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BARRETT-JACKSON TO AUCTION ONE-OF-A-KIND CUSTOMS IN SCOTTSDALE THIS JANUARY

 

  • ’36 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan (Lot #5006) was named the 2014 “Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod”
  • The ’34 Ford Custom “Jimmy Shine” pickup (Lot #5004) is a true magazine and TV star among customs
  • A custom ’72 De Tomaso Pantera (Lot #5072) combines American muscle with Italian styling

 This 1936 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan is just one stunning example of the award-winning custom vehicles set to  cross the block at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1936 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan is just one stunning example of the award-winning custom vehicles set to cross the block at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dec. 22, 2014Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM is setting the stage with some award-winning and highly acclaimed custom vehicles during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Among the top customs is a ’36 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan (Lot #5006) that was named the 2014 Goodguys “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod.”

“Barrett-Jackson is proud to have offered so many of the world’s most acclaimed customs and Hot Rods at our auctions,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “And this Scottsdale auction has attracted some truly amazing customs. Designed and built by master craftsmen such as SO-CAL Speed, the Ringbrothers and Schwartz Performance, these vehicles will be a bidder’s dream.”

The ’36 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan (Lot #5006) began with an Art Morrison full air-ride chassis and took 13 years to build. Built to the highest level of quality, design and function, the sedan debuted at the 2014 Portland Roadster Show where it won the “Rose Cup” Grand Sweepstakes award. It has only been shown two other times, one of which was the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, Calif., where it was crowned “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod.”

Lot #5004, a ’34 Ford Custom “Jimmy Shine” pickup took the Hot Rod world by storm when it graced the cover of the Rodders Journal in 2001. It was followed by 65 magazine features and has appeared on eight different TV series, including “Hard Shine,” “American Icon” and “Hot Rod Build Off.” The engine is a 277cid H&H Flathead with Navarro heads and intake, and two Stromberg carburetors on top of an S.C.O.T. supercharger. The transmission is a ’39 Ford mated to a ’41 Ford differential on a heavily modified Henry Ford frame designed by Shine with solid front axle and wishbones.

“The workmanship that went into these customs is simply outstanding,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Customs are a truly unique part of our American automotive culture and we have some remarkable examples crossing the block in January.”

Included in the docket is 2013 Popular Hot Rodding Muscle Car of the Year, an ’81 Pontiac Trans Am Custom Twin Turbo (Lot #1081) that boasts an incredible 1,042hp to the rear wheels. Built by Schwartz Performance, the car features a quick-shifting 4L80E overdrive Bowler Transmissions to reliably harness the horsepower. The chassis has a multi-link rear suspension in place of the factory leaf springs, as well as tubular front suspension. To slow the Trans Am down, Schwartz Performance included 14″ monobloc 6-piston disc brakes. The car also features Ridetech triple adjustable remote reservoir coilover shocks and rack & pinion steering.

A fully customized ’72 De Tomaso Pantera (Lot #5072), built by the Ringbrothers, combines Italian styling with American horsepower. With 600hp, this custom supercar is built to be as beautiful on the road as it is blindingly fast. At the heart of this Pantera lies a Wegher Motorsport LS3 mated to a ZF 5-speed gearbox from Bowler Performance Transmission and a B&M shifter. To bring the interior of the car to life, the Ringbrothers collaborated with Nike’s innovative Skunk Works design team.

The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

19 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: 1978 TUPOLEV N007 GULLWING BOAT

This 1978 Tupolev N007 Gullwing Boat is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1978 Tupolev N007 Gullwing Boat is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

In 1961, the Russian military ordered the Tupolev Aircraft Company to design and build an amphibious craft small enough to be transported inside the Russian MK6 giant helicopter. It was to be used for the recovery of Russian cosmonauts downed in Siberia after completion of their space flights. The craft had to be capable of crossing lakes, swampy tundra and hostile terrain while also being capable of operating at temperatures well below freezing at speeds of above 100km/h.

Aleksei Tupolev (1888-1972) was a Russian aircraft designer and is considered the father of Soviet Aviation. His designs include the Tu-95 Bear, which is a famous Russian bomber, and the Tu-444, which is also known as the Russian Concord. He built Tupolev into one of the most successful aviation companies in the world employing more than 11,000 of Russia’s finest engineers.

In 1965, Tupolev first introduced his prototype we call the “N007″ at the “Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy of the USSR” in Moscow. His design won the “Diploma of Finest Engineer in the USSR.”

In 1999, “N007″ was acquired in dilapidated condition. A German metal craftsman restored the body by hand and the engine was overhauled in Bacau, Romania, by the original factory. Restorations of the propeller and the interior of the craft were also necessary. After completion in 2004, the craft was shown at boat shows all over the country and featured in many TV newscasts and written publications.

