Apr 13

Barrett-Jackson Sunday: Five Cars to Watch

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This tricked-out 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom Roadster should draw plenty of attention Sunday at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. (Tom Jensen photo)

It’s the third and final day of the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction and so far, the event has been a huge success with a great docket of more than 550 cars, millions raised for charity and massive crowds.

Today, the focus is on the fun, the funky and the affordable collector cars, the kinds of rides that are perfect for weekend jaunts rather than some of the uber-high-dollar cars that end up as museum pieces.

With that in mind, here are Sunday’s Five To Watch cars from Palm Beach:

LOT 634, 1954 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM ROADSTER

A wonderful, period-correct cruiser, this 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom roadster evokes the legendary customizer Gene Winfield. This Olds is chopped, channeled, shaved, decked, frenched and about everything else you can do.

Apr 12

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Saturday’s Five Cars to Watch

This 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe caught everyone's attention, but no one was more interested than Rick Hendrick. (Photo: Carey Spencer / Best Digital Shots)

This 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe caught everyone’s attention, but no one was more interested than Rick Hendrick. (Photo: Carey Spencer / Best Digital Shots)

After a great opening day at the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, it’s time for Super Saturday, when the quality of the cars goes way up and with it the prices.

The action begins at noon ET and runs all the way until 8 p.m., with live television coverage on the National Geographic channel the entire time.

Apr 11

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Friday’s Five Cars To Watch

This hot-rod 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach has some serious horsepower under the hood. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This hot-rod 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach has some serious horsepower under the hood. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The long wait is over. The 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction is ready to roll with 21 hours of television coverage on the FOX family of networks.

This year’s docket is hugely impressive, with about 550 vehicles of shapes, sizes and price ranges.

Here are our Friday Five To Watch cars:

LOT 3001, 1969 OLDSMOBILE 442

This car is a replica of the Oldsmobile 442 convertible that appeared at motorsports and auto events in the late 1960s. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This car is a replica of the Oldsmobile 442 convertible that appeared at motorsports and auto events in the late 1960s. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Linda Vaughn, the legendary Hurst Miss Golden Shifter, is here this weekend, as she often is at Barrett-Jackson auctions, and there’s a very special car going across the block today at around 4:30 p.m. ET. It’s a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors Inc. of Bucks County, PA with guidance from legendary Hurst engineer “Doc” Watson. The Thornton family specializes in world-class Oldsmobile restorations, with one of their 442s selling here last year for an eye-popping $275,000.

Apr 10

Barrett-Jackson advance: Diverse lineup at Palm Beach

There is a 454 big block under the hood of this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

There is a 454 big block under the hood of this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Final preparations are under way for the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction and all indications are that it will be a sensational event.

About 550 cars are set to roll across the block Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a spectacular and diverse assortment of cars and trucks. That’s up from about 410 cars last year. The vast majority of the cars will sell at no reserve, meaning the high bidder will win the car, regardless of the final hammer price. Fewer than a dozen cars will sell with a reserve, or a required minimum bid price to change hands.

Jan 18

Cars: Military Cessna And Truck Bring In One Million Dollars For Armed Forces Foundation

Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

There was high drama to open the action Saturday at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car auction, as a Cessna scout plane and a military truck raised $1 million for the Armed Forces Foundation.

AFF President Patricia Driscoll delivered an impassioned introduction about the charity’s work and the bidding quickly hit $750,000 before the hammer fell. Other auction attendees contributed an additional $250,000 bringing the total raised to $1 million.