LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – September 20, 2010) –
- SPEED will broadcast 21.5 hours of auction action during the 3rd annual Las Vegas event
- Barrett-Jackson and SPEED to introduce four timed lot numbers
- One of the world’s fastest cars and a stock of one-of-a-kind exotics will be available to bidders
Barrett-Jackson Auction Company will offer a striking group of exciting, eclectic and exotic vehicles at No Reserve during the 3rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction on Thursday, Sept. 23, through Saturday, Sept. 25, at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. With 21.5 hours of live SPEED coverage, viewers and attendees will witness hundreds of spectacular vehicles crossing the block during the three days of bidding.
“From a diverse group of Chevelles to one of the world’s fastest production cars and highly respected collections, we promise to feature some of the most exciting vehicles in the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “Since we’ll be kicking off our year-long 40th anniversary celebration in the city of lights, we’re offering a broad range of vehicles that represent the evolution of the hobby. We stand true to our promise to offer something for everyone, so it’ll be a weekend to remember.”
Timing is Everything
In partnership with SPEED, Barrett-Jackson will be the center of attention as prominent cars, such as a Bugatti Veyron, SLR McLaren, Buick GSX Stage 1 and a Chevrolet 150 sedan are scheduled to take center stage during the three auction days. For the first time in Barrett-Jackson history, a timed lot number will be featured at 5:30 p.m. PDT each auction day.
“Just like we pioneered internet bidding and television coverage of auctions through SPEED, we’re going a step further with timed lot numbers,” explained Steve Davis, president of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “This opportunity will guarantee viewers a chance to watch a featured car cross the block at a specific time every auction day. We’re continually working on new ways to enhance the experience for our viewers and we believe timed lot numbers will do just that.”
A black and white 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedan Black Widow tribute (Lot #7600), which was restored using the SEDCO Competition Guide, will start off the timed lot number group. The Chevy features a Fuel Injected 283cid V8 engine, which puts out 283 horsepower and is scheduled to appear on SPEED at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23.
A yellow and black 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 coupe (Lot #3660) has undergone a full frame-up rotisserie restoration and features a correct, matching numbers powertrain. Documented as GSX Stage 1 car #331, it has a 455cid V8 mated to a three-speed automatic. The Buick GSX Stage 1 is scheduled to sell at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24.
Known as the crown jewel of exotics, the 2008 Bugatti Veyron (Lot #6580) is number 80 out of 300 produced and was the fastest production car in the world in 2008. With only 11,800 miles on it, the rare high-performance car has a V16 developing 1,001 horsepower, 922 ft./lb. of torque, carbon-ceramic brakes and four Turbo chargers. The vehicle has a top speed of 253 mph and goes zero to 60 in 2.47 seconds. A car fit for any automotive enthusiast that has a need for speed, the Bugatti is sure to be a show-stopper during the auction. The Bugatti is scheduled to cross the block on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
The SLR McLaren Roadster convertible (Lot #6580.1) has a Crystal Antimony Grey exterior that encases a Silver Arrow Red leather interior. The luxurious ride features a 5.5 liter, V8 with a black carbon trim package. The McLaren has less than 600 miles on it and will take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 25, following the Bugatti Veyron.
Most Coveted Exotics
Exotic sports cars, such as the Lamborghini Murcielago and a stable of Ferraris will turn heads as an assorted selection will be available for bidders to choose from. The Giallo Yellow on black 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago (Lot #669.2) has a 6.2 liter with a V12 developing 571 horsepower and 479 ft./lb. of torque and a six-speed manual transmission.
“The trend to own modern collectibles, like the 2008 Veyron and 2002 Lamborghini began at Barrett-Jackson because we understood the value of getting these vehicles in front of our bidders,” explained Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The Bugatti, McLaren, Lamborghini and Ferraris are all amazing collectibles now and destined to be a hot collectible in the future. Barrett-Jackson will continue to provide a diverse docket of these modern collectible vehicles because consumers understand the value of owning a collectible they can drive now and sell later when the timing is right.”
The Italian line-up features:
- 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello two door coupe (Lot #641.1)
- 1999 Ferrari 355 F-1 Spider (Lot #652.2)
- 1988 Ferrari Testarossa two door coupe (Lot #375)
- 1994 Ferrari 348 Spyder convertible (Lot #628)
- 2003 Ferrari 456 M GT two door coupe (Lot #653)
A Chevelle for Every Need
Known as one of Chevrolet’s most successful nameplates, the Chevelle was originally manufactured in the 1960s as a rival to Ford’s Fairlane. Barrett-Jackson will sell a 1967 Chevelle SS396 convertible (Lot #341.1) painted in stunning Bolero Red over black. Restored to an exceptionally high degree, this SS396 includes its factory four-speed manual transmission, tachometer, bucket seats and power steering. It proudly displays its Protect-O-Plate, build sheets and factory “Monroney” Window Sticker.
