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AUCTION PREVIEW: BARRETT-JACKSON RENO TAHOE 2015

Originally published on www.hagerty.com

Barrett-Jackson’s third annual Reno Tahoe sale will take place Aug. 6-8 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. Because the event is held in conjunction with Reno’s Hot August Nights event, the sale has typically brought out plenty of hot rods, resto-mods and other customs. Indeed, many of last year’s top sales were customs. It will likely be much the same this year, but here are five unmolested cars that we’ll be keeping an eye on:

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 427/435 hp
Hagerty Price Guide$247,000 – $422,000

With the 427/435-hp Tripower L89 motor, 3.36 Positraction and tinted glass, this ’67 convertible is already way up there in terms of desirability among Corvettes, but it is also one of only a handful of early cars bodied by A.O. Smith in Michigan before management quickly restricted big block cars to St. Louis bodies. It’s a relatively minor quirk, but such quirks do make a difference in the Corvette world. The car was reported sold at Leake Tulsa only last month for $88,000, so this might be a case of someone trying to flip it at Barrett-Jackson, where the larger crowd might bring more Corvette seekers.

1981 American Motors CJ7 Laredo
Hagerty Price Guide$4,000 – $19,300

The CJ7 was the last of the long-running CJ series Jeeps, which were replaced by the Wrangler in 1987. It was available in several trim packages, and one of the most gussied up versions was the Laredo, which dressed the Jeep with chrome wheels, grille, bumpers, mirrors and hood latches. Barrett-Jackson’s example is a fairly honest one, with a new 258-cubic-inch six equipped with an upgraded carburetor, a sports steering wheel and roof rack. It looks like it’s been spared the hard life that many Jeeps have endured, but it’s not overly restored to the point of being too clean to use. The overall truck market is growing quickly, but these old CJs can still be relatively attainable.

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