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Amazing Pickups From Barrett-Jackson

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About 150 custom and classic trucks are up for bid at the famed Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, which started Tuesday and continues through Sunday.

“America’s love affair with pickup trucks is well-represented this year at Barrett-Jackson,” said Craig Jackson, the company’s chairman and CEO. “We have a record number of trucks rolling across the block, accounting for more than 10 percent of the total number of vehicles consigned.”

A quick look through the auction list revealed a diverse selection of pickups, flatbeds, panels, tankers and even a Cushman three-wheel “Truckster.” Some of the trucks were fully restored to showcase their pedigrees and heritage, while others were modified in a variety of styles, including hot rod, rat rod, street cruiser, off-road and custom.

“Pre- and postwar pickups have increased in value in recent years,” Jackson said. “Collectors want to own a piece of American history from simpler times.”

A few of the top-selling pickups are likely to come out of the Jerry Minor collections up for sale at Scottsdale. Lot No. 424.2 is a fully restored 1946 Studebaker M5 Coupe Express in Victory Red. The collection is also offering a 1956 Ford F-100 (#425.1), a 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup (#699.2), a 1936 Ford (#700), a 1951 Ford F-1 (#700.1) and a 1953 Chevy 3100 (#700.2). All are described as having frame-off restorations, and many have updated engines.

One truck that quickly caught our eye is Lot No. 1045, a 1956 Ford F100 that was named Truck of the Year at the 1998 F-100 Supernationals and was also a top trophy winner at the 1998 Grand National Roadster Show. This truck was once listed for sale online at $120,000. It sports a blown big-block Chevy, custom leather interior, tilt hood and tilt bed.

Other trucks of interest include:

1957 Chevrolet Cameo (#71.1): 10-year-old restoration, one of 2,244 built. Sold for $52,000 on opening night.

1947 Crosley (333.1): Love these trucks because the front and rear fenders are interchangeable.

1940 Plymouth PT 105 (#415): From the Dan Minor collection. Appears to have a well-documented history.

1949 Diamond T (#702.2): Fully restored. One of the classiest looking postwar trucks.

1953 Chevy (#1055): Cool-looking custom with stretched cab and completely slammed to the ground.

1953 Ford F-100 (#1259): This is the black FR100 truck built by Ford Racing and McLaren Technologies. We showcased its  10 years ago.

1932 Ford (#1305.5): Stingers Hot Rod built this cool pickup to look like a Harry Miller Indy racer-inspired shop truck.

Last year at the Scottsdale auction, a custom 1933 Ford hot-rod pickup sold for $181,500. A 1955 Ford from Sylvester Stallone’s collection sold for $132,000, and one of the coolest ’57 Dodge pickups around sold for $62,700. Other top sellers included a 1948 Chevy for $71,500, a 1940 Ford for $97,700 and a 1957 Cameo for $59,400.

We’ll have a wrap-up of the top-selling trucks from this year’s auction later next week. You can watch the auction live on SpeedTV or follow it at SpeedTV.com. All vehicles from current and past Barrett-Jackson auctions can be found at barrett-jackson.com.

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