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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2024: Cars of Tent 1

Some standouts deserving of more attention

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If you’ve never been to Westworld for the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, there’s an indoor portion and an outdoor portion with large tents. Most of the cars that are outside underneath these shrouds don’t always garner the glory of PR and social media, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t desirable vehicles — quite the contrary, actually. Below you have proof!

1963 Plymouth Sport Fury Hardtop
As Plymouths buckets-and-console full-size model, it was available with the 426 Max Wedge engine, otherwise known as the Super Stock 426. Only 235 were installed in Sport Fury hardtops and, of those, 110 were built with the low-compression/automatic combination. Interestingly, this one was specified with 3.23 gears per the original owner, as most featured 3.91s or better.

1960 Imperial Crown Convertible
Another Mopar, this one a high-zoot Imperial.While the Chrysler Corporation went with Unibody construction, the Imperial carried over its 1957 structure through 1966, so this 1960 model was body-on-frame. Imperial ragtops have always been rare (especially in comparison to Cadillacs), and the ’60 is no exception — only 618 were built. Power is from an over-engineered 350-horse 413.

2002 Honda S2000

This has truly gotten hot over the past few years, and for good reason: it looks good, and it revs to 8,800 rpm. At the time, no naturally-aspirated mass-produced car had more specific power output per liter than the S2000. This Suzuka Blue metallic/blue leather example has a hair over 19,000 miles.

1969 Ford Torino Talladega Prototype
Do you remember the Torino Talladega? Confusingly, it was a Fairlane-based fastback with modifications to beat the Dodge Charger 500, so it was a Torino only in name. However, this prototype is based on a more upscale Torino GT with the 428 Cobra Jet with ram air, with air induction something that didn’t make it to production Talladegas; ditto the GT’s C-stripe.

1968 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W30 Holiday
Real, documented W30s are hard to come by, especially 1968s, but this one has the invoice from GM Vintage Vehicle Services of Canada, so it’s legit. It leans towards the rarer side due to the automatic, and the Ivory paint doesn’t scream “high-performance” either. This one is quite an unusual find.

1965 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Another Olds, this one is a majestic, top-of-the-line convertible with Super Rocket 425 power. This was from a time when Oldsmobile meant something, and this ragtop was not lacking in power under the hood or in the interior, where it seems that everything was electric. Not the most desired car of the 1960s, but it seems like it should be.

1957 Ford Country Squire Wagon
It’s been awhile since station wagons were reviled by every teenager in America, and it’s been awhile since station wagons started to have collector appeal. Yet thanks to being disposable vehicles, they’re often difficult to find restored like this Willow Green Blue Oval. The 312cid Thunderbird Special V8 is a plus powering this top-of-the-line wagon.

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.

4 COMMENTS

  1. This took me back to yesteryear: lumbar free seats with no belts, drum brakes, and steering boxes with lots of play. Combine with instant rust up here in road salt areas. No thanks. Moved on.

  2. Love ‘em. The Rocket ‘60s Oldsmobiles are damn sweet especially the ‘68 Olds 442 W-30 in Saffron Yellow. However, the beautiful white Olds 98 convertible is a 1966. The 1965 was slightly different, but that’s a 1966.

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