In 2005, “N007″ received the “Corinthian Award” at the “Keels and Wheels” Concours d’Elegance in Houston. In 2006, the craft not only received the “Corinthian Award” again, but also the “Award of Excellence” in a prestigious show called “Concours d’Elegance” in Greenwich, CT.

The exact number of these cosmonaut rescue crafts has always been kept a secret, but “N007″ is the only one known to exist in the country. Engine MP14B, Turbocharged 360hp and 350-liter fuel capacity for long range. Length is 6.11 meters and width 2.16 meters with a height of propeller at 2.20 meters. Its weight is 2,100kg and payload on water is 300kg.

This being one of the last models built, it was equipped with a leading edge differential for control system. It has a 500psi air pressure system to start the engine and operates without the need of batteries in extremely cold temperatures.

The 1978 Tupolev N007 Gullwing Boat (Lot #2019) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

20 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: BMW ISETTA & FIAT JOLLY

This 1956 BMW Isetta Convertible is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1956 BMW Isetta Convertible is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Originally conjured in 1953 by Italy’s Iso Works (maker of kitchen appliances), German automaker BMW licensed the manufacturing rights to the Isetta in 1955. Though 1955 and early ’56 Isettas were woefully underpowered by their single cylinder, 247-cc BMW R25 motorcycle engines, this 1956 Isetta 300 features the more powerful 298-cc single cylinder engine and is fully capable of 45 mph cruising around town or to the country club.

Expertly restored to showroom stock condition, this example is “loaded” with electric windshield wiper, electric windshield defroster and heater, white wall tires, driver-side sun visor, pedal pads and steering/gearshift boots. Built on the more desirable fixed side-glass body configuration, the entire fabric roof folds back and down for open air motoring on sunny days.

This 1956 BMW Isetta Convertile (Lot #2093) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

 

1959 Fiat Jolly

Fiat JollyIn the late ’50s and early ’60s, Fiat commissioned Carrozzeria Ghia to build a small number of custom bodies for the Jolly roadster on the diminutive 600 chassis. This sporty little vehicle, with its wicker seats and fringed top, was the car of choice for wealthy European playboys and their supermodel girlfriends in the Riviera resort communities such as St. Tropez and Monte Carlo.

Jollys were rare even in their heyday, and fewer than 100 are believed to exist today. Seldom offered, this is a finely maintained example. The wicker seats have been painstakingly renewed, with all other mechanical and cosmetic elements in excellent condition. The vanity license plate MNKY CAR reflects use on Monkey Island, Grand Lake, “The Oklahoma Riviera.” A Fiat Jolly is both an interesting and unique collectible automobile as well as a toy that can be used and enjoyed.

This 1959 Fiat Jolly (Lot #2070) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

21 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: 1940 FORD WOODY WAGON

This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon (Lot #2021) was restored by Doug Delorme, a 30+ year employee in the design department of Ford Motor Company. Delorme acquired the car from the family of Mrs. Kales of Whitehead and Kales and the car was reportedly a gift from Henry Ford to Mrs. Kales as a wedding present.

The Woody Wagon was a complete body-off restoration done to a very high level. Period-correct, it would undoubtedly score very high in an early Ford V8 show. The structural wood is the original wood that came on the car with all-new birch paneling throughout. The Thorne Brown paint was a 1940 Ford color.

This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon (Lot #2021) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

VELOCITY AND DISCOVERY CHANNEL ANNOUNCE THE ON-AIR TEAM FOR BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE

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Silver Spring, Md. – Dec. 19, 2014 – Velocity and Discovery Channel announced today the on-air team of auto experts and television veterans who will bring viewers 100 hours of LIVE Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction coverage in 2015 as part of BARRETT-JACKSONLIVE which premieres on Tuesday, January 13. The broadcast team unites for the first time as Velocity and Discovery Channel present BARRETT-JACKSONLIVE beginning with the much anticipated Scottsdale auction in January.

BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE begins Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8 PM ET on Discovery Channel and continues through Sunday, January 18 from 2-7 PM ET on Velocity. For the first time ever, select hours from BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE will also air live outside the United States—on Discovery Channel and Discovery World in Canada, and on Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Latin America. In addition, the Spanish language broadcast will be available to U.S. viewers on Discovery en Español on Saturday, January 17 from 8-10 PM ET. Throughout 2015, BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE will air within Discovery’s portfolio of international networks, which reaches viewers in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe.

“We’re set to deliver our viewers unparalleled coverage of the greatest collector car auctions in the world beginning with Scottsdale in January, the most hotly anticipated Barrett-Jackson auction in recent memory,” said Robert Scanlon, General Manager of Velocity. “Launching BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE is an extraordinary milestone for the network. We’ve chosen the very best on-air team to take audiences inside the historic Scottsdale auction like never before.”

