DREAM MACHINES: Seven Spectacular Rides With No Reserve

Written by Eric Becker

This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #752) is one of seven stunning vehicles from a private collection heading to the Houston Auction with No Reserve.


Remember as a kid seeing beautiful machines cruise down the road and dreaming about one day owning one? It’s a feeling all gearheads share, and a good reason as to why the collector car hobby continues to thrive and expand. Classic cars offer an inescapable romanticism, one that inspires passion, cultivates nostalgia and brings people together. This is what makes the Barrett-Jackson experience so special – it’s a celebration of the machines that move us. Case in point: seven soul-stirring classics from a private collection that will cross the block with No Reserve at the inaugural 2021 Houston Auction. The seven incredible vehicles include wonderfully restored and tastefully modified feats of Americana. Born of Detroit’s golden age, the majority of these machines wear Chevrolet’s bowtie, but Blue Oval fans are also in for a Raven Black treat.


Born in Dearborn, Michigan, in February 1957, this show-quality restoration Ford Thunderbird is easily the crown jewel of any collection. Formerly owned by noted T-Bird restorer Amos Minter, this example is one of only 1,499 E-code 1957 Thunderbirds, with the 312/270hp V8 engine topped with dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors, an aluminum intake manifold and a high-performance camshaft. Adding to the rarity is a 3-speed floor-shifted manual transmission, and this T-Bird is believed to be one of only 522 with overdrive. Presented in the highly sought-after color combination of Raven Black over a red interior, the striking convertible features several subtle upgrades performed by Minter’s team of craftsmen. The driver’s seat was repositioned for additional legroom and a smaller factory-styled steering wheel was also added. Adding to the soundtrack is a stainless-steel exhaust system, and the factory ignition was updated with a more reliable electronic point-less ignition. The stunning Thunderbird also features two tops (a new black Haartz soft-top and a hardtop with portholes), as well as Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and wrapped in whitewall tires adding to its peerless classic appeal.



Dressed to the nines in Tuxedo Black and wearing the famed white stripes, these two American icons represent the best of Chevrolet’s muscle-bound pedigree. Favored by racers and forged during the peak of the muscle car era most know these two are best considered the “David and Goliath” of the American muscle car: Chevy’s “small vicious animal,” the 1969 Camaro Z/28 RS, and the undisputed champion of the “Stoplight Grand Prix”’ the 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS 454.

The Z/28 left showroom floors as a focused driver’s car motivated by the high-revving and rowdy 302ci V8 and backed by an M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. This example, an X33 car, was built in Norwood, Ohio, in May 1969 and is equipped with the beautifully sinister Z22 Rally Sport appearance package. The 302ci V8 is fed by an aluminum Cross-Ram intake with dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors and rides on the acclaimed F41 suspension. Make no mistake, this small vicious animal is all about go-fast thrills.

Lot #710 – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454

Arguably the definitive poster child for the American muscle car, the 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS 454 was an icon. Big, stylish and menacing, the Chevelle has never shied away from competition – and for good reason. Equipped with the most notorious and frightening big-block engine ever dropped into the engine bay of a Chevrolet, the LS6 came to brawl with 450 horsepower and 500 ft/lbs of torque. Authenticated by renowned expert Jerry MacNeish, this 1970 LS6 Super Sport Chevelle features the original matching-numbers engine backed by a M22 4-speed manual transmission and GM 12-bolt rear end. Keeping power in check is the famed F41 suspension package that features heavy-duty coil springs, front and rear anti-sway bars, box-welded rear lower control arms, power front disc brakes and power steering.




Fully customized Pro-Touring supercar or factory original “Fuelie?” It’s an almost impossible choice as both represent the peak of automotive style and the cutting edge of technology for their respective eras. With the Resto-Mod, in this

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Title: DREAM MACHINES: Seven Spectacular Rides With No Reserve
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Published Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 21:16:07 +0000