Every day at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, we’re going to pick some unique cars to feature that catch our collective editorial eye at FOXSports.com.
Some will be expensive, some funky, some strange and some exotic. The common denominator is they will all be fun and they will all be interesting.
With that in mind, here are three cars to watch on Tuesday’s first night of the auction.
LOT 3001, 2013 FORD MUSTANG — Charity cars are always big at any Barrett-Jackson auction, but this one is for a cause near and dear to Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson’s heart: the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at the TGen Foundation. And the car is plenty hot, too.
Editor’s note: As expected, this is the high seller of the night, going for $110,000, all to benefit TGen Foundation. Well done.
Known as the Mothers Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3, this custom Mustang made its debut in the Ford booth at the 2012 SEMA Show. It features a 650-horspower engine, along with the RTR “Ready to Rock” package.
The description says, “The Mothers Mustang RTR Spec 3 showcases the latest aftermarket technology in chassis and engine development, composites, aerodynamics, paint and audio, coupled with streetable track-proven performance.”
In person, it is absolutely stunning. And given the charitable cause it’s going towards, it could well be among the night’s top sellers, and deservedly so.
LOT 81, 1972 Custom Winnebago — OK, this might be the strangest vehicle to cross the block today, but it absolutely is one of the coolest. From the outside, it looks like a tired, old Winnebago RV. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Editor’s note: The Winnebago proved to be a good deal for the buyer, selling at $12,100 with buyer’s premium.
Under the hood is a hot-rodded Mopar 318 V8 engine, with custom headers and exhaust, and the suspension has been completely rebuilt so it doesn’t handle like, well, a Winnebago.
But the real surprise is inside, where there’s been an extreme — and extremely positive — makeover in kind of a hunting lodge motif. Lots of paneling, plaid seats up front and a comfy futon bed. This might be the ultimate tailgate vehicle for taking to a NASCAR race or maybe a football game. Tons of fun with this ride.
LOT 119, 1948 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette — Now we’re kicking it old school, with a post-World War II Buick with a beautiful fastback body, which the GM luxury division called a “Sedanette.”
Editor’s note: It took $41,800 to purchase the Buick, strong money for a Tuesday.
For a soldier coming home from the war and his family, this was a way to travel in high style and comfort. When the family drove up in this big cruiser, it made a bold statement.
This particular car was subject to a complete restoration with rebuilt engine and transmission, according to the consignor, and comes with factory two-tone paint, deluxe interior, Sonomatic radio, deluxe heater and auxiliary driving lights.
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