Barrett-Jackson is gearing up for another adrenaline-filled auction with some of the world’s most coveted ’60s to ’70s era custom vehicles during its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Collectors worldwide continue to make well-built custom vehicles a part of their collection, like a ’63 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Custom Coupe (Lot #1333) built by Jeff Hayes and American Speed Shop. Another hotly anticipated custom is the ’65 “SN65 Mustang” (Lot #1325), which masterfully integrates two unibody cars separated by 40 years of production.
“The golden era of ’60s and ’70s cars produced fantastic canvases for custom builds,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “When these vehicles rolled off the assembly line nearly 50 years ago, they were celebrated for their bold looks and engineering. Today, they’re being used by talented craftsman to bridge the design of the past with technology of today. The vehicles consigned for our Scottsdale Auction are some of the very best examples built by top names to the high standards collectors expect from today’s custom vehicles.”
Three impressive customs crossing the block in Scottsdale at No Reserve combine high-quality craftsmanship with the fun of top-down cruising. A ’61 Oldsmobile Starfire (preview) from the Bryan Frank Collection features lead bodywork, custom top, reupholstered white leather and chrome wire wheels. Showcased at the 2017 SEMA Show, a topless ’62 Cadillac roadster conversion (Lot #1041) has a full shaved exterior with a ʼ14 Cadillac CTS-V interior upholstered in leather and Alcantara suede. A ’65 Pontiac GTO convertible (preview) is powered by a Butler Performance 467ci big-block engine and dressed in flawless Candy Root Beer paint; it rides on Billet Specialties wheels wrapped in Mickey Thomson tires.
“The resources available for automotive craftsman to create their ‘rolling art’ are unprecedented,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “When contemporary tech, parts and tools are combined with the unbelievable talent of these artisans, classic cars are transformed into timeless masterpieces. For those seeking a true, one-of-one vehicle for their collection, our Scottsdale Auction should already be on their calendar.”
Another sought-after custom will be a ’67 Chevelle (Lot #1447) featured on the 10th season of “Chop Cut Rebuild,” which took a year to build. The car features custom upgrades inside and out, including tucked and shaved bumpers, wheels with red line tires, Nu-Relic power windows, Vintage Air and Audio Shoppe sound system. “Grandma’s Furyous” is a creative take on a ’66 Plymouth Fury Coupe (Lot #986). An original, rust-free body, the car was completely stripped and refinished and upgraded with an 500ci aluminum big block capable of cranking out 600 horsepower.
Additional ’60s and ’70s customs crossing the block in Scottsdale include:
• ’68 Chevrolet Camaro Kindig-It Design (Lot #1386) – Built on “Bitchin’ Rides” Season 3
•’67 Ford Mustang Kindig-It Fastback (Lot #1367) – Pro-charged 427ci 700 horsepower engine
•’70 Chevrolet Nova Custom (Lot #990) – A fresh build by Dan LaBonte with 300 test miles
•’70 Plymouth GTX Custom (preview) – Three-year, ground-up build with photos and documents included
•’71 Plymouth Barracuda (Lot #1321) – “Striker,” an award-winning ISCA car that took 9,500 hours to build