Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, continues to serve the growing demand for professionally built Resto-Mods during the 12th Annual Las Vegas Auction taking place Oct. 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Resto-Mods emphasize performance first, often retaining a more stock look; turning an original vehicle into a modern performance machine. Hallmarks include modern fuel-injection along with upgraded suspensions and disc brakes, as well as modern comforts such as air conditioning, power windows and locks. Resto-Mods crossing the block in Las Vegas include a healthy blend of vehicles and trucks, like a 1968 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback (Lot #721) nicknamed “Villain” and a 1950 Ford F-1 Pickup (Lot #720) SEMA Show truck.
“Resto-Mods have become the new standard in vehicle customization,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The build-up in demand for Resto-Mods, however, isn’t all that surprising. Many collectors have become used to the modern creature comforts found in today’s cars, but are still attracted to the nostalgia of the classic designs. Our Las Vegas Auction will have some of the very best examples of professionally built Resto-Mods cross the block in October.”
Known as “55-Z06,” Lot #775 is a 1955 Chevy Bel Air hardtop that took nearly two years to complete. Driven only 225 miles since its completion, this Resto-Mod is powered by a Z06 Corvette LS7 engine that delivers 505 horsepower and is equipped with a Z06 6-speed manual transmission. A 1965 Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #765) had a no-expense-spared, frame-off restoration and features the best of modern technology and conveniences. Built with a LS7 engine mated to a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission, it drives and handles like a modern car with the classic Corvette style.
“The trend of Resto-Modded vehicles came as a natural progression in the hobby.” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Many of these vehicles are resurrected from a former life into something that’s truly worth admiring and driving. The perfect fusion of classic style and modern performance in these builds encapsulates the new renaissance of custom car culture we’re currently experiencing.”
Dodge vehicles will also be a part of the docket crossing the block in Las Vegas, including a powerful 1957 Power Wagon Crew Cab Pickup (Lot #741). Built by Tisdale Coachworks, this two-year project is powered by a 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine, is finished in Ferrari Grigio Silverstone, and boasts six-way power Cadillac bucket seats and a folding rear bench. A 1970 Dodge Charger Coupe (Lot #722) is the product of a complete rotisserie restoration and features a fuel-injected 612-horsepower engine. Inside, this Dodge features automatic door locks, iPad interface, Dakota Digital controller, Vintage Air and six-way power leather seats.
Other Resto-Mods consigned for the Las Vegas Auction include:
· 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (Lot #737) – Finished in Candy Apple Red with brown Italian leather interior
· 1958 Chevrolet Impala Custom Hardtop (Lot #778) – A professional, frame-off restoration maintains the original look of the car while adding technology and options not available in 1958
· 1966 Chevrolet Custom Coupe (Lot #766) – Several years to build and finished in McLaren Silver and features a 1967 black Stinger hood
· 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Custom Coupe (Lot #701) – Combines modern performance with classic Detroit muscle
· 1967 Pontiac GTO Custom Coupe (Lot #417) – One-of-a-kind, finished in Porsche Bahama Blue and triple black trim
The Las Vegas Auction docket is now available to view online. Click here to consign a vehicle or visit Barrett-Jackson.com/Bid for information on becoming a bidder. Advance tickets and VIP Packages are available at Barrett-Jackson.com.