Along with the Barrett-Jackson auction starting out in Scottssdale, Ariz., and working through the weekend, we asked Craig Barrett and company to tell us what cars are most likely to win the most interest. Now let’s take a look at this list together.
1. 1948 Tucker Torpedo
The 1948 Tucker sedan was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 examples were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949. Studebaker was first with an all-new post-war model. But Tucker took a different tack, designing a safety car with innovative features and modern styling. His specifications called for a rear engine like Porsche, disc brakes, fuel injection and a padded dashboard. Of the 51 cars built (50 production and 1 prototype), 47 still exist, the majority in excellent condition.
2. DeSoto Adventurer II
One-off concept built by Ghia on a Chrysler Imperial chassis with a Hemi engine that was sold new to King Mohammed V of Morocco. Classified as one of the top ten concept cars ever constructed. An innovative feature that seems never to have been replicated was the sliding-into-the-trunk backlight, opening up the roof behind the seats, giving a draft-free open area and many of the advantages of a convertible with none of the inconveniences.
3. 1954 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
This is one of only 146 that were built in 1954. This car was originally purchased by the late Willet H. Brown/Hillcrest Motors Collection, at Hollywood Mercedes. With only 4,149 original miles this Gullwing is one of the lowest mileage Gullwing’s in existence. It comes with its original tools, manual, service book and registration card from 1962-1965. Having been repainted once, in its original color, everything else on the car is all original.
4. 1949 Delahaye 135 MS prototype
This 135 MS prototype came to life as a factory demo to promote the concessionaires, exporters and shippers for Delahaye in Great Britain. Built on a Delahaye chassis with an inline 6 cylinder 3.5-litre engine with Cotal semi-automatic transmission.
5. 1932 Ford Custom Roadster, the “Boydster II”
Designed by Chip Foose, the “Boydster II” won an award as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster in 2003 and was a finalist for the Detroit Autorama Great 8. It has a handmade steel exterior styling.