The Best of Barrett-Jackson Orange County 2012

This week is the world-famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Orange County, California. The Barrett-Jackson Orange County auction is the most recent addition to the Barrett-Jackson auction circuit. While there aren’t as many cars (or as high prices) as the massive Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a proper man’s weekend where guys go to drool over what basically is automotive erotica. So to celebrate California’s biggest collector car show where the cars and not the manufacturers are the stars, here are ten of my favourite cars available in this weekend’s auction.

1954 Land Rover Fire Truck (Lot 9)
Regular readers of my Barrett-Jackson posts would know, I’m fond of these odder cars. This is the first time that I can recall seeing a fire truck for sale at a Barrett-Jackson auction let alone a Land Rover based fire truck from New Zealand. The truck comes with the original ladder rack, hose, lights and sirens. If you can’t get attention in this thing, at least you have some loud and bright options to get it.

1972 Mini Cooper (Lot 31.2)
This classic Mini has been fully restored, comes fully loaded and even comes in classic British Racing Green paint. I have half a mind to put a bid on it myself just based on that. It’s even got air conditioning and a power convertible cloth top so you can live with the classic Mini coolness without any classic car discomfort.

1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster (Lot 63)
Nothing says legendary automotive ridiculousness like the Viper. This is the 126th example  of the second year of Viper production. As such, it’s a red roadster like all of the early Vipers. The greatness of the Viper was its simplicity. It has a massive 8-litre normally aspirated V10 up front which pushed 400 HP to the rear wheels and only your right foot kept it in check. And this one has a stage 2 NOS fogger to bump power to 518 HP. I think the new owner of this car will have just a bit of fun when getting up on the wheel.

1962 Imperial Crown (Lot 340)
If you’ve not heard of the Imperial car company, that’s understandable. They ended a 20-year existence in 1975 and never had the same legacy as other cars of that era. The Imperial make of cars was the luxury car brand of the Chrysler group. The 1962 model year was an important one for Imperial. They added a hood ornament for the first time, shrunk the tail fins and smaller-sized automatic transmission. 1962 was also the final year when Imperials were manufactured in their own dedicated assembly plant. Starting with the 1963 model year, they were assembled in Chrysler plants. This particular Crown was recently restored to like-new condition on the exterior and interior.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 45 Anniversary Edition (Lot 345)
The first of the Chevy Camaros were sold in the 1967 and have been rolling off the line for 38 of the 45 years since. There was that seven-year gap from 2002 – 2009 when the car was out of production because Chevy made it dull and uninteresting. The current fifth generation Camaro got traction in the market thanks to the retro looks inspired by the first and second generation Camaros and having more than 300 HP in base trim. This 45th Anniversary special edition Camaro comes with the 6.2-L 400 HP V8.

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (Lot 378)
Nothing says luxury like a vintage Cadillac. It either says that or senior citizen. I’m never quite sure which. Anyway, the Series 62 was Cadillac’s equivalent to an entry-level vehicle. The 1948 edition was the first of the third generation of Series 62 and the first generation of 62 developed after World War II. The Coupe de Ville hardtop versions of the Series 62 wasn’t introduced until 1949 so all the 1948 Series 62s are drop tops. This ’48 Series 62 was given a complete restoration and is claimed to be in great running order.

2003 London Taxi (Lot 612.2)
I thought I’d add this to the top ten list just because it’s not everyday that you see a London taxi around these parts. They were actually available for sale in America from 2003 to 2009 but only the TXII version of the Hackney Carriage (that’s the official name of the car) was sold on this side of the pond despite the fact that the TX4 was sold starting in 2007. In total, about 250 TXIIs were sold in America meaning you’re not likely to see another one on the same stretch of road as you.

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Lot 623.1)
This might not be the best example of the Mach 1 that you can find. The seller notes that there was a cosmetic restoration but doesn’t say anything about the engine or electronics. The seller doesn’t specify whether the 351 V8 is a Cleveland or the obviously superior Windsor built engine. However, it’s a Mustang and I have a soft spot for the blue oval.

2013 SRT Viper (Lot 1003)
In its newest iteration, the Dodge branding has been dropped from the Viper and replaced with the SRT badges representing the beginning of a make for Chrysler’s high-performance vehicle team called Street and Racing Technology. The new Viper isn’t the barebones power roadster like the Vipers of 20 years ago. The new Vipers will have such luxuries as traction control, stability control, ABS and bunch of electronic additions. It still has a massive V10 under the hood with 640 HP available upon request from your right foot. This Viper will be the first of the new Vipers that were marked for sale so you’d basically be getting the first of the fifth generation Vipers.

1988 Ferrari Testarossa (Lot 1006)
Few Ferraris might be as iconic as the Testarossa. From appearances in Miami Vice to nine appearances on the cover of Road & Track, this car was one of the most popular cars of the 1980s. Part of the popularity might have been due to the Pininfarina design but part of it might be that 390 HP mid-mounted V12. This car has a full factory service history and the proceeds are going to charity. You can’t beat that.

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