The Best of Barrett Jackson: Truckin’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.
While the C10s, Blazers, and F100s were aplenty, we still managed to find some truly unique and rare build to round out our list. 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 1224, 1966 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN
We're kicking things off with this beautiful 1966 Chevy Suburban is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine with a 4L60 4-speed automatic transmission. It has Hydro-Boost four-wheel disc brakes, rear air bags, power windows, newer interior, remote start, backup camera, Viper alarm, LED lights and new paint.
Lot 1272, 1948 DIAMOND T
A true one-of-a-kind, professionally built 1948 Diamond T custom pickup. Frame-off restoration and customization. Powered by an LS V8 engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission. It features an all-steel body, fiberglass fenders, power steering, power four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, tilt wheel, door poppers, digital dash and custom leather interior throughout. It features custom designed billet staggered wheels, billet door handles and pedals, and a custom tonneau cover.
Lot 1296, 1946 DIVCO
This milk truck is a full body-off build took more than 3,000 hours to complete. Under the hood is a GM LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine paired to a 4L60E 4-speed and a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.50:1 gears and posi-traction. This truck rides on a full custom 6-inch powder-coated chassis with a C10 front suspension, tri-link rear suspension, AccuAir e-level system air suspension with dual compressors, with front and rear sway bars. Hydroboost power steering and four-wheel disc brakes help control this custom milk truck. The all-original rust-free steel body is finished in custom Pewter patina paint. The interior features an Ididit tilt column, electric parking brake, backup camera, Bluetooth sound system, custom soundproofing, Vintage Air and an electric driver seat. It sits on 20-inch Detroit Steel wheels.
Lot 1296.1, 1949 CHEVROLET 3100
This 1949 Pro-Touring style Chevrolet pickup was professionally built with the new 6.2-liter LT1 direct-injected Corvette V8 engine and a 4L75E 4-speed automatic transmission. It has an Art Morrison chassis, fully adjustable ride height and coilovers. The frame was powder-coated in a shade of silver to match the cove color. It has Wilwood brakes and rides on Schott wheels with knock-off center nuts, and shaved Nitto tires with added red lines for a custom look. It also has power rack & pinion steering, a Rick's stainless gas tank, Fragola Teflon fuel lines and fittings, GM wiring harness and factory-programmed computer. The body is all-original and was finished in PPG Jet Black and Vibrance high solids clear. The same attention to detail was performed on the bottom side of the truck, which was painted with a black ceramic coating.
Lot 1431, 1976 GMC SIERRA GRANDE
An incredibly detailed, no-expense-spared tribute to the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." This GMC Sierra Grande, known as Syndicate Series 02, pays homage to the truck produced and awarded to the chief mechanic of the winning team of the 59th Annual Indianapolis 500. Under the hood - where Indy 500 winner, Bobby Unser, autographed the truck - lies a completely reimagined custom supercharged LS3 376ci V8 engine. It features one-off billet valve covers, and meticulously detailed elements to pay tribute to Keith Black and his vision of the perfect small block that graced the cover of Hot Rod magazine in October 1979. A custom Roadster Shop chassis plays home base for the AccuAir ENDO CVT suspension, paired with RideTech adjustable shocks and a track-proven hardline delivery for an extremely comfortable drive. More one-off touches can be found at every viewpoint of the truck, from the turbine-style 20-inch billet wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (345/30ZR20 in the rear) to the solid billet grille and custom billet leather inlaid steering wheel, just to name a few. Inside, the complete bespoke interior features rawhide leather seats designed specifically with age and wear in mind, with matching door panels. Additional components include Wilwood drop spindles, Baer Pro+ 14-inch brakes, Currie 9-inch aluminum third member, Detroit Truetrac differential with 1350 yoke/4.11 gears, TREMEC Magnum 6-speed manual transmission and a custom 28-gallon Boyd Welding fuel tank.
