22 Dec

Barrett-Jackson to Auction Rare Vintage Race Cars during 45th Anniversary Auction in Scottsdale Jan. 23 – 31

Legendary 1959 Corvette “Purple People Eater”

Legendary 1959 Corvette “Purple People Eater”

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will auction several rare vintage American race cars during the company’s nine-day 45th Anniversary Auction, from Jan. 23-31, 2016, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Three iconic American race cars heading over the block include the 1959 Corvette “Purple People Eater, the famous 1957 Chevrolet 150 #47 “Black Widow” and the 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty “Swiss Cheese”.

“We’re excited to have several famous American race cars from the golden era of motorsports cross our block in Scottsdale,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Each of these pieces of history played an important part in our country’s racing heritage and will be an enviable part of any collection.”

Jim Jeffords on track to win 1959 B/Production Championship (photo courtesy Hemmings)

Jim Jeffords on track to win 1959 B/Production Championship (photo courtesy Hemmings)

The 1959 Chevrolet Corvette, also known as the “Purple People Eater”, won the 1959 SCCA National Championship in the B/Production class. It started life as a white body/black interior car with a 290 horsepower, fuel-injected 283ci engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Destined for glory, it was named for its non-factory color, which the Nickey Chevrolet body shop applied to make it stand out during races. The “Purple People Eater” is a part of the Chip Miller Collection, and its auction represents a rare opportunity to own a piece of vintage racing history.

1957 Chevy 150 “Black Widow”

1957 Chevy 150 “Black Widow”

The 1957 Chevy 150 “Black Widow” is one of six original factory-backed NASCAR vehicles. It was awarded the win at the Virginia 500 at Martinsville in 1957 after another race car crashed and injured several spectators. Featuring a frame-off, state-of-the-art, correct restoration, the Chevy features a 283 fuel-injected engine and period correct components, including 6-lug wheels, Fenton headers and exhaust, high-performance Hydrovac brake system, 20-gallon gas tank and a special HD 3.90 rear end.

1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese”

1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese”

The 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty “Swiss Cheese,” earned its nickname when approximately 130 holes were drilled in it to eliminate the boxed rails in an effort to lighten the frame. This particular race car was ordered and designated as a Pontiac company car for engineering purposes and became the final car built under the Pontiac Super Duty program in 1963. It is outfitted with a 421 Super Duty engine and top-of-the-line parts. Only 14 “Swiss Cheese” 421 Catalinas were built before the AMA ban in January 1963.

1948 Kurtis-Kraft KK200

1948 Kurtis-Kraft KK200

Also on the docket is a 1948 Kurtis Kraft KK2000 race car first raced in the 1949 Indianapolis 500 by Sam Hanks; never wrecked, this car appeared at five Indy 500 races, qualifying for two. The engine is the original Horning GMC 270ci with 12-port iron head and the front end of the motor and ancillary drives are the original roller cam developed by Chet Herbert. The fuel injection was developed by Hilborn and the chassis and body is by Kurtis.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to www.barrett-jackson.com/bid. Enjoy the 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction in style with a Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience Package. Information on available packages and how to be a part of this world-class event is available here.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature live television coverage in 2016, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

Article & photos courtesy Barrett-Jackson Auctions

Chevy “Black Widow” at Daytona Beach in 1957 (archived photo)

Chevy “Black Widow” at Daytona Beach in 1957 (archived photo)

09 Dec

More than 100 Vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection will Cross the Block Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Barrett-Jackson

The entire Ron Pratte Collection will be auctioned during the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2015.

The entire Ron Pratte Collection will be auctioned during the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2015.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. will auction more than 100 vehicles from the world-renowned Ron Pratte Collection on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m. MST at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Selling at predominantly No Reserve, The Ron Pratte Collection includes 140 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles, and over 1,400 pieces of automobilia.

“The Ron Pratte Collection is possibly the largest and most diverse to cross any collector car auction block over the past decade,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The majority of Ron’s collection was purchased at Barrett-Jackson auctions and it’s only fitting that these fine collectibles come back to our Scottsdale auction to be passed along to their next caretaker.”

The Ron Pratte Collection sale will kick off with his incredible compilation of automobilia on Saturday, Jan.10, at 9 a.m. MST and continue through its culmination on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. The Pratte vehicles with lot numbers between 2000 and 2109 will cross the block on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. The remaining Pratte vehicles, with lot numbers starting at 2500 and above, will be crossing the block on Saturday, Jan. 17.

The Collection being auctioned on Tuesday, Jan. 13, includes an impressive mixture of vehicles, including a ’69 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2 door hardtop (Lot #2016), one of only 22 still in existence and the only one known to exist with a column shift; a ’29 Indian 401 motorcycle (Lot #2058), which was restored to as-new condition and is ready to be ridden; and a ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot #2049), one of the rarest Mustangs available with its original engine, transmission and rear end.

“Because of the size and breadth of the Ron Pratte Collection, we wanted to give bidders a single day to really focus on the amazing vehicles that will cross the block,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Tuesday will be a big day for many collectors who have had their eye on some of these fantastic cars. Of course, we’re also looking forward to the excitement when some of the crown jewels of the Ron Pratte Collection, like the Shelby Cobra Super Snake, cross the block on Saturday.”

Beginning December 11, collectors can follow Barrett-Jackson’s “30 Days of Pratte,” an exclusive look inside the legendary Ron Pratte Collection featuring one Pratte-owned vehicle a day leading up to the first day of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. For a complete listing of The Ron Pratte Collection, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com.

Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including live international coverage in both Canada and Latin America. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings.

(Source: Barrett-Jackson)