Tuesday was a sensational first night at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction, with a huge crowd and strong prices throughout. All told, 151 cars sold for a little more than $4 million and attendance was up 25 percent over 2013.
The top seller was the 2013 Mothers Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3, a 650-horsepower custom that raised $110,000 for the TGen Foundation. And a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega hammered at a healthy $100,000.
Wednesday, the cars get a little nicer and the prices should rise accordingly.
Here are three vehicles we have our eyes on:
Lot 7001, 1964 Chevrolet Corvette — This Corvette is intriguing for several reasons. First off, it’s had a meticulous frame-off restoration, which has made it a past AACA First Place Winner. The description says, “It has been Bloomington judged and certified and both the Certificate and judging sheets come with the purchase,” although it doesn’t detail whether it won Bloomington Gold or Silver honors. This ‘Vette comes from the Rick Hendrick collection, another factor that adds interest.
Editor’s note: The hammer price on this Corvette is $68,000 which seems just about spot on for all the factors noted above.
This Satin Silver Corvette is equipped a matching numbers 327/300hp engine, 4-speed transmission and date correct limited slip differential, along with power steering, power brakes, knock-off wheels, AM/FM radio and bias-ply whitewalls.
That said, 1964 is not the most desirable year for the 1963-67 C2 Corvettes and the 327/300 is not the most exotic powerplant, so this may not fetch huge money. On the other hand, it has a great time slot, going at 8 p.m. local time and the money clearly was in the house on Tuesday, so lightning could strike.
Lot 502.1, 1965 Pontiac GTO — The late David E. Davis, the legendary automotive journalist, described driving the original 1964 Pontiac GTO by writing “it felt like losing your virginity, going into combat and tasting your first beer, all in about seven seconds.” How could you not be wowed by a car like that?
Editor’s note: This was a great car and it sold for $45,000, a price that has to put a big smile on its new owner’s face.
This particular GTO is a 1965, not the ’64 like Davis drove, but a ’65 that is drop-dead gorgeous in a very understated way. Sold new at Winkle Motors in Reno, Nevada, this Goat has more than 20 factory options including power windows, power steering, buckets seats, console and deluxe steering wheel.
The powertrain is described as a “389cid engine with added factory Tri-Power and upgraded 4-speed manual transmission,” meaning it was probably an original single four-barrel carburetor car with a different transmission when it left the factory. Still, it looks beautiful, and the Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires and “dog dish” hubcaps really set it off.
Lot 3002, 2012 Ford F-350 — As we saw Tuesday night, charity cars bring big bucks, and this Chip Foose WD-40 Specialist/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F-350 “represents the new WD-40 Specialist line of products, which are designed to help skilled trade professionals get their specific jobs done right,” according to the description. This truck is loaded with goodies from aftermarket suppliers.
Editor’s note: This one breaks the bank and becomes the new high seller of the auction at $200,000. Adam Petty, grandson of racing legend Richard Petty, is on hand to represent Victory Junction.
Best of all, all proceeds from the sale will benefit three SEMA Cares charities: Childhelp, an organization that provides services to abused and neglected children; Victory Junction, an organization that provides life-changing camping experiences to special needs and chronically ill children and the SEMA Cares scholarship program.
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