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Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction 2019, Part 2

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Auto-related but not a drivable car is this back-to-back sofa made from a 1959 Cadillac rear end and, on the other side, a similar vintage Chrysler product although I am not sure which one. It looks like the Caddy had a little accident.

Known for its 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds or less, the Lexus LFA is any supercar fan's dream. This is the LFA Nürburgring Edition, one of only 50 ever built. It has 885 actual miles, driven by its original owner. It sold at auction for $918,500.00.

Here we see a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, powered by a 5.7-liter V10 engine coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. With only 5,031 actual miles from new, this is the 851st of just 1,270 examples produced. It was not sold, the bids did not reach the reserve.

Next up, a 2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT — in Monterey Blue over tan leather interior. This Diablo is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine and shifted via a 5-speed manual transmission. It sold for $352,000.

The Plymouth Roadrunner was a performance car produced between 1968 and 1980. Remarkably, they were able to assemble a row of Roadrunners all with a similar huge spoiler with a "Superbird" decal on the spoilers featuring the cartoon Roadrunner.

Chevrolet introduced the Corvette in 1953 as "America's sports car,” and the first one reached the end of the assembly line on June 30, 1953. This was the first mass-produced fiberglass-bodied car, and all of the 300 cars built were assembled by hand in the back of a customer delivery garage in Flint, MI. All of the 1953 Corvettes were identical, with convertible bodies in Polo White with a Sportsman Red interior and a black canvas top. The engine was the Blue Flame straight-6 cylinder producing 150hp, with triple Carter carburetors and 2-speed automatic transmission.

With a total production of only 300 cars, the 1953 is the lowest production of any year Corvette. This example is a late-production car, #290 of 300 produced, and it retains its original hand-laid fiberglass. The engine has the correct codes and dates, and the car comes complete with the original side curtains and spare tire. The car has been part of a private collection in Southern California since 2008. It sold for $220,000.

This 1960 Pro-Touring-style Corvette was professionally rebuilt with the new 6.2-liter LT1 direct-injected Corvette engine that produces 535hp, 470 ft/lbs of torque and a 4L75E automatic transmission. The interior of the car was done in Italian leather, with double stitching on the dash and panels adding a custom touch. The seats are concaved for additional seating room as well. It has a new stereo made to look like the original 1960 Wonder Bar stereo with Bluetooth, JL amplifier, subwoofer, and Focal speakers. It sold for $330,000.

Designed and built by Kindig-It Design, “Cavallo Rossa” - meaning red horse in Italian - is a paragon for the business that gave the company its recognizable notoriety. This 1937 Chevy coupe has been customized with a 3” chop top, windshield and 8” stretched front sheet metal and wheelbase, which give it a good silhouette. “Cavallo Rossa” is painted in Candy Apple Red complemented by a Harvest leather interior, which sports custom gauges, Vintage Air and custom audio. It is powered by a 498ci V8 Chevy big-block engine producing 425hp, backed by a built 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, and features Hilborn fuel injection with ceramic-coated headers and exhaust. “Cavallo Rossa” has won the 2007 GM Design Award for Best GM Hot Rod at SEMA and has been featured on “Bitchin’ Rides” and “My Classic Cars with Dennis Gage.” It sold for $154,000.

Next up is Tesla Model 3, which comes with the option of dual-motor all-wheel drive, 20” Performance Wheels, and Brakes and lowered suspension for total control, in all weather conditions. And a carbon fiber spoiler improves stability at high speeds, all allowing Model 3 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds. My little buddy, Johnny, loves Teslas — on the way to school and back home he is always on the lookout for them. He keeps asking why I haven't bought one yet.

Launched at the prestigious March 1963 Geneva Auto Show, the new 230SL roadster succeeded both the 300Sl and the 190SL lines, marking a new single-platform policy for Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Internally codded W113 and of monocoque construction, the SL featured chiseled body lines penned by noted and prolific designer Paul Bracq. The new SL went on to become an unqualified postwar icon and, given the instantly iconic styling, upscale cachet and inherent excellence of the 230SL, it is only natural that it would captivate a fast-rising musician/songwriter from Liverpool, who was finally enjoying the fruits of virtually endless writing, touring and recording. That young man was John Winston Lennon, and this is his 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL. A thrilling find for anyone even remotely interested in the British musical invasion of the Swinging '60s and sporting automobiles, this 230SL was the choice of a man who, by the mid-1960s, could choose any automobile he wanted. This baby sold for $187,000.

Well, finally a car that I could afford! Love it!

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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