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Our Favorite Classic Cars at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction

Another spectacular event from Barrett-Jackson has come and gone and it was their best year yet.  This year was the largest-grossing Scottsdale auction in the company’s history!  A whopping $131.6 million in vehicle and memorabilia sales transpired during the week-long auction.

We were there on Saturday and you could just feel the excitement the moment you walked in the front doors of Westworld of Scottsdale.  There were thousands of cars on display, all going across the auction block at no reserve.

We wasted no time and were lucky enough to feast our eyes on at least 90% of the vehicles at the event.  We managed to get some great pictures and want to share some of our favorite classic cars at Barrett-Jackson.

One of the first cars to really catch our eye was Lot #1321, a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Resto-Mod, nicknamed “Striker”.  This car took over 9,500 hours to complete and has won multiple awards for its one-of-a-kind design.

One look and you will clearly see that ever inch of this vehicle has been modified.  It was the hood hinge lift that really caught our eye, but the details that kept us staring for what seemed like half the day.  It sold Saturday for $170,500.00.  Here are the pics we captured before it crossed the block.

Another favorite of ours was Lot #1371, a custom 1955 Bel Air convertible, that was just incredible.  As you can see from the pictures below, the paint job and red Italian leather interior are absolutely stunning!  Look in the trunk and check out the cool window they put in that allows you to see the back axle.  Also notice under the hood the Bel Air emblem attached to the firewall.  It was these unique details that helped fetch $363,000.00 on Saturday.

After leaving the main hall, we ventured outside and immediately came across this beauty!  It is Lot #1273, a 6-wheel 1972 Chevrolet C30 RV.  It certainly was getting a lot of attention, but we were patient enough to get some great pics both inside and out.  It sits on an Accuair E-level air ride system with ginormous 22-inch custom Manbronze wheels that park far up underneath the fenders.  The inside is made up to look like a rustic RV, but this thing is anything but old.  Check out the huge tubs that had to be installed to accommodate dual tires!  It sold for a mere $126,500.

We watched a few of these cool classics cross the stage including this next vehicle.  It is Lot #1320, the first of the 26 total Shelby Racing Co. Mustang Group II FIA-GT SCCA Trans Am race cars.  This car has a long pedigree history of racing and boy-oh-boy did that 305ci 8-cylinder engine with dual 4-barrel carburetors sound ultra-sweet as it crossed the stage.  Most of the cars are pushed through to avoid filling the room with too much CO, but not this one.  This old-school racer had to be heard as it came into the room.  One lucky bidder got to add a piece of Ford racing history to their collection for $132,000.00.

Another piece of history was auctioned of as well and it was the last vehicle we snapped pictures of.  It was Lot #1365, the very first Ford Pilot Plant/Pre-production Mustang hardtop.   This 1965 Mustang, (VIN 00002) started the Pony Car revolution and ended our day at Barrett-Jackson.  It really was cool to be able to feast our eyes on the very first hard top Mustang ever built!

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