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Lot 1371.1 – 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ January 10, 2024 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will offer seven stunning classic vehicles from the Don Williams Collection during the 2024 Scottsdale Auction held January 20-28 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Each premium vehicle from the Don Williams Collection has long been coveted by collectors worldwide and will cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block with No Reserve. Included in this rare offering is the masterfully coachbuilt 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K (Lot #1371.1).

Lot #1372 – 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio

“Don was a pivotal member of the Barrett-Jackson family for more than 50 years,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “He was a mentor of mine and helped shape this company into what it is today, so it is an honor to feature the last of his prestigious collection on our auction block this January. Long coveted by astute collectors, each of these seven vehicles are uniquely defined by their engineering excellence and luxury refinement. Our Scottsdale Auction will be a rare opportunity to own a historic masterpiece.”

The 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster (Lot #1371.1) has a one-off body by the Mayfair Carriage Co. It features a folding windshield and the extensive use of louvers and skirted rear fenders lend an air of elegance to the design. It was ordered with a set-back radiator, meant for open cars and factory roadsters in particular. While common for upscale luxury cars built before World War II to receive custom bodies crafted by renowned coachbuilders, the Mercedes-Benz 540K defied convention as its body styles were so beloved that only 70 of the 419 produced between 1936 and 1940 were designated for custom coachwork. This example selling in Scottsdale is one of the exclusive 70, and even more distinctive, it is one of less than 10 with custom coachwork by a U.K. coachbuilder. This magnificent vehicle remained in London until the 1950s when it was purchased by Peter Hessler of Quebec City, Canada. It was then sold to Paul Suckling in Toronto and later to publisher Richard Mertz who imported it to the United States where Mertz restored it with his son Steve Mertz. In 1994, the car joined the world-class collection of Ralph Englestad in Las Vegas where a second restoration was commissioned to upgrade the 540K to concours condition, changing the car from black over silver to red.

Another standout in the collection is a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio (Lot #1372). A cherished part of Williams’ collection since 1988, Kees Jansen, a renowned Bugatti historian, reveals that this Type 57 was meticulously crafted in April 1936 as a four-passenger Stelvio. This model featured the alluring cabriolet design conceived by Jean Bugatti, characterized by its striking pontoon fenders and an Atalante-inspired rounded tail. The car later underwent upgrades that included later-style headlamps integrated into the front fenders and spats over the rear wheels. Additionally, this Type 57 received front “moustache” bumpers and Lockheed hydraulic brakes, a common upgrade for earlier cable-brake cars.

Lot #1372.1 – 1938 Packard 12 Torpedo-Cabriolet

Believed to have been originally owned by George “Geordie” Hormel II, heir to Hormel Foods Corp. and owner of the historic Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, the 1938 Packard 12 Torpedo-Cabriolet (Lot #1372.1) was custom built using the rear body section of a 1930 Renault Reinstella Torpedo Scaphandrier. In the late 1950s, this custom Packard was purchased by J.B. Nethercutt, founder of the Nethercutt Collection and was later purchased in 1961 by William F. Harrah, one of the pioneers of car collecting and a casino mogul. The car remained in his collection until 1985 when it was sold to Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza where it received a no-expense-spared restoration by Lon Krueger of Scottsdale. In 1989, the car joined the collection of Barrett-Jackson co-founder Tom Barrett before being sold to the Blackhawk Collection where it has remained since.

“It’s an honor to have such a prestigious collection of pre-war classic vehicles on our docket for Scottsdale,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Each one commands the same level of reverence felt when standing in front of a masterpiece created by one of the great Renaissance artists. Our Scottsdale Auction represents the best opportunity to see these works of automotive art in person.”

A one-off build for American playwright C. Blevins Davis, the 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith All-Weather Tourer by Freestone & Webb of London (Lot #1371) offers a dual-cowl design with fully disappearing top. It was restored in the early 1990s and features complementary

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: The Don Williams Collection of Stunning Pre-War Classics, Including 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, Will be Offered with No Reserve During Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction
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Published Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2024 19:37:07 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-ford-bronco-custom-suv-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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