January 6, 2009
Truly Collectible Cars from GM Heritage, Barrett-Jackson Auction
By Jim Brennan
GM is currently in the midst of having Barrett-Jackson sell off some of the GM Heritage Collection of vehicles, and while many of the vehicles are of questionable taste, and more to the point, should have never been inventoried whatsoever, there are a few vehicles that really do fall into the collector car column. Cars that are scheduled to be auctioned include some really rare vehicles like a couple of Corvette Z06s, Corvette ZR-1s, and late model Camaro and Trans Am models. They also have a 1904 Oldsmobile, a 1993 GMC Typhoon, a 1916 GMC, a 1931 Oldsmobile Rolling Chassis, and 2 1926 Pontiacs.
These images are some of the more collectible vehicles that are offered during the first day of the Scottsdale Auction. Let me start out with the gorgeous car above. It is a 1960 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop Sedan, and features the unique flattop hardtop body style.
This next car is one that is just as amazing. This is an engineering prototype of a 1991 Caprice, and under the hood is a monster V-12 engine. What kid of engine, and who made it? That, unfortunately, is left to guessing.
This next car is a 1954 Oldsmobile 98, and is one of about a dozen historic Oldsmobiles displayed at the auction. This particular car has the new “Autronic Eye” option that automatically dimmed the lights when oncoming cars approached. This car should reach a record price.
How about a real classic? This is a 1918 Cadillac Type 57. This particular Type 57 featured a V8 engine and a closed roof design, which Cadillac pioneered in 1906. The engine had detachable cylinder heads, an industry first.
Speaking of historic Cadillacs, here is one of the most unique vehicles of the auction. It was originally a 1998 Cadillac Fleetwood brougham, built solely for the Pope’s appearance at the Estadio Azteca sports stadium. It boasts 243.8″ in length. The driver’s side rear door folds down into a step-up-throne like chair that looms above the back seat. The platform rises and lowers by hydraulic lift up to 12″. It has extra wide-doors and the official seals and flags of the Vatican. This vehicle was blessed by the Pope, but deemed unsafe by the security team. Feel like the Pontiff, and buy your own Popemobile!
OK, last one, and what do you know, it looks like an other 1994 Chevrolet Impala, except this one is equipped with a 6 Speed Stick. If you like this one, there is also an Impala SS Wagon in the auction as well.
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