Aug 1, 2014



After the success of last years' auction, Barrett-Jackson is coming back to Reno, Nevada. This weekend (July 31st-August 2nd), Barrett-Jackson will be hosting their world's famous auction in the "Biggest Little City in the World". 

I love seeing what's up for auction and picking my favorites. But like I said last year, Reno's auction lacks a certain oomph. This years' docket is much like last years- a lot of American vehicles and not a lot of vehicles within the last 14 years. Maybe in a couple of years, when Barrett-Jackson has been established in Reno, some more exotic goodies will roll on the auction block. Until then, here's the second part of my 16 picks and just in case, you can check out the first part here.




A 1957 Buick Super Riviera is occupying Lot 357. This Super Riviera has a 331cid engine with automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. New paint, interior, white wall tires, brakes, exhaust, shocks, sway bar link, stainless, windshield, fuel tank, fuel pump, starter and generator. Runs and drives great.



Next on the list, we have a 1986 Zimmer Golden Spirit located in Lot 383. Fastidiously kept and presenting in like-new condition, chrome Dayton wire wheels with Vogue tires, gold/wood Nardi steering wheel, 5.0 Liter V8, original owner's manual, original sales brochure and two sets of keys. Recent full inspection and servicing.



Residing in Lot 394, expect to find a 1950 Oldsmobile Deluxe 88. This sporty looking Deluxe 88 with its original 303.7cid V8 and 4-speed automatic. Presented in a beautiful dark blue metallic with solid black roof and gray cloth interior.



Parked in Lot 400, we have a 1951 Ford Custom Convertible. This is a very rare Ford Custom convertible. Options include fender skirts, bumper guards, deluxe hood ornament, dual spot lights, heater, radio, and a Ford-o-Matic transmission. Smooth running Flathead V8 with dual exhaust for that just right sound.



Stationed in Lot 416, there is a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 up for auction. Full high performance restoration. Upgraded Pro-Built 454 with an M20 4-speed and 12-bolt posi-traction. Cranberry red with black Strato bucket seats and console. Original Build Sheet, restoration receipts, owner's manual and service manuals included.



A 1940 Ford Custom Puckup is currently occupying Lot 420. This is a recently completed traditional Hot Rod build. This all-steel truck features a 350cid V8 Chevrolet power, upgraded suspension and show quality detail throughout. Show or go, built to be driven.



Waiting to be purchased in Lot 447, we have a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. This is a first generation Camaro with a 383 stroker small block, neck snapping quickness, 4-speed transmission, power steering, black on black, and laser straight paint.



Halfway down the list, a 1969 Ford Talladega Fastback is located in Lot 636. This is one of 750 produced. Professionally restored and equipped with a 428/335hp V8 with an automatic transmission. This Pesidential Bue color is the rarest of the three colors offered on the Talladega.



Residing in Lot 686, expect to find a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. This SS has a supercharged big block V8, Turbo 400 transmission, reverse manual valve body, electric fuel pump, sinister paint job, sport bucket seats and Wilwood front disc brakes.



Located in Lot 691, we have a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette. This rare jewel blue convertible has white coves and a blue interior. 283cid dual quad roadster with correct Carter carburetors and a 4-speed manual transmission. Documented restoration with receipts and photos.



Take a walk with me to Lot 700 where a 2006 Shelby GT-H is waiting. This 20006 Shelby GT-H Mustang was owned by Shelby American and frequently used by Carroll Shelby and his executives. Part of the Hertz program promoting Shelbys for the enthusiast minded rental customers. It is one of only 500 built.



Parked in Lot 725, we have another Shelby... a 2007 Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Edition. This is the serial number 1 Shelby prototype car used to showcase the Shelby GT/Barrett-Jackson edition cars. The production run was limited to 100 specially prepared, badged, and serial numbered cars.



Only four more to go, and in Lot 731, you will find a 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible. This Challenger was upgraded to a 426/425hp HEMI with twin 4 barrel carburetors and 727 transmission with Gear Vendors overdrive and DANA rear end with 3.54 gears. Citron Yellaa exterior, black interior with bucket seats, woodgrain console and dash with pistol grip shifter.



Check out this eye candy in Lot 734- a rare 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko. One of 100 Copo cars ordered by Don Yenko. Period-correct 427/450hp motor. Excellent condition and COPO documented. Listed in the Supercar Registry.



Stationed at Lot 743 is a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. This Boss sports a rust-free all original sheet metal, under 100,000 original mile survivor. Marti Report, Build Sheet, and this classic was recently purchased in California



And to round out my sweet 16 picks, Lot 758 has a 1958 DeSoto Firesweep parked in it. This is a rare, low production Firesweet convertible, only 700 produced. Restored and equipped with the original 350/295hp HEMI head engine, push button Torquefilte automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering and power top.

Posted on Friday, August 01, 2014 by Bernadette Truell

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Jul 30, 2014


 

After the success of last years' auction, Barrett-Jackson is coming back to Reno, Nevada. This weekend (July 31st-August 2nd), Barrett-Jackson will be hosting their world's famous auction in the "Biggest Little City in the World". 

