Spotlight on customs and Resto-Mods at Barrett-Jackson Houston auction


Spotlight on customs and Resto-Mods at Barrett-Jackson Houston auction


Spotlight on customs and Resto-Mods at Barrett-Jackson Houston auction


A wildly diverse selection of highly desirable custom and Resto-Mod collector cars, trucks and SUVs will roll across the block at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction, to be held at NRG Center, October 20-22.

Headlined by a stunning silver-blue 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible from renowned builder Jeff Hayes, other impressive builds on the docket include Tyler Hoover’s 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird custom coupe and three certified Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Editions.

“We continue to see a meteoric rise in the popularity of custom and Resto-Mod vehicles in the collector car hobby today,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO. “Barrett-Jackson was on the forefront of this segment in the industry, championing these vehicles from the beginning, and it’s exciting to see the younger generation of enthusiasts getting involved in the hobby and purchasing vehicles that showcase classic styling accompanied by modern comforts and technology.”

Well-known from his on-air role with “Barrett-Jackson LIVE” on FYI and The History Channel, Hoover is also an avid collector, and, for the first time, will be bringing five vehicles to sell (with no reserve) in Houston. Among them is his beloved custom 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird, which began life as a real R-Code 426 HEMI, one of just 135 produced that year. Reportedly raced and wrecked with the original HEMI V-8 long gone, the previous owner completed a custom build powered by a 528ci HEMI crate engine, recently dyno-tuned to generate over 500hp and mated to a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission.

Among the many popular Resto-Mod builds at Barrett-Jackson’s events are 1967 and 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Editions, and the Houston docket will feature three spectacular examples, all officially licensed and certified “Eleanor” builds. Each vehicle comes with genuine Eleanor certification paperwork, Eleanor body VIN plates and emblems issued by Gone in 60 Seconds LLC, the owner of the Eleanor licensing rights. Each build is unique throughout, but all three offer fans of Eleanor and “Gone in 60 Seconds” an opportunity to own a car of their dreams.

Known as “El Caballero,” a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro-Touring custom coupe is powered by a Southern Performance System LS3 560hp crate engine mated to a T56 6-speed manual transmission. Having undergone a no-expense-spared, custom frame-off restoration, this Resto-Mod rides on a set of Billet Specialties wheels and is finished with a black exterior and gray houndstooth and black leather interior with German square-weave carpet and suede Alcantara headliner.

“The popularity of custom builds and Resto-Mods in the hobby has grown exponentially, and over recent years has expanded into classic SUVs and trucks as well,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Only at Barrett-Jackson can you find the most remarkable builds, and our Houston docket features many examples, all selling with No Reserve.”

Highlighting the Resto-Mod SUVs in Houston is a 1972 Ford Bronco finished in Boxwood Green and a 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that is the product of over 1,500 hours in a complete frame-off build. The ’72 Bronco underwent a complete rotisserie custom build, and the engine bay was fitted with a new Gen 3 Coyote engine backed by a 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission. Its 2-door Chevy counterpart, the ’70 K5 Blazer, is powered by its new GM LS3 430hp engine mated to a 4L75E automatic overdrive transmission with the original NP-205 transfer case.

It wouldn’t be a true Texas auction without several incredible pickup trucks, and the Houston docket delivers spectacularly. “Cinderella” is a 1957 Chevrolet 3100 custom pickup powered by a FiTech EFI 6.0-liter LS V8 engine paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This custom build by Premier Street Rods features a custom grille fabricated with a modified ’57 Bel Air center, along with a new bed with deleted chains. The silver exterior color derived from a 2001 BMW X3 complements the Ron Magnus gray leather interior with modern lighting and a Budnik steering wheel to match the wheels.

For the more rugged truck buyers, a 1972 Ford F-350 custom pickup that features a 6-inch BDS suspension lift equipped with Fox Shox and new 20-inch KMC wheels wrapped in Kanati Mud Hog tires will cross the block. This truck is powered by a 5.9-liter 24-valve Cummins diesel engine paired to a rebuilt 6-speed manual transmission.

For more information on the Houston Auction, click HERE.

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