Drop-Tops Take the Stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson heads to the Sunshine State with a docket of unique and desirable convertibles during the 18th Annual Palm Beach Auction April 16-14, 2020, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among some of the noteworthy drop-tops crossing the block in the Orange State is a stunning Larkspur Harbor Blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. The nut-and-bolt restored Bel Air is powered by a 283ci Power Pack V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust.

“If you’re behind the wheel, or just along for the ride, convertibles connect us with the road in a very intimate way,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Whether you call it a convertible, Volante or roadster, these drop-top vehicles are coveted among collectors for their design, style and driving experience. We couldn’t be more excited about our Palm Beach Auction docket, which will include some of the most coveted classic, late-model and exotic convertibles all selling at No Reserve.”

Convertibles crossing the block in April include a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible resto-mod built by Jeff Hayes Customs. This metallic silver Corvette rides on an Art Morrison chassis, is equipped with Vintage Air and has a powerful a 540-horsepower LS3 Hot Cam V8 engine. A matching-numbers, rotisserie-restored 1953 Buick Skylark finished in red with a white power convertible top is highly optioned and is powered by a 322ci V8 engine. Joining the Buick is a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger convertible powered by an upgraded pro-built 302ci V8 engine and authenticated by the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association. Finished in Carnival Red, it comes equipped with an upgraded Connolly leather interior and British Wilton carpet.

“We’re incredibly proud of the measures we take to build dockets that resonate with our buyers,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Florida is a known for its beautiful beaches, endless days of sunshine and tropical climate that make it the perfect for drop-top driving. This year’s Palm Beach docket is going to deliver some of the finest convertibles, giving our bidders the chance to chase the sunshine in the convertible of their dreams.”

A special roadster crossing the block in Palm Beach is the first of 100 production 2020 Shelby 289 Cobra “Cinema Series.” This 1963 “Ken Miles” edition Slabside Cobra CSX8198 replicates one of the cars used in the epic film “Ford v Ferrari” and is based on the initial street Cobras converted for racing. This model will include a Carroll Shelby engraved wrench and a spare cracked race windshield (as seen in the movie). The Cobra has a stroked 331ci Shelby 289 engine producing 450 horsepower sending power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission.

Other convertibles crossing the auction block in Palm Beach include:

Beginning with this year’s Palm Beach Auction, enthusiasts can catch the live auction broadcast on FYI and HISTORY. To catch all the cars all the time, Barrett-Jackson auctions can also be streamed online at www.Barrett-Jackson.com.

Barrett-Jackson is now accepting consignments for the 2020 Palm Beach Auction. To consign a vehicle, receive more information on becoming a bidder or purchase tickets for the 2020 Palm Beach Auction, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com.

Images courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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  1. I don’t understand why restomods consistently feature garish wheels and low profile tires. The wheels and tires on that Corvette are fugly.

  2. Fair point, Luke. I blame the Boyd Coddingtons and Chip Fooses of the world for popularizing that look. Give me some sidewall and 18-inch max wheels.