I have always had a thing for classic cars- specifically American muscle cars and corvettes. If I had endless funds and a huge garage it would be filled with with them (and maybe a couple of current and vintage Italian sportscars). the two show pieces of my collection (you know this vintage car collection that I have amassed in my mind) would be the 1954 Chevy Nomad (in yellow please) and a 1963 Split Window Vette. You might think this is all just lip service- but it’s not- I really do love classic cars- enough that when the big classic car auctions are over in nearby Monterey- it’s not unusual to find me walking around the ones they have on display to the public (because I won’t pay the big bucks some of the auctions want to drool on cars I can’t afford).
It shouldn’t be a surprise to you then that I have been known to watch the Barrett-Jackson auctions when they are on TV or perusing the press releases about Barrett that sometimes find their way into my email inbox. I squealed when I saw this will be up for auction tomorrow April 17th, 2015 on the opening day of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach:
Artist rendering of the 1969 Tony “Smoke” Stewart inspired Chevelle to be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson.
According to the description on the Barret Jackson website the Chevelle is a one-of-a-kind customer that “Tony and his staff were instrumental in the design of.” Would that NOT be the best car ever to own? I might just reconsider that imaginary NOMAD I have as being the flagship of my collection…I can only imagine what this car will go for. Best part of all? Proceeds from the sale of this cool Chevelle will go to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION, which Tony has been a supporter of for years.
If you are at Barrett and can get me a decent photo of this awesome car I would be in your debt and would bestow upon you millions of brownie points that you can use towards your own imaginary car collection.
UPDATE: Looks like the Smoke Chevelle sold for $75,000 with proceeds going to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION!