Summer is officially here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the weather while social distancing is to get out and drive. Of course, a convertible is the obvious choice for the perfect summer cruiser. If your garage is lacking that perfect driver for those warm summer days, Barrett-Jackson has you covered.
From July 6–10, the auction house will be offering a number of awesome rides for online bidding. Of the cars being offered, here are five we badly want to climb into, drop the top, and go for a spirited drive.
It is difficult to understate the importance of the first-generation Viper for both Dodge and the sports car market as a whole. It was a welcome but unexpected surprise from Dodge, which had been pumping out as many K-Cars as the public could handle to stay afloat. This 8.0-liter V-10 monster has a fearsome reputation of being a handful in the hands of the inexperienced driver, but it is well loved among purists for it’s raw driving experience. While these are not common cars, many have been used to a good extent, and like-new examples are especially difficult to come by. This 958-mile car is the collector grade unicorn that managed to avoid significant use, as well as the roadside ditch, and remain in like new condition. It is also accompanied by an impressive pile of documentation and original parts, which should make this a very attractive addition to the collection of any serious Viper collector.
Volkswagen Beetles are among the most common collector cars out there, but few are in like-new condition. These were intended to be the commuter car for the masses, and that’s exactly how most were used, so it is a rare occasion when one with as little as 894 miles comes up for grabs. While early Beetles are typically more sought after by collectors, this one is bound to have the attention of Beetle aficionados in the market to add a benchmark-grade car to their collection.
Mid-year Corvettes are a longtime favorite among classic car enthusiasts, with 1967 being the peak of styling and performance to many. The 427-cubic-inch big-block was introduced the year before, but the engine options expanded to the fire breathing 435-horsepower Tri-Power equipped engines, as well as the ultra-rare, race-ready L88. This gorgeous 427/435-equipped convertible is absolutely stunning in its Goodwood Green paint and white “stinger” hood. It has gone trough a meticulous restoration, is numbers matching and has been Bloomington Gold certified, which is a very attractive to potential buyers. This should be heaps of fun for the next owner, whether they want to show it or take it for a cruise.
Much like the original Mustang, the fifth-gen Mustang was a game changer. While the first cars created an entirely new market in the 1960s, the fifth generation redefined the established market. It nailed the retro look from the 1960s, prompting Dodge and GM to do their own retro takes of the Challenger and Camaro. While the production cars looked fantastic already, the concept is even cooler and has many styling cues that appeared a few years later in the GT500. While the concept is not street legal to drive, the cool factor alone makes it a worthy addition to any collection.
When it comes to British roadsters, it is difficult to beat an XK150. They’re beautiful cars and their 3.4-liter six-cylinder engines offer torquey power delivery for spirited driving. It is no surprise that the XK is one of Jaguar’s most iconic models. The one offered here is a well-kept example, which is still equipped with its original engine and is accompanied with accessories such as the tools, tonneau, and a Heritage Certificate. This XK150 is a great blend of a car you can show and one that can be readily taken on a weekend cruise.
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