This week is the world-famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is the premier classic and rare car auction in the world. It’s the sort of thing that rich people go to for buying new status symbols and where real men go to drool over what basically is automotive erotica. It’s basically a week-long celebration of the car where gearheads are king. So to celebrate the year’s biggest car show where the cars and not the manufacturers are the stars, here are ten of my favourite cars from this week’s auction.
1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback (Lot 58)
According to the owner, this is the first of only 22 ’68 Cuda Fastbacks produced with the 383 cu in V8 under the hood. That’s even more rare than the ’68 Hemi Cuda Fastback which had 50 produced. Mind you, the 383 V8 wasn’t terribly popular.There’s not a lot of additional details on restoration, maintenance or mileage provided which won’t help the price. The owner also claims that this car was featured in an XBox game. Doesn’t say which one or if it was this specific Cuda but someone’s gotta find that interesting.
1991 Acura NSX (Lot 65.1)
I love the NSX. Developed with input from F1 legend Ayrton Senna, it is considered one of, if not, the greatest Japanese sports car of all-time. This car is one of the original NSXs which started with the 1991 model year. It’s all original with no modifications made. It also has a full service record. I would expect this one to do fairly well at the auction if only because it’s a change of pace from the usual muscle car fare at Barrett-Jackson.
1984 Honda Zoe Convertible (Lot 314.1)
Also known as the Zoe Zipper, the Zoe was best known for being laughed at on The Price is Right. One contestant had a chance to win it and asked “What is that?!” and “Is that a car?!?” much to Bob and Johnny’s amusement. She was very happy when she won it and proceeded to give Bob a highlight reel display of affection which led Bob to say “If you want some affection, just give a lady a three-wheeled vehicle.” By the way, this Zoe is sold on a bill of sale only.
1935 DeSoto Airflow (Lot 407.2)
The Chrysler Airflow was a fondly thought of car at the time. However, the DeSoto Airflow was an utter disaster. They had the same body but the DeSoto Airflow had a shorter wheelbase meaning the body looked bulkier. Exact sales figures aren’t readily available on the internet but the Airflow wasn’t exactly a sales phenom and the Chrysler well outsold the DeSoto. This car has been well preserved for the last 75 years as there are no notes given about restoration or rebuilds. This car seems like a museum car because of how rare it is so I’d imagine it goes for a pretty penny.
1930 Ford Model A (Lot 619.1)
The Model A was Ford’s replacement for the Model T which had been the Ford flagship vehicle for 18 years. The Model A lasted for only five years but really set the tone going forward for Ford. It was available in a wide variety of body styles and was the first Ford that came with what we know to be the standard set of driver controls. From the looks of it, this is a Standard Tudor Sedan. This particular Model A has been completely restored so you have a car that could serve as either a museum piece or a daily driver.
1970 Dodge Challenger (Lot 713)
I got complaints for not having enough Mopars in my previous Barrett-Jackson posts so hopefully the greatest Mopar of all will make up for it. Sure, the ’69 Charger in Hemi Orange paint was legendary thanks to the Dukes of Hazzard but it’s not like people who prefer Dodge’s pony car are few and far between. Personally, I’d rather the Challenger than the Charger and I love the Dukes of Hazzard. Anyway, this Challenger looks fairly stock from the outside. Underneath, the Hemi V8 has been upgraded, there’s a Tremec 5-speed gearbox and a Sure-Grip rear end putting the power to the road. It may look like a vintage Challenger but this one is set to burn some serious rubber.
1998 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car (Lot 930.2)
Why is it that I always have a pace car in these posts? It might have to do with the fact that pace cars are exceedingly rare. This pace car is from the 82nd Indy 500 which was won by Eddie Cheever. Since it’s trip around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this car has been kept in a garage. It still has a fill Chevy service history and has won awards at several car shows. It also comes with all the documentation needed to prove its lineage as an official Indy 500 pace car.
1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am IROC Racer (Lot 1268.2)
Back in the day, the IROC series was actually pretty serious as it was actually hotly contested by drivers trying to prove their series was best. This car is chassis #39 and was famously driven to a championship by Mark Martin in 2005, IROC second-last season. The chassis and engine have been rebuilt since the series shutdown so you should have a decent oval racer if you want to run it. By the way, this car is sold on a bill of sale only and all proceeds will go to benefit Carolina’s Healthcare Foundation.
1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III BJ-8 Sports Convertible (Lot 1336)
The 3000 Mk III was one of the biggest and most powerful Austin-Healey made. This particular example was given a complete off-frame restoration by Kurt Tanner Restorations to Austin-Healey Club Gold Concours standards. Only just over 17,000 Mk III 3000s were made and I doubt many are in as good condition as this.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot 12950)
This is one of Barrett-Jackson’s special lots that has a set time to roll across the auction block. In the case of this Boss 429, it’s on Saturday at 7:00 PM which means it’ll get a feature on Speed Channel’s broadcast. Anyway, this car was fully restored by Ford specialist Kevin’s Klassic Cars. They say that this car has been restored to concours standards so it’s essentially how it came out of the factory. It only has 217 miles on the odometer so it’s probably a collector car rather than a daily driver but at one point in time this car was raced so I think it’ll serve either purpose well.