More From Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

A confession…we have yet to actually watch cars auctioned on the block. Yesterday, my wonderful wife did not feel well and we left just before the cars began at 2 PM local time. Today, something came up and we had to leave Westworld around 1 PM.

The car auction begins at 10 AM tomorrow so we will see cars be auctioned live. That’s the plan, anyway.

Without further ado:



Two pictures of one of my favorite cars at the auction, a 1958 Chevrolet Impala, which was the first year for the legendary model. I have realized that I don’t shoot or show enough photos of interiors so I am making a concerted effort to do more in that regard.



This absolutely beautiful 1963 Corvette Split Window restomod was one of eight restomod Vettes shown in the same row. Note the automatic transmission. I think seven of the eight restomod Vettes had an automatic. I would love to own this car, but I bet it will fetch between $350,000 and $400,000, way way out of my price range. (Update: this car hammered for $650,000 or $715,000 all in. Wow!)

In a market where only one percent of new vehicles purchased are equipped with a standard manual transmission, Hagerty can talk about saving the manuals all they want, but they are, basically, dead in the US. Even more and more restomods have an automatic transmission.



Supposedly, this is a genuine 1969 Pontiac Trans Am with the Ram Air IV option. Only 697 Trans Ams were built in its initial year (689 coupes, 8 convertibles) with only 55 of those with the Ram Air IV option.

The next two cars were parked back to back.



The car on top is a 1933 Auburn and the one on bottom is a 1931 Cord L-29. I had the good fortune to meet and to speak with the soon to be ex-owner of the Cord. He is reluctantly selling his cars (he recently sold his 2019 Corvette ZR1) due to advancing age.



OK, I am a big fan of the styling of the second generation Corvair like this 1969 model although I could do without the rear luggage rack. (I don’t like them on Corvettes, either.) However, the main reason I showed this car is that–allegedly–it has never been titled and has 13 original miles. Of course, that’s actually way too few miles for a car this age, but if true is amazing, nevertheless.

One of the most interesting cars here is chronicled below:



Thanks to my wonderful wife for taking these photos. Obviously, this is the last Buick Grand National ever made. Just as obviously, it is the last GM rear-wheel drive G body car ever made as well as the last car assembled at the plant in Pontiac, Michigan that opened in 1927. The car was made very late (December, 1987) to be considered a 1987 model year car, but GM didn’t want to call it a 1988 model year car as it would confuse buyers in the transition to the front-wheel drive platform for mid-size cars.

I have always liked these cars a lot and they would have been included in a “Just Missed The Cut” post for my Ultimate Garage 3.0. Three GNX Grand Nationals are being auctioned this week.

I have to show at least one neon sign offered this week:



Of course, Hudson was the “H” car in the Cars A To Z series, which will resume after the auction.

Obviously, I could show dozens of photos, but I don’t want to put too many in any one post. Once again, I would very much like to read feedback.






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7 thoughts on “More From Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

  1. I am a Pontiac guy. Have a ’66 GTO. Love the classic color combo on the Trans Am. Have been to Mecum near Chicago in the past but not B-J. Appreciate your thoughts and pictures.


  2. I have a soft spot for 58 Chevys. My first car, at age 12, was a 58 station wagon that my dad bought for the 3rd time. The first time was in 1961, IIRC. He sold it in 63, again IIRC. Bought it again in 65 and traded it to my uncle. Bought it back in 1968 and gave it to me for my 12th birthday. Straight 6, 3 on the tree, power nothing, floors rusted out, no muffler, but by god the radio still worked. Beat the tar out of that car, as any 12/13 year old would do.

    It was with that car that I used our driveway for the first time. I had found an old path thru the woods that led out to one of the many dirt roads where we lived. My dad had come home from work and wanted my help with some project. He jumped in his old Jeep and went to find me, usually at an abandoned gravel pit. I wasn’t there so he back tracked and noticed a well worn path so followed it. I met him coming the other way shortly after, on the dirt road leading back. Busted.He took my keys for 2 weeks. I thought I was smarter as I had watched him hot wire various old cars around our place. He caught on to that and removed the distributor. When I got the car back he did help me replace the distributor. Eventually.

    These days the prices on ANY 58 are more than I care to pay. I saw one 3/4 years ago; Impala, 348 tri power with a factory 4 speed, beautiful blue and white 2 tone with tri tone blue white and gray interior, asking price was $95K. Far cry from my $20 58 wagon.


  3. I’ve had manual transmission cars, still like to get back to having a manual vehicle, I enjoy them.
    But I think by definition, you just don’t put a stick (or worse, a three on the tree) in (most) restomods. Modern automatics are far more efficient at everything than most any human can be rowing gears for themselves. I’d think if you’re going restomod, you’d want the full modern performance experience.


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