The Must-See Cars at Barrett-Jackson 2016 in Scottsdale

The Must-See Cars at Barrett-Jackson 2016 in Scottsdale
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The Barrett-Jackson car auction comes to Scottsdale but once a year, and with it a sea of gleaming, beautiful autos. While some car are worth the visit due to how much they'll inevitably sell for, others simply have that cool factor that keeps our inner-car geek giddy throughout the week. From the outrageously expensive to the hot and flashy, we've rounded up the 10 cars you can't miss at the 2016 auction, which takes place from January 23 through 31 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

1954 Chevrolet "Entombed" Corvette
The 1954 "Entombed" Corvette makes our list because of its incredibly bizarre history. The 'vette was sealed in a brick vault in Brunswick, Maine, by an eccentric businessman from 1959 into the '80s, when the property it was housed in was purchased by a local auto dealer. Taken down brick by brick, the liberation of the car was witnessed by the businessman's daughter. The original white paint had yellowed from years of exposure to moisture in the vault, and has been painstakingly restored to its original color. The ex-entombed car still has only 2,335 original miles on its odometer, the exact amount it had when released from the vault, and is a fine collector's piece for any Corvette aficionado.

You can catch this 1961 Jaguar XKE Roadster at Barrett-Jackson this January.
You can catch this 1961 Jaguar XKE Roadster at Barrett-Jackson this January.
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1961 Jaguar XKE "Outside Bonnet Latch" Roadster
If there was ever a car with sex appeal, this 1961 Jaguar XKE Roadster would be the one. A first-generation outside bonnet latch XKE, it's one of those rare birds of perfection that has been restored from the bones up and spit-shined to a glowing finish by expert hands. It scored a perfect 100 by two Jaguar Clubs of North America judges and is a undoubtedly a fine show-quality car. All that aside, looking at this beauty just makes us want to quit our day jobs and become a Bond Villain full time. Is there a better car than this gunmetal Jag for a high speed chase along a cliff-side Monaco highway?

The Must-See Cars at Barrett-Jackson 2016 in Scottsdale
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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am "Smokey and the Bandit" Promo Car
Who isn't a Burt Reynolds fan? The original promo car from Smokey and the Bandit will be on display at Barrett-Jackson until its auction at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. The Trans Am has been frame-off restored, and represents an era in muscle car history that makes a comeback every few years. A cool car in and of itself, you can indulge your inner film-buff and visit the Smokey and the Bandit Firedbird before it goes to the highest bidder.

The Must-See Cars at Barrett-Jackson 2016 in Scottsdale
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Simply looking at this 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible is enough to bring on reveries of poodle skirts, greaser hairstyles, and long drives with your best gal (or guy) to the drug store for Friday night milkshakes. Even if you weren't alive in the '50s, the car is a dead-ringer for the days of yore and is some pretty great auto eye-candy to boot. The highly sought-after car has been restored from the bottom up, and features the signature hubcaps that make the Bel Air so distinctive. Just promise that if you happen to snag this car at Barrett-Jackson, you'll take at least one spin around town so we can daydream alongside you. 

The Must-See Cars at Barrett-Jackson 2016 in Scottsdale
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1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
If you can only catch a handful of cars at Barrett-Jackson, make sure you get your eyes on this sporty Mercedes-Benz. This 1959 model is one of the forerunners to stellar, high-end import cars, and is as fun as any of them to drive around town. Frame-up restored, this car looks just like it did when new, and has matching numbers on all its parts. 


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