1940 Willys Custom Woody

Where else can you find a car personally designed by the master car designer himself, Enzo Ferrari, a five-time Indie 500 winner race car, a Michael Bay, Transformers “Bumblebee” Camaro, and more than 1,500 gorgeous cars all in one place? Classic car fans and connoisseurs know very well where to go to, that is at the Barrett-Jackson’s 45th annual Scottsdale auction.

The said auction which ran from January 23 to 31, 2016, showcased a very extensive dossier of nearly every known type of collectible car in existence ranging from vintage race cars and American muscle, to pre-war classics and antique European sports cars.

According to Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, “There’s no other auction house that produces what we produce. Last year, [the Scottsdale auction] drew a crowd of nearly 350,000. It’s the biggest of its type in the world.”

Blake Droesch of The Cigar Aficionado made a round-up of 18 of the rarest, most prized cars that were offered by Barrett-Jackson. Let’s take a look at each of them 36


Name: 1936 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan

Year(s) Produced: 1936-1937

Number Built: 5,284

Class: Full-size luxury car

Body Type: 2-door convertible sedan

Engine:  346 cu. in. (5.7 L) Monobloc V8

Power: 135hp @ 3400 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: 50 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 206.3 in. /74.4 in. / 68.8 in.

Wheelbase: 138.0 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$110,000 (Barret-Jackson)

This Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan was specially ordered from GM by in 1936. Back then, it was equipped with an unusual set of features and accessories designed to woo prospective collectors. With its history extensively researched dating back to 1946 by the family who owned it from 1957 to 2008, it was restored to its corporate showroom beauty building from its original specification having the original Build Sheet as a reference.

1940 Willys Custom Woody


Name: 1940 Willys Custom Woody Wagon

Year(s) Produced: 1939-1940

Number Built: 21,418

Class: Full-size wagon

Body Type: 3-door station wagon

Engine:  2,433 cc (2.4 L) 66.5hp

Power: 61hp @ 3600 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: (?)

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 176.2 in. /72 in. / 74 in.

Wheelbase: 102.0 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$99,000 (Barret-Jackson)

Built from scratch by Creative Concepts, this Custom Woody Wagon was inspired by an original 1940 Woody, with only four that are known to still exist. The body was modelled from the original and completely hand-built from inside out.


1941 Willys


Name:  1941 Willys Americar Custom Coupe

Year(s) Produced: 1941-1942

Number Built: Approx. 22,000

Class: Compact

Body Type: 2-door hardtop coupe

Engine:  I4 2199 cc, 134.2 cu. in. (2.2 L.)

Power: 63hp @ 3600 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: (?)

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 170 in. / (?) / (?)

Wheelbase: 104.0 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$77,000 (Barret-Jackson)

Back in early 40s, the Willys Americar was often thought of as the ultimate street rod of its time. An original Rod & Custom project, it has been documented in many publications. It was restored to its original fiery beauty by none other than master builder himself, Warren Boughn at Precision Street Rods & Machines.


1956 Chevrolet Nomad


Name:  1956 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Wagon

Year(s) Produced: 1955-1956

Number Built: 7,886

Class: Full-size wagon

Body Type: 2-door wagon

Engine:  Custom 502 RAM Jet

Power: 140hp @ 4200 RPM

0-60mph: 15 secs.

Top Speed: 91 mph

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Length/width/height: 197.5 in. / 74 in. / (?)

Wheelbase: 115 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$137,500 (Barret-Jackson)

 This sleek, 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Wagon was reborn with a custom crate GM 502 Ram Jet, complimented with a new GM 4L80E transmission with Master Shift paddle shifter and Gear Vendor overdrive. The beautiful exterior is credited to the chrome work by Street & Performance. It also boasts with other modern features such as modern electric cut-outs, Roadster Shop chassis, Ride Tech air ride system, chrome custom radiator, Wilwood large disc brakes front and rear, and Classic Instruments gauges, and a host of power features.


