The Best of Barrett Jackson: Four Wheeler’s Top 10 Picks for Sunday
The Final Day: Last Chance for Big Buys
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.
While we wouldn't say they saved the best 4x4s for last, there are a lot of interesting vehicles that made the list. Check out our picks below, and tune into the Motor Trend channel to see the last day of action unfold.
Lot 1531, 1991 AM GENERAL M998 HUMVEE
This M998 Humvee has been fully Rhino-lined inside and out with a Desert Tan exterior. It features a Detroit diesel 6.2-liter 150hp V8 diesel engine coupled to a GM 3L80 3-speed automatic transmission. The full-time all-wheel drive system has a 2-speed transfer case. It can claw up a 60% grade, and wade through 3 feet of water, mud or snow. In addition to its 37-inch run-flat tires, which provide over 16 inches of ground clearance (double typical 4-wheel drive); it can traverse a 40% side slope. Aerospace-grade aluminum construction provides extreme strength yet only a 5,300-pound curb weight.
Lot 1539.1, 1971 CHEVROLET CHEYENNE
This 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne 4x4 pickup underwent a complete frame-off restoration. It has been upgraded to a 350ci V8 custom-built engine with 3-speed automatic transmission. It's equipped with a 12-bolt rear end and an NP205 heavy-duty transfer case. The pickup is painted in a vintage green custom paint with a custom black interior inside the cab. Installed options include new 4-inch lift kit and new Moto Metal 20-inch wheels and tires. It is also equipped with a 2.5-inch exhaust system, Vintage Air, tilt steering column, front power disc brakes.
Lot 1548, 1991 CHEVROLET BLAZER
Where else are you going to find a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer 4x4 with just over 28,400 original miles? Powered by the original fuel-injected 350ci V8 and an automatic transmission. Original two-tone paint with red cloth interior and both are in excellent condition. Other features on this gem are power windows, power mirrors and power locks.
Lot 1552.1, 1985 JEEP CJ 10A
Powered by a 201ci 3.3-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine and an A727 3-speed automatic transmission, with a front Dana 44 differential. This Jeep is four-wheel drive with New Process transfer case, power steering, power brakes and a steel factory half-cab hardtop. This full custom build includes the addition of a 4-inch suspension lift, factory Jeep 8-inch six-lug wheels, 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires and a full professional spray liner in the correct color code-FH Olive Drab Green. 11,739 original miles.
Lot 1561, 1961 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ25
This 1961 FJ25 Toyota Land Cruiser was purchased brand-new and has been owned by the same family until last year. It was completely restored in 2013. The FJ25 sports the original rebuilt 6-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The axles and transmission were completely rebuilt and upgraded to FJ40 spec. Garage-kept and less than 100 miles since the restoration. This car has an excess of $100,000 in restoration and comes with all documentation, including a letter from the original owner and corresponding restoration documents and pictures.
Lot 1568.1, 2017 JEEP WRANGLER
This Edelbrock supercharged 2018 BLKMTN Stage III Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 is finished in Granite Crystal Metallic clear coat exterior paint with a factory Freedom black three-piece hardtop. It's powered by a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep has black interior with cloth seats and adjustable head restraints. Optional equipment from the factory includes the Sport S Package 24S, air conditioning, and leather-wrapped steering wheel This is a featured BLKMTN product showcase Jeep with 483 actual miles. The Stage III Black Mountain conversion package includes heat reduction hood, 5-inch suspension lift, HD rear tire carrier, custom grille, Stage II front bumper, 8,000-pound winch, HD rear recovery bumper, Rubi 9 gunmetal alloy wheels with 37x12.50x17 MT tires, 50-inch LED and mount, 3x3" LED lights, wide alloy flat fender flares, three inch nerf bars, alloy fuel door, grab handles and Euro light guards.
Lot 1570, 1970 FORD BRONCO
Professional body-off restoration of this rust-free Bronco was completed in late 2018. The engine is a newly rebuilt fuel-injected 351ci V8 Windsor engine backed by a 5-speed manual transmission with a resurfaced flywheel, new Center Force disc pressure plate and throw-out bearing. It features a custom-built aluminum radiator with shroud and electric fan, 2-inch body and 3-inch suspension lift, chrome exhaust headers, custom bumpers, Rhino-lined under-body, and interior floors and walls, six-point family roll cage and winch.
Lot 1574, 2014 ULTRA AMERICAN
This 2014 Ultra American 8-passenger 4-door convertible is truly a one-of-a-kind that serves as a multi-purpose vehicle. This vehicle was manufactured by the Ultra Motor Company exclusively for American Iron. This entire vehicle has 7,317 actual miles. The striking exterior was finished in deep black paint, which shines beautifully. A custom chromoly roll cage was added and dressed in a custom Bikini Tan leather top. It has a WARN 15,000 winch with remote control. The custom gloss black Road Amour rear bumper also has a bumper bar. It rolls on black Raceline 18x9.5-inch wheels wrapped with new 37-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires. A Skyjacker lift jack is included. The tan leather interior is in beautiful condition throughout, and everything is in working order. Three switches were installed on the dash to operate the ARB Compressor and ARB Lockers for off-road performance. It's powered by a 6.0-liter PowerStroke diesel V8 engine equipped with an Edge programmer for better performance. The rear end has 4.56 gears and a polished differential cover.
Lot 1578, 1970 FORD BRONCO
This custom 1970 Ford Bronco has a repaint in white and features suspension lifts, custom roll cage and rack, polished aluminum wheels, front disc brakes, bucket seats, aluminum dashboard and more. The truck is equipped with a 302 backed by a C4 3-speed transmission and a two-speed transfer case with a twin-stick conversion. The Bronco features a removable single-piece fiberglass hood and front panel, as well as black bolt-on fender flares. Tubular bumpers include a brush bar up front and an integrated receiver hitch in the rear. A custom roll cage is fitted with removable aluminum roof panels as well as a safari-style basket. A factory hardtop will fit over the cage with the removal of the safari rack. The cabin features modern sport seats upholstered in black and fitted with vintage-style lap belts. Textured bed liner has been applied to the floors and cargo area, and a marine heater box features variable fan speeds as well as four vents mounted ahead of the shifter. Other components include twin transfer case shifters and a Hi-Lift jack mounted to the roll cage.
Lot 1611, 1959 CHEVROLET 3600 NAPCO
This 1959 Chevrolet 3600 big window with NAPCO "Mountain Goat" factory four-wheel drive has been correctly restored to factory correct specifications. This truck proudly wears the original and striking Chevrolet two-tone combination of Tartan Turquoise and Bombay Ivory. It features a factory correct 1959 interior. The 235ci 6-cylinder Thriftmaster engine, which runs as well as it presents, has been freshly rebuilt top to bottom. The original NAPCO Model 23 transfer case and both front and rear axles have been rebuilt with Warn locking hubs. This truck also sports the original 4-speed floor-mounted manual transmission. This truck was restored as originally equipped.
Lot 1625, 1979 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II
This 1979 International Harvester Scout II Rallye Edition has just undergone a ground-up restoration. It was stripped to the bare tub and painted in GM 8624 White with matte black Rallye stripes. It's powered by a 345ci V8 engine paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. The engine and transmission were rebuilt less than 2,000 miles ago. The factory air conditioning blows cold. It rides on a new 2.5-inch Rough Country suspension lift and new Method Racing wheels wrapped in new 285/70/17 BFG KO2 A/T tires. The interior is finished with all-new carpet, custom wrapped dash and custom diamond-stitched leather upholstery on the factory seats.