Rare American muscle cars lead Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas line-up

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-09-08 16:09:43

Car enthusiasts heading to Las Vegas next month are in for a treat, with Barrett-Jackson set to unveil a line-up of remarkable American muscle.

"Our Las Vegas Auction is an incredible opportunity for car aficionados to see some truly significant American metal up close and in person," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson.

"There’s no doubt that Barrett-Jackson has become the world’s stage for fans to experience some of the world’s most desirable cars."

Leading the pack are the first two production Pontiac Firebirds ever built: a 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible, VIN #001, and a 1967 Pontiac Firebird Coupe, VIN #002.

Described as "two of the most significant Firebirds ever produced", the cars were originally used by General Motors for advertising purposes at auto shows before being sold as a pair to a private collector.

The cars were rediscovered years later, having never been separated throughout their 49-year history, and were lovingly restored back to their former glory. Representing a huge piece of automotive history, the two cars will now cross the block as a single lot in Las Vegas.

Another star lot is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, also known as the 'The EPA Bird'. The car was purchased by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1972 with a specific purpose in mind: they needed a powerful car to chase commercial jets down runways and measure air quality as they took off.

(Images: Barrett-Jackson)

(Images: Barrett-Jackson)

Used extensively for 18th months before being sold as government surplus, the unique car recently underwent a three-and-a-half year restoration back to its original EPA specs, and will now be auctioned for the very first time.

Further highlights will include a matching-numbers 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback, and an Acapulco Blue 1968  Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible.

"Original, high-end American muscle cars have continued to perform well at our auctions," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

"Consignors trust Barrett-Jackson when it comes to their rare, one-of-a-kind vehicles and we’ve had the honor of auctioning numerous first production and prototype cars over the years. We’re excited to add the first two Pontiac Firebirds ever built to that growing pedigree of vehicles when they cross our block in Las Vegas."

The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 13-15.

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