Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale March 20–27
An Award-Winning Ferrari 275 GTB/4, Carroll Shelby’s Super Snake and Craig Jackson’s Shelby GT350 Star
A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, CSX 3015, and Craig Jackson’s 1965 Shelby GT 350 lead more than 800 No Reserve cars into Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, March 20–27.
“Our 2021 Scottsdale Auction features great individual classics, numerous collections, charity cars and trucks; vendors, food and activities; and the return of the popular Barrett-Jackson Cup Competition,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Scottsdale-based Barrett-Jackson, established in 1971. Barrett-Jackson coordinates annual collector car and automotive lifestyle events, such as the upcoming June Las Vegas Auction, and the sale of private collections.
Jackson notes that Barrett-Jackson is closely following local, state and federal health and safety COVID-19 protocols. In this spirit, the auction arena during the event will be limited to bidders, consignors and their guests.
For the March auction, the company has added Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence Technology and Varigard disinfectant spray to its protocols. The drone solutions and systems developer will implement its Safely Opening Sites protocol during the main auction days, providing employees with vital-sign screening to help deliver a safer workplace environment and customer experience during the event.
“We take the health and safety of our guests extremely seriously,” Jackson says. “We were lauded for the efforts we took to help create a safe environment for our guests during our Fall Auction in Scottsdale last year, and we want to go even further than what was done during that event. We’re extremely pleased about the added safety Draganfly will bring to our Scottsdale Auction, and we’ll continue to implement new health solutions as they become available.”
One-of-330 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
The 4-cam 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Lot #1394) is one of only 330 built and carries a well-documented history from the factory in Italy.
Enzo Ferrari offered a very small number of V-12-powered road cars during the 1960s to finance his racing passion, Jackson explains. “The Ferrari 275 series was one of the most stunning and enjoyable cars to come from Maranello. The gorgeous Pininfarina-designed 275 coupe and spider bodies were the first road-going Ferraris equipped with a transaxle and independent rear suspension.
“Today, the cars are a favorite among collectors because they are welcome at any concours and yet still fun to drive in classic car rallies,” he adds. “This particular no-excuse, real-deal 275 4-cam may be the most enjoyable classic Ferrari you can own.”
Ferrari introduced the 275 GTB/4 at the Paris Motor Show in October 1966. The sinuous Scaglietti-built body is steel, and the doors, hood and trunk lid aluminum. A new hood bulge bragged the car’s potency.
Good press has been behind the car since its start. Motor Trend Classic named the 275 GTB coupe and GTS spider as number three in their list of the 10 “Greatest Ferraris of all time,” and the 275 GTB/4 was named number seven on Sports Car International’s 2004 list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.
Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, explains that “Ferrari introduced the 275 GTB/4 just a few months after suffering its first loss at Le Mans. It was critically important to Enzo that the latest version of the Ferrari 275 help the prancing stallion regain its prestige. From a new 5-speed transaxle to the 4-cam V12, the car is a road-going masterpiece.”
Ferrari upgraded the V-12 with four overhead camshafts and six Weber 40 DCN carburetors for a claimed 300 horses. The cars have a 5-speed manual transaxle with synchromesh, a first for a road-going Ferrari. The 275 GTB/4 also had an improved cooling system, exhaust and suspension.
This restored vehicle (chassis #09677) has had only a few owners: Marchensini in Italy when new, then Seattle, Washington’s Tom Kinsman, who won the Gold Award at the 2000 Cavallino Classic. During his stewardship, Wayne Obry completed his restoration at his famed Wisconsin workshop.
Arnold Kemp of Asheville, North Carolina, owned the car for a short period, revisiting the Cavallino in 2004. He sold the classic to its current Ohio owners, who displayed the car at the Amelia Island Concours in Florida. They recently completed an engine rebuild with North Coast Exotics in Cleveland.
“This beautiful Ferrari is in excellent condition, inside and out,” Jackson says. “Although driven lightly, the running gear, transaxle, suspension, brakes and steering are all in terrific condition and work perfectly. The paint and interior are also both gorgeous, and in the perfect color combination of Rossa Corsa and beige leather. Complete with tool kit, manuals and a well-known history, this car can become the crown in a collection of classic Ferrari automobiles.”
From one of the stellar private collections offered at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, CSX 3015 is the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (Lot #1396) built exclusively for the great Carroll Shelby.
“CSX 3015 is arguably one of the most iconic, and important, American sports cars ever built,” Jackson explains. “In 1968, Road & Track called it ‘The Cobra To End All Cobras,’ and it has more than lived up to that standard.”
One of only 23 total 427 competition roadsters built, the CSX 3015 was transformed a year after its completion as a Super Snake and reclassified as 427 Cobra Semi-Competition (S.C.). Shelby American added twin Paxton superchargers to the 427-ci V-8 and linked it to a 3-speed automatic transmission capable of controlling the massive power.
