The Best Cars at Barrett-Jackson: Thursday
Originally, our Barrett-Jackson coverage was going to cap out at three posts. As more cars are being sold per day as the auction continues, however, we are going to have dedicated articles through Sunday. Well, that plus there are so many cool cars to check out this year! Here are the picks for today:
[*Sell price includes buyer’s fees]
#617 – 1926 Ponatic Series 6-27 (Sold for $13,200)
The Pontiac Series 6-27 was the first Pontiac model ever produced when the company was created by General Motors as a sister brand to Oakland. While many cars of the period were driven by large 4-cylinders, the 6-27 packed a 3.0L 6-cylinder that produced 40hp. For the first model year, body styles were limited to Coupe (2-seater) and Coach (4-seater) types; this car is a Coach. This particular example appears to be slated only for a showroom, as the EXTRA BOLD disclaimers suggest the 6-27 is not, at least in its current state, able to be driven. Series 6-27s are not expensive, but are a great piece of history for a now-defunct brand.
#642 – 1960 MG MGA Coupe (Sold for $30,800)
It is unclear from the posting whether this is the standard 1600 or the more valuable Twin Cam, but there’s no denying that the MGA coupe is a seriously beautiful auto. It’s a small sports car with a Jaguar-like front end, cab-back design, gorgeous rear wheel arches, and knockoff wire wheels. The leather-appointed interior and wood steering wheel appear to be in perfect condition, so whoever purchases this British classic likely won’t have to sink much money into the car just yet. Left-hand drive makes this an uncommon example.
#642 – 1906 Success Motor Buggy (Sold for $33,000)
One of the rarest and oldest cars to cross the block this year at Barrett-Jackson is this single-cylinder motor buggy from Success. John Higdon founded Success in the 1890s and sold his first patented automobile a decade later. Originally priced at $250, this high wheeled motor buggy was one of the cheapest forms of transportation at the time. The car got nearly 100mpg and traveled between 4-18mph, depending on spec. The sweet horn alone is worth the price of admission.
#743 – 1997 Panoz AIV Roadster (Sold for $55,000)
This is the car the Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler should have been. Dan Panoz’s workshop only created 176 of these aluminum-bodied roadsters between 1996 and 1999. The naturally aspirated V8 engine was borrowed from Ford’s SVT Cobra, producing a respectable 305hp. The little roadster only weighed 2500lbs, good enough to make the jolt from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, a full second less than the much heavier Mustang. This is a great looking, well-kept car, and the rarity plus the fact this was the first AIV Roadster ever sold could push well past the normal market price of $40,000.
#761 – 1929 Ford Model AA Fuel Truck (Sold for $38,500)
The Ford Model AA is not a rare or expensive car, but they have enjoyed quite a following in recent years. Restoring these classic Fords to showroom quality is a common pursuit for many AA fans all over the world, and this particular 1929 has been outfitted to look like a Polly Gasoline fuel truck. It comes with fuel tanks and related parts like fuel funnels for dispensing gas. It might not go for record breaking numbers, but it’s a hell of a cool car.