This year’s Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale was a success, with 692 cars sent to new garages, for an impressive $38 million in total sales. A not-insignificant portion of this hefty figure was the $13.96 million lot of chrome-laden drop-tops from John Staluppi’s “Cars of Dreams” collection, claiming eight of the top ten highest grossing sales.
2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition – $770,000
This one shouldn’t come as a surprise. You’ve seen it on our standouts list, and again on our sale wrap-up, so this bright orange coupe should be a familiar sight. What is surprising is finding a Japanese car at the top of a Barrett-Jackson docket, considering the auction house’s proclivity toward classic Americana. The seller has a heated supercar market and very low production numbers to thank for their big payout.
1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible – $330,000
Talk about a change of pace. This gilded DeSoto was one of many Detroit drop-tops from the Staluppi collection, likely serving as one of the cleanest Adventurers in existence. Chalk this heavy sale to a blend of condition, rarity, colorway, and provenance.
1970 Plymouth Superbird – $286,000
Superbirds (and Dodge Daytonas) have always commanded big bucks at modern auctions, so it’d be strange if this sunning example of the be-winged breed didn’t make the top ten. This is a rare fixed-roof car from Staluppi, wearing a sweet period-correct vinyl roof and Alpine White paint.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom – $275,000
Most of Staluppi’s cars were factory fresh, but this restomod ’57 Chevy proves even custom hot rods can claim top dollar. Unlike far too many Tri-Fives on the show circuit, this is a full build. Underneath the perfect bodywork is a chassis from Art Morrison, hopped-up LS3 V-8, and 4L80 four-speed automatic transmission.
2006 Ford GT – $244,200
Sharing supercar status with the chart-topping LFA, this bright yellow Ford GT claimed an impressive final price considering it wears repaired bodywork from collision damage sustained in 2010. Regardless, the healthy price is helped along by the uncommon color and mild modifications.
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible – $231,000
You guessed it – another Staluppi stunner. This is one of a handful of Caddys from the Cars of Dreams collection. We featured the other Eldorado Biarritz in our first Palm Beach list – a lavender 1960 Eldorado with a cream interior.
1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible – $231,000
The second of three DeSotos in the top ten, this is an older example of the black-and-gold Adventurer that claimed the number two spot. Sitting in impeccable condition, DeSotos seem to be highly valued when compared to their Chrysler counterparts, likely due to relatively low production numbers.
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible – $225,500
Continuing both the DeSoto and bright colorway themes, this ’56 Fireflite looks ripped straight from a movie set. Overall, a gorgeous and very striking car that is perfect for beachside cruising. Bonus points awarded for the Benrus “Desotomatic” steering wheel clock that wound itself as you steered the car.
1959 Dodge Custom Royal Super D-500 Convertible – $220,000
The name is almost as long as the car. Apparently, this is a limited production model, packing some factory-installed go-fast hardware on the 6.2-liter (383ci) V-8. This car has popped up for sale before on Bring a Trailer, along with a special appearance at the 2017 New England Concours d’Elegance.
1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Fuelie – $209,000
Draped in one-year-only Tasco Turquoise, this minty fresh ‘Vette wears the very desirable fuel-injection system on its 4.6-liter (283 ci) V-8. It’s very well equipped, carrying a four-speed manual transmission, posi-traction rear-end, and power windows.