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Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction 2019, Part 9

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We start the day with a custom 1939 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery, which is powered by a 350/350hp Chevy crate engine.

It’s finished in Deltron PPG Porsche Silver paint and features customized hood side panels, 1941 Chevy pickup frenched headlights, billet custom side mirrors, and billet wheels.

I find the tail lights particularly interesting since they were so simply and functionally designed. A few model years into the future, they will evolve into the stars of the show accompanied by massive tail fins. This vehicle sold for $40,700.

Next up we see a restored 1929 Ford Model A roadster featuring a black cloth top and a leather interior. It is powered by a 103.5ci 4-cylinder engine and a factory 3-speed manual transmission.

The interior is nicely appointed. I particularly like the simple but aesthetically pleasing design of the steering wheel and the instrument panel.

This vehicle was equipped with a rumble seat (the Brits might call it a "dickey seat" and in some quarters it is called a "mother-in-law-seat"). It would have been fun to go touring while sitting in the rumble seat, with the sun shining down on you and the wind in your hair — except when inclement weather struck. Notice the grab bars for when this roadster encountered rough roads — a common occurrence back before most of the roads were paved with asphalt or concrete.

This is a closeup of a footpad where one would step in order to get into the rumble seat.

Access to the rumble seat was a two-step process — from this side, left foot on the lower footpad, right foot on the footpad on the fender then swing the left leg into the rumble seat opening, followed by the right leg. All this fun would now set you back $26,400 at auction.

Here we see a well-preserved 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe still wearing its original Fiesta Cream and Bermuda Green paint with its original green interior, and has 50,200 original miles. It is powered by its original Blue Flame 235ci 6-cylinder engine mated to a Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission and is stopped by power brakes. I found it curious that the lighting and reflections under the tent made the Fiesta Cream paint look like a mixture of yellow and green — but with no seams separating the two.

The vehicle's history is interesting. It was sold new at Don Gilmore Chevrolet on August 10, 1954, in Hayward, CA, and includes sale documents, such as the booklet from Don Gilmore Chevrolet and most of the original California vehicle registration documents dating back to 1954. It was acquired from the original owner’s estate in 1970 and placed into storage in 1974. This Chevrolet has spent its entire life in northern California.

During 2018, a complete and meticulous detailing and mechanical refresh were performed, which included complete rebuilds of brake, charging, cooling, and fuel systems. It also had a tuneup and an oil change and four new Coker whitewall tires. It sold for $30,250.

Last for today, is a Ford roadster built in 1988 as a 1923 T-Bucket. It has a 383ci 8-cylinder Chevy Stoker engine mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission and a 420 B&M mega blower. The engine is new, the blower was recently rebuilt, and the radiator was recently cleaned and tested. This T-Bucket has two Holley 4-barrel carburetors and all-new Mallery electronics on the engine. This engine was factory dyno-tested in 2015 and includes a dyno sheet.

The top is a removable, premium-molded semi-hard top. All documentation and receipts for the work performed are included. It has 3,820 actual miles. At auction, it sold for $13,200.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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