The Best of Barrett Jackson: Truckin’s Top 10 Picks for Thursday
Looking Beyond the Sea of C10s
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.
Like the title says, we are tempted by all the C10s, but we're really trying to look beyond them for some truly unique rides. Today there happened to be three '55-'59s that spoke to us. 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 608, 1982 DATSUN 720
How could we pass up this clean, stock mini! King Cab Deluxe with full gauge package, factory tach, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning. Powered by a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. With 112,000 miles the potential is endless.
Lot 684, 2004 DODGE RAM SRT-10
This rare Ram SRT-10 regular cab pickup is powered by a Viper 8.3-liter V10 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter. The exterior is finished in silver and it sports a black interior. The interior features leather bucket seats and an original Infinity stereo system with a factory-installed subwoofer. In 2004 Dodge produced 3,057 of this model, and only 698 were finished in silver.
Lot 702, 1972 CHEVROLET C10
This 1972 C10 Fleetside custom pickup is highly modified and received a ground-up restoration. The pickup is powered by a 383 engine coupled with a 3-speed automatic transmission. The C10 features several new parts, including the engine, transmission, driveline and brakes. The two-tone exterior is finished in red and white over a new gray interior.
Lot 710, 1940 FORD
This custom pickup received a complete frame-off restoration and is powered by a 350 with an Edelbrock carb and intake. The engine is mated to a 4-speed 700R4 automatic transmission with overdrive and a high-performance Ford 9-inch rear end. The exterior is finished in show-quality Dark Burgundy, and a new wood bed complete with chrome rails was installed. The Saddle Tan interior is leather and features custom door panels, headliner and seats. This Ford rides on professionally powder-coated rims, complete with beauty rings and dog dish hubcaps wrapped in new tires.
Lot 734.1, 1955 CHEVROLET 3100
Featured right here at Truckin magazine as "McHenry's Golden Nugget," this custom pickup is powered by a 5.7-liter Vortec mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission with a Lokar shifter. It comes equipped with RideTech air-ride suspension, TCI Mustang II independent suspension, disc brakes and custom stainless-steel side exhaust. The exterior features Gold Nugget Kandy with clear coat, a custom box frame painted in Valspar Corvette Copper with pinstripes, and an oak bed with metal flake clear coat. The custom leather interior features air conditioning and heat, custom billet controls and a custom sound system.
Lot 755.1, 1955 CHEVROLET
Sometimes you don't need a hood! This custom 1955 Chevrolet has a 400ci Dart block that features aluminum cylinder heads, topped with a 6-71 blower that allows for a dyno-proven 804hp on pump gas. Power is sent through a Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission coupled to a Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 posi-traction. Underneath is a C4 Corvette independent front suspension and a set of Wilwood disc brakes hidden behind a set of Coys Wheels. Inside, the driver sits behind a set of AutoMeter gauges and is greeted with additional amenities that include power windows and door locks, as well as a premium sound system. Finished in House of Kolor Satin Black over a custom tan interior, the pickup features additional paint highlights in Lamborghini Orange.
Lot 758, 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE
This custom Apache fleetside factory short-bed pickup, with a big back window, has undergone a complete frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration. It runs on a FiTech Ultra Ram fuel-injected, cammed 350ci V8 Chevrolet engine with a billet serpentine belt system. The truck was painted Magnetic Charcoal Gray paint and then reassembled with all new parts. It rides on an independent front suspension with power steering and power disc brakes, and the rear has a 4-link suspension with coilover shocks. The stunning interior is finished in Torch Red with a few custom touches and features Vintage Air and heat. The bed is finished in a custom high-end classic bed wood. Finishing off this classic big-window is a Belltech suspension lowering kit and 20-inch custom Billet Specialties wheels.
Lot 761, 1951 CHEVROLET 3100
This custom 5-window pickup has undergone a full frame-off restoration and is finished in Magnetic Silver paint. This custom 3100 is powered by FiTech fuel-injected, cammed Chevy 350 crate engine paired to an automatic transmission. It rides on an independent suspension with power steering, tubular A-arms, 4-link suspension, coilover shocks, 4-wheel power disc brakes and a 10-bolt rear end. The interior of the cab has been painted to match the highly detailed custom Torch Red upholstery Engine and transmission have been painted in a satin finish and finished off with fuel injection and serpentine belt pulleys. This pickup rides on custom 18 and 20-inch US Mags.
Lot 762.1, 1962 CHEVROLET C10
This C10 received a no-expense-spared build. It's powered by a blueprinted 383/700R4 combo with a Billet Specialties drive system. It's sitting on air-ride suspension powered by an AccuAir e-level with dual VIAIR 480s and two polished 10-gallon air tanks. The exterior is finished in fresh PPG paint with new trim, all LED lighting, Porterbuilt hinges, widened bed to make it flush with cab, full steel bed floor with access door, roll pan and hidden latches in the tailgate. The interior includes Omega gauges, Lokar shifter, custom bench seat and door panels, custom square-weave carpet, LED lighting and Trique latches.
Lot 764, 1972 CHEVROLET K20
This crew cab is a true one-of-a-kind truck with modern amenities. It's powered by a Vortec 8.1-liter V8 engine and an Allison 5-speed automatic transmission with a 4.10 gear ratio. It has 4-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch GM style wheels, leather interior, power seats, air conditioning, modern gauges with the original look, hidden fuel tank and an impressive sound system.
TRAVIS BARKER'S 1972 CHEVROLET K5 BLAZER CUSTOM SUV
This custom Chevrolet K5 features a new LS3 V8 engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission, with 1,962 miles since restoration. It rides on a raised suspension with Bilstein shocks and Black Rock wheels wrapped in Nitto Trail Grappler 35x12.50 tires. The exterior is finished in Gunmetal Gray and the interior features black leathers seats, air conditioning, Dakota Digital gauges and a custom aftermarket sound system. From the personal collection of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
Lot 813.1, 1965 FORD F-250 GOOD HUMOR ICE CREAM TRUCK
A classic piece of Americana, this '65 F-250 was built as a Good Humor Ice Cream Truck. Powered by an inline-6 mated to an automatic transmission. We want to see this one laid out with big wheels!
Lot 818, 1936 FORD
Finally, our Rat Rod (actually more of a traditional build) of the day. Fully restored 1936 Ford. Rebuilt Ford Flathead V8 engine and manual transmission. Custom gray paint is new with an old school patina finish.