Ex-Clark Gable, 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 – Auction Preview

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction 2013 will be held January 13-20 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona. More than 1,000 classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, resto-mods and more will cross the auction block at no reserve during the 42nd annual automotive lifestyle event.

The 2013 auction marks the return of the company’s 5000 Series, which includes the Salon Collection and features approximately 50 automobiles. Ranging from prototypes, muscle cars to classics, these vehicles will be offered to sell on Saturday, January 19th beginning at approximately 5:00pm.

Among the Salon Collection offerings, Barrett-Jackson will offer a variety of other vehicles that carry Hollywood history, including the 1966 Original #1 Batmobile (lot #5037) by customizer, George Barris, as well as Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe (lot #5001) and a 1919 Pierce Arrow (lot #5028) built for the famous silent movie comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

Another notable entry is the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Owens/Corning Race car at Lot #5041. Called the he most victorious Corvette in history, the race car was campaigned by Tony DeLorenzo, Jerry Thompson, Don Yenko and Gib Hufstaeder to a near-perfect record in FIA GT and SCCA National racing. Lorenzo and Thompson, the primary drivers for the Owens/Corning team, racked up victories in the 600 horsepower Corvette, including wins at the 1969 and 1972 SCCA National ‘A’ Production Championships, 2nd Place in GT at the 1969 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race and 1969 and 1970 GT class wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona race in Daytona Beach, Florida. This car, along with its team car, secured victory at 22 of 22 SCCA/FIA National Events from 1969 to 1971, with the 1968 L-88 winning 12 of the events.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Owens/Corning Race car
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Owens/Corning Race car

This L-88 has held center stage at the 50th Anniversary of Corvette celebration at Pebble Beach in 2002, and the Amelia Island Concours in March of 2008. Later that same year, it was a part of a special display of Sebring race cars at the Quail Motorsports event, and a featured part of the Corvette Racing Tribute at the famed Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. It was also the featured vehicle at the Corvette Hall of Fame in 2009, at the National Corvette Museum.

Barrett-Jackson plans to honor the late Carroll Shelby, who died in May 2012, with a party commemorating what would have been his 90th birthday on January 11. From the gala to a group of approximately 30 Shelby cars that will cross the block, the Scottsdale event will honor the automotive legend.

“Carroll Shelby was an American icon whose influence will continue to shape the automotive landscape for years,” stated Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The ’67 Shelby GT500’s were a major milestone for Shelby American with its big block power and larger platform. Low-mileage survivor cars like this one from Stephen Becker, who is a recognized Shelby expert, are often cited as desirable collectibles. Not only do they provide a way to keep Carroll Shelby’s legacy alive, they are important pieces of history.”

1967 Shelby GT500 (Lot 5024)
A survivor ’67 GT500 (Lot 5024) will be sold on January 19, 2013. With only 9,841 miles on the odometer, it may be the lowest mileage ‘67 GT500 in existence. It is loaded with a 428 Police Interceptor engine and a dual four-barrel carburetion. The car has its original paint, wheel, tires and drive-train. It includes all original documentation including New Jersey license plates and a 1970 inspection sticker.

Further Shelby automobiles on offer include:

  • 1968 Shelby EXP 500 – Dubbed “The Green Hornet”, the newly-restored Shelby Prototype represents a rolling history of what was happening within Ford and Shelby American in the heyday of the American muscle car era.
  • 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback – Highly documented and highly detailed with correct numbers and codes. Verified by Howard Pardee, SAAC Registrar for 1965/1966 GT350s and fully documented in the 2010 Shelby American Registry. Previously owned by Ford Motor Company and used in their Performance Heritage Tour.
  • 2012 Shelby GT500 50th Anniversary Super Snake – The first of two prototype 50th Anniversary GT500 Super Snakes, this car was used at auto shows, featured in magazines and was a big part of the Shelby American displays during the company’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
  • 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible – This 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible is finished in Wimbledon White with black deluxe interior. It has undergone a rotisserie restoration. It is one of only a few convertibles ordered with factory air.
  • 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible – Originally ordered with the 4-speed, 3.50 Traction-Lok axle, power steering, power front disc brakes, glass backlite, tilt-away and 428 CJ engine. Documented with a Marti Report and listed in the Shelby Registry.
  • 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback- This is Sammy Hagar’s 1967 Shelby GT500 that he owned from 1989 to 2006. Listed in the Shelby Registry, this car was rebuilt in 1992-93. Features a solid lifter 427 tunnel port motor and Detroit locker.
1930 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake
The 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Shooting Brake (Lot #5006) was formerly owned by the famous Earl of Moray, a descendant of King James V of Scotland. It was rebodied in the 1950s with Shooting Brake coachwork and it was subsequently acquired by Charles Bickley in Florida who commenced a thorough restoration in the late 1980s and displayed the car in his Woodie World Museum. Since then it has been restored once again in Brewster Green. Offered at no reserve, it has been shown in Rolls Royce Owners Club Events, participated in Classic Car Club of America CARavans.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was purchased new by Clark Gable at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood, California. Gable ditched the standard steel wheels for the racing Rudge knock-offs the car wears now. From the Bob Howard Collection.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was purchased new by Clark Gable at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood, California. Gable ditched the standard steel wheels for the racing Rudge knock-offs the car wears now. From the Bob Howard Collection.
1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Tourer
Known as the “Arbuckle Pierce-Arrow,” this 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Tourer is one of the only custom-bodied Pierce-Arrows ever built. The car was designed and built at Don Lee Coachworks of Los Angeles for the film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. A restoration began in 2004 and was completed in 2007, resulting in a First in Class win at the Pebble Beach Concours, followed by First in Class wins at both Amelia Island and Meadowbrook. The “Arbuckle Pierce-Arrow” was also the star of the California Design Exhibition at the Peterson Automobile Museum in Beverly Hills in 2009.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
A 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible (Lot #5025) is one of only 11 ever made. It features the last factory-assembled 426cid Hemi V8 engine, with two 4 barrel carburetors, 727 automatic transmission, Super Track Pak package with Dana 60 rear end, 4.11 ratio gears and a power convertible top. This was also the only model year the ‘Cuda sported four headlights and fender gills.
1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport
Offered with reserve, this 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport has a 2-seat coupe coachwork by Franay on a short chassis. A complete restoration was performed in 2004. The Talbot is finished in its original black paint, red leather interior with black piping and is completely original with all its original body panels, engine and chassis.
Virgil Exner Concept
The 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible was designed by Virgil Exner and bodied by Ghia. The chassis used for this build was a new off the production line 1956 Chrysler 300 with a special modified engine with two 4 barrel carburetors, automatic push-button transmission and a ton of chrome in the engine compartment.

To kick off the week, Barrett-Jackson will again host “Barrett-Jackson Night” at the Scottsdale Pavilions January 12 with a car show, discounted ticket sales and giveaways. In addition, the annual “Drive the Dream” charity gala, with invitation-only tickets available through Childhelp will take place Saturday, January 12; Family Value Day benefiting COX Charities will be held Sunday, January 13; and the invitation-only Opening Night Gala will take place on Monday, January 14. The week continues beyond the auction block with a variety of car and lifestyle activities including the Barrett-Jackson Garage presented by Peroni, live demonstrations, Ford and GM Ride ‘N Drives and other entertainment.

For more information or to purchase event tickets, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]