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BARRETT-JACKSON LOT 350 1964 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE STATION WAGON
Our buyer remembers riding in a station wagon just like this 64 Ford. The neighbors owned it and he spent a lot of time riding in the back of one of these 60’s “minivans”. He goes in knowing that he might have to burn the kid’s college fund on this baby.
This car isn’t exactly what he rode in back the swingin’ 60s.
This wagon has a Ford racing 289, Billet wheels and front discs-all things that Dad wouldn’t or couldn’t have checked off on the option list back in 1964. The lowered stance is another thing you wouldn’t have seen on a Ford wagon-or any wagon in ’64. These cars were working family busses and they were about as exciting as cold oatmeal-back then.
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BARRETT-JACKSON DAY ONE LOT 15.1 1971 VOLVO P1800
Our buyer came to Barrett-Jackson with an attitude that he wouldn’t overlook something sporty, so on day one he also focused on this 1971 Volvo P1800. They’re not exactly Corvette caliber in terms of resale value, but we get by this by engaging the “our buyer is drunk” clause.
And he’s not a run of the mill car guy.
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BARRETT-JACKSON TUESDAY- DAY ONE:LOT # 9 1965 CHRYSLER NEWPORT
This is our fictional buyer’s easiest day of the Barrett-Jackson experience. This is the day that entry-level buyers get their day in the sun. You can pick up a budget buy on the first day, because it’s the auction equivalent of the used car back lot. So we decided to let our hapless buyer pick two cars.
It’s filled with automotive ugly ducklings that ain’t gonna turn into swans at the end of the show but… you get to tell your obnoxious next door neighbor “yeah, I picked this baby up at B-J-man it was rough, everybody seemed to be bidding on this 61 Valiant. I was up against guys like Jay Leno”.
Our first fictional buyer focused on Lot 9-a green 1965 Chrysler Newport 4 door sedan with a 383. Nice car, but it carries that “more door” stigma that these family cars get stuck with at every show on the face of the earth.
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We have to preface this with the disclaimer-we are not a Barrett-Jackson site nor do we expect to be one in the future. It probably has something to do with our Mission Statement as “the anti-Barrett-Jackson” site. But you can’t ignore these guys and the effect that they’ve had on the mainstream car hobby.
Barrett-Jackson has taken the old car world into primetime television-they’ve made armchair quarterbacks out of committed car guys and drawn new fans from the masses thanks to their splashy televised auctions.
This means that more married guys can run an old car by their wives simply because owning one can connect you with celebrities...
“Honey, that was Jody Foster’s VW Beetle that just sold and look-there she is signing the roof. Isn’t that cool?”
DOES GRAVOL REALLY UNDERSTAND THE FINE ART OF HURLING?
There is a commercial on TV that advances the concept that vomiting is a surprise sucker punch that Gravol will cure or quell. Gravol probably works pretty well, but the commercial omits the evolution of hurling in the average healthy human being.
Newborns and young children are very susceptible to bouts of spontaneous sickness for one good reason: Everything is new to them including walking, talking and vomiting while duking it out with childhood illness or horrific baby food choices.
The first signal a kid gets is nausea followed in lightning-fast order by vomiting. The gag reflex is razor sharp and kids launch much faster than the space shuttle. Sometimes kids don’t even need a bug to get sick. I could get about 10 ft out of the driveway in the family sedan before the urge to purge kicked in when I was a kid embarking on a family vacation.
Hand me an Archie comic and a middle seat in a hot non-climate controlled car and watch the fun.
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