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ELECTRO-MODS: Where Classic Charm Meets Electric Innovation on the Open Road
LOT #1306 – 1966 PONTIAC GTO CUSTOM EV CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

One of the best things about vintage cars is that they can serve as excellent platforms to showcase just how much technology has changed. Like a Resto-Mod that retains its classic look yet is restored and modified with modern-day body work and technology, an Electro-Mod represents the best of both worlds, upgrading a classic vehicle with an electric, battery-powered drivetrain.

Offered with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction is a 1966 Pontiac GTO custom EV convertible. This Electro-Mod features a Tesla 50 KWHR engine seamlessly integrated into the original engine and transmission mounts. To support the electric motors and batteries, the GTO’s frame underwent reinforcement, and the original chassis was adapted to incorporate a Tesla Model 3 Performance rear subframe. This subframe includes a powerful 350hp electric motor, a 5-link independent suspension equipped with Tesla high-performance disc brakes and four adjustable QA1 shock absorbers.

The braking system is enhanced with Wilwood 4-piston brakes at the front, while Tesla’s single-piston disc brakes remain at the rear, providing reliable stopping power. The vehicle also incorporates electronic components responsible for recharging and overseeing the battery and motor functions. Notably, a Dodge electric power steering pump delivers power to the original steering box and interfaces with a GM hydro-boost system, complemented by a Wilwood master cylinder.

Throughout the build process, about 75% of the sheet metal was replaced – including the quarter-panels, doors and hood – utilizing components from Dynacorn and Golden Leaf. Additionally, a complete renewal of both the firewall and floor has been executed. The body has been finished with three coats of RM urethane primer, followed by two coats of RM water-based topcoat in Porsche Carbon Steel Gray Metallic (A9W), and finally, three coats of RMC2000 clearcoat. To maintain consistency, the frame has the same paint finish as the body. The gray paint is complemented by a black canvas top fitted with real glass. To complete the look, the GTO rides on 18-inch American Racing Rally-style wheels are wrapped in Diamond Back EVO tires, which were chosen by Carl Andre Giroux, the GTO’s designer.

To maintain the timeless aesthetics of the GTO, the builder opted to keep all the original chrome components, white the bumpers and select parts that underwent professional chroming for a polished finish. The stainless-steel trim was carefully removed and polished to achieve a mirror-like shine. Introducing a subtle gray tint to match the body color, new windows were installed, contributing to a cohesive and classic appearance.

To meet contemporary lighting standards, the GTO was equipped with ORACLE sealed-beam headlamps featuring halo lights and taillight sequencers. Additionally, all other lights were upgraded to efficient and modern LEDs.

LOT #1036.1 – 1966 CADILLAC COUPE DE VILLE CUSTOM EV CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Within the car, both the driver and passengers revel in a meticulously restored Portala Red interior. The original console underwent modification to seamlessly integrate a digital tablet, serving as the interface for gear changes. An additional pair of digital tablets forms a cluster on the dashboard, providing convenient access to various vehicle settings. Enhancing the comfort within the cabin, a 400-volt GM water heater ensures warm air circulation, while a Tesla air-conditioning compressor efficiently cools the battery, engine and interior as required.

The comprehensive electrical wiring system was expertly custom-designed by the globally acclaimed INGENEXT team and meticulously crafted under their supervision. Elevating the auditory experience to unparalleled heights, the renowned Fortin Audio in Montreal curated a premium BLAM Audio system, seamlessly controlled by a vintage RetroSound radio and Helix amplifiers. The trunk underwent a complete redesign, not only to harmonize with the car’s vibrant red interior but also to accommodate a portion of the meticulously integrated sound system.

The evolution of vintage cars into Electro-Mods exemplifies the perfect fusion of classic aesthetics and cutting-edge technology. These unique vehicles, transformed with electric drivetrains, embody the best of both worlds, seamlessly incorporating modern advancements while preserving their timeless charm.

Often, the results of an EV conversion can be stunning – and jaw-dropping. For example, a 1966 Cadillac Coupe De Ville convertible offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction is equipped with a 400-horsepower electric

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Title: ELECTRO-MODS: Where Classic Charm Meets Electric Innovation on the Open Road
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2024 15:44:20 +0000

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FANTASTIC FRIDAY IN FLORIDA: Barrett-Jackson Kicks Off the Weekend with Six-Figure Sales

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FANTASTIC FRIDAY IN FLORIDA: Barrett-Jackson Kicks Off the Weekend with Six-Figure Sales
LOT #431 – 1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GREENWOOD DAYTONA TURBO – $247,500

The auction arena was buzzing with excitement throughout the day on Friday at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, with the arena erupting into cheers on a number of occasions as several highly anticipated vehicles had their turn on the block.

