Whenever Barrett-Jackson holds an auction it’s as if the collector car circus has come to town. Not only are there hundreds of collector cars for sale, but the auction house also attracts manufacturers’ displays that include high-performance ride-and-drive programs, hundreds vendors and more carnival-food stands that you will see outside of a state fair.
This week Barrett-Jackson is holding its third Northeast sale at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut and the extravaganza is in full array.
One of the best things about every Barrett-Jackson event is the sheer variety of cars available, with everything from American classics and muscle cars and the finest European sports cars to the most modern of supercars. This year the variety is better than ever and I worked to make my pick of favorites reflective of the variety in cars available in types of cars and variety of anticipated prices.
So here are the cars at the third annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction that I would most like to see in my garage:
1995 BMW M3 Lightweight (see photo above)
The M3 lightweight is one of those cars I wish I had bought many years ago because they were from the start a very special model. Limited to just 125 cars, they are very rare. The fact that most were raced, which is really what they were designed to do, finding one as nice as this example is nearly impossible and they almost never turn up at auction. These are one of the new generation of blue-chip, top-tier collector cars and this car is one to buy now before the prices increase even more.
This is the finest restoration of an MGB I have ever seen anywhere. Finished in Mineral Blue with correct black leather, this is a true concours example of an MGB. Every detail on the car is perfect and correct and the car will likely sell for a fraction of what it cost to restore this well. The MGB is the easiest to own classic British sports car available and this one is absolutely a perfect example.
1977 Ford Bronco
The first-generation Bronco is a sport utility that is quickly becoming a high-dollar collectible and this example is simply stunning. I noticed a few small and correctable paint flaws but other than that the car was amazingly well restored. With a 302cid V8 engine this Bronco has the power to be a very usable and drivable classic 4X4. Like the MGB, I am certain that the selling price for this Bronco will not begin to approach what the restoration cost.
1985 Toyota Celica Supra
The second-generation Supra is another big-time future classic but at a much lower price than the BMW. These cars are usually pretty well used up with hundreds of thousands of miles on them and often are rusting away. This stunning example is one of the best I have seen. It is equipped with a desirable 5-speed gearbox and completely original other than an excellent respray of the paint with no flaws whatsoever. This car will be one to seriously consider adding to your collection if you love 1980s cars and want to be ahead of the curve. You are not likely to find one this good for sale anywhere else.
1965 Ford Mustang GT convertible
I love the first-generation Mustang and this one, finished in the rare Emberglow Poly paint with a spectacular and also rare Emberglow and parchment interior is also one of the finest restorations on a Mustang convertible I have seen. It also has desirable options such as factory driving lights and a rally pack instrument option.
1965 Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 or Cinquecento as they are known in Italy, is one of the smallest and cutest cars ever designed. They are as fun to dive as they are to look at, and while slow, they feel faster at 45 mph than just about any other car feels at 145. This is an excellent example with none of the usual poorly repaired rust or bad panel fit which too often seems the norm for a Fiat 500. Another example of a neat car with a great restoration, this Fiat 500 is bound to give you lots olf smiles per mile.