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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Top Chevrolets at Barrett-Jackson’s First New Orleans Auction

The 2023 New Orleans Auction unfolded with a showcase of GM’s legendary Bowtie brand, encompassing more than seven decades of automotive history. This event dazzled attendees with an extraordinary array of offerings, featuring sought-after Blazers, Camaros and an abundance of breathtaking Corvettes. Browse the gallery below of the most notable Chevrolets that crossed the inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction block:


Pictured above, this Corvette is powered by a new 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Features a Borla stacked injection with Holley management. Rides on an Art Morrison IRS chassis with front C7 suspension and has fully adjustable RideTech coilovers.

LOT #782 – 1954 CHEVROLET CUSTOM PICKUP – $330,000

Known as “Shadow,” this outstanding MetalWorks build was completed in 2023. Loaded with modern features, including a built 6.0-liter LS 630hp V8 engine, 4L80E automatic transmission and Art Morrison chassis. From the MS CLASSIC CARS Collection.


Powered by a GM Performance 627hp LSX454 crate engine paired with a T56 6-speed manual transmission. Rides on height-adjustable RS SV by Fox coilovers and parallel 4-bar rear suspension. Features a period-correct interior.


Full custom build by Creative Rods and Restoration. Big-block 396ci Chevrolet engine bored to 412ci, Holley Sniper EFI, Brodix heads, push-button 6-speed automatic transmission. Scott’s Hotrods chassis and a custom interior by Cato Custom Upholstery.


Excellent attention to detail throughout. Original Satin Silver with black car. Vintage Air and power wheels/steering/brakes. Powered by a 327ci V8 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. From the MS CLASSIC CARS Collection.


Powered by a fuel-injected aluminum 427ci LS7 V8 engine mated to a 4L65E 4-speed automatic transmission. Has 4-wheel independent suspension, 4-wheel power disc brakes, power rack & pinion steering, air conditioning, custom leather-upholstered interior.


Has the Z51 Performance Package; rides on front-lift adjustable-height memory and Z51 Magnetic Selective Ride Control. Bose stereo system, carbon-fiber cluster, carbon-fiber console and door plates. 2,489 actual miles. From the Jimmy Bankhead Collection.

LOT #771 – 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE – $151,800

Finished in Tuxedo Black over a Saddle interior. Powered by an L76 327/340hp engine paired with a 4-speed transmission. Sale includes original documents.

Powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Finished in Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic with Adrenaline Red interior. Comes with stock high-performance options and a 2LZ package. 2,965 actual miles.


Powered by an all-aluminum LS1 Corvette-sourced, fuel-injected engine backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission. Features an upgraded suspension with components from Jim Meyer Racing. From the Sherwood Classics Collection.

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Title: AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Top Chevrolets at Barrett-Jackson’s First New Orleans Auction
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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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