SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ January 6, 2022 – Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is shifting into high gear with a docket of classic big block American muscle cars during the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, January 22-30. Leading the selection of American muscle is an original “survivor” 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird and a highly documented 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro.
One of only 135 produced, the factory 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird (Lot #1400) has just over 6,000 documented miles and is one of the finest remaining original examples in existence. With a professional repaint to exact factory standards, this Tor Red Superbird is equipped with its 426/425hp HEMI V8 engine and TorqueFlite automatic transmission, performance axles package, power disc brakes, power steering, hood pins and a black vinyl top. This piece of American automotive history is accompanied with documentation that includes the original Fender Tags, Window Sticker, Broadcast Sheet and owner’s manual.
“The classic big block American muscle cars are the embodiment of bold ideas and big leaps in engineering and performance,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “When it was first introduced, the Superbird was largely overlooked by buyers because it was developed more as an experiment in cutting-edge aerodynamics for American racing. This original Superbird will be among some of the crown jewels selling at No Reserve during our Scottsdale Auction.”
Also leading the fleet of exceptional American muscle is Lot #1407, a 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro 427/450. Bearing Yenko serial number YS-725, this vehicle began life as one of 1,138 L78 Camaros built in 1967 and was upgraded to a Super Camaro in July 1967 following shipment to Yenko Chevrolet. Upgrades included converting the L78 engine to a L72 427ci engine, metallic brakes, heavy-duty clutch and pressure plate, high-capacity cooling system and suspension upgrades. Other items included a Stewart-Warner tachometer and instrument package, a fiberglass hood, hood pins and added “427” emblems. This muscle car retains the original VIN plate and hidden VIN cowl stamping along with certificates of authenticity, copies of the Yenko conversion, dealer invoices and a copy of the original shipping record.
Representing the big block Corvettes is a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 (Lot #1328) with less than 25,000 miles. One of only 80 L88s built in 1968, this Corvette is powered by a rebuilt 427/430hp V8 engine mated to an M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission. This L88 has been professionally repainted in its original Polar White and features its original red leather interior.
“Big block American muscle cars sparked a performance war among American manufacturers that became the genesis for some of the most competitive racing of our time,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The Mustang Boss 429, for example, was Ford’s effort to homologate its new engine into passenger cars to qualify for NASCAR’s Grand National Division so that it may better compete against other manufacturers. The big blocks were so much more than just a Saturday cruise night entry, they were built to test the limits of racing and some of the finest examples will be at our Scottsdale Auction.”
A trio of 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429s crossing the block at No Reserve include Lot #1409, a concours-correct restoration with factory-correct finishes. It is one of only 201 Candy Apple Red Boss 429s produced in 1969 and is powered by a matching-numbers 429ci V8 engine mated to a 4-speed close-ratio manual transmission. The unrestored fastback (Lot #1354) features original paint, drivetrain, original Ram Air cleaner, snorkel, heat shield, date-coded carburetor, smog pump, brackets and hoses, early C9AF-U distributor and “TS” Ford script headlights with factory chrome trim. Lot #1329 is one of 857 produced in 1969 and one of 271 cars finished in Wimbledon White. Powered by the legendary 429ci Boss V8 engine mated to a 4-speed close-ratio transmission with Traction-Lok differential.
Heralding from 1970 is a group of Chevelle LS6 models including Lot #1410, a fully documented and restored convertible. The highly equipped SS retains its matching-numbers 454 V8 LS6 engine mated to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission and is fully documented by GM of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services. Lot #1300.1 is a multi-award winning 1970 SS LS6 and features the legendary 454ci engine mated to a Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission with 4.10 gears and posi-traction rear axle. The matching-numbers Super Sport (Lot #1304) is finished in Daytona Yellow (code 51) with black interior and stripes. Recently restored to exacting standards, it is loaded with factory features and options. Powered by the legendary 454ci LS6 V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission, Lot #1320 is an unrestored, all original LS6 Chevelle SS with only 11,679 miles.
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