Lot 1445 1967 CHEVROLET C10
This C10 is powered by a V8 engine a 4-speed automatic transmission. Wire to wire, bolt to nut, thread to leather - every piece of this truck was custom-fabricated to make this a truly unique one-of-a-kind example. Modifications include a sectioned hood with custom braces, smoothed doors with custom remote operated latches, 1966 Chevelle mirrors, bumper vents, air-ride suspension, custom-stitched leather interior, torsion sway bars front and rear, remote tonneau tailgate, rack & pinion steering, JBL Sound and a remote hidden tailgate.
Lot 1446.1, 1972 CHEVROLET BLAZER
Clean, classy and custom are the guidelines of Kindig-It Design, and they were put together for the ultimate Chevy Blazer. Painted in PPG Forrest Green over all-GM sheet metal and trim with a cool Vanilla top, and it looks great on its lowered stance thanks to an AccuAir suspension. Under the hood sits a GM Performance LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine crate engine backed by a 4L65E 4-speed automatic transmission. The interior is done completely in Beer Foam leather done to factory style. The interior features a full custom stereo.
Lot 1456, 1957 DODGE D100
This D100 HEMI project started with a clean body and was disassembled, media-blasted, customized, primed and sprayed in a PPG Pearl Red tri-coat paint. The custom, one-of-one interior was tastefully crafted with bucket seats and a custom center console using only the finest materials. The interior comfort features Vintage Air and a custom sound system. A custom D100 Art Morrison suspension was created for this truck and features a custom frame with coilovers on each corner for the drivability of a modern HEMI truck. The stopping comes at the ease of its Baer T4 4-piston disc and slotted braking system. Under the hood you will see a clean and modern fuel-injected 5.9-liter V8 HEMI engine paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. It features digital push-button gear selector, LED lights all around, and rides on custom SRT Forged wheels and tires.
Lot 1464, 1964 FORD F-100
This custom-built 1964 Ford F-100 was featured in Classic Trucks magazine and went through a professional rotisserie restoration with modern technology added throughout. It is powered by supercharged LSA 5.3-liter V8 engine with ZL1 upgrade kit, ID 1050 fuel injectors, COMP cam, CS Racing headers with 3-inch stainless exhaust and Flowmaster mufflers. The engine is mated to a 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission connected to a Ford 9-inch posi-traction rear end turning 3.50 gears. It sits on a custom tubular bridge frame, C-notched in the rear and Z'd front end with a Crown Victoria front clip. The rear has a triangulated 4-link Big Bar kit, cut to fit with custom axles. It all cruises on air-ride suspension. Customization abounds with smoothed sheet metal, shaved body side moldings, tucked front bumper, custom-fabricated engine compartment components and raised bed with custom tubs. It is stunningly finished in Razzling Red paint with a custom interior featuring a smoothed dashboard color-matched to the exterior, Dakota Digital gauges, chrome tilt column with Billet Specialties steering wheel, Vintage Air system and a Pioneer 7-inch flip-up head unit with JL Audio speakers. This F-100 also features power steering, power disc brakes and rides on three-piece U.S. Mags, 19-inch in front and 22-inch rear, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber
Lot 1470, 1953 FORD F100
Custom-built F100 Resto-Mod truck crafted by blending modern and classic styles. The beautifully detailed engine bay houses the 5.0-liter V8 Coyote engine and a 6R80 6-speed automatic transmission. Stopping power for this truck comes from Wilwood Hydro-Boost brakes. Modern drivability comes from a custom-fabricated square-tube frame that has been reinforced to handle all the power. The Mustang II front end, in addition to a e-Level AccuAir air-ride system, Universal air bags, 5-gallon air tank and Air Zenith air compressor allow this vehicle to sit on the ground when parked. The 8.8-inch geared rear end has bronze-colored Chassisworks four-link and Panhard bars that keep the rear end planted to the ground. Nitto tires wrap around bronze and black U.S. Mags wheels. Rear fenders have been widened 3 inches and mini-tubbed. The exterior is finished in a two-stage PPG Blue Steel satin paint and three coats of clear. A 2013 Mustang interior has been morphed into the cab of the truck to re-create a modern look and drivability.
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.