Hello Friends and Family,

2023 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, part 10

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

This 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is powered by a 283/250hp fuel-injected V8 engine backed by a manual 4-speed transmission. This vintage Corvette was my favorite — a new concept in driving for fun.

It is finished in a Roman Red exterior with an interior that features a Wonder Bar radio. This Corvette rides on 5-spoke American Racing wheels and has a new retractable convertible top.

The previous owner was a banker who acquired the car by loan default and owned it for many years. The car was won in a raffle at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY, in 2021. Promotional material from the drawing will go with the car. It sold for $110,000.

Wow, a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner convertible. I say "wow" because my family had a '57 Ford station wagon (you remember those, don't you). Ours was not the height of automotive excellence but it got us around town and was what I learned to drive during my learner's permit days.

Note the hood, which is hinged at the front — a less common configuration than the rear-hinged variety. I always thought it would be more difficult for mechanics to service.

The car is powered by a rebuilt 8-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission and features power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and an AM Town & Country radio. A complete set of restoration photos were available to the buyer.

This beauty was discovered in Southern California by a Ford Motor Company engineer, Ron Hitter. He performed a frame-off, comprehensive nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration, with 712 miles since completion. The underside is refinished to match the color of the car. The restoration took over 7 years to complete using many New Old Stock (NOS) parts.

One of the things I discovered (because of my family's car) was that the taillight colored lenses contain a part number (so you could order a replacement) which contained the model year. It was not uncommon in those days to see us teenagers looking closely at the lens. We were not up to any mischief — just trying to identify the model year.

By the way, this baby sold for $69,300.

This custom 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible has an all-steel, rust-free original body with a shaved hood and decklid, shortened side trim, and modified 1940 Chevrolet skirts. Power comes from a rebuilt 291ci DeSoto HEMI engine mated to a rebuilt 1940 Ford transmission with Lincoln Zephyr gears and a rebuilt 1940 Ford rear end with 3.25 gears. Other highlights include a 1956 Ford pickup truck radiator, a 4-inch dropped axle with split wishbones with a super slide spring. This vehicle is equipped with front disc brakes, a dual master cylinder, a C-notched frame, and dual exhaust with glass-pack mufflers.

This vehicle has an all-new Ron Francis wiring harness, new brakes, new Diamond Back whitewall radial tires, 1956 Lincoln Premiere hubcaps, wood-grained 1948 Cadillac steering wheel, original gauges, Hot Rod heater, LaBarron Bonney brown interior, and a tan Haartz cloth top. This Ford had an 8-page feature in Hot Rod DeLuxe magazine. It sold at auction for $36,300.

This topless 1965 Lehman Peterson Lincoln Continental topless presidential limousine was part of the presidential motor pool during the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. It was sold under President Jimmy Carter's administration.

It is powered by a 430ci V8 engine paired with an automatic transmission. Equipped with the typical Lincoln features (air conditioning has been disabled), it has a set of new Vogue whitewall tires, new brakes, a new fuel tank and system, and a complete service.

This vehicle was used annually to host the Grand Marshals in the Rose Festival parade. Many celebrities and rock stars have been chauffeured in this car, including Al Unser Jr., Richard Petty, and Ahmad Rashad.

Note the small platforms for Secret Service agents to stand on and hand holds on the trunk while protecting the President (or other dignitaries. This vehicle sold for $49,500

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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