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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
1959 Fiat Jolly Convertible
Back before the time of ubiquitous golf carts cruising around resorts and beach front properties, these bad boys were just the ticket to shuttle you around for a day of sunshine and revelry. This 1959 Fiat Jolly, authentic, and fully-restored by Classic Showcase of Oceanside, California, is a collector classic. Featuring a brand new paint job in the original color, updated electrical and fuel systems, and a new wicker top, just looking at it makes us want to pack our bags and head for the coast.
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible
The second muscle car on our list, this 1970 Oldsmobile is one of the best of its kind. This envy-inducing ride comes straight from the middle of the craze for muscle cars and you can bet you'd be green if someone on your street had one. The "442" stands for four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts, the pinnacle of muscle and high-performance. Catch this Oldsmobile at Barrett-Jackson and relive the days of taking on odd jobs to one day maybe have a car as cool as this.
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
This Buick Skylark is one of a small handful of 50th Anniversary Edition convertibles, and comes from the first 46 years of Skylarks. The hand-built custom car comes straight from the factory, and this Mandarin Red model has been updated with a handful of modern accessories, including power seats, windows, steering, brakes, and convertible top. With an engine called a "Nailhead," this Skylark was one of the first cars ever made with a modern 12-volt electrical system, too, making it one of the best car-geek classics to make our list.
1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster CSX2495
It's easy to fall in love with a Shelby Cobra. Those curves, the history, and the effortless cool that emanates from it make it impossible to resist the urge to imagine yourself behind the wheel. Made in the UK and shipped to Los Angles in 1964, the Shelby has been altered several times during its life, going from light green to red to its current blue with silver stripes. We think the navy looks debonair on the classy car, and almost makes us forget that when a Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster gets going, she can really get going fast.
1992 Peterbilt 379 "Transformers Optimus Prime" Stunt Truck
This is not a drill. Run, don't walk, to Barrett-Jackson and feast your eyes on the gleaming grill of Optimus Prime himself. Or his stunt double, anyway, which is just as good in our eyes. This Peterbilt truck was used in Michael Bay's Transformers films, and is "subject to execution of a Paramount Waiver" upon sale to prove it. Selling at no reserve, the Peterbilt beauty could be all yours when it goes up on the auction block. Unfortunately, the truck is not currently listed as street legal, but hey, we think it will look pretty awesome sitting in your hangar anyway.
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