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ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE

After World War II, the United States saw an unprecedented surge in economic prosperity – and a newfound fascination with cars. The 1950s saw families moving out of the cities and into the suburbs, meaning a vehicle was pretty much a necessity for a commute to work. The automobile also signified freedom for the average American – a chance to hit the open road to explore via the burgeoning highway system (hello, Route 66!). Car culture flourished: drive-in movies, drive-thru restaurants and car clubs popped up everywhere.

This era saw the United States become the world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles – by the end of the 1950s, one in six working Americans were employed either directly or indirectly in the automotive industry. The decade began with some 25 million registered vehicles on the road; by 1958 there were more than 67 million.

American car designers let their imaginations run wild, and the advent of the jet age proved to be a major influence. As a result, Fabulous ’50s cars were resplendent with chrome, tailfins, chrome, wings, chrome, turbines, chrome and afterburner taillights. Did we mention chrome?

Ford, GM and Chrysler – known as the “Big Three” automakers at that time – led the way in automobile production during the 1950s boom. Vehicles forever emblematic of the decade of their creation include Chevrolet’s Bel Air and Corvette, Cadillac’s Eldorado, Ford’s Thunderbird and Fairlane, and Chrysler’s New Yorker. But smaller entities made waves, too – as evidenced by cars like the Kaiser Darrin roadster with its unique pocket doors and DeSoto’s impressive Adventurer – some of which even came with built-in record players.

Highlighted here are just a small sampling of the fantastic cars from the Fabulous ’50s that will be headed across the auction block during the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. See you there, Daddy-O!

1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE

Pictured above and previously owned by renowned Kaiser Darrin collector Bob Adams. Powered by an original 2.6-liter Straight-6 engine backed by a 3-speed manual transmission with fourth-gear overdrive. Mechanically sorted, including redone brakes and full tune-up.

1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

Recipient of a frame-off nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. Powered by a Hilborn electronic fuel-injected 383ci stroker engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Modified frame, custom interior and smoothed firewall. 28 miles since completion.

1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

Powered by an LS2 V8 engine paired with a 4L60E automatic transmission. Recipient of a full frame-off restoration; now rides on a Roadster Shop chassis. Everything from the top to bottom has been improved.

1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER – NO RESERVE

Powered by a factory 345ci HEMI V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Equipped with power brakes, power steering, Continental kit and a Highway HiFi 45 record player under the dash.

1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a new Wegner LS3 427ci V8 engine mated to a Stage-4 4L80E Performance automatic transmission with a billet converter. Has an Art Morrison Tri-5 frame, multi-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, Vintage Air and a custom Alpine stereo.

1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Recipient of a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. Powered by the factory 390ci engine paired with a Hydromatic transmission. Rides on a custom air-ride suspension with AccuAir controls. Also has a JL Audio system built into the car for a modern feel.

1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a modern 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Features modern amenities with all power options, removable hardtop, custom interior and a custom-finished engine bay. With 400 miles since the build completion.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
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Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 20:56:34 +0000

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Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory

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1968: A Year Like No Other

1968 can be considered as the great year of the 60s: the uprisings in Czechoslovakia against the socialist rules, the increase in intensity and scale of the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the first time that man orbited around the Moon. A troubled year for sure, but one that would cause great transformations for our society.

So what does Formula 1 have to do with it? Well, in 1968 the category also underwent one of its most profound reformulation processes, from the commercial, economic and technological aspects. We always remember that 1968 was the year in which wings and aerodynamic functions became the object of study and desire of all teams (and that at the end of the year, they already dominated the grid)

But, perhaps the most important of all the changes was the one promoted by Lotus at the beginning of the year: the insertion of master sponsorships, which caused shocks in the entire structure of motorsport. As common as this may seem today, where we see cars and teams filled with advertising and marketing, in the 60s this was almost a sin, a blatant attack on the entire institution of motorsport.

