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2023 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, part 4

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We start this week with a 1929 Ford Model A Custom Sedan. It is powered by a crate (never been used) 383ci stroker engine with fuel injection married to a 4-speed transmission. C-4 Hot Rods of Denver customized the dash with Dakota Digital Gauges, a DVR player, and GPS Kenwood Stereo.

This car won the "Best of Show" title at the 13th annual Rocky Mountain Rod and Custom "Crème de la Chrome" show. It has won many awards since then. It sold at auction for $49,500.00.

Back to the cars of my youth, we see a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, fully restored and invited for consideration as an exhibit in the San Diego Auto Museum. Cars of that era were often identified by the hood ornament that, this case, looks something like a jet fighter taking off.

The other distinguishing feature was the rocket flame taillights seen on so many of the models of this time period — each unique, helping us teens (at the time) identify a Chevy or a Cadillac. This baby sold for $82,500.00.

Sitting right next to the '56 Chevy was a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible. If you followed the styling of the taillight on Cadillacs over the years, you would notice how they got bigger and bigger each year together with fins growing and eventually looking sharp enough to cut your hand off as it passed by. Additionally, this distinctive paint job makes me think of strawberry ice cream or cotton candy. Makes me hungry.

Back to the Caddy, it just received a full frame-on, high-quality restoration. It is powered by a factory 390ci engine mated to an automatic transmission — both original items. Someone picked it up for "only" $220,000.00.

Plymouth was a brand (from Chrysler) that had a long run from 1928 to 2001. It competed in the "low-priced" market segment that was dominated by Chevrolet and Ford. Here we see a recently restored 1960 Plymouth 2-door Fury convertible, powered by a 383ci engine with Sonoramic Cross-Ram induction dual 4-barrel carburetors.

I have to confess that Plymouths were not my favorite car of this era. The huge fins just did not excite me. It just looked like they were trying to outdo the other auto manufacturers in the height of the fins.

This Fury is equipped with a push-button TorqueFlite automatic transmission, power steering (no lever to select the gear), and power brakes. All gauges are in working order, as are the radio and optional record player, which has nostalgic 45 rpm records. It sold for a whopping $128,700.

Sitting nearby was a 1957 Chrysler 300C, powered by a factory 392ci HEMI V8 engine equipped with dual 4-barrel carburetors and a push-button start. The engine is mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission. This car is equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, and power seats, along with factory air conditioning that blows cold or hot air.

More big fins! Still don't care for them but lots of people must have liked them otherwise they would have discontinued them much earlier than they did. This vehicle sold for $44,000.

Here's a fun car, a 1935 Ford 3-Window Deluxe coupe has a steel body and fiberglass fenders and running boards. Interesting — this Ford is powered by a Chevrolet 350ci engine. I have noticed this is a common practice — using different maker's engines during restoration.

It is equipped with a custom interior, Vintage Air heat and air conditioning, a roll-down rear window, updated suspension, a 9-inch rear end, and power steering. I think it would be fun driving around town in this baby which only cost $38,500.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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