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Written by Eric Becker

This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #752) is one of seven stunning vehicles from a private collection heading to the Houston Auction with No Reserve.

 

Remember as a kid seeing beautiful machines cruise down the road and dreaming about one day owning one? It’s a feeling all gearheads share, and a good reason as to why the collector car hobby continues to thrive and expand. Classic cars offer an inescapable romanticism, one that inspires passion, cultivates nostalgia and brings people together. This is what makes the Barrett-Jackson experience so special – it’s a celebration of the machines that move us. Case in point: seven soul-stirring classics from a private collection that will cross the block with No Reserve at the inaugural 2021 Houston Auction. The seven incredible vehicles include wonderfully restored and tastefully modified feats of Americana. Born of Detroit’s golden age, the majority of these machines wear Chevrolet’s bowtie, but Blue Oval fans are also in for a Raven Black treat.

LOT #708 – 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Born in Dearborn, Michigan, in February 1957, this show-quality restoration Ford Thunderbird is easily the crown jewel of any collection. Formerly owned by noted T-Bird restorer Amos Minter, this example is one of only 1,499 E-code 1957 Thunderbirds, with the 312/270hp V8 engine topped with dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors, an aluminum intake manifold and a high-performance camshaft. Adding to the rarity is a 3-speed floor-shifted manual transmission, and this T-Bird is believed to be one of only 522 with overdrive. Presented in the highly sought-after color combination of Raven Black over a red interior, the striking convertible features several subtle upgrades performed by Minter’s team of craftsmen. The driver’s seat was repositioned for additional legroom and a smaller factory-styled steering wheel was also added. Adding to the soundtrack is a stainless-steel exhaust system, and the factory ignition was updated with a more reliable electronic point-less ignition. The stunning Thunderbird also features two tops (a new black Haartz soft-top and a hardtop with portholes), as well as Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and wrapped in whitewall tires adding to its peerless classic appeal.

LOT #780 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 RS

LOT #710 – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454

Dressed to the nines in Tuxedo Black and wearing the famed white stripes, these two American icons represent the best of Chevrolet’s muscle-bound pedigree. Favored by racers and forged during the peak of the muscle car era most know these two are best considered the “David and Goliath” of the American muscle car: Chevy’s “small vicious animal,” the 1969 Camaro Z/28 RS, and the undisputed champion of the “Stoplight Grand Prix”’ the 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS 454.

The Z/28 left showroom floors as a focused driver’s car motivated by the high-revving and rowdy 302ci V8 and backed by an M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. This example, an X33 car, was built in Norwood, Ohio, in May 1969 and is equipped with the beautifully sinister Z22 Rally Sport appearance package. The 302ci V8 is fed by an aluminum Cross-Ram intake with dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors and rides on the acclaimed F41 suspension. Make no mistake, this small vicious animal is all about go-fast thrills.

Lot #710 – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454

Arguably the definitive poster child for the American muscle car, the 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS 454 was an icon. Big, stylish and menacing, the Chevelle has never shied away from competition – and for good reason. Equipped with the most notorious and frightening big-block engine ever dropped into the engine bay of a Chevrolet, the LS6 came to brawl with 450 horsepower and 500 ft/lbs of torque. Authenticated by renowned expert Jerry MacNeish, this 1970 LS6 Super Sport Chevelle features the original matching-numbers engine backed by a M22 4-speed manual transmission and GM 12-bolt rear end. Keeping power in check is the famed F41 suspension package that features heavy-duty coil springs, front and rear anti-sway bars, box-welded rear lower control arms, power front disc brakes and power steering.

 

LOT #752 – 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE

LOT #753 – 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE

Fully customized Pro-Touring supercar or factory original “Fuelie?” It’s an almost impossible choice as both represent the peak of automotive style and the cutting edge of technology for their respective eras. With the Resto-Mod, in this

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DREAM MACHINES: Seven Spectacular Rides With No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/seven-spectacular-vehicles-for-houston-auction-no-reserve/
Published Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 21:16:07 +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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