Even with the negative repercussions at the time, now we can see why Colin Chapman is considered one of the great visionaries of Formula 1, and responsible for much of what it is today. Thus, in these few lines, we are going to unfold the whys and reasons for Lotus to have changed the traditional green and yellow for red and gold, and its consequences in the team’s first victory in the new colors.

Part 1: Gold Leaf and Lotus

The end of the 1967 season did not look very auspicious for the Lotus team. Even with the successes achieved at the end of the year (the team had won the last two GPs of the season, in the United States and Mexico, in addition to the non-championship Spanish GP), Colin Chapman was concerned with the sustainability of the team, mainly due to the cohesion and professionalism, the hallmarks of the Team Lotus.

All of this depended on one simple factor: money. As the years went by, Formula 1 became a more professional, more technological and, consequently, more expensive sport. Teams no longer had the means to support themselves, and sponsors increasingly had to pay the bills. Thus, it became imperative to maintain good relations with them, so that they would want to finance the teams.

The decrease in profitability at the end of 1967 left the team’s finances on a tightrope: for the first race of the 1968 reason, in Africa, the team still had the resources to finance itself. “Desperate” might be too strong a word to describe Lotus’ situation after the 1968 South African Grand Prix, but it came pretty close to the word’s real meaning after it.

Clark's victory in the 1968 South African GP
Clark’s victory in the 1968 South African GP was a small relief to the Lotus Team_s finances. But that wasn’t enough for the long-term plans of Colin Chapman and his subordinates. Credits: Formula 1 Archives (Twitter_X)

Therefore, for Team Lotus, the number 1 task for the break between the South African GP and the Tasman Series was to find a master sponsor that could bankroll the team; in addition, it was necessary to think of a new form of disclosure, which would influence greater capital than those obtained through traditional agreements.

The opportunity arose with the loosening promoted by the FIA ​​regarding sponsorships, which occurred at the end of the 1967 season. Faced with the departure of historic sponsors (such as Esso and BP) from the category, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile had to finally open itself to a new phase, in which motorsport advertising did not have to be exclusive related to car products; now, a new range of consumer goods began to appear in the race courses.

So, traditional brands like Shell, Goodyear and Dunlop would have to share their space with brands of cigarettes, drinks, home appliances and so many other things. And quickly for the teams, the choice for these sponsorships became an extremely attractive route: there were an infinity of

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By: Lorenzo Baer
Title: Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory
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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 00:37:52 +0000

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Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has just debuted its newest exhibit, “Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape.” The display, which explores the intersection of art, the motoring environment and automotive innovation, will feature a curated selection of concept cars and artwork from iconic artists, including Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

Inspired by American motoring

“Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape” presents the work of artists and designers whose imaginative creations transformed the motoring environment, and the automobile, from mundane facets of daily life into subjects of wonder and beauty. The exhibit will be divided into five sections: vehicle concepts, sign language, at the pump, highways and street art.

Vehicle concepts will showcase rare, fantastical concept vehicles from the 1930s and 1950s while the sign language section will feature road signage found on cross-country roadways as interpreted by contemporary artists. The at the pump portion will focus on art pieces from pop art iconographer Ruscha and artist Vik Muniz, while the street art section will showcase work by Mr. Brainwash, Steve O’Loughlin’s “Freeway Box,” created for the exhibition, and Larry Yust’s “Third Street,” highlighting Yust’s signature photographic elevation method.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape
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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 16:00:59 +0000

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
LOT #742 – 2022 FORD GT ALAN MANN HERITAGE EDITION – $1,292,500

The sun was shining during the final day of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction and supercars proved to be the superstars of the show, producing many exciting moments with big sales with an enthusiastic audience. The last of the more than 600 incredible collector vehicles made their way across the block on Saturday, resulting in over 20 record-breaking sales.

The day’s top seller was an Alan Mann Heritage Edition 2022 Ford GT (Lot #742), setting a new world auction record with its $1,292,500 sale, followed by a 2022 Ferrari SF90 (Lot #732) with its world auction record sale of $1.1 million. The third collector car to join the seven-figure club on Super Saturday was a 2021 Ford GT Carbon Series (Lot #721) with its $1,001,000 sale.

