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Barrett-Jackson to Bring its World-Renowned Automotive Lifestyle Event to Las Vegas, June 22-24, with Eclectic Auction Docket Featuring the Original 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Featured in “Fast & Furious” Movie Series
1972 De Tomaso Pantera “Fast Five” Movie Car

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – May 23, 2023 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is shifting into high gear as it heads to the Entertainment Capital of the World for its annual Las Vegas Auction, June 22-24, 2023. Hosted in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center spanning 1.4 million square feet under one roof, this year’s three-day Las Vegas Auction will feature a docket filled with a diverse offering of collectible vehicles and automobilia, as well as dozens of interactive sponsor and exhibitor displays. Among the early consignments is the actual 1972 De Tomaso Pantera featured in “Fast Five,” the fifth film in the blockbuster “Fast & Furious” franchise, and is selling with No Reserve. Auction guests may also join Toyota and Dodge for Thrill Rides on the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track or take a test drive in the all-new 2023 Lucid Air at the Lucid Driving Experience.

1970 Dodge HEMI Challenger R/T

“Another record-setting year began in Scottsdale and continued through our Palm Beach Auction last month,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We have built incredible momentum as we look toward Las Vegas, where we’ve hosted auctions since 2008. We have one of our most diverse dockets in the making with highly desirable collectible vehicles, including the 1972 De Tomaso Pantera that starred in the ‘Fast & Furious’ movie series, and a custom 1971 Ford Bronco that pays tribute to the year Parnelli Jones won his first Baja 1000.”

The 1972 De Tomaso Pantera “Fast Five” movie car appeared with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in the iconic train heist scene in “Fast Five.” The Pantera is powered by a 351ci Cleveland engine connected to a ZF 5-speed manual transmission and rides on the original movie car’s 17-inch Campagnolo wheels. The current owner restored the Pantera after acquiring it in 2013 from a Universal Studios consignor. The Pantera comes with a limited-edition Hot Wheels model car and is pictured on the “Fast Five” limited edition Hot Wheels packaging.

Also selling with No Reserve is a 1970 Dodge HEMI Challenger R/T that is one of approximately 136 HEMI 4-speed Challenger R/T hardtops built in 1970. It is powered by a matching-numbers 426ci HEMI V8 engine with a race HEMI camshaft and Hooker long-tube headers. Other key features include a matching-numbers New Process A833 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst pistol-grip shifter, the original Dana 60 rear axle with Sure-Grip differential and 4.10 ratio gears. The interior has a Rallye instrument cluster with trip odometer, wood-grain instrument panel, heater control, flood light, tachometer and a 2-watt AM radio. Rotisserie-restored and finished in its original black color using the correct TX9 paint, this piece of vintage American muscle also comes with a Wise Validation Report.

1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible

“Barrett-Jackson has demonstrated that the No Reserve docket is the absolute best way to grow the collector car hobby,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We build each auction docket with the vehicles that collectors want and it’s the ideal way to demonstrate how the collector car hobby is thriving. We can’t wait to showcase some of the very best vehicles in demand right now in Las Vegas, including a date-code and part-number-correct 1968 GT500KR convertible.”

Crossing the auction block in Las Vegas, home of Shelby American, is a 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible and 1968 Shelby GT500KR fastback. The four-time Mustang Club of America Concours Gold award-winning convertible is #4122 and is powered by its original Cobra Jet engine paired with an automatic transmission. It has 45,512 documented miles and includes a factory Build Sheet, Shelby order sheet, original dealer invoice and owner documentation. Powered by a Cobra Jet engine paired with an automatic transmission, the “King of the Road” fastback is #2367 and is one of only 1,053 fastbacks built in 1968, one of 95 in Highland Green and one of just 16 with Saddle trim.

Paying tribute to Parnelli Jones’s first Baja 1000 win, the 1971 Ford Bronco custom “Big Oly” tribute is powered by a Dart Block Ford engine paired to a 3-speed automatic transmission and is capable of producing 723 horsepower. Performance modifications include Ross 11-to-1 competition pistons, Ford Performance custom CNC heads, forged steel crank and Petersen 5-stage dry-sump pump system. In addition to being featured in national

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Title: Barrett-Jackson to Bring its World-Renowned Automotive Lifestyle Event to Las Vegas, June 22-24, with Eclectic Auction Docket Featuring the Original 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Featured in “Fast & Furious” Movie Series
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Published Date: Tue, 23 May 2023 15:26:42 +0000

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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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Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results

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The recently held “Dare to Dream” auction in Toronto, Canada, represented a wide variety of automotive milestones, specifically for European Sportscars. Aptly described on Sotheby’s website, “They represent what could be—what will be in our eyes, the greatest.”

Collector Miles Nadal

It’s always inciteful to know a little about the face behind the collection and what his/her thoughts are on the business of acquiring automobiles. According to Nadal, he has always been a collector of types. Somewhat tangentially related to cars, his first collection was of hand tools he never used and had no intention of using, admitting he was not mechanical in any way. But he appreciated what they stood for Perfection. Engineering. Function. Those three pillars play a heavy part in his future collections, too. The tools were always pristine and presented in order. The same was applied to his following collection of keys, and then of model cars. The model cars were just a placeholder for the real cars Nadal truly desired to own someday.

After working as a sports photographer in his teen years, further exposed to the world of professional sports and the players that made the difference… the influencers… the icons, he figured out the direction of the collection he would someday start. Automotive icons. And so, we take a quick look at some of the sports car icons that were sold from the collection.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti

$3,305,000 USD | Sold

There is perhaps no better archetype of a Ferrari model than the 275 GTB/4. As one of the last Prancing Horses manufactured in the vintage era, preceding the wholesale shift to mid-rear engine placement, the GTB/4 was the product of all the lessons learned since the company’s 1947 inception. Like the greatest Ferraris that preceded it, the model was defined as a grand touring berlinetta: a closed-body dual-use GT car that could be driven to the track and raced before being gently driven back home.

Introduced in 1964, the original 275 GTB was the first roadgoing Ferrari to be equipped with four-wheel independent suspension, and the first to employ a weight-saving transaxle, which also improved weight distribution. When the GTB/4 iteration arrived two years later, it boasted dual-cam valve actuation for each cylinder bank, making it the first four-cam road car from Maranello’s stable. This prodigy of mechanical performance was clothed in coachwork designed by Pininfarina and built by racing car carrozzeria Scaglietti, featuring a long hood and fastback rear end that were obviously developed from the legendary 250 GTO.

1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS ‘Sunroof’ Coupe by Reutter

$637,500 USD | Sold

The most potent mechanical variation of the 356 was the Carrera model, which was powered by the slightly detuned, Fuhrmann-designed four-camshaft, 1,600-cubic-centimeter racing engine. Available in both “GT” race specification and “GS” touring specification, Porsche made sure that their new engine could be marketed on a platform to individuals who were looking to spend time on the track, as well as to those who were looking to drive down the Autobahn in style.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results
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