The Best of Barrett Jackson: Truckin’s Top 10 Picks for Friday
Four C10s, Two F100s, and some Awesome Oddities
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.
By the time Friday rolls around, we're accepting the C10s with open arms. Because by this point in the game, we're not looking at the trucks rolling across the block as project, but rather completed investments or fun havers!
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 925, 1949 AUSTIN
Our mini of the day is this his custom Austin, mounted on a modified, powder-coated Triumph TR6 chassis and is finished in black and Conifer Green. The truck features a rebuilt and operational turn signal arm and all-new tinted glass. It's powered by a 2.5-liter 6-cylinder engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. It even has GPS and a stereo system.
Lot 952, 1973 FORD ECONOLINE
This '73 van is powered by a 240ci 6-cylinder and 3-speed manual. It sports a roof rear wing, flared fender extensions and Vintage Mags in 14- and 15-inch with staggered tires and many other custom touches. It has bright red tinted glass throughout. Inside is a two-bucket seat and a red, white and blue L-shaped bench with Evil Knievel metal signs throughout.
Lot 975.1, 2007 CADILLAC ESCALADE
GM-built show car out of the GM Heritage Collection. Powered by a CTSV supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It features Brembo brakes, Enoch springs and one-off 24-inch wheels. This Escalade has lots of one-off body panels, billet grille, RECARO seats and an elegant one-off interior.
Lot 1020.1, 1956 FORD F-100
This custom F-100 features a Ford 460 big-block engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission with a Lokar shifter. This pickup was built on a powder-coated custom chassis that includes a Mustang II front suspension system, 4-link Ford 9-inch rear end and air ride. The exterior is finished in Lexus Atomic Silver paint with a Piano Black painted wood bed. It features a custom dark red interior with a matching headliner and tinted windows. The interior has Vintage Air, tilt steering column, Dakota Digital gauges, and power one-piece windows. This pickup rides on 20-inch SE-1 Black Chrome one-piece custom wheels with Nitto drag radial tires.
Lot 1025.2, 1969 CHEVROLET C10 "HELL TRUCK"
The body and most of the paint of this patina truck is original, but everything else is not. The 707hp Hellcrate 6.2-liter V8 engine and the matching ZF 8-speed automatic electronic-shift transmission are both brand-new Mopar units. The frame is a complete boxed custom frame unit for the specifics of this build and parts. The suspension and steering include rack & pinion power steering, four-corner QA1 coilovers and a Moser 9-inch with limited slip. Stopping is provided by 6-piston Wilwood brakes with Hydroboost and stainless-steel brakes lines. The wheels are custom cut, 22x14" rear with 22x8.5" front, from solid billet. The interior is all handmade using matching-color vintage NOS Cadillac cloth inserts, C10 original Buddy bucket seats, modern air conditioning and the electric transmission shift controller was installed in the custom center console.
Lot 1029, 1969 CHEVROLET C10
This C10 custom features a fuel-injected all-aluminum 5.7-liter LS6 V8 engine mated to a 4L60E 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission with a one-piece driveline and a 12-bolt rear end narrowed 4 inches with Dutchman axles. It features an AccuAir suspension with three automatic height settings, Porterbuilt front and rear extreme drop members, stock 1987 drop spindles, Porterbuilt tubular control arms, Porterbuilt C-notch and Front Slam Specialties SS-7 front bags. The exterior is finished in Sage Green and white, with a base and clear coat, and new MAR-K side trim and badging. The brown interior features a bolstered leather seat, leather door panels, leather-trimmed dash, and Bluetooth retro-style stereo with an amplifier, subwoofer and speakers. This custom pickup also features a color-matched undercoating. It rides on polished Raceline Static 5 wheels with Continental Extreme tires.
Lot 1035.1, 1965 CHEVROLET C10
This custom C10 received a full frame-off restoration and features an LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine with a Holley Sniper intake, and is paired to a 6L90E 6-speed automatic transmission. This pickup rides on an Acme custom frame with full air system, level-ride system and QA1 shocks. It features power rack & pinion steering, Vintage Air, CPP hydraboost brakes, and rides on 24x15 Raceline wheels.
Lot 1042.1, 1939 CHEVROLET COE
This COE was originally a tanker truck and the body was stripped to bare metal and modified. It sits on a custom chassis and LS1 running gear was installed, with the LS1 V8 engine sitting under the seats. The truck features a custom aluminum pickup bed with a black maple box deck, 1939 Chevrolet fiberglass fenders and form-fitting running boards. The all-new custom suspension has coilovers in all four corners. It features an aluminum radiator, shaved door handles, new glass, Vintage Air, disc brakes, leather interior, custom dash gauge, custom TIG welded exhaust and removable seats to access engine.
Lot 1102.1, 1953 FORD F-100
The "Hammer" is powered by a GM 505 Ram Jet mated to an automatic transmission. This custom F-100 features disc brakes, Dakota Digital gauges, Dual Exhaust with cutout switch, FAST EFI System, a custom wood bed and Vintage Air. The engine uses March Performance pulleys and brackets, an Aeromotive fuel system, Lokar throttle and kick-down. The custom pickup rides on MOB 20-inch steel wheels wrapped in Nitto tires. Inside, Dakota Digital gauges, an ididit steering column and Pioneer head with custom sound system are featured.
Lot 1135, 1966 CHEVROLET C10
This custom sits on a powder-coated Scott's Hotrods chassis that cradles an LSA crate engine. Single-piece side glass wasinstalled along with African Padauk bed wood, Coddington rims, custom automatic transmission, Lingenfelter supercharger snout, 10 custom AutoMeter gauges with body-color-matched pointers and rings. Body modifications include rear tubs widened 4.5 inches for larger tires, shaved drip rail, door handles and gas filler location. Custom LED brake lights with custom bezels, LED third brake light at the top of the cab and LED headlights. Custom interior using Italian leather on the headliner, seats and door panels. Mercedes square-loop black carpet and a custom Lecarra steering wheel in black leather