Yeah, yeah we know. Taking a dump on Barrett-Jackson has become a national sport for gearheads coast to coast. Those auctions have driven the market out of reach, reset the standards of pricing that we lived by for decades, have spawned all manner of “clone” cars, and have driven gaudy trends down our throats.
That being said, there are many of us who live in climates that are not perpetually 70 degrees. The Barrett-Jackson auction provides a bit of winter escapism in early January, as well as some entertainment of the automotive sort.
So what’s coming up at the next Scottsdale, Arizona, event? We waded through a list of Corvettes, “tribute” Hemi ‘Cudas, and fiberglass street rods to find a couple of nuggets.
The first? The Batmobile. Not the crappy versions of late, but a dead-nuts recreation of the Adam West, BANG! BOOM! POW! Batmobile.
This car is built to the exact dimensions of the original and has the fake turbine, drag chutes, gadget buttons, hell, it even has a batphone! It’s built on a ’66 Chevy (full size) chassis and sports a 350 for motorvation. We say it goes for $50K
The second car is actually something of interest other than of fantasy. It’s a ’69 Mustang Boss 429 drag car. This thing is neat because it never ever saw one mile of street duty. It was bought by a dealer and campaigned on the dragstrips of Michigan in the late ’60s. What really makes this one stand out is the fact that it’s equipped with a Holman-Moody built 525ci (from 429ci) motor and an experimental 2X4 intake manifold. It also has period correct headers on it.
The car was professionally restored so it will probably never turn another tire in anger, which stinks. We guess it will go for $125,000.