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by Jay Traugott
Get your checkbooks out....the Orange County Barrett-Jackson auction is this weekend.
Summertime means auction season. When the weather is warm and sunny, it's much better to be outside enjoying cars instead of being inside a large convention hall where winter car shows are held. Although there are car auctions year round, some of the most premiere ones are about to take place in the coming few months. And coming up this weekend, June 22nd to 24th, is the Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange County, California.
With over 400 cars up for auction with no reserve over three days, we want to give you all a preview of what we think is some the event's highlights. If you happen to be in the area then we highly encourage you to stop by. Who knows? You may end up being the new owner of one of these rare cars.
The first thing that caught our attention is this 1969 Pontiac Lemans Custom Coupe, a show car that's had a professional frame-off restoration at every level. Designed to look like a hawk, it features hawk heads and flames running down both sides and even the nose of the car was painted to look like a bird's beak. Power comes from the original 350cid V8 and the three-speed automatic transmission has been completely rebuilt as well. The interior features LCD screens in the sun visors and dual amps in the trunk.
This 2005 Ford Mustang GT Platt & Payne Signature Edition was a limited production model built to commemorate two drag racing legends, Hubert Platt and Randy Payne. Starting off with a stock Mustang GT, the engine, suspension, and drivetrain were enhanced with high quality components that complemented the design theme such as custom widebody trim, 20-inch Shadrach wheels by Weld and many other interior and exterior enhancements. All proceeds will go to the Wheelchair Donation Program, Education & Prevention Program and Patient Assistance Fund.
Cadillac truly was the "standard of the world" back in the 1950s. With models such as the 1959 Coupe De Ville, it was immediately apparent that America was the world leader in automotive design. This particular De Ville has been fully restored and even comes with air conditioning, which was a luxury in back in the day. The engine and all other mechanicals have been newly rebuilt and the interior is also period correct. Other bits include a new power booster, power steering, windows, and seats. Both the interior and exterior are in a 'Persian Sand' color and the car comes from the Dee Elias Collection.
There will be several classic Chevrolet Nova's up for auction but this particular one caught our eye. This 1966 Nova SS hardtop painted in 'Tropic Turquoise' is powered by a 283 cu in V8 mated to a four-speed manual. It's been given a complete top to bottom restoration and has many original parts such as the interior console and four-speed shifter. The engine still runs great and the car has always been kept in a climate controlled environment.
The last time we saw a new Ford Thunderbird was back in 2002 when the automaker launched their retro eleventh generation model. Before that, the Thunderbird had its ups and downs over the years, but this third generation 1962 model is truly an American gem. This T-Bird roadster has had a show quality restoration and features excellent overall fit and finish. Painted in a Raven Black exterior with a Pearl Beige interior, it was one of only 1,427 sports roadsters built in 1962. Power comes from a 390cid V8 mated to a Cruise-O-Matic transmission.
What would an American auction be without a classic Corvette? This 1962 Corvette is one of the last of the first generation models built. Powered by the 327 V8, this particular 'Vette has a three years Concours quality restoration done to NCRS specifications. An example of the time and effort put into this is the fact that it was given a fresh powder coated frame during its rebuild. Many new and old stock parts were also used and the chrome and stainless steel trim work has also been done to Pebble Beach quality.