Plan your trip now: In less than two weeks, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company will kick off its 6th Annual Collector Car Event in Palm Beach, Florida, with a broad selection of vehicles once again being offered at the exclusive East Coast auction. Corvettes and classics, Bel Airs and Bosses, Porsches and Plymouths, Cords and Caddies and Shelbys and Superbirds, as well as customs, TV "star cars" and a motorcycle and memorabilia from Evel Knievel will be sold at No Reserve on March 26-30, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Fla. SPEED will once again bring the action home with 19 hours of high definition TV coverage.
"We've scheduled a diverse and exciting East Coast automotive lifestyle event," said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Palm Beach is a fantastic setting for the fabulous cars, stellar vendors and nonstop action that will make this year's event truly memorable. Only Barrett-Jackson makes it possible for anyone to be part of the action with a car for every taste and budget."
A very comprehensive offering of Corvettes will be represented at the 2008 event in Palm Beach. From the rare 1954 model to a current C6 Z06 Daytona 500 parade car (Lot #643), collectors can choose from significant cars built with a wide spectrum of performance options. Some of the highly anticipated cars include a 1970 ZR-1 LT-1 coupe (Lot #670.1), many "Fuelies" and a 2007 C6 Z06 convertible conversion (Lot #689.3) with a 505 horsepower LS2 engine. Collectors will be able to choose from an array of original, numbers-matching cars, as well as custom Corvettes.
"1950s-era American cars, including both originals and customs, have risen in popularity over the course of the past year," noted Jackson. "We have one of our best selections of Bel Airs ever, both customized and stock, including a frame-off restored 1957 Bel Air convertible (Lot #661) that's a Grand National winner with only 1,000 miles since the restoration and a wild custom 1951 Bel Air coupe (Lot #38). And there are several fuel-injected Bel Airs available this year, which was a fairly rare option."
Other 1950s-era convertibles available include a 1957 Ford "E" Thunderbird (Lot #378), a stunning 1956 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz (Lot #672), a 1956 Buick Roadmaster (Lot #686), a 1956 Ford Sunliner (Lot #359.3) and a 1958 Chevrolet Impala (Lot #658). Closed top cars range from a 1957 custom sedan delivery (Lot #39) to a 1954 Buick Super Rivera (Lot #693).
"Original Shelbys are very desirable with both old and new collectors," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "We have a fine selection of 1960s-era Shelbys, including a 1968 GT500 convertible (Lot #674) that is one of 402 and a 1967 GT500 fastback (Lot #659) that was signed by Carroll Shelby."
Other coveted Detroit warriors include a 9,000 original mile Plymouth Superbird (Lot #659.1), 1970 Ford 429 Torino Cobra (Lot #640), 1965 Pontiac GT0 (Lot #30.1), 1968 Camaro RS/SS (Lot # 382), "Plum Crazy" 1970 Dodge Super Bee (Lot #380) and several Chevelles. There will also be a number of convertible model muscle cars offered in Palm Beach.
Cars with star power will be in full force in Palm Beach as eight vehicles from HBO's "The Sopranos" will cross the block, led by Tony Soprano's 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV (Lot #633), with net proceeds benefiting Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Ford Motor Company will auction a piece of TV history when it sells two KITT Mustangs (Lots #665 & #665.1) used in the "Knight Rider" pilot. Ford partnered with NBC to create the new KITT supercars, inspired by the new Shelby GT500KR. "Super KITT" and "Attack Mode KITT" will be sold as a pair with all proceeds to benefit Salute to Education. Ford, participating dealers and Ford Motor Credit fund Salute to Education, which provides scholarships to college students.
Rounding out the celebrity offerings will be a motorcycle and memorabilia (Lot #650) from the world's preeminent daredevil, Evel Knievel. The bike, a 1972 Harley Davidson XR 750, will be sold with two jumpsuits, a helmet and boots, as well as X-rays from Knievel's Caesar's Palace jump and an original Evel Knievel pinball machine, among other items.
Customs will also be represented at the Palm Beach event as well as a strong group of Hot Rods. Highlighting this year's custom lineup is a stunning 1957 Chevrolet convertible (Lot #357), which was built for The Armed Forces Foundation and Super Chevy magazine. Dubbed "Project American Heroes," the proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit The Armed Forces Foundation, which provides support to the families of fallen or disabled soldiers.
In conjunction with Ford, ROUSH Performance will auction the final 2008 ROUSH P-51 Mustang produced in a limited run of 151 cars. The custom Mustang, which will be sold to benefit Salute to Education, features 510 horsepower, 510 lb/ft of torque and was modeled after the P-51 Mustang warbird aircraft.
Another high-profile car headed to South Florida is a 1967 Ford Mustang "Pit Viper." The custom fastback is Serial No. 005 from the limited production build by Total Performance Inc. and includes an all aluminum 427ci, 550-plus horsepower small-block Ford engine and a full race suspension.
A stellar group of collector cars from across the pond will find new owners in Palm Beach, led by a 1955 Porsche Speedster (Lot #638.1) and Jaguar XKE roadsters from 1965 and 1967 (Lots #654.1 & #657.1). Austin-Healeys, which have become hot properties, will be well represented by a pristine 1965 3000 Mark III convertible (Lot #654) and two 1960 3000 BT7 roadsters (Lots #360 & #373). For a collector searching for a quirky new addition to their garage, a 1967 Amphicar 770 convertible with right hand drive (Lot #7) will be sold during the first day of the auction.
Barrett-Jackson has also attracted several "great classics" that will parade across the auction block. Underscoring this segment is an immaculate 1948 Lincoln Convertible (Lot #637), a 1948 Lincoln Continental coupe (Lot #352) with only 70,000 miles and a 1937 Cord (Lot #638).
Another popular trend that will continue this year in Palm Beach will be the Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction. The one-of-a-kind automobile collectibles will be offered at No Reserve prior to the start of the vehicle auction on March 27-30. The 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Palm Beach will be kicked off by the annual Opening Night Gala for charity on March 26.
"We will once again work very hard to raise money for a group of worthy charities," stated Davis. "Our gala will benefit The Darrell Gwynn Foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And Salute to Education, a designated Ford charity, will benefit from the sale of six high-profile offerings and receive 10 percent of the gate totals on Sunday, March 30."
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the "World's Greatest Collector Car Events™" in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla. and Las Vegas. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.