A Cortez Silver with a black vinyl top 1970 Chevelle SS454 LS5 two door coupe (Lot #640) will also cross the block. There are less than 500 miles on the fresh frame-on restoration. A four-speed Hurst manual puts the power to the ground with a 12-bolt rear end. The ’70 Chevelle has a factory sway bar, tilt steering, power windows, SS rally wheels and SS hood. The original owner’s manual is included.
“The Chevelles we’ve gathered represent some of the finest muscle cars we’ve ever offered,” noted Davis. “The Chevelle lends itself so well to tasteful customization that bidders will appreciate some of our modified examples offered over the auction block.”
Other Chevelles up for grabs include:
- Royal Plum over black 1967 SS396 Chevelle two door hardtop (Lot #347)
- White over red 1970 Chevelle SS396 coupe (Lot #335)
- Cortez Silver 1969 Chevelle SS396 coupe (Lot #352.1)
- Blue with white rally stripes 1970 Chevelle SS396 two door coupe (Lot #357)
- Monaco Orange 1969 Chevelle SS396 two door coupe (Lot #625.1)
- 1972 Chevelle SS custom two door coupe known as “Project Bad ’72” (Lot #344.1)
- 1969 Chevelle custom two door coupe known as “Project Crazy Train” (Lot #344.2)
- 1970 Chevelle SS custom two door coupe known as “Project Injected” (Lot #671.1)
The Fabulous 50s
Taking a step back in time, Barrett-Jackson will offer a selection of some of the 1950s most desirable cars, including those from the Rudy Lechtenberger collection. The group represents nearly 50 years of passion for cars, trucks and tractors. Ford, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac vehicles that led the way in style, horsepower and innovation during the decade of the Fifties, will also be sold on the Barrett-Jackson stage.
In 1956, Ford offered the 312cid V8 Thunderbird Special engine option that boasted 225 horsepower with automatic transmission. The black 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible (Lot #611.2) features a red and white interior, Continental kit and the Thunderbird Special with a three-speed manual transmission. It has been restored to original condition and was in the Lechtenberger collection for 15 years.
A top-of-the-line 1957 Harbor Blue Bel Air two door hardtop (Lot #650) will be available for purchase at Barrett-Jackson. It is equipped with the famed Fuel Injection V8 and a three-speed manual transmission. The Bel Air has undergone a rotisserie restoration and is a show winner taking home, Outstanding Detail, Gold Class and Best of Show at the Gainesville, Fla., Super Chevy Show.
“1957 is often seen as the height of innovation, performance and style of the 50s,” explained Gary Bennett, vice president of consignment at Barrett-Jackson. “The ’57s were, and still are, among the most sought-after vehicles of that period.”
A 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible (Lot #651.1) with black exterior and silver coves is equipped with the legendary Ramjet Fuel Injected 283 V8 coupled to a four-speed Borg Warner T-10. The correct casting numbers for the engine block, heads and generator make this a very special 1957 Corvette. The car is well equipped with options that include: Wonderbar radio, heater, parking brake alarm, white wall tires and spinner wheel covers. The only miles put on the Corvette since restoration are test miles.
Other legendary ’50s vehicles available include:
- 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria two door hardtop (Lot #317)
- 1955 red Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria two door hardtop (Lot #610)
- 1955 black and white Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria two door hardtop (Lot #610.1)
- 1955 Buick Super convertible (Lot #655)
- 1957 Cadillac Biarritz Eldorado convertible (Lot #651)
- 1958 Chevrolet Impala two door hardtop (Lot #611)
- 1958 blue Chevrolet Impala two door hardtop (Lot #610.2)
A Week of Automotive Lifestyle Events
The Barrett-Jackson automotive lifestyle week will kick-off with its annual cruise-in on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Gaudin Ford, followed by the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Road Rally on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The rally is scheduled to cruise down the Las Vegas Boulevard and arrive at Mandalay Bay’s southeast parking lot. The event is free to the public and people can enjoy ride n’ drives provided by Ford and GM, demonstrations and entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
This year, Barrett-Jackson is partnering with MGM Resorts International to offer five days of “REVVED” events, including spa indulgences, cooking events, fashion shows, gaming tournaments, liquor and cigar experiences, concerts, movies, the fire-breathing Robosaurus vehicle and much more leading up to the star attraction, the Barrett-Jackson Auction. For more information on how to become a REVVED insider, click on the link to www.revvedlasvegas.com.
For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to www.barrett-jackson.com/bid.
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas and Orange County, Calif. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.