BARRETT-JACKSON SALON COLLECTION TO HIGHLIGHT SCOTTSDALE AUCTION
This 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, January 17.
- (Lot #5087), a 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay headlines Barrett-Jackson’s Salon vehicle lineup
- An exquisite 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS (Lot #5083) will be among the auctions most notable consignments
- One of 300, a stunning silver 1955 Mercedes-Benz 3000 SL Gullwing (Lot #5075) will cross the Scottsdale auction block
SCOTTSDALE – Jan. 5, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, will feature a rare docket of exquisite Salon vehicles during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Among the Salon vehicles is a stunning 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport (Lot #5087), one of only three Grand Sports built with Franay coachwork.
“This select offering of breathtaking vehicles marks the fourth consecutive year of the Salon Collection at our Scottsdale auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “These incredible, timeless vehicles highlight the Barrett-Jackson heritage of great classics and amazing European sports cars.”
The Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport (Lot # 5087), chassis number 110123, is one of eight built on the same short wheelbase chassis used on the Grand Prix cars and one of only three completed by Marius Franay. The T-26 Grand Sport is powered by a race-proven six cylinder, three-carburetor engine producing nearly 200 hp. The car retains its original DOHC 4.5 liter engine and comes with a carefully documented and detailed history, including receipts and pictures of a frame-off concours-level restoration.
A 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS (Lot #5083) will also cross the block in Scottsdale. Only 121 total 6C 1750s were built, with just 30 designated SS, featuring a supercharger. This Alfa Romeo has recently undergone a complete restoration at Automotive Restoration in Stratford, Conn., Today, VIN 0312901 is in concours condition and the chassis has returned to its original state. The chassis and engine are both original and in like-new condition. The Alfa still wears a handmade body dating back to the 1930s and is appropriately outfitted in black.
“The Scottsdale Salon docket is always something the bidders and enthusiasts look forward to in January,” added Salon Collection co-founder, Don Williams. “These vehicles represent some of the most influential moments in automotive history and the best that Barrett-Jackson has to offer. Each one of these vehicles would easily be the crown jewel in any collection.”
One of 300 built for export outside of the U.S., a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing (Lot #5075) will cross the Scottsdale auction block. Completed in November 2006, Mario Sueiras, a Guatemalan automotive collector, invested more than 2,000 hours of work into restoring this extraordinary vehicle after sitting untouched in storage for more than 20 years. Still powered by the original matching-numbers engine and driveline, this extraordinarily rare Gullwing is finished in Silver Grey Metallic Glasurit paint and features a blue plaid interior with fitted matching luggage.
Among the most anticipated Salon consignments is an elegant 1927 Isotta Fraschini Lebaron 8A S Dual Cowl (Lot #5081). Much like their competitors Mercedes Benz and FIAT, Isotta Fraschini derived significant development know-now from its racing endeavors. Isotta was the first automaker to fit four-wheel brakes to its production cars as standard equipment and introduced the world’s first production inline eight-cylinder engine at the Paris Salon of 1919. Complete with a freshly reupholstered interior, this 8A SS rivals the finest offerings from marques like Hispano-Suiza, Rolls-Royce or Duesenberg.
Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.
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