In a diverse offering that ranged from classic SUVs and modern muscle to pickup trucks and ’50s favorites with fabulous fins, more than 200 vehicles made their way across the Barrett-Jackson block on Day 2 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. A 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Daytona Turbo (Lot #431) took top honors for the day – and set a new world auction record – with its $247,500 sale. It was followed by a 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor replica (Lot #416) that crossed the block for $162,800.

Collections were in the spotlight on Friday, with vehicles from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams among bidders’ favorites. Notable sales from that collection included a 1958 Buick Special Convertible (Lot #376) with its $126,500 sale (a new world auction record) and a 1959 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible (Lot #400) that sold for $110,000.

General Motors brought several special vehicles to sell in Florida. From the Chevrolet Collection, a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Championship Edition convertible (Lot #396.2) crossed the block for $115,500, while a 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V (Lot #396) found a new home when it sold for $159,500, along with a 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Series Blackwing (Lot #396.1) that sold for $110,000, both from GM’s Cadillac Collection.

Other highlights from the day included the sale of a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/365 (Lot #445.1) for $126,500, a 2023 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 Hennessey Custom Edition “Exorcist” (Lot #411) for $116,600, a 1947 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Good Humor Ice Cream Truck (Lot #426) for $115,500, followed by a 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible (Lot #427) for $113,300. A 2023 Jeep Gladiator Custom Pickup (Lot #373) and a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Custom Convertible (Lot #391) each brought in $110,000.

The collector cars weren’t the only stars in attendance today. American businessman and “Shark Tank” television personality Daymond John stopped by to check out the vehicles on and off the block, as did Viktor Knavs, the father of former First Lady Melania Trump.

A 1950s Chris-Craft Woody Speedboat kiddie ride (Lot #7283) came out on top during the morning’s Automobilia Auction with its $27,600 sale. A circa 1948 Texaco Oil Bennett Model #756 gas pump (Lot #7282), a 1946 Mobil Oil M/S 80 gas pump (Lot #7268.3) and a 1960 Gulf Oil Tokheim Model #300 gas pump in Heritage Edition GT colors (Lot #7285), along with a 1940s-50s Cadillac Authorized Service porcelain sign with neon (Lot #7298), also caught the attention of bidders.

Of course, there’s also much to do and see outside of the auction arena, including the Summit Showcase, which features several aftermarket companies offering automotive products. Those who place orders with these companies – as well as anything on the Summit Racing website – during the event receive 10% off the order plus free shipping. Guests in attendance also had the opportunity to browse the Exhibitor Marketplace, which offers everything from automotive artwork and gleaming statues to furniture composed of automotive parts, such as engine blocks.

The Palm Beach Auction continues through Saturday, April 20, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us on Super Saturday for what is sure to be another fantastic day in Florida. Check out the gallery of photos from Day 2 below!

LOT #416 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG ELEANOR REPLICA – $162,800

LOT #373 – 2023 JEEP GLADIATOR CUSTOM PICKUP – $110,000

LOT #376 – 1958 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE – $126,500

LOT #391 – 1970 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $110,000

LOT #396 – 2023 CADILLAC ESCALADE-V – $159,500

LOT #440 – 1990 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 4 CABRIOLET GEMBELLA – $110,000

LOT #445.1 – 1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/365 – $126,500

LOT #7283 – 1950S CHRIS-CRAFT WOODY SPEEDBOAT KIDDIE RIDE – $27,600

LOT #7282 – CIRCA 1948 TEXACO OIL BENNETT MODEL #756 GAS PUMP

LOT #430 – 1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 CONVERTIBLE – $110,000

LOT #7268.3 – 1946 MOBIL OIL M/S 80 GAS PUMP WITH “MOBILGAS” LIGHTED SCRIPT TOP and LOT #7285 – 1960 GULF OIL TOKHEIM MODEL #300 GAS PUMP IN HERITAGE EDITION GT COLORS

LOT #426 – 1947 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM GOOD HUMOR ICE CREAM TRUCK –$115,500

LOT #7298 – 1940S-50S CADILLAC AUTHORIZED SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN WITH NEON

958 Buick Special Convertible entering the Meguiar’s Staging lanes.

LOT #427 – 1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE – $113,300

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Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:02:12 +0000

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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
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Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:11:01 +0000

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.

LOT #106.1 – 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.

LOT #82 – 1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE

LOT #696 – 1976 LEOPARD 1 A5 BATTLE TANK – NO RESERVE

LOT #100.1 – 1970 FORD TORINO CUSTOM COUPE

Volvo Driving Experience.

LOT #103 – 2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

Dodge Thrill Rides.

LOT #108 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.

LOT #6298.4 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS NEON SIGN ON STAND

LOT #6291 – 1940S-50S GULF BENNETT MODEL #646 GAS PUMP and LOT #6292 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-50S GULF OIL PREMIUM GASOLINE TOKHEIM 39 GAS PUMP

LOT #6289.1 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-1950S TEXACO BENNETT MODEL 756 GAS PUMP

LOT #6299.2 –

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