Six Favorites From Barrett-Jackson’s Upcoming 2018 Palm Beach Sale
Where a JDM fire truck meets ’56 Buick Special
Dust off your bidding paddles, clean out the garage, and call your accountant — It's time for Barrett-Jackson's 2018 Palm Beach sale. As is usually the case for Barrett-Jackson, there's enough gleaming Americana on the sale docket to stretch from here to mars. Hidden between the acres of chrome are automotive oddities we've come to expect from the Florida crowd. Check out some of our favorites from the Palm Beach sale.
1986 Nissan Safari Fire Truck
If it's offbeat you're after, park this bright red Nissan Safari fire truck on your front lawn. The catalogue entry doesn't offer much in the way of history, but judging by the model year and "Safari" name, this is likely a JDM emergency vehicle.
Don't expect to snuff any infernos with this RHD weirdo, considering any pump hookups and hardware is likely for show only or irreplaceable. Still, daydreamers will no doubt make good use of the functioning siren and PA system.
1950 Crosley Hotshot
Don't laugh too hard-the itty-bitty Hotshot was a respected SCCA runner in its day. In 1950, the Crosley won an endurance race at Sebring, and was a favorite at club racing around the country. Despite packing only 26.5 hp from a 0.7-liter four-cylinder, the Crosley weighed in at only 1,095 pounds.
2012 Lexus LFA Nürbugring Edition
Barrett-Jackson is peddler of many a muscle car, so it's always a little jarring to see uber-rare supercars fill the docket. As far as outright "specialness," it's hard to beat the LFA, even without the Nürburgring package. In addition to the excellent orange paint, the LFA Nürburgring Edition included a 10 hp bump to 562 hp, updated transmission, aero kit, upgraded suspension, and lightweight wheels. Allegedly, Lexus only made 50 Nürburgring Edition LFAs, so expect this to go for over half-a-million.
1956 Buick Special Convertible
Hey, it is Barrett-Jackson, after all. This is 50s GM at its very best, incorporating flamboyant colors, shipyards of chrome, and the classic "Sweepspear" motif that runs the length of the car. This particular drop-top hails from John Staluppi Cars of Dreams collection, sharing floorspace with similar Americana.
According to the listing, this '56 is fresh off a frame-off rotisserie restoration. Power comes from a 5.2-liter Nailhead Buick V-8, spinning the rear tires through a two-speed automatic transmission.
1967 Kaiser Jeep M715
In contrast to the polished Broncos and C10s that populate the Palm Beach sale, our favorite 4x4 is this hyper-aggressive Jeep M715. In civilian form, this was commonly known as the Jeep Gladiator, but this ostensibly began life as a mil-spec truck.
Despite the beadlock wheels and satin black accents, this isn't a full-bore restomod. Info is scarce, but the catalogue does list the powertrain as a Jeep Tornado six-cylinder, the same engine that came with the M715 when new.
1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
As a perfect coda to the Palm Beach preview, here's the car we'd most like to cruise the Florida coastline in. When new, this was one of the most expensive American cars you could purchase, especially when loaded to the gills with all manner of features and extras. Finished in a very fetching shade of lavender, this is about as American as you can get.