“Discovery Channel sets a high bar with motor programming and live events, and we’re excited to share BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE with our viewers”, said Denise Contis, Executive Vice President of Development and Production for Discovery Channel.  “It’s an epic event with the ultimate classic car auction, and combined with our on air team of experts, it’s a great way to start 2015.”

Full On-Air Broadcast Team Includes:

Chris Jacobs – Host

Jacobs is co-host of Velocity’s OVERHAULIN’, television’s longest running automotive restoration show. Jacobs most recently served as host of Discovery Channel’s Discovery News during this month’s Mega Week 2014, and in November he was live on the ground in Chicago as the digital host of Discovery’s Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda. Jacobs is a television personality known for his hosting work on “The Insider”, “Entertainment Tonight” and the NFL Network. In his spare time he is self-proclaimed “gearhead” and lover of Mopar. @ChrisJacobs

Ray Evernham – Car Insights Expert and Interview Correspondent

Evernham is host of the Velocity series, AMERICARNA and a three-time NASCAR National Championship crew chief for Jeff Gordon. He has experienced motorsports racing from every angle including as a driver in his early career, as Gordon’s crew chief, as a team owner under Evernham Motorsports , and as a consultant for Hendrick Motorsports. His series, AMERICARNA uncovers the stories of some of history’s most storied automobiles. @RayEvernham

Rick Debruhl – Play-by-Play Announcer

Debruhl is a veteran auto-racing reporter formally serving as ESPN’s pit reporter for NASCAR, IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series races. Prior to a prolific career in motorsports coverage, DeBruhl worked on local news in Phoenix and in Santa Maria Calif. @rickdebruhl

Mike Joy – Auction Block Expert

Joy currently serves as the lap-by-lap voice of Fox Sports’ NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage. Following his beginnings at a local track in Massachusetts, Joy has broadcast NASCAR’s biggest event, the Daytona 500, 34 times. Previously he also served as FOX Sports’ expert analyst for the network’s coverage of collector car auctions and vintage auto racing events. @MikeJoy500

Steve Magnante – Auction Block Expert

Magnante is the former Technical Editor for Hot Rod Magazine. After a life long fascination with cars, Steve landed the job at Hot Rod Magazine to re-emphasize the roots of hot rodding, nostalgia drag racing and focusing on inexpensive junkyard-sourced hot rod projects. He is the author of three CarTech Books and currently a spokesperson for Dodge. @SteveMags426

Cristy Lee – Social Media Correspondent

Lee is a co-host of Velocity’s series ALL GIRLS GARAGE, as well as a motorsports reporter, arena host, race commentator and live emcee for several different outlets. Beginning in radio in Detroit, Lee has fielded an extensive career hosting for the NHL, SpeedTV, NASCAR and the AMA Pro Race Circuit. @CristyLee09

BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE in Scottsdale is produced for Velocity and Discovery Channel by Discovery Studios. For Velocity, David Lee and Peter Neal are executive producers and Robert Scanlon is general manager.

22 DAYS UNTIL SCOTTSDALE: MOTORCYCLES

This 1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January. This 1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Commonly referred to as a “strap tank” because of how the oil tank is secured to the gas tank with nickel-plated steel straps, this 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank (Lot #2506) was produced during the legendary Milwaukee firm’s third year in volume production.

It is one of 150 motorcycles built in 1907 and is powered by a correct 27cid single cylinder engine. Originally delivered new to Los Angeles for use by the city police department, it spent much of its life in California except for a stint in the hands of a New York collector some 30 years ago.

It was stolen in the mid-‘70s when it was in pieces awaiting a previous restoration. Justice prevailed, and the cycle was subsequently purchased by Otis Chandler, who set things right by obtaining many of its misplaced original parts with help from early Harley-Davidson specialist Stu Munger. No expense was spared, and the results speak for themselves. The leather belt drive pulleys, crankcase handlebars and idler/tensioner brackets are chrome plated and complement the Renault Gray frame with red pinstriping while the gas tank bears the Harley-Davidson logo in real gold leaf foil.

This 1907 Harley-Davidson (Lot #2506) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

 

1929 Indian 401 Motorcycle

Indian MotorcycleThe ultimate expression of the American inline 4 cylinder motorcycle, Indian’s 401 would define the smooth, quiet 4 cylinder motorcycle for nearly a generation of riders. Formerly of the Otis Chandler Collection, this 1929 Indian 401 (Lot #2058) has been restored to as-new condition and is ready to be ridden.

Its powered by a 77.2cid F-head inline four with a 3-speed gearbox and kick starter and the brakes consist of a contracting drum brake (rear) and enclosed, expanding drum brake (front). In keeping with Indian’s legacy, shifts are accomplished via a chromed shift lever capped by a black ball positioned at the rider’s right knee.

This 1929 Indian 401 Motorcycle (Lot #2058) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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