Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2009 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale: Dale Earnhardt Racecar, 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback “Eleanor” among my favorite top 5 sellers.


(Images credit: Autoblog.com)

Every January, I look forward to watching the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale live on SPEED, not only to see just what the top sellers would be and for how much, but to see some of the most unique and coolest cars on the planet and to me, who is a car enthusiast, I love Ford Mustang’s, Chevrolet Camaro’s and Corvette’s to modern customs and racecars, so in light of this year’s auction, there were several cars that really caught my eye, yes one was a top seller this year, however while the rest were not, they did make my favorite top 5 list.

First, as a huge NASCAR that has been watching the sport since 1991-1992, a 1990 DALE EARNHARDT SR #3 RACE CAR that sold for $107,000 caught my eye for sure, to this Dale Earnhardt fan, that would have been priceless to have something of that nature sitting in my garage to look at, what a cool price of NASCAR history, Dale drove it on the road courses at Watkins Glen and Sears Point.

Second, as a television and movie fan, a 1967 Ford Mustang fastback “Gone in 60 Seconds 1 of 11 Eleanor survivors” (keep in mind, NO GT500 was used during filming.) that sold for $197,000. I loved the first Gone in 60 Seconds made in 1974 by H.B 'Toby' Halicki, driving a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 “Eleanor”. Ironically enough though, the replica Knight Rider K.I.T.T car nor a replica Television Batman Mobile made my list.

Third is a modern muscle car, a 2008 Ford Mustang GT “ROUSH P-51A FASTBACK #104 of 151), except for the color green strip on the hood, Liked this one, I even said that if I were at Barrett-Jackson and could afford this, I would have bought it hands down. I love the 2005-2009 Ford Mustang look, I even have a 2007 Ford Mustang Roush Edition 1/18 scale on my nightstand.

Fourth, a 1933 Ford 3 Window Custom Coupe that sold for $148,500 (including fees), this coupe was custom built for Rusty Wallace and I can’t believe he would even sell it considering it is such a nice ride and he hasn’t had it all that long. It was built to a lot like ZZ tops Ford 3 Window coupe.

Fifth, a sweet, black 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible “Production #1”, this is not something you find everyday a first production Thunderbird, what a piece of history and it hammed away for $600,000 and was the second highest seller. I have to say in past years, this car might have come in at $1-1.5 Million dollars, but still a good buy for today’s economy.

At this point, I have named five cars that really caught my eye this past weekend, a racecar, Eleanor and a 2008 Ford Mustang Roush edition, a 33 Ford and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, well, there is one more car or should I say cars, a group of cars, 1955-1957 Chevrolet’s like a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1955 Chevrolet Nomad and so on, I like resto-mods, taking a classic or muscle car like a 55 Chevy and adding/upgrading the vehicle with modern technology.

Second, a question for you to ponder: If you bought any of these vehicles (keeping in mind that it could be registered to drive on the road) like the first production 1955 Ford Thunderbird would you drive it or would it be a trailer queen? Personally, I buy cars to drive and enjoy, not just to show off at car show, cars are meant to be driven, have fun with, be caution, but have with it, take a Sunday cruise around town or down and around on some bad roads or down the main strip to be seen by all.

One note, it’s always appealing to see first production cars go across the block, two cars that I was really forward to seeing auction off was first, the first retail production 2010 Chevrolet Camaro that sold for $350,000, however on Saturday night, since Carroll Shelby caught a cold and couldn’t be at the Barrett-Jackson, they decided to reschedule the first 2010 GT500 for later this year (mid-April) at the Palm Beach auction, I will love to see what that one goes for and get well soon Carroll Shelby.