Hello Friends and Family,

2023 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, part 6

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

For your viewing pleasure this week, we start with a classic 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie convertible which was the recipient of a complete professional restoration with attention to detail, including re-creating the factory markings. In an era of chrome and four headlamps, the Corvette adapted to the look of the day. The 1958 model year and the four that followed all had the exposed four-headlamp treatment and prominent grilles, but a faux-louvered hood and chrome trunk spears were unique to this model year. This Corvette is powered by its original matching-numbers 283/290hp engine with its original Rochester fuel-injection setup. The engine is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.

The underside of this car was also detailed as part of the restoration. This Corvette comes with both tops, the original assembly manual, and is turn-key. It has been stored in a climate-controlled garage since the restoration was finished. This beauty sold for $143,000.

Next up is a custom 1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible that underwent an extensive and comprehensive frame-off restoration from 2017 to 2019. Powered by a 2015 Mustang GT Gen 2 Coyote 5.0-liter 435hp engine with 400 ft/lbs of torque.

Convertible versions of standard sedans were common in those days — but when have you seen a current convertible version of a modern sedan? Like never.

Years ago, this model year caught my early teen eyes with the integration of the backup light into the modest tail fin. A relatively large tail light (for that time) was encircled by a reflector making it look even larger.

Finished in Gun Metallic (Nissan 2020 Code Kad - GUN), this vehicle is equipped with an Equestrian Prodigy interior and a black Stayfast convertible top. All receipts and manuals from the restoration are included with the purchase in two comprehensive books. This classic vehicle sold for $107,800.

Here we see a custom 1960 Chevrolet Impala powered by a Blueprint Performance 383ci stroker crate engine with 430hp mated to a 700R transmission with a B&M floor shifter.

Fins were still hot at the time of this Chevy's release but they were placed horizontally on the rear fenders and integrated into the trunk lid. Three tail lights made a distinctive pattern when seen at night — you couldn't miss it. Still lots of chrome. This Chevy sold for $66,000.

This 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/245 convertible is finished in Venetian Red over a red interior with a beige top. It is powered by a factory-correct, matching-numbers EH 283ci V8 engine producing 245hp with dual quads, mated to 3-speed close-ratio manual transmission.

Note the single headlights that were replaced in the next model year with dual headlights. The aggressive use of chrome led the way for even more chrome the following model year. Why does the grill look like a teenager's braces? Must be due to all my friends having braces at that time.

I love the interior — quite spartan compared to today's computer console look. BTW, most younger drivers could not drive this vehicle — stick shift ("what is that extra pedal for?").

Also, note the ashtray next to the stick shift. Many current models today do not have an ashtray as standard equipment although one can usually be added as an option. Quite a difference between 1957 and 2023!

The beauty sold at auction for $84,700, complete with an ashtray and clutch pedal.

Last for today is a 1964 Porsche 356C and what a beauty it is. The vehicle underwent a recent mechanical and cosmetic restoration and it is absolutely beautiful. Some non-car people say it looks like a VW but any similarity is superficial — this opinion from a former owner of a 1968 VW Beetle (first car after graduating from college).

Power to the ground is provided with a 4-speed manual transmission, and the car rides on new disc brakes and new KONI shocks. It is finished in the correct Ruby Red, paint code 6402. The interior features a new German square-weave carpet and has a functional AM radio with the correct Blaupunkt blue-tip antenna. It comes with the Porsche factory tool kit, manual, and Porsche COA.

If you're interested, I found a fascinating YouTube video featuring a nice country ride in the same model car from England to the hills of Scotland narrated by the driver, James Martin (a cameraman and car enthusiast). If you're interested, open your favorite browser and type "https://youtu.be/yg0-C9phP9s". It's a fun 10 minutes.

This Porsche sold for $77,000.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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