List: Our Ten Favorite Cars From Barret-Jackson Scottsdale

By Brandon Turkus

January 20, 2012


1972 Datsun 510 Wagon, Lot #334.2: We tried to stay away from modified or unoriginal cars (believe us, there are a ton at B-J), but this one was too hard to pass up. The Datsun 510 is an utter riot of a car, boasting a 1.6-liter four-pot in US spec, rear-wheel drive, and in this particular case, a long-roof body. Small, rear-drive, chuckable Japanese wagon? Sign us up. The 510 Wagon sold for $8525.


1987 Buick GNX, Lot #1233: The GNX is a car that doesn’t really need an introduction. It is one of the great cars of the 80s, boasting a McLaren-built, turbocharged V-6, rear-wheel drive, and only one paint option: black. This model, shockingly, is crossing the block with a mere 287 miles, meaning it hasn’t even been broken in properly. It is one of only 547 produced by Buick. This low-mileage GNX sold for $71,500.


2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Touring Car, Lot #3002: Want to really spank the competition at your next track day? Show up in this Volkswagen Jetta TDI touring car. It was campaigned in the Speed World Touring Car Series by Chili Pepper Racing. It’s fully race ready, packing 225 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque, weighs under 2400 pounds, and will likely be an absolute riot on the race track. The Jetta TDI Touring Car sold for $35,000, with all proceeds going to The Austin Hatcher Foundation.


1975 Bricklin SV-1, Lot #675: Malcolm Bricklin conceived the SV-1 as a safe, but fun, sports car. Unfortunately, his dream ended in bankruptcy, with only around 2100 SV-1’s leaving the factory. The original cars came with an AMC V-8, but this later car features a 351-cubic-inch Windsor V-8 from Ford. This example has just over 20,000 miles. It gets bonus points in our eyes for some awesome gullwing doors. This SV-1 sold for $13,200


1966 Shelby GT350H, Lot #1262.2: Back in the heyday of the muscle car wars, Shelby teamed with Hertz Rental Cars to create the Rent-A-Racer program. You could head to select Hertz offices, pick up a Shelby GT350, with most finished in the now-signature, black-and-gold color scheme, and spend some time hooning to your heart’s desire. Only 1003 GT350H’s were produced, and considered some of the most collectable Mustangs in the world. Someone snagged this GT350H for $121,000.


1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 BN7, Lot #942.2:We have a soft spot for old British roadsters, and the Austin-Healey 3000 is one of our favorites. This particular example is a numbers-matching two-seater (as opposed to the four-seat BT7), and features a 2.9-liter straight-six with double SU carbs. It is one of about 2800 Mk1 two-seaters, and being a 1961 model, was one of the last as well. Might we add, the red and black paint is darn sexy on an Austin-Healey. This Mk1 3000 sold for $69,300.


1948 Tucker Torpedo, Lot #5008: Cars don’t get much rarer than the Tucker Torpedo. One of only 51 examples, the Torpedo was almost comically ahead of its time. Featuring a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the Torpedo used its frame as a rudimentary form of crash safety, to keep the cabin safe in the event of a collision. It also featured a built-in rollbar, seat belts, and a rotating, center-mounted third headlight that swiveled to provide additional light through a bend. Someone dropped just over $2.9 million on this piece of automotive history.


1969 Toyota FJ-40, Lot #655.1: In the world of vintage off roaders, the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 is right up in the prestige books with the Jeep CJ-7, Ford Bronco, and Series II Land Rover. This particular model has had a frame-off restoration, with many parts having been replaced, which means reliability shouldn’t be an issue for this rugged ORV. $40,700 was the price for this vintage Toyota.


1930 Duesenberg J, Lot #5004: Luxury vehicles of all eras and brands are thick on the ground in Scottsdale, but one brand tends to soar above the rest. Yes, we’re talking about Duesenberg. The American venture built cars that made Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz look like Ford and Chevrolet, boasting straight-eight engines, big bodies, and major luxury credentials. To be frank, the only way this J wouldn’t have made the list is if a supercharged SJ happened to be on the docket. This Duesey topped $1 million, ending up at $1,045,000.


1970 Plymouth Superbird, Lot #1249.1: Like the Duesey, the Plymouth Superbird is a car that can’t be ignored. That wing is even bigger in real life, and screams “Look at me!” in a way that Lindsay Lohan only wishes she could. This particular car is numbers matching, and has just had a frame-off restoration, which included the rebuilding of its 440-cubic-inch engine. This rare Superbird had the hammer fall at $220,000.

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The first Barret-Jackson auction of 2012 finished up last weekend. If you want to get a glimpse of some seriously rare and meticulously maintained autos, this might just be your Mecca. We’ve sifted through the (extensive) catalog for this year’s auction, and selected ten of our favorites that crossed the block last week with the prices that they sold for.
We’ve tried to avoid cars that have had extensive modifications, instead opting for originals wherever possible. Be sure to check out the auction catalog on the Barret-Jackson website, and post your thoughts on the cars, their prices, and what you'd be buying if you were there.