Customs, street rods highlight Barrett-Jackson’s Florida auction

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The custom '69 Camaro is powered by a 450-horsepower V8 | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson was one of the first major collector car auctions to include rods and customs on its docket, memorably bringing the famous creations of the late Boyd Coddington to the auction stage.

The upcoming Palm Beach, Florida, sale continues Barrett-Jackson’s embrace of high-performance, hand-built cars in what it calls “in an impressive cavalcade of custom collector vehicles.”

The Bel Air custom convertible is beautifully finished

“We have an unbelievable group of beautifully built customs coming to this year’s Palm Beach Auction,” Craig Jackson, chairman of Barrett-Jackson, said in a news release. “Well-built customs have been in high demand over the last several years. They offer the nostalgia of yesteryear but feature the performance and technology that we love in modern vehicles.

“Our Florida event will be a custom collector’s dream and will include vehicles from every decade since the 1930s.”

This 70 ’Cuda coupe is known as “Hemicudzter,

Among the top-drawer customs are a 450-horsepower ’69 Chevrolet Camaro RS custom coupe just coming out of a six-figure build, a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible nicknamed “Night Life” from the Cars of Dreams Collection, and a ’33 Ford Custom Coupe from a professional, no-expense-spared build, according to the auction company.

Others include a ’56 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible from Cars of Dreams, an award-winning ’70 Plymouth ’Cuda custom coupe known as “Hemicudzter,” a ’65 Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe packing a Z06 LS6 V8, a ’55 Chevrolet 210 custom with a Chevrolet Performance ZZ502 crate engine and a ‘70 Dodge Challenger custom convertible with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8.

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The 16th annual Palm Beach Auction takes place April 12-15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For information, visit the auction website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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