1938 Coddington

Specifications (as provided by Barret-Jackson):

 1938 Coddington V12 Hemi “The French Connection”

  • Hand-formed metal one-off body by Marcel and Sons
  • 781 ci BPM Marine Offshore 12.8L V12 HEMI engine
  • Art-Morrison chassis
  • Pinstriped by Dennis Ricklefs
  • Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Independent front suspension
  • Ford 9” rear end with 4-link suspension
  • Hand-fabricated grille and moldings
  • Custom gauges
  • Auctioned Price: Sold at US$407,000 (Barret-Jackson)

What more can we say about this one? The curves say it all. This one-off custom-made car looks similar to a ’37 Delahaye was master coachmaker Boyd Coddington’s last build before he passed away. Dubbed as “The French Connection,” the car has a custom one-off Art Morrison chassis, an Italian-made 12.8-liter, all-aluminum HEMI-headed V12 BPM motor, and a custom-built Turbo 400 transmission.


1939 Talbot-Lago


Name:  1939 Talbot-Lago T-15 Cabriolet

Year(s) Produced: 1935-1940

Class: Series production car

Body Type: 2-door cabriolet

Engine:  3,994 cc / 243.7 cu. in. Straight 6

Power: 170hp @ 4100 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: 109 mph

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Length/width/height: 169.3 in. / 65.7 in. / (?)

Wheelbase: 104.3 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$550,000 (Barret-Jackson)

A fine example of one of France’s great marques. This rare 1939 Talbot-Lago T-15 Cabriolet was restored by France’s premier restoration facility, Carrosserie Lecoq, in 1990 before being shipped to the U.S. in 1991.


1039 Mercedes


Name:  1939 Mercedes-Benz 540k With “Cabriolet A” Body Conversion

Year(s) Produced: 1934-1940

Class: Series production car

Body Type: 2-door cabriolet

Engine:  5401 cc / 329.6 cu. in. (5.4L) Supercharged Inline-8

Power: 180hp @ 3500 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: 105.6 mph

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Length/width/height: 200.8 in. / 70.9 in. / 60.2 in.

Wheelbase: 129.5 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$1.48 million (Barret-Jackson)

This 5.4-liter straight-8 Mercedes with 4-speed transmission started life with a Cabriolet B body configuration and has been reborn to a highly desirable Cabriolet A body configuration retaining its original driveline and supercharger. One of the highest paid auction vehicles in Barret-Jackson, this pre-war vintage was previously owned by Fred M. Kemp Sr. – founder of the Kemp Auto Museum – which he purchased in 1991 through the Coys of Kensington in London. Considered of highest pedigree, this Mercedes was a winner of multiple prestigious awards including Most Significant Mercedes-Benz at the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours and Best in Class, European Class Pre-War at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours.


1950 Ferrari


 Name:  1950 Ferrari 195S Inter Superleggera

Year(s) Produced: 1950-1951

Number Built: 195

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door coupe

Engine:  V12 2341 cc, 142.9 cu. in. (2.3L) 60-degree

Power: 130hp @ 6000 RPM

0-60mph: 9.6 secs.

Top Speed: 111.78 mph

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Length/width/height: 161.4 in. / 60 in. / 53.1 in.

Wheelbase: 98.4 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$1.7 million (Barret-Jackson)

This sophisticated 195 Inter is not only one of the most visually appealing early Ferrari road cars ever to hit Barret-Jackson auctions, but also extremely authentic, thoroughly documented and beautifully restored. As the first chassis in the 195 series and a former Tornio show car with singular features, the 0081 S exudes the character and distinction sought after by the most discriminating Ferrari connoisseurs.


1953 Delahaye


Name:  1953 Delahaye 235 Saoutchik

Year(s) Produced: 1951-1955

Number Built: 85

Class: Luxury car

Body Type: 2-door coupe

Engine:  Delahaye I6 3557cc, 217.1 cu. in. (3.6L)

Power: 150hp @ 4200 RPM

0-60mph: 11.1 secs.

Top Speed: 115 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 189.4 in. / 68.9 in. / 59.4 in.