Jackson says that when the car was first offered by Barrett-Jackson in 2007, Shelby told the crowd that the Nevada Highway Patrol caught up to him after he had just notched 190 mph in it. The resulting sale set a new world record for any Shelby vehicle sold at auction.
“Carroll often said, ‘Make history, then repeat it,’ and that’s exactly what we hope to do again,” adds Jackson. “This car was truly ‘Carroll’s Cobra,’ and it, along with other incredible vehicles selling from this private collection, will make collector car history next month. The Super Snake is wicked fast and has become a cultural icon.”
Jackson’s Triple Crown-winning 1965 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1395) leads a superb stable of 1960s-era Shelby collectibles into Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2021.
One of just 562 built by Shelby American for the 1965 model year, Jackson’s meticulously restored Shelby GT350 was used by Shelby American as a public relations car and discovered in Southern Texas five years ago with only 19,000 miles. The museum-quality restoration required 2,000-plus man-hours, with all original components rebuilt or replaced with correct date-coded original parts.
Beginning its Triple-Crown run, this very special car took Gold in Division One at the Mid-America Ford and Shelby Meet in 2017; a year later, the GT350 captured Mustang Club of America (MCA) Gold in the Thoroughbred Class and the Premier Award from the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) at SAAC-43, a third Gold. In addition, the classic Mustang won the Authenticity Award from the MCA –– the first time for a 1965 Shelby GT350.
“I believe this is simply the best 1965 Shelby GT350 on the planet, and the car has an incredible pedigree,” Jackson says. “While parting with this impeccable Shelby is difficult, I have every confidence that this Shelby will make history in Scottsdale while also demonstrating the resiliency of the collector car hobby. I’m very proud of this historic car, as well as the other spectacular Shelby Mustangs crossing the block.”
A Superlative Docket of Cars & Automobilia
The collection offering the Shelby “Snake” includes 17 additional collectible vehicles such as a rare 1955 Ford Thunderbird VIN 005 (Lot #1355.1), the first-production Thunderbird ever sold to the public.
Also selling from the collection is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 4000 Series (Lot #1353) continuation car, commissioned by Shelby and the 21st sold to the public.
In addition, a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia (Lot #1354) is powered by a 562-horsepower V-8 linked to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a 2010 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorana HGTE (Lot #1354.1), designed by Pininfarina and Jason Castriota, has a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 612 horsepower, connected to a 6-speed F1 automated manual transmission. And, a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Lot #1353.1), has the legendary Mezger Flat-6 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission; it’s one of only 410 sold in the U.S.
American classics include a 1969 Yenko Chevelle (Lot #1355), one of only 99 built and the only one known to exist with a column-shift automatic transmission. A 1968 Chevrolet Corvette COPO convertible (Lot #1120) is the only one known to be finished in British Green with a Dark Orange leather interior. And, a rotisserie-restored 1969 Camaro Custom Coupe (Lot #1352) is powered by a 7.0-liter GM LS7 topped with a Magna supercharger, and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car convertible (Lot #1121) is a genuine Z11-coded RS/SS Indy 500 Pace Car.
“The vehicles selling from this private collection are all absolutely spectacular, but the Super Snake is one of my all-time favorite cars in the world, bar none,” Davis says.
“From historic and late-model, domestic and import to supercar and muscle car, this private collection literally has it all. I’m really looking forward to being at WestWorld when these vehicles cross the block, making collector car history and finding new homes with the next generation of collectors.”
Two other vehicles to be offered are owned by Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford: a 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Custom Woody Wagon (Lot #1341) and a 1958 Edsel Bermuda Wagon (Lot #1341.1) Both wagons are autographed by Edsel B. Ford II.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my ownership experience with these two cars,” Ford says. “I loved the process of giving them new life with modern technology that made the classic cars more fun to drive. Over the past few years, I motored along, relishing in the history they represent. I hope the next owners of these two beautiful Ford cars will also enjoy great adventures in them.”
And, from the famed Petersen Museum on the “Miracle Mile” stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles is an octet of hotrods, including a 1934 Custom Roadster “Sportscar” (Lot #1295).
Other collections are the Raser Chevy classics, with three 1970 Chevelle LS6s, the highest-horsepower muscle cars of the era. And, the Larry Winkler Collection features approximately 35 vehicles, led by a 2020 Ferrari Pista (#1374.2) and a 1999 Vector M12 (#1372.1), 49 motorcycles and 400-plus pieces of automobilia, part of the 1,100-plus items to be offered at the event, such as neon porcelain signs, more than 35 beautifully restored gas pumps and many pieces from the Larry Winkler and Laguna Euro collections.
“Automobilia has become a critical part of the collector car hobby over the last decade,” says Jackson. “When demand for authentic automotive art and décor skyrocketed in the early 1990s, we were the first to respond with a dedicated automobilia auction. Today, the quality of automobilia like pieces found in the Winkler and Laguna Euro collections are coveted by collectors worldwide.”
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