I love seeing what's up for auction and picking my favorites. But like I said last year, Reno's auction lacks a certain oomph. This years' docket is much like last years- a lot of American vehicles and not a lot of vehicles within the last 14 years. Maybe in a couple of years, when Barrett-Jackson has been established in Reno, some more exotic goodies will roll on the auction block. Until then, here's the first part of my 16 picks.


Lot 6 has a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair parked in it. This Corvair is a carefully maintained, one-owner classic that was repainted during its life. Powered by a 145cid flat-6, air-cooled engine.


Located next door to the Corvair, is a 1973 Mercedes Benz 450SL Covertible in Lot 7. This gold and tan Mercedes SL 'vert is a beautiful original California car that has a matching hardtop. It also comes ready to drive with a brand new soft top.


A 1969 Volkswagen Beetle is currently occupying Lot 11. This beautiful 1969 custom Bug was inspired by Southern California styling and a race influence. This wonderful vehichle is a joy to drive with disc brakes and dual carburetors. No area was untouched to attain a one-of-a-kind vehicle. 


Next on the list, 1973 Plymouth Satellite is located in Lot 14. This Satellite is an all original survivor without any rust. (Side note: very impressive). However, the paint is wearing thin in some parts of the car, and some fisheye scratches in spots where previous owner touched up. 


Parked in Lot 24, we have a 1926 Chevrolet 1 Ton Pickup up for auction. Originally from a private collection, this truck was preserved in its original condition over the past 88 years, and... it has 8,800 original miles. 


Residing in Lot 45, expect to find a 1969 Pontiac Firebird. This is a California car with a 350cid engine, Turbo 400 transmission, factory air conditioning, factory front disc brakes, power steering and a new interior. 


Stationed in Lot 48, there is a 1954 De Soto Firedome. This 'dome has a 275 Hemi V8 engine, Powerflite automatic transmission, and was purchased in Reno with "Wager in Reno" dealership badge on the trunk. Also has new paint, chrome accents, and interior.


Halfway through the list, at number 8 (also located in Lot 50), there's a 1964 Ford Thunderbird. This Thunderbird was fully restored from the ground-up, and that's always a great thing.


Parked next to the Thunderbird is a 1966 Ford Mustang in Lot 50.1. The body has been restored and upholstery redone to stock. Landau top and pony upholstery with console. 289cid engine rebuilt with Edelbrock induction including aluminum heads. 


Waiting to be purchased at Lot 65, we have a 1965 Chevrolet Impala. This Impala has a upgraded 402 V8 big blocked bored .030 engine, 700R4 transmission, 3.73 Eaton posi-traction, headers with 42 inch glass packs, power steering, aluminum radiator with electric fan and Cowl Induction. Total frame-off restoration.


Parked in Lot 86, expect to find a 1960 Dodge Dart. This is an older restoration of a 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix with the D-500 361cid dual 4 barrell 30" Cross Ram setup. The car is complete and operating. It is a rare top-of-the-line Phoenix hardtop body style.


Only four more to go, and in Lot 102, you will find a 1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco. This is an extremely rare 1974 VW Thing Type 181 Acapulco Edition. It's sporting a beautiful paint job in white with blue accents over a correct striped white and blue interior. This is a beautifully restored example of a highly desirable VW.


Next door to the Thing, there is a 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith parked in lot 103. This Wraith has a triple black color combination, long wheel base, large comfortable rear passenger area. And this is known as one of the world's finest luxury automobile.


Located in Lot 326, we have a 1956 Chevrolet 210 Del Ray. This is a complete frame off restoration with approximately 4,000 miles since restored. 


To round out my sweet 16 picks, Lot 332 has a beauty parked in it. This 1955 Ford Crown Victoria was upgraded with a 302cid V8 engine, C4 transmission, wide white wall tires, matching painted steel wheels, original round radio with matching clock and all dressed up in pink. 


My Part II of this post will definitely be posted on Friday. 

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Bernadette Truell

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Jul 28, 2014




Atlanta's best car show has branched off into another aspect. Caffeine and Octane is the most dependable car show in Atlanta- it always occurs every first Sunday of each month. After the success of Caffeine and Octane, there's also Caffeine and Exotics, which will now occur every third Sunday of each month.



The name speaks for itself. Caffeine and Exotics is an exotic and luxury car show, and they're strict about it (Thank goodness). Held in the main parking lot of the Lenox Square Mall, spectators can come to check out luxury and exotic cars- both old school and fresh off the lot. It's very different, yet refreshing for Atlanta. And if you know me, you know that I'm pleased with anything that is different in the city who believes in "Keeping Up With the Jonses".





This McLaren 650S was everything, and it was the first time I had the opportunity to see one. Thank goodness they brought a black one instead of that loud orange color.




Bentley of Atlanta brought some toys.









The old school exotic love of my life is back!!!! I really love this Ferrari 250 GTE.














I do not see the Porsche 911 Turbo S in my future, especially with my shopping habits. It's far too small. 










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First Wraith I've seen in Atlanta. I've seen plenty of them in New York....


I enjoyed myself at this show, and I look forward to next month's Caffeine and Exotics. Click here to see the rest of Bernie's Caffeine and Exotics (July 2014) Gallery.

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014 by Bernadette Truell

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