Ford GTs continued to command the top slots at the event, with a 2019 Ford GT (Lot #764) crossing the auction block for $902,000, followed by a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #725) for $451,000 and a 2005 Ford GT Heffner Performance Twin-Turbo (Lot #745) that sold for $374,000.

Other superstars of the show that landed in Saturday’s top sales included a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Lot #740) for a world auction record of $698,500, a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon custom pickup (Lot #746) for $363,000 and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #716) for $335,500. A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve convertible sedan (Lot #723), 2024 Jeep Gladiator Custom Demon 170 pickup (Lot #748) and the 1969 Dodge Charger “Joe Dirt Daytona” movie car (Lot #749.1) each brought in winning bids of $330,000.

In addition to all the supercars on the block, the Palm Beach chapter of the Ferrari Club of America ‒ along with dozens of participants and their vehicles from South Florida’s Supercar Saturdays ‒ joined in on the final day of Barrett-Jackson fun in Florida by rallying to the event. Dozens of young automotive enthusiasts and students were also on-site as part of the Ford Youth Initiative.

Celebrities in attendance on Saturday included Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque, a Brazilian and American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC welterweight division, who stopped by the auction to take in all the action.

The morning’s Automobilia Auction also brought some impressive sales. A spectacular Texaco Oil neon porcelain sign with animated neon (Lot #8296) from the late-1950s/early ’60s was the big winner of the day, with a final bid of $36,800. Other neons that earned a spot in the Top 5 included a large 1951 Mobil Oil porcelain Pegasus sign with animated neon (Lot #8299.1) that sold for $33,350 and a 1940s-50s American Gasoline porcelain with neon sign (Lot #8297.1) that crossed the block for $29,900. Gas pumps remained popular with bidders as well. A highlight was a 1928 Polly Gasoline Wayne Model 615 visible gas pump (Lot #8287) with its $34,500 sale, followed by a late-1950s Polly Oil fuel island with two Wayne 505 gas pumps (Lot #8283), which sold for $31,050.

Barrett-Jackson extends its heartfelt appreciation for the enthusiasm we received at our 2024 Palm Beach Auction from our incredible bidders, consignors, sponsors, exhibitors, guests and fans, along with the vibrant South Florida community. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction at WestWorld, October 10-13.

Enjoy the video below with highlights of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, as well as a gallery of the best moments from the event on Saturday:

1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Sedan making its way to the Meguiar’s Staging Lanes.

LOT #764 – 2019 FORD GT – $902,000

LOT #749.1 – 1969 DODGE CHARGER “JOE DIRT DAYTONA” MOVIE CAR – $330,000

LOT #748 – 2024 JEEP GLADIATOR CUSTOM DEMON 170 PICKUP – $330,000

Ford Youth Initiative.

LOT #8287 – 1928 POLLY GASOLINE WAYNE MODEL 615 VISIBLE GAS PUMP – $34,500

Guests enjoying the collector cars on display.

Guests experiencing all the midway has to offer in Palm Beach.

LOT #716 – 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $335,500

LOT #745 – 2005 FORD GT HEFFNER PERFORMANCE TWIN-TURBO – $374,000

LOT #721 – 2021 FORD GT CARBON SERIES – $1,001,000

LOT #8299.1 – LARGE 1951 MOBIL OIL PORCELAIN PEGASUS SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $33,350

LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800

LOT #746 – 1946 DODGE POWER WAGON CUSTOM PICKUP – $363,000

LOT #740 – 2020 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ – $698,500

LOT #8283 – LATE-1950S POLLY OIL FUEL ISLAND WITH TWO WAYNE 505 GAS PUMPS – $31,050

LOT #732 – 2022 FERRARI SF90 SPIDER – $1,100,000

2021 Ford GT Carbon Series in the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-3/
Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 22:05:57 +0000

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