Five Gems from the Upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auctions

Click Here to Begin Slideshow For those near or willing to travel to Palm Beach, there’s a cavalcade of incredible machinery up for grabs at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Auctions. Over 600 pristine vehicles from the USA, Germany, Italy, England and Japan will go on auction over the course of four days next month, and for this prime selection, there’s going to be a mass emigration to Florida in the coming weeks. We’ve selected five of the prettier items rolling across the block April 12-15, and dragged up some relevant information for your perusal. The collection of cars was difficult to choose from, but this varied group ought to get any bonafide car fan drooling and searching for airfare. First up is: 1. 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo credit: Barrett-Jackson This pristine 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 needs no introduction. A California car, this rust-free example has been completely renovated inside and out with a black and silver exterior complemented by a black leather seats. It is powered by an H-coded 351ci Cleveland Ram Air engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. It wears American Racing Torq Thrust wheels at all four corners, as well as a rally-esque Shelby GT500KR-style road lamp grille. The classic lines, the distinctive NACA ducts adorning the hood, tasteful wheels, immaculate condition and original motor make this a true beauty - a black beauty, which fits seeing as it’s a Mustang.

Five Gems from the Upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auctions

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For those near or willing to travel to Palm Beach, there’s a cavalcade of incredible machinery up for grabs at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Auctions. Over 600 pristine vehicles from the USA, Germany, Italy, England and Japan will go on auction over the course of four days next month, and for this prime selection, there’s going to be a mass emigration to Florida in the coming weeks.
We’ve selected five of the prettier items rolling across the block April 12-15, and dragged up some relevant information for your perusal. The collection of cars was difficult to choose from, but this varied group ought to get any bonafide car fan drooling and searching for airfare. First up is:

1. 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Photo credit: Barrett-Jackson

This pristine 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 needs no introduction. A California car, this rust-free example has been completely renovated inside and out with a black and silver exterior complemented by a black leather seats. It is powered by an H-coded 351ci Cleveland Ram Air engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. It wears American Racing Torq Thrust wheels at all four corners, as well as a rally-esque Shelby GT500KR-style road lamp grille. The classic lines, the distinctive NACA ducts adorning the hood, tasteful wheels, immaculate condition and original motor make this a true beauty - a black beauty, which fits seeing as it’s a Mustang.

2. 2016 Dodge Viper GTC

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For those who want an example of the last of Dodge’s flagship supercars, this GTC should suit their needs. The GTC sits comfortably between the base Viper and the outrageous, track-oriented ACR. It is also fitted with the SRT performance package, electronically adjustable suspension and the TA 2.0 Group with upgraded aerodynamic components, suspension, wheels and brakes. Without the ACR’s wilder aero kit, this car might have a decent chance of blending in on its way to the shops, but is still obviously hardcore.

Presented with 14,126 actual miles and a beautiful and elegant Viper White exterior, this Viper also features a unique Demonic Red and black Nappa leather interior, with matching Demonic Red seatbelts and contrast stitching. A backup camera and a Bluetooth system make this serious performer usable on a daily basis, too.

3. 1962 Rambler American

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A true oddball and a quintessential piece of Americana, this ‘62 AMC Rambler American will surely draw a crowd. Though it originally resided at Boch Nash in Norwood, Mass., its all-original panels are without a spot of rust. It’s also equipped with new tires, brakes, and carburetor. This Rambler has an original 196ci inline 6-cylinder engine and an original factory automatic transmission.

According to Devon Francis of Popular Mechanics, the Rambler American was dubbed “The Grandaddy of the Compacts,” "stubbornly unique," and refusing "to conform to Detroit's standard pattern for scaled-down automobiles.” Though far from a powerhouse, this pristine and intriguing Rambler has to be one of the more attractive offerings at this year’s Palm Beach Auctions.

4. 1974 Bricklin SV-1 Gullwing

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Another oddity that’s sure to draw a crowd is the Bricklin SV-1 Gullwing. Somewhat like America’s answer to Lamborghini, this loud exotic has all the stage presence one could want - and even wears a coat of Lamborghini Aranciano Borealis paint. Other than that, the car is original and mint.

This car has had a complete frame-off restoration, starting with the frame being meticulously prepared and refinished. The original AMC 360ci V8 engine has a 4-barrel carburetor and has been reconditioned along with its "Torque-Command" automatic transmission. The nifty gearbox allows for manual gear selection, and sends power back to a reconditioned rear axle with new gears. The interior has been reupholstered in black leather with orange highlights. Best of all, the gullwing doors have been upgraded to a new air pneumatic lift system, which is far superior to the original oil hydraulic system.

5. 1962 Ford Galaxie 500

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One of America’s definitive full-sized cars from the sixties, this immaculate Galaxie was one-family-owned from new and has been garage-kept for the last thirty years, only being driven periodically to keep it in running condition. This Galaxie 500 features a plusher interior, more chrome trim outside, and a few additional luxury items over and above what is standard on the plainer Galaxie models from that year.

The early period-correct finned valve covers are still present, and the original interior is unrestored apart from the new headliner. It is powered by a 390ci 8-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. It has been updated with a Griffin dual-fan aluminum radiator, MSD ignition, new long Hooker headers, new pipes and Flowmaster exhaust, new Borgeson power steering and new period-correct American Racing wheels wrapped in new tires. Offering classic Americana style, more power and a few retrofits to keep it current, this unmolested Galaxie will not have a hard time finding a new home.

The event takes place at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, Fla. Mark your calendars and look for cheap flights as soon as possible; this event will be filled to the rafters, and we wouldn’t want you to miss it!

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Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, Tommy worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school and tried his hand on the race track on his twentieth birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, he began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a trackday instructor and automotive writer since 2012 and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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