy from Air Force One to Bethesda Naval Hospital, and then onto the U.S. Capitol after his assassination. It seems that the Naval Department kept this vehicle for a few years, and simply sold it off as surplus. It is very well document by PHS. What do you think this little piece of history might go for?
For something a little different, here is “The Big Toe”. Big Toe is one of the most unique motorcycles ever built. Hand crafted by Tom Wilberg of Sweden, Big Toe was designed and assembled in Sweden over more than five years. Big Toe has won numerous awards and recognitions over the years, the most prestigious being the 1999 recognition as the World’s Tallest Rideable Motorcycle certified and published by the Guinness Book of World Records. The engine is a 1975 vintage Type E Jaguar SOHC, 2-valve, 60 degree, 300hp, 5.3L 12 cylinder. Now is this really a desirable bike?
There is some incredibly rare Muscle Cars offered, and these were some of my favorites. This is a 1969 Mustang Convertible. It is a rare beast because it is the only one with the “Q” Code 428 Cobra Jet, with the Four Speed Manual, Candy Apple Red Paint, and the Black Interior with GT equipment. OK, I have listened to all of you before about “One of One” cars I feature. But remember, only nine 1969 Mustang Convertibles were ever ordered with the “Q” Code 429 Cobra Jet and Four Speed combination. I see this car easily going over $100,000.
This is a 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427, equipped with the Ford 427 Side Oiler engine that was used to homologate its NASCAR racing program. The Cougar GT-E was the last car you could option with this engine, and it was the only car to offer it for 1968. There were only 357 built, and it has a list price of over $1,300 in 1968. Fully documented, it is said to be the most complete example of this rare model to exist.
One of my favorite Mopar Muscle Cars is the 1970 Dodge Coronet, and here is a Coronet R/T finished in Lemon Twist, with a 440 CID 4 BBL, and a pistol grip factory four-speed manual. It has both a Black Vinyl Top, and Poverty Caps… and is one of only 440 R/T’s produced with the 440 4 BBl and 4-speed combination. Is this more desirable that the Plymouth Superbird, or Charger Daytona?
The last offering in this posting is this magnificent 1952 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn that was suppose to be a Mercia Conversion built by Mallalieu Engineering LTD of England. I’ll let the listing do the talking:
This magnificent 2 passenger Rolls roadster was designed to recapture the joy of motoring in the classic style, leaving behind the difficulties usually associated with the vintage automobile. It is the last example ever built from a total output of 43 automobiles built between 1973 and 1977. This unique example was the only one ever built from a Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. It has an aluminum body by Wilkinson of Derby, England with the undersides of the the fenders sprayed in fiberglass mat to prevent stone damage. It is a left hand drive chassis with air conditioning, 6-way power driver’s seat, roll-up windows, recessed continental rear wheel, full Connolly leather interior, Wilton carpet and a removable top. The BRG finish is original.
This 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn is the last special built automobile created by Mallalieu Engineering, LTD, England. The company was best known for making Bentley Specials on completely restored and refurbished Mark 6 chassis, this vehicle being the only Rolls-Royce built. With over 17,000 miles of club racing and test runs in the most severe road and weather conditions, the only service needed was routine lube and oil. These sports cars continue the tradition of superior design, fine craftsmanship and attention to detail which are hallmarks of Rolls-Royce. The result is comfort and ease of handling for pleasurable motoring. Originally ordered for the wife of the US distributor, construction was halted when she passed away and it was placed in storage for the next 33 years, just coming to light in the last 10 months, with a total of less than 50 test miles since completion, this relic from a time capsule is being offered for the first time anywhere.
This should fetch somewhere near the Million Dollar range, but I could be wrong. What do you think?
See the Saturday Listings here, and stay tuned to see the Sunday listings, along with a provocative Question of the Weekend.