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20 more customs from Vault Portfolio headed to Vegas auction


The Vault Portfolio, a private stash of nearly 50 hot rods and custom cars, sent more than a dozen vehicles across the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast sale in June and has 20 more ready for the 12th annual Las Vegas auction scheduled for October 3-5.

The cars, all professionally built customs, will be offered at no reserve during the sale at the Mandalay Bay complex, Barrett-Jackson said.

“The Vault Portfolio at the Northeast Auction was incredibly well-received,” Barrett-Jackson chairman and chief executive Craig Jackson was quoted in the company’s announcement. “Vehicles from the collection that will be in Vegas represent some of the finest examples of customs crafted by talented builders like Frank Tetro and Bobby Alloway. 

“We’ve helped fuel the demand of these incredible customs, which was recently demonstrated with the Historic Hot Rod Cover Cars class featured at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Vault Portfolio will certainly help accelerate the passion for these beautiful customs.”

1932 Ford custom convertible

Among the stars of the collection headed to Las Vegas is a 1932 Ford custom convertible built by Frank Tetro of Harbor Auto Restoration and Alloway’s Rod Shop. Barrett-Jackson said the car features a hand-designed fiberglass body and a 502cid Keasler Racing V8 engine.

Another featured consignment is another 1932 Ford, a custom coupe from Harbor Auto powered by a 502 cid Chevrolet big-block. The car was a NSRA Pro Pick and took a Winner’s Circle award at the Goodguys event in Columbus, Ohio.

1932 Ford custom coupe

Another star car is a 1950 Chevrolet woody wagon with a Thriftmaster inline-6 engine and 3-speed manual gearbox that has been driven less than 50 miles since its restoration, the auction house added.

“Like a fingerprint, each build is unique, creating endless possibilities for creativity and advancement of the craft,” said Barrett-Jackson president Steve Jackson. “The Vault Portfolio exemplifies the engineering and design put into each of these amazing machines and is sure to be a highlight at the auction.”

‘Thunderstruck’ 1970 Ford Thunderbird
1950 Chevrolet woody wagon

Other Vault Portfolio cars headed to Las Vegas include a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette in Tangelo Orange; a 1970 Ford Thunderbird custom “Thunderstruck” built for the 2015 SEMA Show; three 1932 Ford Hi-Boys — a roadster, a convertible and a coupe; a pair of 1933 Ford customs — one a speedster and one a roadster; four 1937 Ford customs; three 1939 Ford customs; a 1957 custom Chevrolet Corvette; a 1956 F-150 custom pickup; and a 2002 Chevy Silverado custom pickup.

The remaining cars from the collection will be offered for sale at Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale, Arizona, auction in January.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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