The Best of Barrett Jackson: Four Wheeler’s Top 10 Picks for Monday
The Auction Giant Kicks Off with an Eclectic Group of 4x4s
Every year in the middle of January, we all tune into the motor trend Channel for the better part of a week for Barrett Jackson Scottsdale, the granddaddy of all collector car actions. We watch intently as some of our favorite custom trucks roll over the block, and watch even closer as the gavel drops and the final price is revealed. Comments ranging from "that guy stole that one" to "there's a sucker born every minute" to "I better finish mine and get it there next year" soon follow.
There is a definite science to the scheduling of vehicles for the auction block. You need a variety of different vehicles crossing the block so you don't lose the interest of any one segment of the collector car hobby, but there is also a noticeable build-up of quality and rarity that culminates with the million dollar circus that culminates on Saturday night. And if your dream car gets away from you, there's still a quality group of vehicles rolling through on Sunday as the show winds down.
Monday's auction is a recent addition to the Barrett Jackson calendar, presumably due to the popularity of selling your car there. Monday and Tuesday are where you will find the less showy 4x4 trucks and SUVs that re just happy to be there. This is where the bargains are found. You will see below a handful of trucks and SUVs that may not be perfect as is, but if the price is right, they are ready for updates that could easily make them feature quality for a lot less cash than if you started from scratch! Check out our picks below, and tune into the Motor Trend channel to see the action unfold. And check back tomorrow and the rest of the week to see all of our top picks!
1948 Willys CJ2A - Lot 14
Powered by the OG 134ci 4-cylinder engine, It is fully restored, right down to the 3-speed manual transmission. It was rewired and is now a 12-volt system. Everything is said to work great on this vehicle. Everyone could use one of these in their life, right?
1984 JEEP CJ7 - Lot 41
Who can resist a CJ7 this clean? Found in Northern Wyoming and garage-kept since. This is a stock 1984 CJ7 with 50,800 original miles. It's powered by the original inline-6 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission.
1985 Chevy K5 Blazer - Lot 52
This SUV has been restored with new paint, interior and brakes. The 4x4 spent most of its time working for a firehouse and has 68,127 original miles. Featuring a 350/700R4 combo and a repaint in its factory color of Apple Red. The interior has been refinished in an upgraded factory-correct cloth. It's equipped with factory air, and rides on a new 4-inch lift and new BFGs.
1954 Ford F-600 Dump Truck - Lot 54
While not an actual 4x4, the possibilities are endless with this giant cab and chassis. This restored dump truck features a 256ci V8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission, and 2-speed rear end with 6.33-8.1 ratios. It has a 14-foot flatbed with a 10,000-pound hoist.
1995 Hummer H1 - Lot 57
Go anywhere! This AM General M998 is powered by a 6.5-liter 8-cylinder diesel engine paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. It's mostly stock; the only aftermarket items are the wheels and tires.
1998 Ford F-150 Super Cab - Lot 61.1
Although slightly dated, this custom Baja Trophy truck has 31,000 actual miles. It's got the 5.4-liter V8 EFI and four-wheel drive. Looks like a lot of nice parts and could be a nice prerunner with some updates.
1966 DODGE D-100 - Lot 62
This short-bed fleet side looks like a ton of vintage fun. Its powered by a 360ci V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission. New paint, leather seats and interior done in 2019. New 37-inch IROCs and custom wheels.
1970 International Travelall - Lot 70
This restored 4x4 SUV was purchased new in Pleasanton, CA. It's finished in Alpine White over blue cloth and is powered by a 304ci V8 engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and a 2-speed transfer case. A few upgrades were done along the way, but the cool thing is that this Travelall is offered with original service records, and purchase documents that legitimize the five-digit odometer showing approximately 66,716 original miles.
1988 Toyota SR5 - Lot 72
"Hello, Mc Fly?" This clean Toyota is a Marty McFly "Back to the Future" re-creation SR5 V6 pickup with 67,691 original miles. This has been stored in a heated garage for a few decades and is the epitome of a true survivor vehicle. Mostly original paint and no rust anywhere. Two-owner truck that has a dealer-installed Chrome Package documented by a plaque under the hood. Even the spare on this truck is original and never down, with the nubs still on the tire. It runs and drives as good as it looks.
1955 Jeep Willys - Lot 74
Custom with a new restoration in a military-style 4x4 Jeep. It is powered by a V6 engine with headers, 4-speed manual transmission, twin-stick 4x4 and 4x2 system with manual locking hubs. It features power steering and power brakes The interior has new vinyl seats and new AutoMeter gauges. The body is solid and accented with military-style decals.