Who better to walk you through an auction than builders who sold a car there?
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Just before the Noah Alexander and Charles Crews from Classic Car Studio auctioned off their highly custom 1930 Model A at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, we asked them to wander through the event and find their favorite cars.
Asking them to choose just five vehicles to highlight was tough enough, as they were stopping to chat every few cars about a build or survivor they thought was cool, but they managed to narrow their list down.
The first car that stole their attention was a custom 1931 Ford roadster nicknamed “Blue Bayou.” Both Alexander and Crews agreed that the incredibly clean build has a timeless look that will look cool at shows for years to come. That’s probably a good thing, considering the sale price was nearly $150,000.
A short walk way sat the 2019 McLaren Senna, which fetched a hammer price of $1.3 million — the most expensive, non-charity sale car during the seven-day event. Both guys loved the aggressive styling and promised acceleration (the car recorded the fastest-ever track time for a McLaren). It may not be fun to drive down a street, but both of them wanted to take it on the track.
Porsches are always popular, but Alexander pointed out a customized 1986 930 as one of the reasons he got into cars. As Crews added, this specific 930 was designed by Rob Ida, a regular Porsche guru. The guys said Ida’s decision to accent the original design rather than make it gaudy was a nice touch and clearly one bidder agreed — the car sold for nearly $153,000.
What could be the nicest Ford Bronco on the planet — at least according to the guys — was next. Nearly every inch of the custom 1966 build was reworked and had to be seen to be believed. The subtle two-tone paint paired excellently with the overall design, which, in Alexander’s words, was “just crisp.”
The final car on the list — added at our request — was their own build. The Model A may have been the loudest car to roll across the auction block and, when considering the all-steel, one-off interior with the slotted zebra-wood roof, the build was definitely worth seeing. It even caught the eye of legendary builder Gene Winfield, who liked it so much that he accompanied the car on the block.