The Best of Barrett Jackson: Four Wheeler’s Top 10 Picks for Saturday
The Biggest Day: Big Builds & Big Wallets
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.
Although we picked some great trucks for today, they may have hit their peak yesterday. It seems with all the Corvettes, Porsche's and Ferraris crossing the block today, there wasn't a whole lot of room left for 4x4s. We'll see how things look when we wrap things up with our Sunday coverage. 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!
Lot 1272.1, 1972 CHEVROLET K5 BLAZER
The big Saturday would not be complete without a couple concours-level Blazers. This is a frame-off restored K5 in a stunning Astro Blue paint job applied to an original metal truck. Under the hood lives a new 5.3-liter Vortec fuel-injected V8 engine that is attached to a new 3-speed automatic transmission with a custom floor shift. It is running a NP-205 transfer case and 4.10 gears with a Locker rear axle. There is slight lift to get just the right look and stance. It rides on 17x9-inch custom RAMC steel wheels and BFGoodrich 305/65R17 AT tires. The interior sports new houndstooth cloth and new Vintage Air.
Lot 1273, 1963 DODGE W300 POWER WAGON
Here come the power Wagons! This spectacular Power Wagon was finished in the correct color of Pine Green, while the front grille, mirrors, front bumper, rear bumper and wheel lips were painted a creamy white. The truck sits on 9.00-16 LT tires, and the rear bed was treated with ash wood, green steel strips and tie-down hooks. The interior cabin was completely stripped and painted the body color. Everything in the interior was restored or replaced, such as the headliner, sun visors, rearview mirror, gauges, dash hardware, steering wheel, door hardware, bench seat, heater box and rubber floor mats. The painted engine compartment is highly detailed throughout with many correct parts. It's powered by the original matching-numbers 318ci V8 engine, which is coupled to a 4-speed synchro-shift model 420 manual transmission. The power is transferred to the rugged front and rear Spicer axles that are full-floating with hypoid drive for quiet operation. The posi-traction rear end has 488 gears. The undercarriage is very nicely detailed throughout. Everything underneath has been restored or replaced, including the braking and suspension components.
Lot 1311.1, 1977 FORD BRONCO
This custom Bronco was restored to the highest level of standards. The body was finished in PPG Deltron Harley-Davidson Root Beer Brown, which was applied over a black base and is complemented with light tan top. Some of the exterior custom features include the wipers with chrome motors, chrome mirrors, 1967 Bronco silver front grille, Oracle LED headlights, chrome tow hooks, 1967 Camaro chrome front bumper, 1969 Camaro chrome rear bumper, polished aluminum door hinges, electric and illuminated running boards. It sits on new Moto Metal chrome 20" wheels with Nitto Trail Grappler M/T 295-55-20 tires. The front bucket seats, rear C-10 seats, door panels, kick panels, rear panels and center console was upholstered with two-tone Ultraleather. The Bronco is powered by a new Ford Coyote 5.0-liter crate engine and is coupled to a new Ford 4R70W 4-speed and operates with a PCS push-button control pad. The power is transferred to the rebuilt Ford 9-inch posi-traction rear end with 4.56 gears. The entire suspension system is new with many parts throughout, including a lift kit, custom trailering arms, Rancho shocks, and Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes.
Lot 1339, 2018 FORD F-650 SD
Our tow vehicle of the day award goes to this 2018 Ford F-650 Super Duty crew cab pickup is named "Hyperion" and is a custom ground-up build commissioned by Mike Flanagan, the former starting center for the Green Bay Packers and Pro Bowler in 2003. Many of the body panels and components are hand-fabricated. The entire interior was upgraded with custom leather and Alcantara. The custom wheels and a show-quality paint job complete this massive truck build. It's powered by a 6.7-liter V8 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission with less than 1,000 miles.
Lot 1421, 1941 DODGE POWER WAGON
This custom-built 1941 military Power Wagon is nicknamed "Full Metal Jacket." Its fstance is provided by a custom chassis with triangulated 4-link and 30-inch shocks. It features smoothed seams and a full custom Brazilian hardwood bed accented by hand-brushed nickel. The interior is completely trimmed with premium Hydes Italian leather, and Dakota Digital gauges, a B&M shifter and an Ididit steering column complete the look. Full Metal Jacket is powered by a 3.9-liter 4BT Cummins diesel 4-cylinder engine with an HX35 turbo, and is backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission.
