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CUSTOM CORVETTES: Creative Builds Bring America’s Sports Car Into a Modern World
LOT #1348 – 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

With more than 2 million sold since its inception in 1953, it’s safe to say the Corvette is not just “America’s Sports Car” but is one of the most popular sports cars in the world. It’s unquestionably an iconic vehicle that deserves respect, no matter the generation from which it hales. Sometimes, however, when one of those early-generation Corvettes begins to show its age, a choice must be made: restore it to original or give it new life as a Resto-Mod.

For enthusiasts who plan on driving their vintage ’Vette a lot, Resto-Modding has been the way to go, and that trend has certainly shown itself on the Barrett-Jackson auction block in recent years. Some of the country’s best builders specialize in Corvettes alone, keeping the classic style of the vehicle while upgrading it to improve performance, increase comfort and make it stand out from the crowd.

Particularly popular among custom builders are C1 and C2 Corvettes – such as those highlighted here that are headed to the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. Despite looking like they were just driven off the showroom floor the year they were first built, these vehicles have many surprises within. Upgrades to the engine, transmission, brakes, suspension and other components create cars that are faster, more powerful and handle better than they ever have before. Inside the cockpits you’ll find modern conveniences never dreamed of back in the ’50s and ’60s: air conditioning, power windows, premium sound systems and more.

Custom Corvettes are a great way to go for the enthusiast looking for the best of both worlds.

LOT #1348 – 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Pictured above and built with a 2023 LT1 direct-injected 6.2-liter V8 engine, this 1958 Pro-Touring-style Corvette produces an impressive 460hp with 465ft/lbs of torque and has a 4L70E automatic transmission. It rides on an Art Morrison chassis with rear independent suspension and a fully adjustable ride height. The body is original, completely stripped with glass beads before being finished in a PPG Sky-Fall color and a Global Premier High Solids clear. The side coves have been finished in a Silver Mist, complementing the matching powder-coated chassis. The convertible top was completely restored in a Stayfast material to match the interior Denim leather. A few key features are the power rack & pinion steering, Rick’s stainless-steel fuel tank, Fragola Performance Systems Teflon-coated fuel lines and fittings, GM factory wiring harness and factory-programmed computer, 3-position electric-actuated hood with integrated LED lighting, LED lighting in the interior floorboard, JL Audio amplifier, subwoofer and speakers, and a new stereo equipped with Bluetooth that is made to match the original 1958 Wonder Bar. The all-new Dakota Digital RTX gauges were moved forward 1 inch and paired with a slightly smaller steering wheel and concaved seats, giving the driver more room.

LOT #1420 – 1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

This convertible is powered by a 675hp LS7 engine with a Mast Motorsports engine management system, mated to a TREMEC 6-speed transmission. It rides on a powder-coated Art Morrison chassis and has adjustable-ride-height suspension. Stopping power is provided by Wilwood 6-piston brakes on the front and 4-piston on the rear, with 14-inch rotors all around. It also has power rack & pinion steering. The car rides on custom billet C1 wheels wrapped in Nitto tires. The body was glass-bead-stripped and finished in PPG 9000 Tuxedo Black. The underside was also coated in Satin Black with Euro texture on the underside of the fenders. The polished stainless-steel exhaust is ceramic-coated and exits through the rear bumper. The red-leather interior features fully adjustable seats, a billet steering wheel and custom stitching throughout, as well as LED interior lighting, Dakota Digital gauges, an E-Stopp emergency brake, 2-speed windshield wipers, Wilwood brake pedals, a Vintage Air system, and a Bluetooth retro-look Wonder Bar stereo with a Rockford Fosgate AMP and four speakers. This custom Corvette was finished in 2022. All the software, manuals and an SD card with photos of the entire build are included.

LOT #1392 – 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette is the recipient of a professional, no-expense-spared, custom build completed in 2023. It is powered by a brand-new GM Performance Connect & Cruise Platform 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine with 650hp and 650 ft/lbs of torque mated to a brand-new TREMEC T56 Super Magnum

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: CUSTOM CORVETTES: Creative Builds Bring America’s Sports Car Into a Modern World
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Published Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2024 18:35:35 +0000

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Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

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Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Mention motorcycle brands and the American Midwest in the same sentence, and a particular Motor Co. springs to mind first. But there’s a smaller company 146 miles away, across Lake Michigan, producing small bikes with big attitudes. They’re called Janus Motorcycles, and this is their latest offering—the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler.

Based in Goshen, Indiana, Janus Motorcycles specializes in vintage-styled, made-to-order motorcycles. Using engines from the Italian brand SWM, their bikes can be specced with myriad color and accessory options, before being assembled by hand and shipped to their new owners. Only a handful of parts come from external suppliers—the rest are made in-house, or by Janus’ local network of craftsmen, many of which are Amish.

Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

The Janus Gryffin 450 shows off the same scrambler styling as the existing Gryffin 250, but uses the engine from the company’s bigger Halcyon 450 bobber. You’re looking at the prototype build, devoid of any paint and finishings. Janus is in the thick of finalizing development, with the Gryffin 450 expected to go into production in July.