Wheelbase: 116.1 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$1.76 million (Barret-Jackson)

This 1953 Delahaye Type 235 features custom coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik of Paris. Though both Delahaye and Saoutchik has closed their shops since 1954, this particular Delahaye still echoes the quality and beauty of their work. This car was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1990, and was displayed at Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance in 2012.


1948 Kurtis Kraft


Name:  1948 Kurtis Kraft KK2000 Race Car

Year(s) Produced: 1948

Number Built: (?)

Class: Race car

Engine:  I4 4424 cc | 270.0 cu in. | 4.4 L.

Power: 325hp @ 6000 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: 130 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: (?)/(?)/(?)

Wheelbase: (?)

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$99,000 (Barret-Jackson)

This 1948 Kurtis Kraft KK2000 Race Car was built precisely for speed. With a top speed of 130 mph – an impressive feat at the time – the KK2000 won the heart of Milt Marion when he bought the race car on the same year. Since then, it has been fortunate enough to be driven by Sam Hanks in the 1949 Indy 500, Neil Carter at Del Mar in 1949 and Bill Holland in the 1949 Sacramento race. The car has appeared five times at the Indianapolis 500, qualifying twice.


1957 Chevrolet 150


Name:  1957 Chevrolet 150 Race Car “Black Widow”

Year(s) Produced: 1956-1957

Number Built: 1 of 6 of factory-backed cars

Class: Race car

Body Type: 2-door sedan

Engine:  GM Chevrolet Small-Block V-8 283

Power: 283hp @ 6200 RPM

0-60mph: 7.6 secs.

Top Speed: 120 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height:  200 in. / 73.9 in. / 59.9 in.

Wheelbase: 115 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$205,700 (Barret-Jackson)

 This state-of-the-art, fully restored Chevrolet Black Widow car #47 was one of the original six factory-backed cars made for the Atlanta NASCAR, and driven by Jack Smith. It has a 283/283 fuel-injected engine, with authentic components, 6-lug wheels, Fenton headers and exhaust, high-performance Hydrovac brake system, 20-gallon gas tank and a special HD 3.90 rear end. The Black Widow scored 997 at Classic Chevy Nationals and won First Place-Racing Class at the 2012 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance.


1959 Chevrolet Corvette


Name:  1959 Chevrolet Corvette “Purple People Eater”

Year(s) Produced: 1958-1959

Number Built: (?)

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door convertible

Engine:  GM Chevrolet Small-Block V-8 283

Power: 230hp @ 4800 RPM

0-60mph: 8.1 secs.

Top Speed: 112 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 177.2 in. / 72.8 in. / 49.7 in.

Wheelbase: 102 in.

Auctioned Price: Sold at US$1.1 million (Barret-Jackson)

One of the most distinguished racing Corvettes in history, this Purple People Eater MKIII Corvette bagged the 1959 SCCA National Championship in the B/Production class with Jim Jeffords at the wheel. It comes with an impressive amount of documentation, awards and heritage, and is being offered for sale by the Chip Miller Collection.


1963 Pontiac Catalina


Name:  1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty “Swiss Cheese”

Year(s) Produced: 1961-1964

Number Built: 225

Class: Full-size

Body Type: 2-door sport sedan

Engine:  421 cu in (6.9 L) V8

Power: 410hp @ 4600 RPM

0-60mph: (?)

Top Speed: 115 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 211.9 in. / 78.7 in. / 54.1 in.

Wheelbase: 120 in.

Auctioned Price: Not yet announced (Barret-Jackson)

 Dubbed as “Swiss Cheese” because of the unique holes that were drilled out of its frames, this 1963 Pontiac Carolina doesn’t come cheesy in terms of its performance. With many wins on the NASCAR tracks and in drag racing, the Swiss Cheese has an output of 410hp, though it was rumored to be around 500 to 550 hp. Made intentionally lighter, it has new plexi-glass windows and an aluminum deck lid to complement its drilled out, lighter frames.


