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Second Day of the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

We recently published an article on our first day at the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.  It was a remarkable event and it took two days for us to cover everything.  If you wanted to spend a lot of time enjoying each vehicle, you could honestly be there all week!

On the second day, we spent the majority of our time out in the sunshine and under the big outdoor tents enjoying all the vehicles that had already been sold or were getting ready for staging to cross the auction block.

One of the first things to catch our eye was too big to miss.  It is a 1930 Ford AA truck finished in a Standard Oil theme.

Just opposite of the oil truck was this 1926 Chevrolet one-ton pickup.  It has been carefully preserved with a natural patina.  The interior and exterior maintain the Chevy pickup’s original wood.  It really was a sight to see and you could just feel the history exuding from it.  In one of the pictures, you can see this vehicle in action during the 1926 construction of Pacific Coast Highway 1 in California.

Another old timer, although 20 plus years older than the oil truck, was a 1949 Willys Jeepster.  This green machine was pretty clean, and we were surprised to find out it sold for only $9,900.

Back under the tents, we caught a lot of people oohing and ahhing over this incredible custom 1959 Chevrolet 3100 short-bed fleetside.  The build quality was amazing and that was reflected in its selling price of over $95,000.  It was definitely one of our favorite trucks we saw at the show.

This factory U-code GTX is powered by its original matching-numbers 440ci 4-barrel V8 high-performance 370hp engine and is paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. It received a complete professional rotisserie and no-expense-spared restoration.

We are not exactly sure how the Lot numbering works at Barrett-Jackson, but these three Chevelles were definitely together.  Lot 722, Lot 790, and Lot 977 were three black beauties were impeccably clean and the quality was out of this world.  They were clearly made by the same builder and we only hope they all stayed together and went to the same owner.  Each one brought in more than $100,000 at the auction.

The next vehicle to catch our eye was this custom 1972 Chevy Crew Cab.  It might look like a 1972 from the outside, but looking at the interior or under the hood, you quickly realize this truck is a modern masterpiece.  It is powered by a Vortec 8.1-liter V8 engine and an Allison 5-speed automatic transmission.  The interior has power leather seats, air conditioning, modern gauges with the original look, a hidden fuel tank and an impressive sound system.

It was really the paint job on this truck that blew us away.  If you look closely, you can see that all the trim on the body is all airbrushed.  Even the moldings were painted to look like the real thing by painting the clearance a real molding would need by the doors for opening clearance.  You can tell a lot of thought went into the details.

These two “General Lee” tributes were pretty cool and would have any “Duke Boy” revving to go!

We wandered back towards the staging area and into the main are where some of the nicest vehicles were waiting to cross the block.  None were much more impressive to us than this ultra-custom 1969 Camaro named “TEC 9”.  This SEMA display car is by Mitch Henderson Designs.  The car’s name, TEC 9, has been incorporated into many items on the car, including one-off badges, wheels center caps and gauges.  This Camaro is certainly one mean looking pistol

Our love for Nomads drew us straight towards Lot 13.16.2.  It took 3 years for this Nomad to come back to life and there is just simply too much work done to this ride to even talk about.  Dozens of modifications were performed and when it crossed the block, it was a bid of $196,900 that took this magnificent machine home.

Last, but certainly not least, is the 1967 VW Type II double cab.  You probably have never heard of this VW and for good reason… it never existed. This cool concept is a VW Deluxe Bus and a double cab blended in to the “Double Deluxe” and features many custom touches that Kindig-It Design, the team from the TV show Bitchin Rides. is famous for.  Lot 1446 was one of the coolest rides at the show and its $161,700 price tag backs it up.

That’s all for this year and we cannot wait for them to make their way back to Scottsdale next year for the 50th 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.  We will certainly be there and expect the 50th anniversary of the show to be bigger and getter than ever before!

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