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Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction 2019, Part 4

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As one strolls around a Barrett-Jackson auction, one never knows what surprises await. For instance, here is a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, which I and my friends felt was to die for — even though we were not old enough to drive. This is the two-seat version of this famous line of personal luxury cars — which, of course, had to have a very special nameplate.

To young drivers today, the interior probably looks a bit dated — but for my generation, it is just classic!

It is powered by the optional 312ci E-code engine that produces 270hp through a modified Holley dual 4-barrel carburetor setup, backed by a 3-speed manual transmission.

This E-Code was built with the optional hardtop, engine dress-up kit, special vented engine, power steering, heater and defroster, back-up lights, full wheel covers and a tonneau cover. In fact, it was the First Place winner at the 2008 Colorado Concours d’Elegance. This jewel sold for $51,700.

Next up is a 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 in Palomar Red. Powering this Super Sport is a 409ci W-series big-block V8 engine that produces 340hp. The engine is mated to a Powerglide automatic transmission.

The restored interior features a full set of original floor mats, vinyl upholstery, bucket seats, floor console with a floor-mounted chrome shifter and special SS door panel appliqués. The fully restored trunk carries a correct mat with a full-sized spare. This baby brought $60,500 at auction.

Another example of the very special Chevrolet Corvette — a vintage 1957 convertible. This hardtop roadster underwent a full nut-and-bolt restoration in 2001 with new Venetian Red paint and custom exhaust.

It is powered by a 283ci 8-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. It has 53,865 original miles and went for $47,300.

Here we see a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible was restored to Original Equipment Manufacturers specifications. All parts and accessories are OEM or NOS as Chevrolet Factory used in 1956, including the paint.

With this vintage automobile, we return to the days of yesteryear when special cars sported a special hood ornament — in this case, an eagle, looking very much like a modern military jet fighter or even a strategic bomber.

What we see is the result of a 5-year frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration which was performed in Billings, MT over 25 years ago. Since its completion it has always been stored in climate-controlled facilities. It’s also equipped with a padded dash, Wonder Bar radio, electric clock, hood light, automatic windshield washer, tissue dispenser, courtesy lamps, date-coded safety glass, emergency brake indicator lamp, fender birds, both outside rearview mirrors, rocker moldings, gravel guards, rear fender antenna, door handle shields, backup lamps, and wire wheel covers.

This Bel Air is powered by a 265ci Power Pack engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Options include power steering, power brakes, power seat, power top with matching boot, and a Continental kit with front and rear bumper extension kits. The sale price was $66,000.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com