Auburn, Indiana’s Worldwide Auctioneers returns to Texas this week to host the 15th annual Houston Classic auction on Saturday, April 23 at the La Toretta Lake Resort & Spa. The auction, held in association with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, promises to be a thrilling opportunity for collectors and fans of the greatest classic automobiles in existence today. Of the lot list numbering approximately 110 collector cars, nearly half – 47 of them – will be offered and sold at No Reserve!
Here is a link to the online color catalogue with details and photos:
Among the No Reserve cars are nine from a single collection including a stunning, concours-quality 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B. One of just 419 540K chassis built in all. Just 4 owners from new! Unlike so many others, this example carries a cloud-free history, having been delivered new to Great Britain. Stunning throughout and highly roadworthy, it boasts legendary supercharged 8-cylinder power and excellent documentation. One of the most sophisticated vehicles ever conceived, regardless of the era, it marks a fantastic opportunity for smart collectors. Here is a video of the mighty Mercedes in action, doing what it should on a nice open road with Worldwide’s Rod Egan at the wheel:
Crossing the auction block at the Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction on Saturday, January 30, this factory original “B029” Hurst Super Stock Hemi Barracuda (VIN B029M8B29912) is extremely rare and highly sought-after a 1 of just 70 ever produced with very few surviving examples remaining today.
One of the best in existence is Car #13, owned and raced by Hall of Fame Super Stock drag racing driver “Akron” Arlen Vanke from new. It is one of only a handful that were never cut up or wrecked, retaining its mint original body and trim, original body numbers and fender tag, pictures when found and during restoration, and documentation and provenance.
The Barracuda benefits from a two-year rotisserie restoration done to extremely high detailed standards by Hodge Restorations with virtually no expense spared. Best of all, it features an incredibly rare 426 Cross Ram Hemi engine built by Arlen Vanke himself! Even today, it is the most famous of all of the Hemi SS/B ‘Cudas.
While I could go on, check the video shot by Hodge Restorations with the mighty Hemi put through its paces, albeit a bit gentler than back in ’68. Nonetheless, there’s some great sound and it doesn’t take much imagination to understand the potential under the driver’s right foot!
This is a true blue chip collectible car and is considered by most to be the best one on the planet! You will be hard pressed to find a better car especially one with as much history as this car and being raced by a big-name, Hall of Fame driver. Concours quality restoration to as race condition with correct factory gray primer under the hood and underside and door jambs, paint is amazing with all painted lettering, consistent with a highly detailed, show-quality restoration with no bolt left unturned, all correct pieces including original front lightweight bumper and fiberglass front. $100k+ restoration. Still on its original title issued to Arlen Vanke. Inspected and verified by Galen Govier, accompanied by complete owner history, letter of authenticity from Arlen Vanke, Restored by Mopar expert Lee Hodges with help from Arlen Vanke himself, diecast model made after car, numerous magazine articles and features. 3 binders full of documentation, photos, magazine exposures and receipts! The cornerstone to any collection, museum quality. Chance of a lifetime to own the best factory produced Hemi Super Stock Barracuda in the World, 100% Real Deal, factory original with no excuses! You won’t find another like it period!
On October 23 and 24, Auburn, Indiana’s Worldwide Auctioneers will sell the large Ron Brown Estate Collection in Fredericksburg, Texas. There will be 100 cars plus mini-bikes, motorcycles, and snowmobiles plus many lots of highly collectible memorabilia, all at No Reserve.
Ranging from hot rods including a period-style 1931 Ford to some of the most collectible American musclecars including Camaros and Mopar Hemis, plus classic pickups and American 1950s classics. Up-and-coming Japanese sports cars are also very well represented, including a 1976 Toyota Celica, Datsun 280 ZX Turbo and 1986 Nissan 300 ZX, and a low-mile 1987 Toyota Supra.
Corvettes are very well-represented, with the Ron Brown Collection featuring no fewer than four extremely collectible, one-year-only 1963 Split-Window coupes.
Here is a brief, but in my humble opinion, cool video of the XJR-4 firing up. Its 600-hp, Weber-carbureted Jaguar V-12 makes an unforgettable sound quite similar to a V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin from a WW II fighter plane. Enjoy!
Commissioned by Jaguar and built by the famed American Group 44 Inc. racing team of Bob Tullius and Brian Fuerstenau, the purpose-built, fully tube-framed XJR-4 was created to contest the 1981 SCCA Trans-Am championship. Lawton “Lanky” Foushee supervised its construction and set-up. It took second in its first race, followed by three wins to take second in the 1981 SCCA Trans-Am championship standings. Bob Tullius drove the car to second overall behind Eppie Wietzes’ Corvette in that year’s standings.
Its subsequent entry into the 1982 Daytona 24 Hours marked Jaguar’s return to top-level international endurance racing, where it hit 194.46 mph on shaved Goodyear street tires! Needless to say, the car was the world’s fastest XJ-S. Somewhat overshadowed by the XJR-5 Group C endurance racers of the mid-1980s, this car was the test “mule” for that program which brought Jaguar back as a competitor at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Restored, race-ready, and fastidiously prepared, the XJR-4 remains ready to hit the track and it is accompanied by an incredible spares and historical package including race set-up notes by Group 44’s late racing wizard Lawton “Lanky” Foushee. While it is not scheduled for auction at this time, I got to know the owner, his son, and the great history of this important ex-Group 44 Jaguar.
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