There is a 454 big block under the hood of this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

There is a 454 big block under the hood of this 1954 Chevrolet . (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Final preparations are under way for the 12th annual Collector Car Auction and all indications are that it will be a sensational event.

About 550 are set to roll across the block Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a spectacular and diverse assortment of and trucks. That’s up from about 410 last year. The vast majority of the will sell at no reserve, meaning the high bidder will win the car, regardless of the final hammer price. Fewer than a dozen will sell with a reserve, or a required minimum bid price to change hands.

One of the most attractive parts of the Palm Beach event is there is a wide diversity of cars, something for almost everyone. In addition to a vast selection of muscle cars, there are plenty of stock and custom trucks, numerous late-model European sports and luxury offerings and tons of resto-mods and customs.

At its flagship auction in Scottsdale in January, Barrett-Jackson raised more than $4.4 million to benefit local and national charities, and there are several charity cars here expected to fetch huge dollars.

Rick Hendrick is expected to be the buyer for the first production 2015 Corvette Z06. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Rick Hendrick is expected to be the buyer for the first production 2015 Corvette Z06. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

One of them is the first production 2015 Chevrolet Z06 Corvette, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 32nd Annual Dinner. All proceeds from the auction will go to the renovation of the Institute’s infusion center, providing a more comfortable and soothing setting for patients to receive chemotherapy treatments.

Last year, NASCAR team owner and Chevrolet dealer Rick Hendrick paid $1 million for the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale and another $1 million here at Palm Beach for the first 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible. Hendrick told FOXSports.com that he intends to buy the 2015 Z06, so bidding should be spirited for that car. Another seven-figure sale would be no surprise.

The "Need For Speed" 2013 Ford Mustang is one of the top charity cars in the auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The “Need For Speed” 2013 Ford is one of the top charity cars in the auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Another big-dollar charity car will be a special, custom 2013 Ford Mustang that starred in the new movie “Need for Speed.” It will be sold at no reserve to benefit the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit group founded by Henry Ford to improve the health and well being of a diverse community.

The tricked out, wide-body Mustang is customized with special 22-inch, three-piece billet wheels fitted with Pirelli tires, custom front fascia and rear valance, extended rocker panels and new rear spoiler. Silver with Kona Blue racing stripes, a twin snorkel hood and low profile mirrors, the “Need for Speed” Mustang has numerous performance enhancements as well.

And that’s just scratching the surface.

This 2006 Bentley Arnage R used to belong to NBA star LeBron James. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 2006 Arnage R used to belong to NBA star LeBron James. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Want a celebrity car? Well, there’s a 2006 Bentley Arnage R once owned by NBA star LeBron James. It has just 15,367 original miles and a title in his name. Fast, luxurious and comfortable, this big English sedan travels in style rapidly.

For those into resto-mods – vintage cars with modern running gear – there’s a stunning black 1954 Corvette with a big-block, 454 Chevrolet motor under the hood and contemporary C-4 Corvette suspension (image at top of article).

1940 ford hauler

Here’s a NASCAR-themed 1940 Ford truck with just 11,000 original miles. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

There are tons of trucks here, too, both stock and heavily modified. Among them are a 1940 Ford car hauler with just 11,000 miles and NASCAR livery and a very cool resto-mod Chevrolet sedan delivery in surf green. There’s even a 1988 Laforza  – an Italian SUV with a 5.0-liter Ford engine under the hood.

Over the next three days, we’ll bring you all the action from Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on the FOX family of networks, as well as FOXSports.com.

Check out this cool resto-mod Chevrolet sedan delivery. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Check out this cool resto-mod Chevrolet sedan delivery. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

National Geographic Channel, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 are set for 21 hours of live and same-day coverage from this year’s 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction. The multi-platform, interactive broadcast begins Friday, April 11 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 2, continuing on FOX Sports 1 at 3:00 PM ET. National Geographic Channel provides eight hours of coverage on Saturday, April 12 (12:00 PM ET), with FOX Sports 1 culminating the weekend on Sunday, April 13 (5:30 PM ET).

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