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 |  Jun 16 2012, 12:01 PM

This probably isn’t a huge surprise, but with Carroll Shelby’s recent passing, all sorts of cars are becoming ‘collectibles’ that sport the famed visionary’s name.

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 |  Mar 31 2012, 9:01 AM

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Nissan may be reviving the Datsun brand, but we’ll never see the likes of a beautiful 260Z ever again in those emerging markets where Datsun will begin life anew.

Instead, those who really want a collectible Datsun should check out the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction where this 1974 260Z is set to sell with no reserve price. The entire vehicle has been rotisserie restored with a Chevrolet 350-ci V8 engine under the hood mated to a Tremec five-speed transmission.

The auction listing states that the 260Z has only put on 800 miles since the rebuild, which also saw all-new wiring from Painless and new suspension during the process. While the chassis was stripped down to bare metal, all new Nissan parts and urethane bushings were installed along with Eibach springs and Tokico shocks.

Giving it some modern technology is a set of HID headlights, LED brake, turn, running, and side marker lights while the car rolls on more modern Konig Rewind wheels wrapped with BF Goodrich rubber. Completing the build is a full stereo system from Kenwood while the seats, dash, and interior panels were reupholstered with faux leather and is all French stitched.

The Palm Beach, Florida Barrett-Jackson Auction kicks off on April 5th, 2012.

GALLERY: 1974 Datsun 260Z

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 |  Mar 17 2012, 10:01 AM

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Looking for a truly unique car to add to your collection? Better head to the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach, Fla. from April 5 through 7. This custom 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe V7 features a twin-turbo, mid-engine setup backed by a stunning design.

The Chevrolet LS V8 1,000-hp (915 lb-ft of torque) engine powers this GM Design Award winning Corvette and commands attention. The ’63 Vette truly embraces the blend of classic car design with modern day technology. The body is widened a massive 10 inches and coated in a sleek black finish. One of the most impressive features of the Vette is the new cab forward design which allows the engine to be viewed through the original rear window openings.

Suspension on the custom Corvette Coupe comes courtesy of Penske Racing, while the massive brakes that help stop the 1,000-hp monster are from Baer. Custom HRE wheels adorn each corner, wrapped with high-quality Michelin rubber.

The attention to detail on this vehicle makes it truly mesmerizing and is welcomed into the American super car world. With a 0-60 time in the sub 3-second range, this is truly one of the most collectible Corvettes in the world.

GALLERY: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Jan 22 2012, 1:00 PM

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The first ever 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible went for a hot $600,000 at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction. Sporting VIN #001, the convertible sports car was sold to Ron Pratte, a multi-millionaire who made his fortunes from wood framing and concrete foundations.

When the ‘Vette first hit the auction block, it caused a bidding frenzy quickly jumping up to over $200,000 when things started to die down. Then Jeff Gordon decided to make it more enticing by adding in his own racing suit and a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500. The final $600,000 sale price wasn’t even the best part, as Eddie Vannoy added another $100,000 donation to the price of the car, which is going towards the AARP Drive for Hunger charity.

The Corvette 427 features an LS7 engine from the Z06 with 505-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful engine ever placed into a Corvette convertible. It’s also outfitted with several carbon fiber pieces in order to save some pounds, with the convertible weighing in at 3,555-lbs. Its 0-60 mph time is a scant 3.8-seconds while it can clock the quarter mile in just 11.8-seconds.

GALLERY: Corvette 427 Convertible

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 |  Jan 04 2012, 7:00 AM

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Built by Ringbrothers and designed by Sean Smith, this custom 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe can be yours if you’re heading to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona auction.

One of the nicest ’69 Camaros we’ve seen in a long time, the exterior Mineral Gray/Pewter finish looks immaculate in the photos. The Hunter Green interior is unique while the Camaro packs a 454-cubic inch Ram Jet ZL1 under the hood, numbered 193 of 200. The engine is combined with a six-speed Viper transmission.

On the outside, custom one-off Budnik wheels in a staggered setup adorn each corner. Stopping power has been enhanced with 15-inch rotors and Baer’s six-piston calipers. The interior is race-inspired with a Tilton pedal setup, MOMO steering wheel and custom Classic Instruments. Lightening the body is a carbon fiber hood, trunk, deck lid, bumper and brake ducts.

GALLERY: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Jan 02 2012, 8:51 AM

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The #40 of 40 Special Edition Lamborghini Diablo 6.0L VTs ever built will be going up for sale at the upcoming Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson auction. Sporting only 12-miles on the odometer, this limited edition Diablo (the last of the final edition Diablos) is practically new.

The 6.0L VT SE Diablos featured a V12 powerplant with 550-hp, all-wheel-drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s the last SE ever built and still has the original plastic covers on the seats. Since it was first bought, it has sat in a large climate-controlled collection on the West Coast. This particular Diablo’s exterior is Marrone Eklipsis with a Cocoa/Cream interior.

No reserve is set on this rare exotic.

GALLERY: 2001 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Dec 31 2011, 12:20 PM

Barrett-Jackson will be carrying on a tradition by selling the first Ford Shelby GT500 at the upcoming Scottsdale, Arizona auction on January 15-22, 2012.

In 2006, Ford sold its first Ford GT exotic supercar at a Barrett-Jackson auction and in 2007, the first Shelby GT500 was also auctioned off. The tradition continued in 2008 with the first Shelby GT500KR and in 2009 it was the first retail Shelby GT500 and two Mustang GT concept cars.

The new 2013 Shelby GT500 is a major upgrade to the GT500 line featuring a 5.8L V8 with 650-hp with a heavily updated chassis with excellent handling capabilities.

Five vintage Shelby vehicles will also be auctioned off at the same auction spanning from 1965 to 1969 model years.

[Source: Road & Track]

 |  Aug 10 2011, 5:45 PM

Galpin Auto Sports, also known as GAS, has been building some of the industry’s wildest Ford Mustangs since it opened shop. The tuner’s newest project is a collaboration with specialty manufacturer SPX, and will be a 1969 Mustang Boss 429-inspired ‘Stang featuring 700-hp, Candy Apple Red Pearl paint, a custom one-off metal widebody and Forgiato three-piece wheels. The completed project will be auctioned off at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona with the proceeds benefiting St. Jude Hospital to fight cancer.

With everything going towards a good cause, the fortunate one to win the Mustang will get themselves one hell of a machine. The 5.0L V8 will be a whole new monster thanks to Ford Racing’s supercharger, camshafts from Comp Cams and a Bassani exhaust system. All 700-hp will feel nice and snappy through the transmission thanks to a Hurst short-throw shifter while the Eibach lowering springs give the Mustang better handling and a nicer stance. Speaking of stance, GAS will be outfitting the one-off custom with a staggered set of 21-inch (front) and 22-inch (rear) Forgiato wheels, wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero rubber. Peeking behind each custom three-piece wheel will be a set of Wilwood 14-inch rotors, with 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear.

On the outside, the Candy Apple Red Pearl PPG paint will be accented by the previously mentioned one-off metal widebody. A Roush billet aluminum grille will give the front end a bolder look while the original 1969 Boss 429 hood scoop pays homage to a true classic. For the rear, a Boss 302 Laguna Seca rear spoiler will be added.

Once it’s completed the car will tour several shows across the country, including the 2011 SEMA Show.