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    Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    Meguiar's had our usual presence at Barrett-Jackson in West Palm Beach, FL from April 9-11, 2009 and I was fortunate to be part of the team this time around. Part of our agreement with B-J is to wipe down every single before it crosses the auction block, so we got to see some interesting (and no so interesting, to be honest) cars up close and personal. Time and crowd permitting, I managed to snap a few shots to share with you all. Included with each shot is the auction lot number, brief description of the vehicle and the sell price (fees included). You can visit www.barrett-jackson.com for more in depth info if you like. In no particular order, here we go:

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    2009 Spyker C8 - this car was in our booth the whole time and was not up for auction. Just an amazing car - made in Holland, it has an all aluminum frame and aluminum body, weighs just 2700lbs and is powered by a 400HP Audi V8 mounted amidships. $229,000 MSRP. It came to us a bit of a mess so I had the extreme pleasure of cleaning it up. Just a little M205 on a W9207 Soft Buff 2.0 finishing pad and followed with NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0.




    This is a general view under one of the many tents holding vehicles before and after sale:


    This is the staging area, just before the cars enter the building and cross the block. The car in the center is Lot 650.1, 1955 Jaguar XK140 that sold for $90,750


    Lot 671.1, 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, $110,000 (this car had one of the nicest finishes at the event)


    Lot 14.1, 1971 Volvo P1800, $9,900. A nice little resto-mod sort of driver for not a lot of money.


    Lot 342.2, 1979 Pontiac Trans-Am, $36,300. No, Burt Reynolds was not there, but this was an extremely low mileage car as evidenced by the note on the windshield - 12,843 miles.


    Lot 74, 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible, $42,350. That's Mike Joy from Speed Channel kneeling behind the car and reading some of the documentation during the TV broadcast of the auction.


    Lot 374, 1934 Ford Custom Roadster, $49,500.


    Lot 663, 1967 Buick "Gotham Cruiser", $110,000.


    Lot 371, 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8, $110,000. This car was simply beyond stunning, one of the best presentations of the entire event. I want this car soooooo bad. These same guys had another Healey that crossed the block 24 hours later and brought $128,000.


    Lot 349.1, 1965 Triumph TR4A, $37,400. Restored by the same guys who did the Austin-Healey above, it was equally flawless.


    Lot 635, 1958 Plymouth Belvedere Fury Convertible, $57,750.


    Lot 332.1, 1979 Alfa Romeo Spyder Veloce, $15,400. With just 3400 miles on the odo, this baby was almost brand new.


    Lot 64, 1965 Lincoln Continental Limousine, $37,400.


    Lot 647, 1937 Ford 3 Window Custom Coupe, $110,000


    Lot 361, 1966 Plymouth Satellite Convertible, $44,000.


    Lot 668, 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 W30 Convertible, $173, 250. Obviously shot from sort of behind the stage, and this price was apparently a record for this make/model.


    In close, a trio of cars whose colors together just caught my eye:
    Lot 689.1, 1937 Ford Custom 2 Door Convertible, $50,600 (yellow car)
    Lot 690, 1967 Amphicar 770 Convertible, $45,100 (green car)
    Lot 687.2, 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, $66,000 (blue car)
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    Where Can I get one of those Inflatable Quik Detailer Bottle?!!?!?!?!?!?!
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    Re: Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    Nice photography work Mike, nice thread too. It takes a little time to take the pictures, gather the information like you did and then create a write-up to share the information.




    What percentage of cars would you say were Swirl City?


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    Re: Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    What percentage of cars would you say were Swirl City?
    Honestly, 90% at least. Some were outright disasters. The Austin-Healey's were impeccable as were maybe just a couple of others. We did come across a beautifully restored '57 or '58 Chevy convertible with beautiful paint, except for some moderate swirls. The owner of the car overheard us talking about the finish and came around to ask what were talking about. We had him stand so he could see the swirls in the direct sunlight and he honestly didn't know what were talking about. When we pointed out the circular pattern surrounding the reflection of the sun, his attitude was one of "oh, that. so?". When we told him those marks did not need to be there and that they actually be removed fairly easily, he was shocked! Just goes to show, if you haven't been educated about something you can't be blamed for not knowing.
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    Re: Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    Honestly, 90% at least. Some were outright disasters.
    That's the number I posted back in 2006 when I went to Barrett-Jackson in Arizona and somehow got a pass that enabled me to go up on the stage and take pictures of all the cars going over the auction block.

    My guess is about 90% of the really cool cars are completely swirled-out, about 5% had okay finishes and about 5% had really nice finishes, the kind of finish a MOL member could create.

    The TV cameras make it look like all the cars have flawless paint jobs but the fact is completely opposite.

    Here's one of the threads I started and some typical swirled out cars...

    Friday at Barrett-Jackson!

    Most of the cars look like this when you're there in person...







    A few cars were on the other extreme and could really use a full-blown swirl removal...








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    Re: Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    Nice shots of the sale, must be a fun day.

    I'm my decades of being a dealer, I've never paid to have a swirl removed. Its just not worth it. I think I have sold 2,000-2,500 cars at auction in my life. The finest any of them ever they received was a nylon bristle brush scouring courtesy of the auction.

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    Re: Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    ust goes to show, if you haven't been educated about something you can't be blamed for not knowing.
    This is so true!
    People just think swirls are part of the paint, it's so common! But you can't blame them

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    Re: Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    Man, I lived in West Palm for two years and never saw Barrett Jackson come through. Go figure. However, since Palm Beach County (county West Palm is in) has the highest per capita of millionaires in the country, its an everyday occurrence to see Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Maserattis, Bentleys, etc.

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    Love that 4-4-2. A buddy of mine had one when we were in high school. He used to claim that 4-4-2 stood for 4 barrels for (4) too (2) much fun but I remember that the 4's really stood for the 4bbl carb and 4 speed tranny, and I can't remember what the 2 signified.

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    Re: Pix from Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach

    fantastic pics. I am sure you worked hard. But it looks like you got a few breaks to check out the Auction.
    quality creates its own demand

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