Vintage American race cars roar into Scottsdale with Barrett-Jackson

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General Lee

2015-12-10 16:22:07

A trio of rare vintage American race cars are the latest additions to Barrett-Jackson's forthcoming Scottsdale sale.

The company will celebrate its 45th anniversary in Arizona with a nine-day event featuring more than 1,500 collector vehicles. "The amazing docket we are building for the 45th anniversary will be a milestone in Barrett-Jackson history,” said company President Steve Davis.

The three cars in question all come with superb racing history and provenance. First up is a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette also known as the "Purple People Eater". The distinct car won the 1959 SCCA National Championship in the B/Production class, and will be offered from the renowned Chip Miller Collection.

The second car on offer is "Black Widow", a 1957 Chevy 150 awarded victory at the Virginia 500 at Martinsville in 1957, and one of six original factory-backed NASCAR vehicles.

The final car in the trio is a 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty, built by Pontiac as a company car for engineering purposes and drilled with 130 holes to lighten the frame, earning it the nickname "Swiss Cheese".

“We’re excited to have several famous American race cars from the golden era of motorsports cross our block in Scottsdale,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Each of these pieces of history played an important part in our country’s racing heritage and will be an enviable part of any collection.”

The care will be added to a roster which already includes a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A. originally owned by a German field marshal in 1939, and a 1938 Lincoln Coddington V12 HEMI known as 'The French Connection', the last car ever built by customizer Boyd Coddington.

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale takes place at WestWorld of Scottsdale on January 23-31, 2016.

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