Tops in Arizona

Convertibles most popular

Eric Kaminsky - January 25, 2014 10:00 AM


1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass W30 (once owned by Linda Vaughn)

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

1954 Buick Skylark convertible

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

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Celebrity status pushed a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass once presented to Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn to the top of the GM pile, but all other divisions were represented within the top 10 at the January 2014 Arizona auctions. Convertibles were most popular.


1) 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass W30 (Lot 3005, Barrett-Jackson), $270,000

Painted in the distinctive black and gold scheme, it is one of the last Hurst vehicles given to Linda Vaughn (Miss Hurst Golden Shifter since 1966), and was her daily driver for years. Proceeds from the sale were donated to benefit the Cancer Research Fund at TGEN in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.


2) 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta convertible (Lot 5068, Barrett-Jackson), $209,000

This limited production show car (one of 458 made) has only had two owners and 36,800 miles since new. Equipped with custom leather interior, panoramic windshield and a special version of the Rocket V8, it predicted many styling features to come.


3) 1954 Buick Skylark convertible (Lot 5004, Barrett-Jackson), $207,200

The restoration on this ragtop (number 642 of 836) was completed in 2012, and features a rebuilt 322ci/22hp Nailhead V-8 and Kelsey Hayes wire wheels. Every piece and part was restored, remanufactured, refinished, remade, repainted or purchased NOS. 


4) 1953 Buick Skylark convertible (Lot 1299, Barrett-Jackson), $187,000

Restoration on this car was completed in November 2013, and the all-original body is finished in the original color of Reef Blue. The 322cid engine and transmission have been rebuilt. Upgrades to the car include radial white wall tires on restored wire wheels and halogen headlights.


5) 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible (Lot 79, RM Auctions), $176,000

Nothing took the era of tailfin styling to the extreme than the 1959 Cadillac. This restored example is painted the Eldorado-only color of Hampton Green, comes equipped with the original factory air suspension system, and is powered by the 390ci, 345 hp overhead valve V-8 with automatic.


6) 1969 Pontiac Trans Am (Lot 1045.1, Barrett-Jackson), $148,000

Just one of five automatic transmission-equipped Trans Ams built at the Van Nuys, California, plant, the car underwent a five-year, 100-point concours level restoration. It features a 400ci V-8 with numbers matching drivetrain. It was sold in Los Angeles and remained in that area it entire life until 2005 when the restoration began.


7) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sports Coupe (Lot 1054, Barrett-Jackson), $148,500

Highly optioned, multiple award-winning car with meticulous frame-off restoration features rare and original 283ci, 245hp high-performance V-8 with dual four-barrel Carter carb and Bat Wing oil bath cleaner. A continental kit adorns the rear.


8) 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible (Lot 1284, Barrett-Jackson), $143,000

Numbers-matching convertible with 365ci, 325hp overhead valve V-8 and four-speed Hydramatic has been fully restored. Olympic White with red and white leather interior and black convertible top, it also features factory air conditioning.


9) 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible (Lot 3009-1, Barrett-Jackson), $140,000 

One of a pair of 2014 Camaros presented by automotive designer Doc Watson and Miss Hurts Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn. Power comes from 426hp 6.2L V-8 coupled to six-speed automatic, and features the Dreamaker LV-1 design in black and gold, plus LV-1 body modifications, accents and badging. Proceeds benefited IKAN.


10) 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 coupe (Lot 3009, Barrett-Jackson), $140,000

Second of the pair of 2014 Camaros presented by Doc Watson and Linda Vaughn. The ZL-1 coupe features a 600hp 6.2L intercooled and supercharged V-8, modified with Chevrolet Performance parts. Body modifications help highlight the black and gold Dreamakers paint scheme. Proceeds benefited IKAN.