We find ourselves in WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona, in the midst of the 45th Anniversary of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction and money and titles are changing hands literally every 5 minutes. Now that’s a wild car buying experience.
A number of Corvettes went through and we saw a couple of good buys. There was a 1961 Vette (Lot 1026) that was a beautiful restoration powered by a dual-quad 283 with four-speed linked. The white convertible with silver cove brought $100,000, which we thought was good money. But to us a better buy was the 1957 Vette Fuelie car (Lot 1027) that came right after and brought “only” $75,000. But immediately after there was a 1957 Corvette (Lot 1028) with dual four-barrels that also brought $100,000; it was a beautiful black convertible with red interior. However, it was the 1958 Corvette (Lot 1029) that followed which brought $104,000. Apparently the Regal Turquoise was something one buyer just had to have.
Back to the Bow Tie enthusiast, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air (Lot 1034) brought in $117,000, one of the higher prices on Friday afternoon. This PPG Candy Red Tri-Five rides on an Art Morrison chassis with a max potent 350 SBC backed up to a 4L60E tranny. Clearly a topflight show car, this is one Chevy that provided plenty of eye candy.
Friday afternoon the $120,000 mark seems to be the limit but we are sure before the night is over plenty more dollars will be offered for some hot rod a rodder just has to have!