1967 Chevrolet Camaro


Name:  1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS “Transformers Bumblebee”

Year(s) Produced: Custom built last 2014

Number Built: 1

Class: Muscle car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine:  6162 cm3 / 374.9 cu. in. GM LS3 6.2L

Power: 426hp @ 5900 RPM

0-60mph: 4.6 sec.

Top Speed: 179 mph

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Length/width/height: 184.7 in. / 72.5 in. / (?)

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Auctioned Price: US$167,000 (Barret-Jackson)

 Should we say more? This revamped “Bumblebee,” resto-mod built was one of the highlights of Michael Bay’s fourth instalment of the “Transformers” film franchise, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. Owned by Michael Bay himself, it comes with all the features of an Autobot Transformer complete with their insignia, and an authentic fan signature from Bay himself. Other the Bumblebee, the Optimus Prime truck was also offered for auction at the Barret-Jacksons.


1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS


Name:  1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969

Number Built: 37,773

Class: Muscle car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine:  4942 cm3 / 301.6 cui, GM Chevrolet V-8 302 (Camaro Z28)

Power: 290hp @ 4200 RPM

0-60mph: 7.2 sec.

Top Speed: 127 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 186 in. / 74 in. / 51.1 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Auctioned Price: US$154,000 (Barret-Jackson)

 A winner in its league, this particular Camaro has an impressive score sheet to tell. It scored 992 of 1,000 possible points achieving Gold Level at the Camaro Nationals in 2014, and was consequently approved for the Legends class in 2015. It also achieved the Outstanding Restored award from ISCA in 2015.


1970 Mustang Mach 1


Name:  1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: 72,458

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine:  Ford FE-series V-8 428 6997 cm3, 427 cui

Power: 335hp @ 5200 RPM

0-60mph: 6.6 sec.

Top Speed: 128 mph

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Length/width/height: 187.4 in. / 71.3 in. / 51.3 in.

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Auctioned Price: US$61,600 (Barret-Jackson)

With very low miles on this complete, ground-up restoration, this highly desirable Mustang comes with all the original innards from its factory specs. It also has matching-numbers, rebuilt drivetrain and engine with the original 300 Trac-Loc 9″ rear end and C-6 transmission. It features all-new suspension, interior, brakes and lines, with a professional body and repainting job using the Mach 1’s original colors. This car comes with full documentation and Marti Reports.


1976 Pontiac Firebird


Name:  1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Year(s) Produced: 1970-1981

Number Built: 7,099

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door coupe

Engine:  V8 7456 cc | 455.0 cu in. | 7.5 L. 90-degree

Power: 200hp @ 2000 RPM

0-60mph: 8.4 secs.

Top Speed: 140 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 196.8 in. / 73 in. / 49.6 in.

Wheelbase: 108.1 in

Auctioned Price: US$42,350 (Barret-Jackson)

This is a very nice example of a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am with a 455 and 4-speed, finished in Carousel Red. It is one-of-7,099 built with this engine package. The PHS documentation and a copy of the original Window Sticker are included.


1970 Chevrolet Corvette



Name: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette 350/370

Year(s) Produced: 1969-1970

Number Built: 1,287

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door coupe

Engine:  5733 cm3 / 349.8 cui; GM Chevrolet Small-Block V-8 350

Power: 370hp @ 6000 RPM

0-60mph: 5.6 secs.

Top Speed: 142 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 182.5 in. / 69 in. / 47.8 in.

Wheelbase: 98 in

Auctioned Price: US$71,500 (Barret-Jackson)

This 1970 LT1 Corvette was bought new at Backhus-Ebert Chevy-Olds, Fowlerville, MI, off the showroom in May of 1970. Since then, the car only has an astounding 19,900 original miles in its odometer. Bagging the prestigious Bloomington Gold Award in 1981, this Corvette was featured in books, magazines and even graced the cover of a calendar. All of these memorabilia comes with the car as well together with its 1981 Bloomington Gold judging sheets.

We will watch out for next year’s offerings by Barret-Jacksons, and we hope it will be bigger and better with a wider range of selections that anyone can find in the world. So what is your take on this? Which of these 18 classics would you like to bring home?


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