For the first time since its inception, the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction is headed to the Northeast from June 23 to 25. This is not your standard car auction — expect upwards of tens of millions of dollars worth of collector cars to cross the block, and countless classic-car enthusiasts and collectors to assemble in order to take in all the sights and sounds that turn up any time Barrett-Jackson comes to town. We've scoured the docket from top to bottom to bring you our top picks that are destined to garner plenty of attention when they roll across the block this weekend.
There are a handful of car builders out there who require no introduction—including the brilliant Rick Dore. Everything Rick gets his hands on , and is no different.
From the exterior, the upgrades to are minimal, but what really matters is what's under the hood and bodywork. This 'Vette has been upgraded with modern suspension using an Art Morrison chassis and suspension components from the C5 and C6 Corvettes, not to mention its potent 500 horsepower LS3 crate engine. This is the vintage Corvette that'll leave all its counterparts in the dust.
While the value of classic, restored-to-original-spec '40s and '50s Chevy's continues to waver, and the popularity of restomods grows steadily, is destined to be a hit. The great thing about any restomod is you get vintage charm with many of the modern amenities that come with modern sports cars — in this case, a burly 610 horsepower engine, , and a modern interior.
When someone talks about classic Ferraris, is seldom a topic of conversation. Sure, it's the precursor to the glorious Testarossa, and its visual aesthetic epitomizes the excess of the 1980s, but it never quite attained the same status as its successor. That said, its edgy bodywork has aged remarkably well, and when found in an ultra-rare Koenig-tuned form, there are bound to be a number of folks in the room itching to add it to their collection.
The general preconception among many is that muscle cars are only good in a straight line—not the case with this heavily customized . Built as a labor of love (read: with a blank checkbook), this well-documented Camaro was made to conquer autocross and road courses. It definitely won't come cheap, but as with many cars like this, it'll likely be bought for significantly less than it cost to make.
Now, this old Porsche will never keep up with any of the 500- horsepower beasts to make this list, but in terms of collectability, is at the top of its game. Many continue to speculate on when the air-cooled Porsche 911 market bubble will burst, but meanwhile, serious blue chip collectors know the 356 has been, and will continue to be a solid investment (if you've got the extra $100K- kicking around).
The was built, albeit in very limited numbers, to surmount the challenges faced by Plymouth when competing in NASCAR. To some it looks a little goofy out of context, but that big bad wing helped Plymouth dominate the race series until NASCAR banned the use of large aerodynamic aids in 1971. Thanks to this, the Superbird is painfully hard to come by, and those that come to market regularly fetch well in excess of $150,000.
Because it's built on a kit car platform, is likely going to be a great bang-for-your-buck buy this weekend. Preconceived notions of kit builds aside, this car was shown at SEMA in 2010, has next to no miles on it, and runs a properly modern drivetrain including a supercharged 624-horsepower V-8 from , a five-speed manual gearbox, and other amenities you wouldn't get out of your typical hot rod.
When it comes to the supercar market, the smart money is all waiting to see where the depreciation curve ends. We've already seen '90s supercars like the Ferrari 550 Maranello start to bounce back up in price, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Lamborghini's flagship beast starting to pull in more coin than it has in recent years. The fact that ever made is likely to help the case for this particular example.
might look a little rough around the edges to some, but this is a case of a build that's 100-percent task-driven. Built by Steve Davies in the mid-90s, this vintage roadster was built to compete on the , and became a member of the 200 mph club back in 2006.