There’s the famed underground Vault at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and now there’s another vault seeking the attention of car collectors:
Barrett-Jackson has announced the Vault Portfolio collection, a consignment of 48 cars from a single owner that will be sold over the course of auctions in Connecticut, Nevada and Arizona in coming months.
“Hot rods and customs have established themselves as top collectibles over the past several years,” Craig Jackson, auction company chairman and chief executive, is quote in the announcement. “The Vault Portfolio is an outstanding collection featuring some of the finest professionally built hot rods and classic customs ever created and stands as a testament to the spirit of hot-rodding.
“We’re thrilled to kick off the sale of this incredible collection of hot rods and classics at our Northeast Auction.”
The Northeast Auction is scheduled for June 26-29 at the Mohegan Sun complex in Uncasville, Connecticut, where 14 vehicles from The Vault Portfolio will be offered for bidding.
Included will be a 1932 Ford Model 18 hot rod powered by a 425 horsepower 383cid V8 engine; a 1937 Ford Custom with a Chevy 350cid V8; and a 1932 Ford Hi-Boy custom roadster, also with a GM 350cid crate engine.
“Hot-rodding is one of the oldest examples of American car culture still thriving today,” said Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson president. “In the 1950s, a new generation challenged the status quo, using vehicles from the 1930s and 1940s as canvases to create amazing rolling pieces of art. The Vault Portfolio will give collectors the chance to own show-quality examples inspired by the hot rods and customs that started a movement in the industry.”
Among other vehicles from The Vault Portfolio crossing the block in Connecticut are a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air custom coupe, a 1956 Buick Special Custom coupe with a 425cid “Nailhead” V8, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396, a 1953 Chevrolet 3100 woody panel pickup, and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible restored with several modern upgrades.
The remaining Vault vehicles will cross Barrett-Jackson auction blocks October 3-5 in Las Vegas and January 11-19, 2020, in Scottsdale.