Penske Racing No. 2 Dodge Charger

Penske Racing No. 2 Dodge Charger (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The early buzz from the sixth-annual Las Vegas Collector-Car is that it’s off to a sensational start.

Thursday night at Barrett-Jackson, two raised a total of $1.2 million for charity and today the action will only heat up, as the quality of the gets better heading into Saturday’s grand finale. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 will have a total of eight hours of live coverage Friday from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

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One of the star cars on Friday will be a Penske Racing No. 2 Dodge Charger NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car that 2012 champion Brad Keselowski last drove to a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway last fall.

The famed “Blue Deuce” Dodge will be auctioned off at approximately 9 p.m. ET on Friday, with all proceeds going to the NASCAR Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to children’s issues nationwide. And on hand to auction the car off will be NASCAR President Mike Helton and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace, who used to drive for team owner Roger Penske.

As far as the rest of the docket goes, there is a sensational selection of muscle cars, resto-mods, vintage pickup trucks and imports covering a wide cross-section of the automotive world.

A handful of other interesting vehicles to watch for today:

1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE

1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE (Photo: Tom Jensen)

1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE — As far as icons of the fabulous ‘50s go, they don’t come anymore over the top than this three-tone Packard, which actually made more power than the Cadillac Eldorado.

 

1951 GMC ½-TON PICKUP

1951 GMC ½-TON PICKUP (Photo: Tom Jensen)

1951 GMC ½-TON PICKUP — In the last few years, trucks have come on very strongly, and this ’51 GMC is a beautiful, stock restoration. It comes with all of its original documentation dating back to Oct. 1, 1951, and the fire-engine red paint is perfect.

 

1955 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP

1955 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP (Photo: Tom Jensen)

1955 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP — Here is the opposite — but equally popular — philosophical approach to the ’51 GMC. This is a radical custom truck with a 572-cubic-inch Chevrolet crate motor and a host of state-of-the-art performance modifications.

 

1971 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE

1971 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE (Photo: Tom Jensen)

1971 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE — A big-block Corvette with a replacement engine block, this 454 roadster comes with an automatic transmission for effortless cruising and gobs of torque. Perfect for a crisp fall afternoon cruise.

 

1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE

1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE (Photo: Tom Jensen)

1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE — This one has the highly desirably 400-cubic-inch big-block engine, and a 4-speed manual transmission. The blue-and-white color combination is a great choice, too, making this Firebird especially attractive.