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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Top Pickup Trucks and SUVs that Crossed the Block in New Orleans
LOT #782 – 1954 CHEVROLET CUSTOM PICKUP – $330,000

The 2023 Barrett-Jackson New Orleans Auction presented an extraordinary array of outstanding pickup trucks and SUVs, both contemporary and vintage. This event celebrated one of the collector car hobby’s most rapidly expanding and cherished segments. Below are the best-selling pickup trucks and SUVs at the 2023 New Orleans Auction:

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

Picutred above and 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.


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.

LOT #704 – 2024 GMC HUMMER EV SUV EDITION 1 VIN 001 – $172,700

Finished in Moonshot Green Matte, exclusive to the Edition 1. Fully electric and powered by the EV Ultium Platform, which enables off-road capability, on-road performance and an immersive driving experience, all with zero tailpipe emissions.

LOT #651 – 2022 RAM 1500 TRX IGNITION EDITION PICKUP – $148,500

Powered by a 6.2-liter 702hp supercharged 8-cylinder engine with 650 ft/lbs of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Features Bilstein Blackhawk E2 suspension and 4-wheel drive, and rides on Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires.

LOT #770 – 2023 FORD RAPTOR R PICKUP – $132,000

Powered by a 5.2-liter supercharged engine. Finished in Code Orange Metallic color. Has not been dealer-prepped; still has plastic on it. 102 actual miles.

LOT #700 – 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ G63 BRABUS CUSTOM SUV – $132,000

Powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo 8-cylinder engine paired with a 7-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Underwent a 4×4 conversion featuring certified Brabus performance and chassis enhancements in December 2021. 41,717 actual miles.

LOT #773 – 1973 FORD BRONCO SPORT CUSTOM SUV – $110,000

Recipient of an extensive frame-off restoration finished by OMF Car Craft. Powered by an electronic-fuel-injection BluePrint 302ci V8 crate engine paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with a Vintage Air system, custom seats and Fox shocks.

LOT #811 – 1967 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP – $99,000

Powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine and 4L60E automatic overdrive transmission. Has a late-model Camaro rear axle, power steering, 4-wheel power disc brakes, tilt wheel, air conditioning, new glass and weatherstripping, and new interior with chrome trim.


Powered by a 2.7-liter V6 turbocharged engine. The vehicle is upgraded with full vehicle protection film, engine management software, exhaust system, high-flow air filter action, heat exchanger and 35-inch off-road tires.

LOT #780 – 1970 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP – $88,000

Pro-Touring build powered by a GM performance LS3 crate engine with a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger, mated to a T56 magnum 6-speed transmission with a McLeod dual-disc clutch. Equipped with RideTech control arms, coilover shocks and RideTech sway bars.

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Title: AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Top Pickup Trucks and SUVs that Crossed the Block in New Orleans
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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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