Derived from the single-cylinder donk in the Honda XR400, the 445 cc SWM motor makes around 30 hp. It’s not likely to set any land speed records, but that’s just fine for the Janus team. Their philosophy is building bikes that are not just gorgeous, but approachable too.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/janus-gryffin-450-prototype
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:01:56 +0000

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The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike

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Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina
Held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula since 1962, the Baja 1000 is a desert race like no other. As mythical as it is grueling, finishing it requires skill, willpower, and a little luck; finishing on the podium, even more so.

You’re looking at the motorcycle that took second place in last year’s running of the Baja 1000. Built and fielded by a team from Deus ex Machina’s American operation, it’s a well-prepped Husqvarna FE 450 with a livery that’s all fun—and a parts-spec that’s all business. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Paloma,’ the bike not only boasts a second-place finish in the Pro Moto Unlimited class of the Baja 1000, but it also bagged second overall in the 2023 World Desert Championship.

Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina

The man responsible for the build was Ciaran Naran, who shared race duties with Forrest Minchinton, Nick Lapaglia, and Derek Asserbauer. A previous Baja 1000 winner, Ciaran’s been racing dirt bikes since he was eight years old—and he’s figured out how to make them faster along the way. Working out of Deus’ Venice Beach workshop, Ciaran put countless late nights into turning the 2023-model Husqvarna FE 450 Heritage Edition into this wily, silver medal-winning desert sled.

Even in stock form, the Husqvarna FE 450 is a beast. Thanks to its chromoly frame and carbon fiber subframe, it weighs a paltry 108.3 kilos [238.8 lbs] dry—which is no match for its punchy four-stroke motor. Add a smorgasbord of high-end parts, and you have the beginnings of a race-winning

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike
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Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:11:57 +0000

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A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Written by Barbara Toombs

Back in the mid-1980s, then Scottsdale mayor Herb Drinkwater had a vision that the beautiful northern part of his city at the foot of the McDowell Mountains would become the epicenter of world-class events. Through Drinkwater’s persuasiveness, The Phoenix Open golf tournament relocated to the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale in 1987, with Barrett-Jackson moving to what had become known as HorseWorld in 1989 (changing its name to WestWorld in 1990).

The TPC was developed as part of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, a sprawling 65-acre property that also opened in 1987. Being just 2.5 miles away from the site of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions and sharing a similar commitment to excellence, the Princess was a natural choice to become the official resort of Barrett-Jackson’s flagship Scottsdale Auction each January.

The iconic AAA Five Diamond resort has proven to be an outstanding destination for visitors of all ages – particularly in the winter months for those looking to escape their snowbound states back East. No matter the weather, the Princess offers an incredible array of activities for its guests.

Golf remains a big attraction here, with TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course and Champions Course both located right next door. The resort’s golf concierge can help visitors arrange tee times there or at one of the more than 200 other courses located in sunny Scottsdale.

For those who love the water, the Princess also does not disappoint. The resort boasts six sparkling pools, all of which are kept at a pleasant 80 degrees Fahrenheit and are open 24/7. A favorite among families is the Sonoran Splash Pool, a 6,000-square-foot aquatic oasis with two 200-foot twisting water slides, a zero-entry pool deck and a sandbox play area. Also popular for those traveling with children is Sunset Beach, the resort’s largest pool, which features a 9,000 square-foot white-sand beach and giant splash pad.

The adults-only Sonoran Landing pool invites you to swim laps in one of two lanes or just relax in an oversized hammock, plush day bed or floating bean bag and enjoy some poolside libations. At the heart of the property is the Princess Pool, with sweeping views of the resort’s lush lagoons and golf course, as well as in-pool hot tubs providing the ultimate in evening relaxation under a starry sky.

There’s also a rooftop pool for guests at the acclaimed 44,000-square-foot Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which offers everything from the exhilaration of aerial yoga to the tranquility of a customized aromatherapy massage. At this hidden oasis guests can enjoy a wealth of treatments, as well as a wet steam room, Swedish dry sauna, hot therapeutic whirlpool, fitness center, grotto waterfall and healthy spa cuisine.

Photos Courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Speaking of cuisine, there are dining options to suit all tastes at the Princess. Top of the list is Bourbon Steak from award-winning Chef Michael Mina – an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse. If it’s south-of-the-border dishes you’re craving, La Hacienda will be just the ticket, with offerings including fresh guacamole crafted tableside and slow-braised pork carnitas.

Other restaurants on the vast property include the Ironwood American Kitchen for breakfast, lunch or dinner (as well as weekend brunch), while the Plaza Bar offers a great indoor/outdoor atmosphere where you can grab a bite to eat and signature craft cocktails. Looking for something a little different? Over at the nearby TPC Golf Clubhouse you can explore the innovative fusion of Asian and Latin flavors at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar.

For those who love to shop, check out the upscale men’s and women’s clothing boutiques at the resort. You can pick up children’s apparel, pool toys and more at the Trailblazers Shop located at the Trailblazers Recreation Center – where you can also rent fishing equipment or join the kids for a dig in the virtual reality sand box, ride the 3D simulators or grab a basketball for a game of hoops at the resort’s sport court.

You may be in town for the incredible cars at Barrett-Jackson – but be sure to take time to experience all the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has to offer!

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/a-world-of-its-own-take-time-to-explore-the-fairmont-scottsdale-princess/
Published Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2023 16:25:53 +0000

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