Barrett-Jackson
Jan 15

Cars: Photos! Fabulous Fords at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

You can almost picture Suzanne Somers cruising Main Street in this Baby  Bird.  (Photo: Tom Jensen)

You can almost picture Suzanne Somers cruising Main Street in this Baby Bird. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Check out this PHOTO GALLERY of snazzy Ford vehicles as captured through the lens of FOX Sports car aficionado Tom Jensen at this week’s Barrett-Jackson car collector auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Here are a couple other Fords on site at Barrett-Jackson just to wet your gallery appetite!

This very rare Shelby King Cobra is one of the Salon Collection cars and is expected  to fetch big dollars on Saturday.  (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This very rare Shelby King Cobra is one of the Salon Collection cars and is expected to fetch big dollars on Saturday. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

KISS bass player Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed are auctioning off this  custom Ford pickup truck for charity. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

KISS bass player Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed are auctioning off this custom Ford pickup truck for charity. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Jan 15

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — ’63 Shelby Cooper King Cobra

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

By Larry Edsall

Nineteen sixty-three. Shelby Cobras were dominating American sports car racing, and designer Pete Brock and the car builders at Shelby American were busy working on a Kamm-tailed coupe to challenge Ferrari on the world racing circuit. Then along came the Sports Car Club of America with plans for its first professional motor sports series, racing for prize money, not just trophies. Called the Fall Series, it was not for production-style sports cars such as Shelby’s roadsters but for pure, purpose-built “sports-racing” specials — purebred racers with big engines mounted behind the cockpit. (It wasn’t long before the Fall Series blossomed into the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, the now fabled and fabulous Can-Am series.)

Obviously, the Shelby team would compete. First, however, it needed a proper vehicle.

Jan 14

Cars: April Rose Becomes ‘Black Beauty’ For Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

April Rose stands by at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

April Rose stands by at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector-Car Auction kicks off tonight, with 36 hours of live television coverage on the FOX family of channels.

And one of our on-air personalities has a new look for 2014 that might make you do a double take on this broadcast.

You may not recognize her at first but it’s our April Rose debuting a new paint job she calls “black beauty.” From blonde to brunette she can’t go wrong!

Jan 14

Cars: Three Vehicles To Watch At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale — Tuesday Update

This 2013 Ford Mustang auctioning for a cause near and dear to Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson’s heart. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 2013 Ford Mustang is auctioning for a cause near and dear to the heart of Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Every day at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, we’re going to pick some unique cars to feature that catch our collective editorial eye at FOXSports.com.

Some will be expensive, some funky, some strange and some exotic. The common denominator is they will all be fun and they will all be interesting.

Jan 14

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Mercedes-Benz created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with their always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Mercedes-Benz created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with the always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Article by Roger C. Johnson

Since Mercedes-Benz is credited with producing the very first automobile, it should be no surprise that the company also created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with their always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe.

To fully appreciate this amazing machine, the mid-‘50s, a magical period for the auto industry, should be taken into account. Consider the sparked enthusiasm of engineers and designers who were finally given the chance to create peacetime products based on the staggering manufacturing knowledge gained over the previous decade and a half. As a result, world-class automotive power and style were suddenly available.

Iconic cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Thunderbird and the Chrysler 300 all debuted during this period. Each left indelible marks on the industry. Yet the 300SL Mercedes gullwing coupe has maintained a status that continues to outshine the rest of the best.