One of the greatest things about the Barrett-Jackson auctions are not only the expected cars, but the unexpected cool ones that show up.
What’s a cool car? It’s a matter of opinion, honestly, but some cars carry more emotional weight and tug at heartstrings just a little bit harder. A cool car is the one you’d buy if you saw it on sale at a gas station in the middle of nowhere and had the cash in your pocket. For the next ten cars, you might not have the cash, but if you won the lottery, these might be impulsive purchases.
Car number one is an '86 Chevy Camaro. This isn’t your dad’s Camaro. This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro is a generation-mixing blend of style, performance and technology. Under the hood is an LS3 backed by a T-56 6-speed. Those aren’t factory wheels or brakes; this thing is equipped with 4-wheel disc and custom 19” wheels. Tastefully built, this Camaro is an amazing mixture of an old classic with fresh upgrades. Carbon fiber is used throughout the interior, as well as on the hood and in the engine bay. A very tasteful restoration that any generation can truly appreciate. This vehicle is lot #1319.
A “Timeless” classic. Of all the cars featured in movies, no other vehicle inspires more than the DeLorean DMC-12. It’s not just the car, but the idea that in Back to The Future, this little-known car suddenly became a craze for would-be time travelers. It’s not the horsepower, torque or top-speed that people love; it is the unmistakable gull-wing doors and the lure of time travel. This car specifically has only 624 miles, making it practically new and a definitive blast from the past. This vehicle is lot #811.
1951 Cadillac Coupe
Head turning is for more than simply exotics. This custom-built 1951 Cadillac coupe had the author questioning the shape and style. This isn’t your everyday car, and the gold color brings about a more unique look. This classic style brings thoughts of wonder, not ideas of millionaires or the rich and famous. Built by John Gimelli, this hand-built car features a V8, an automatic transmission, and is known as “The Golden Dream.” This vehicle is lot #1422.
1987 Buick GNX
The 1987 Buick GNX may have been the fastest car in the 80s. With its sometimes questionable or revered looks, this car was loved or hated - loved by the drivers, and hated by everyone else on the street! 12-second quarter-mile times, air conditioning and room for baby seats made this car a favorite among young parents and as a back-up family car. It’s easier to sell buying a Buick than a Corvette or F-Body. This car beat everything else produced by GM in the same year and was rumored to be de-tuned from the factory, so it wouldn’t hurt the sales of the Corvette. This GNX is #003, and has slightly over 10,000 miles. This vehicle is lot #1327.
1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
More famous than a gullwing time machine, this 1932 Ford 3 window coupe is the epitome of a hotrod. Some kids may not have seen a particular yellow Ford coupe racing on the streets decades before a certain movie franchise came out. This coupe has a 502ci Chevy big block, aluminum Edelbrock heads, a 671 Weiland blower and dual Holley 650 carbs. It is also plumbed for spray. A classic and favorite among car enthusiasts and collectors alike, this hot rod is a part of American nostalgia. This vehicle is lot #500.
1969 Pontiac GTO
1969 may have been one of the most favored years for cars in American history. This 1969 Pontiac GTO, “The Judge,” comes with a 400ci V8 paired with a Muncie M20 4-speed manual. Pontiac may be gone (forever?), but solid GTOs from the late ‘60s are still around. This car was completely restored from the ground up and includes its original build sheet. This vehicle is lot #1109.
1966 Shelby GT350
What’s a list of cool cars without a Mustang? This isn’t an ordinary Mustang - it’s a 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype. This car has a numbers-matching 289ci V8 and a T-10 4-speed manual transmission. The vinyl roof never became a production option, but remained on this vehicle. Known as “SFM6S001,” it is a one of its kind vehicle and was featured in Shelby marketing campaigns. This vehicle is lot #1406.
1971 Dodge Challenger
You can’t forget about MOPAR, and this 1971 Dodge Challenger is no exception. Factory original and never restored, this Challenger boasts a 426ci HEMI and a 4-speed manual transmission. Black on black, this car is mean, and only one of a total of 70 Challengers made in ’71 with the HEMI. With its long nose and distinct rear-end, this car is American Muscle made by MOPAR. This vehicle is lot #1421.
1967 Corvette Convertible
This is an American icon with a twist. This 1967 Corvette convertible has been fully restored, but the engine and transmission have been vastly improved. A crate LS7 produces over 500 HP, backed by a 6-speed transmission; this Corvette might be a contender for supercars. Completely refinished, including upgraded lighting, gauges and wheels, this car is a modern spin on an old classic design. This vehicle is lot #1451.
2016 Dodge Viper ACR
Last on the list of cool cars is this 2016 Dodge Viper ACR. The Dodge Viper is an American contender against the likes of German and Italian engineering. This Viper comes with the full ACR package and carbon fiber front splitter. An 8.4L V10 pushes over 600 HP through a 6-speed manual in this upgraded American supercar. Those who don’t know Viper normally walk away, wondering “What was that?” This vehicle is lot #1291.1.