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2023 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, part 11

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

Leading off today is a 1937 Ford Model 78 Woody sedan in highly original condition. It is powered by a Ford Flathead V8 engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. It is equipped with a wood-grain dash, three seats, an original AM tube-style radio, and an original clock, with all the engine gauge instruments working properly.

It has its original top, original seats and interior, and most of the original paint and wood. The tires, fuel tank, and a small section of the exhaust and seat belts were replaced. It brings back memories of a similar Woody that my uncle owned — it saw many trips to the beach, visits to a great ice cream shop afterward (the peach ice cream was out of this world), and drives out to his farm.

This memory-jogging vehicle sold for $38,500 — I would have loved to win this one.

This custom 1964 Pontiac GTO is finished in Silvermist Gray and is powered by a non-matching-numbers rebuilt 389ci V8 engine with Pontiac Tri-Power, 4-wheel disc brakes, 5-speed manual transmission with Hurst Shifter, and dual exhaust. These features certainly earned the GTO recognition as one of the muscle cars of the mid-'60s.

It has its original black interior with a Sunpro tachometer, push-button radio, locking glovebox, cabin heater, and defroster, 4-spoke Pontiac wood-trimmed steering wheel, and AutoMeter instruments for water temperature, oil pressure, and voltage mounted below the dashboard.

This classic muscle car went for $42,900.

Even the rankest amateur car enthusiast knows the Rolls Royce hood ornament (Spirit of Ecstasy) dating all the way back to 1909 when the sculptor Charles Sykes captured the likeness of Eleanor Thornton.

  • At the time, the culture in London generally depicted women as passive, and as awaiting the actions and opinions of others.
  • Nothing could have been further from the truth for Eleanor, who was a crucial force in the small group of motorists and enthusiasts who would found and brand Rolls-Royce as the premier luxury motorcar.
  • The Spirit of Ecstasy’s active and engaged posture symbolizes freedom of thought and bold action. Her flowing dress is clearly reminiscent of the wings of a plane, and it symbolizes the freedom of movement and exploratory desire which fueled the birth of the Rolls-Royce brand.

This 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III utilized body-on-frame construction and a smooth V8 engine and automatic transmission with roots dating back some 40 years. An upgraded Silver Cloud II debuted in 1959, and though otherwise substantially unchanged, its brand-new V8 was introduced, and in 1963, the Silver Cloud III's novel four-headlight nose treatment caused another stir.

This 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III example is from the second-to-last year of Silver Cloud production, a shift also marked by the end of traditional body-on-chassis construction for regular production Rolls-Royces. This example is fitted with factory air conditioning and dual radios, including its factory Blaupunkt unit in the front and a later Pioneer unit in the rear.

While some history is unknown, it was sold new to an industrialist in France. Note the yellow French-style lamp lenses, which were unique to the nation during that era. The car is equipped with modern Rolls-Royce side mirrors that function correctly.

This car has no rust or rust repair, and the underside appears fresh and proper, even retaining the leather spring protectors that Rolls-Royce equipped each and every one of these cars with.

This magnificent vehicle (one cannot call it a "car", it is so much more) sold for $73,700.

This award-winning 1917 Oldsmobile "Six" Model 37 was beautifully restored in Montana between 1992-94. The passion for this restoration is unmistakable when reading through the many personal letters and correspondence in search of parts and information. Those original parts came from all over the U.S. and abroad in an effort to honestly and completely restore this vehicle to its original grandeur.

This car runs and drives like it did over a century ago. There are clean running boards, immaculate hood ornament and emblems, and an expertly finished wood dashboard. The black interior is ready for a ride in the hometown parade.

All restoration documentation was included in the sale, along with many automobilia pieces associated with the car, including the original instruction manual.

The red exterior with black fenders and gold pinstriping is masterfully executed.

Note the varnished wood spoke wheels. Wow, such detail. This baby sold at auction for $19,800.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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