Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions is offering nine spectacular vehicles from the Brian Kelly Collection, all with No Reserve during the 2023 Palm Beach Auction, April 13-15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among the highlights is an iconic, one-year-only body-style 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Split-Window Fuelie (Lot #733) that is one of only 2,610 equipped with a fuel-injected engine in 1963.
“Astute collectors worldwide turn to Barrett-Jackson when looking to sell their prized vehicles, and the Brian Kelly Collection is one of several head-turning groupings being offered at our Palm Beach Auction later this month,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “From beautifully restored vintage Americana such as his 1954 Skylark convertible (Lot #684) to modern muscle like a 2022 GT500 Heritage Edition (Lot #762) with just 10 miles on the odometer, Brian’s collection of vehicles selling with No Reserve in Palm Beach will be immensely popular among our bidders.”
In addition to the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Split-Window Fuelie (Lot #733) with its matching-numbers engine, the Brian Kelly Collection also features professionally restored C1 and C3 convertibles: a stunning example from 1959 in Snowcrest White with silver coves (Lot #675) and a sleek 1970 model in Classic White with a black soft-top (Lot #371). The 1959 convertible is powered by its original matching-numbers 283ci engine (one of just 1,417 Corvettes so-equipped), which is topped with dual-quad carburetors and backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. The 1970 Corvette has only 34,301 actual miles and is powered by a 350ci V8 engine rated at 300 horsepower, with a 4-barrel carburetor and a 4-speed manual transmission.
A 1954 Buick Skylark convertible (Lot #684) received a professional frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration that earned it Best in Class awards at multiple Concours d’Elegance events. One of just 836 examples built for the 1954 model year, this Buick is powered by its matching-numbers 322ci Fireball V8 engine mated to a Dynaflow automatic transmission. This Skylark is finished in Arctic White with red wheel wells and a black convertible top over a red leather interior.
“The Brian Kelly Collection is an impressive and eclectic grouping featuring several iconic and professionally restored cars from the 1950s and ’60s,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Each vehicle was carefully maintained while in Brian’s stewardship. The collection spans decades and represents incredible examples of some of the best of American and European design and performance. Anyone seeking a significant addition to their collection should join us in Palm Beach to vie for one of these remarkable vehicles.”
European models from the Brian Kelly Collection include a one-owner 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL roadster (Lot #683). The two-tone white roadster includes both a black hardtop and soft-top, and it is powered by its original 2.8-liter 180hp SOHC Straight-6 engine equipped with Bosch fuel injection and mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Contemporary American performance is found in the collection’s 2022 Ford Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition (Lot #762), one of the most coveted Ford-powered cars in modern history. Finished in Brittany Blue with Wimbledon White racing stripes, the muscle car pays homage to the original 1967 Shelby GT500 created by the legendary Carroll Shelby. It is one of roughly 255 Heritage Editions built in 2022 and is offered with only 10 miles on the odometer. A Mamba Edition 2004 Dodge Viper SRT/10 roadster (Lot #434) is car #70 of 200 Mamba Editions built. Power comes from the iconic 500-horsepower 8.3-liter V10 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.