Barrett-Jackson Takes Over Sunshine State With Some Of The Coolest 'Verts Around

Mar 4, 2020 3 min read
Barrett-Jackson Takes Over Sunshine State With Some Of The Coolest 'Verts Around

The Florida sun is the perfect setting for this stunning convertibles to cross the auction block.

Barrett-Jackson is heading to the Sunshine  State with a docket of unique and desirable convertibles during the 18th Annual Palm Beach Auction April 16-14, 2020, at the South Florida  Fairgrounds. Among some of the noteworthy drop-tops crossing the block  in the Orange State is a stunning Larkspur Harbor Blue 1957 Chevrolet  Bel Air Convertible. The nut-and-bolt restored Bel Air is powered by a 283ci Power Pack V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust.

“If you’re behind the wheel, or just along for the ride, convertibles connect us with the road in a very intimate way,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Whether you call it a  convertible, volante or roadster, these drop-top vehicles are coveted  among collectors for their design, style and driving experience. We  couldn’t be more excited about our Palm Beach Auction docket, which will  include some of the most coveted classic, late-model and exotic convertibles all selling at No Reserve.”

Convertibles crossing the block in April include a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Resto-Mod built by Jeff Hayes Customs. This metallic silver Corvette rides on an  Art Morrison chassis, is equipped with Vintage Air and has a powerful a  540-horsepower LS3 Hot Cam V8 engine. A matching-numbers, rotisserie-restored 1953 Buick Skylark  finished in red with a white power convertible top is highly optioned  and is powered by a 322ci V8 engine. Joining the Buick is a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger convertible powered by an upgraded pro-built 302ci V8 engine and authenticated by  the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association. Finished in Carnival Red, it comes  equipped with an upgraded Connolly leather interior and British Wilton  carpet.

“We’re incredibly proud of the measures we take to build dockets that resonate with our buyers,” said Steve Davis,  president of Barrett-Jackson. “Florida is a known for its beautiful  beaches, endless days of sunshine and tropical climate that make it the  perfect for drop-top driving. This year’s Palm Beach docket is going to  deliver some of the finest convertibles, giving our bidders the chance  to chase the sunshine in the convertible of their dreams.”

Select roadsters selling at the Palm Beach Auction include a fully restored 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL.  Powered by a 1.9-liter inline-4 engine mated to a 4-speed manual  transmission, this classic 190SL is finished in white over a red leather  interior and features whitewall tires. Another unique roadster is a  one-owner 2012 Morgan 3-Wheeler  with a 1910cc S&S V-twin engine. This unique aluminum-bodied  roadster features the factory Bright Package, consisting of polished  chrome surfaces on the exhaust system, roll hoops, cowl, engine and  headlights.

A special roadster crossing the block in Palm Beach is the first of 100 production 2020 Shelby 289 Cobra “Cinema Series”.  This 1963 “Ken Miles” edition Slabside Cobra CSX8198 replicates one of  the cars used in the epic film “Ford v Ferrari” and is based on the  initial street Cobras converted for racing. This model will include a  Carroll Shelby engraved wrench and a spare cracked race windshield (as  seen in the movie). The Cobra has a stroked 331ci Shelby 289 engine  producing 450 horsepower sending power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed  TREMEC manual transmission.

Other convertibles crossing the auction block in Palm Beach include:

  • 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Convertible – Powered by a 750-horsepower 5.8-liter V8 engine with a 6-speed manual  transmission, this widebody convertible has 12,432 actual miles.
  • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Convertible –Professional nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration powered by a  supercharged 6.2-liter V8 LSA engine and 6-speed manual transmission.
  • 1965 Amphicar 770 convertible  - Completely restored, powered by a 4-cylinder 80-horsepower engine  with a 4-speed manual transmission. Features a new top and interior.
  • 1941 Packard 110 Custom Convertible – Features a chopped, channeled and sectioned steel body. Powered by  502ci Ram Jet V8 engine mated to a 700 R4 automatic transmission.

Beginning  with this year’s Palm Beach Auction, enthusiasts can catch the live  auction broadcast on FYI and HISTORY. To catch all the cars all the  time, Barrett-Jackson auctions can also be streamed online at

Source: Barrett-Jackson

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