The Scottsdale edition of the Barrett-Jackson auction kicks off today. That’s right. Tuesday. While most of your media outlets are going to be concentrating on what sells for a gagillion dollars on Friday and Saturday night when the hot TV lights are on, we’re taking the BoldRide approach and hittin’ ‘em where they ain’t.
Here are ten cars you’ll never read about anywhere else in Barrett-Jackson coverage this week:
Lot No. 7
1966 Dodge A100 Van
Single digit lot numbers mean that the crowd is thin, and the guys with hair plugs and trophy wives haven’t shown up quite yet. Stuff like this crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson early in the week. If you had a vintage motorcycle to tote around, what would be cooler than a ’66 Dodge A100 fitted with a 225-cu.in. six, formerly owned by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph?
Lot No. 19
1968 Ford Thunderbird
For some reason, people think early T-birds are rare, yet every auction you go to, you see about 350 of them in every possible color and configuration. What you never see are these big ‘Birds from the late 1960s. They’re a serious personal luxury car on the same wavelength as the Buick Riviera. 429-powered and loaded to the gills, look for this one to sell cheap.
Lot No. 31
1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban Wagon
Buy this 1971 Plymouth Fury Custom Suburban Wagon, and you’ll be the hero of about a half-dozen Facebook groups. It’s already been talked about in the Brown Car Appreciation Society. Only 14,000 miles since new, it’s equipped with the 360-cu.in. V8. It looks ready to drive across the country.
Lot No. 141
1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
On Saturday nights when a Hemi ‘Cuda crosses the block, it’ll seem to linger up there forever, but we’d expect this nice 340-powered 1970 Barracuda Convertible to be hustled off the stage pretty quickly. There’s plenty wrong with it, with a non-original engine and lots of aftermarket goofiness, but if it’s a driver Barracuda you’re looking for, you could do a lot worse.
Lot No. 309
1969 Toyota Corona GT
Ever since a Corona sold out at Silver Auctions for $18k a few years back, these have been coming out of the woodwork. Early in the day on a Wednesday isn’t exactly prime-time, though, so it’s hard to say whether this one will set any records. Like the Barracuda, it’s far from original condition, but just weird enough to get Moneybags McSpendsalot to bust out his wallet for fun.
Lot No. 333
1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds W-30
By ’79, the Hurst/Olds wasn’t much more than a tape stripe package, but they’re still a cool car to own. The ’79 featured a Dual-Gate shifter, rather than the Lightning Rods that would come along later in the G-Body’s life. This one doesn’t have the option list thrown at it, with its solid top rather than the T-Tops, and it’s in the more subdued white and gold color, versus the blatant black and gold you could also select. Cool car that shouldn’t break the bank.
Lot No. 346
1961 Willys FC150
Oh, forward-control Jeeps are SOOOO cool. You’ll see a bazillion CJs in your lifetime, but you might never catch sight of an FC150. From a time when pickups were just starting to get four-wheel drive from the factory, all FC-150s are four-wheel drive equipped. Not crazy about the home-built bumper on this one, but the rest of it is pure awesome.
Lot No. 349
1971 Fiat 850 Berlina
With all the kooky hot rods, Hemi Cudas and Shelby Cobras going across the block, unique cars like this 1971 Fiat 850 Berlina get lost in the shuffle at Barrett-Jackson. It makes you wonder why anyone would even consign it. Modifications include an Abarth header with a rally exhaust, 13×5.5 mesh Superleggera alloy wheels, Alegro sport racing seats and correct Abarth badging. We can hear it already, running at full rip through the neighborhood.
Lot No. 506
1963 Chrysler 300 Convertible
Not just any Chrysler 300 Convertible, mind you, this one was one of the 1,861 commemorative Pacesetters lettered up like the cars that paced the 1963 Indy 500. It’s tough to tell if this is the same one up for sale on Hyman Ltd.’s website for $69,000. Interesting to see what this one bids up to.
Lot No. 605
1967 Austin-Healey Sprite
Austin-Healey Sprites and their MG Midget cousins are auction fodder, right up there with VW Beetles and Mercedes-Benz SL convertibles. But most of the time, they’re doctored up with chrome wire wheels and every accessory the Moss Motors catalog has to offer. This one is the epitome of subtle, with body-colored steel wheels, hubcaps and a beautiful black interior, with white-piped seats. Love the dark green hue and the exquisitely detailed engine bay, too. A charmer.