Lot 1443, 1943 DODGE POWER WAGON
The truck is powered by a new 2018 GM LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine coupled to a NV4500 5-speed manual transmission with an Atlas2 transfer case hi/lo, in/out, Double Cardian 3150 chromoly drive lines and Dynatrac 60 Pro axles. It is equipped with Full Fox Shocks, four coilover and four bypass, with 25 inches of usable travel top to bottom. It features Heim links and suspension from Ruff Stuff with 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja Champs tires. The original body was fit to a custom Art Morrison chassis. Braking system includes a Wilwood master cylinder, Hydrotech hydroboost and all stainless-steel brake lines. Other customization includes a 30-gallon fuel cell with custom rock guards, a Ramsey winch, custom stainless exhaust system, StarCraft Flame Out fire suppression system, CBR custom radiator with brushless motor, full chromoly roll cage, Vintage Air and defrost with hideaway vents. Gauges and switches are all NOS; tool kit, water buckets and fuel cans are factory 1943.
Lot 1466, 2011 LENCO BEARCAT
In case you've never really felt safe. Designed and sold exclusively for American armed forces personnel and special police operators, this 2011 Lenco Bearcat G3 is the only one to fall into the hands of a private citizen. Powered by a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, this tactical armored vehicle is based on a Ford F-550 short-bed chassis. Designed for military use, the Bearcat has a suite of offensive and defensive capabilities, including an air-quality monitoring system bulletproof armor, glass and 42-inch run-flat tires, all designed to withstand .50-caliber rounds. A 20-foot hydraulic battering ram, thermal imaging camera, tear gas deployment, perforated penetrator, nine gun ports, as well as a .50-BMG gas repeater and 360-degree rotating turret with bulletproof lid. Additionally, Bearcat has rotating 360-degree spotlights, interior security deadbolts, internal prisoner lock rails and 30-amp inverter with external and internal power. The tactical vehicle has a 19,500 GVWR and a 70 mph cruising speed. With 18,579 actual miles
Lot 1466.1, 1996 HUMMER H1
Full custom Hummer H1 built by Predator Inc. Duramax 6.6-liter V8 diesel engine tuned with high-output RapTorq ECM. The Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission is also upgraded and built by Predator Inc. to a Stage 4 power level. The transfer case is also converted and built by Predator to new specifications. This includes our conversion from all-wheel drive to a 2WD/4WD selectable transfer case, giving the driver all options available.
Lot 1471, 1971 CHEVROLET BLAZER K5
This custom 1971 K5 CST Blazer has a 6.0-liter LS engine swap and is backed by a 4L80E transmission with an advanced adapter supporting the NP205 transfer case. The Blazer chassis has been completely reworked and all holes welded up. Has TIG welded custom fabricated crossmembers, suspension hangers and shackles. Finished in high-gloss black powder coat, this K5 sits on 37-inch BFG KM3 tires wrapping 17-inch American Racing wheels. Features 8-lug Dyna axles, Fox 2.0 shocks and 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes backed by CPP hydroboost for the ultimate stopping power. This corrosion-free body bas been completely sandblasted, metalworked, bodyworked and refinished to concours-quality, finished in PPG Cement Gray with Ice White two-tone. The body has been retrofitted with a 1967 front clip and truck-style chrome side trim. This Blazer's interior is Porsche Panamera red utilizing factory front bucket seats and a factory rear bench seat with Snowden foam.
Lot 1493, 1973 FORD BRONCO
This 1973 Ford Bronco with a frame-off restoration is powered by a Ford 302ci V8 high-performance engine with C4 3-speed automatic transmission. It features a new interior, Ranger trim, powered fold-out running boards, 2.5-inch lifted suspension package and fender flares. It's equipped with custom gauges, LED lighting, Vintage Air, power disc brakes and power steering.