The long wait is over. The 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction is ready to roll with 21 hours of television coverage on the FOX family of networks.
This year’s docket is hugely impressive, with about 550 vehicles of shapes, sizes and price ranges.
Here are our Friday Five To Watch cars:
LOT 3001, 1969 OLDSMOBILE 442
Linda Vaughn, the legendary Hurst Miss Golden Shifter, is here this weekend, as she often is at Barrett-Jackson auctions, and there’s a very special car going across the block today at around 4:30 p.m. ET. It’s a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors Inc. of Bucks County, PA with guidance from legendary Hurst engineer “Doc” Watson. The Thornton family specializes in world-class Oldsmobile restorations, with one of their 442s selling here last year for an eye-popping $275,000.
This car is a replica of the Oldsmobile 442 convertible that appeared at motorsports and auto events in the late 1960s and early ’70s promoting Hurst Shifters around the country, catapulting Linda Vaughn and the Oldsmobile 442 into stardom. It is being sold as a charity car, with all proceeds going to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. We took a close look at that car and it truly is remarkable.
UPDATE: $200,000 raised for charity with the sale of this car.
LOT 7001, 1955 CHEVROLET 210
Long a staple of the collector market, the Tri-Five Chevys are still highly sought after collectibles. This hot-rod 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan has some serious horsepower under the hood, thanks to a 454-cubic-inch big block competition engine matched with an automatic transmission. With stunning two-tone black-over-red paint, this Chevy has many performance enhancements in the engine and chassis. It is scheduled to cross the block at about 4 p.m. Friday.
UPDATE: This fantastic car hammers for the bargain price of $45,000.
LOT 58, 1963 BENTLEY S3 SEDAN
If you like classic British luxury cars, you’ll love this early model 1963 Bentley S3 sedan, No. 68 of just 1,286 produced from 1962-1965. This big sedan is right-hand drive, which only adds to the mystique. It was fast, too, with a top speed of 115 miles per hour. The consignor describes it as “Fully professionally restored mechanicals and body. All metal chassis with 12 coats of Rolls lacquer. New Connolly leather hides. Front separated seats with dual arm rests. Walnut dash and fold down walnut picnic tables in rear refinished where needed. Custom manufactured original large white wall tires.” It is said to have just 70,258 original miles.
UPDATE: Shockingly, this Bentley earns a mere $20,000 when it crosses the block.
LOT 77, 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD
One of the most iconic cars of the 1950s is the two-seat 1957 Ford Thunderbird, the final – and many people believe, the best – year of the so-called “baby birds.” This one is a gorgeous Flame Red example with the highly desirable 312-cubic inch D-code V-8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission. Features a red opera window hardtop, white soft top, tonneau cover and fitted exterior car cover. Complete trim package with rear fender skirts. All red leather seats, carpet and Thunderbird floor mats. Town & Country radio.
UPDATE: A very good but not great Thunderbird brings proper money, with a hammer price of $55,000.
LOT 170, 1968 CADILLAC DEVILLE CONVERTIBLE
Easy cruising in style here with a leviathan-sized Cadillac convertible, which is said to be an Arizona car that has been freshly restored. This big ragtop has a humongous and exceptionally smooth 472-cubic-inch Cadillac V-8 engine. Great colors here, with San Mateo Red metallic paint over white vinyl interior and new white top. The consignor says the car comes with “a folder with thousands of dollars of receipts plus a factory OEM shop manual will be included.”
UPDATE: A hammer price of $33,000 is pretty dead-on for this car in this condition.
Stay tuned. We’re in for a huge three days.
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.
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).Barrett-Jackson, Cars