'Futuristic' 1961 Ford Thunderbird to auction in Orange County

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company will offer a diverse collection of world class collector cars and many unique experiences at its inaugural Orange County Auction.

A fantastic selection of muscle cars, hot rods, sports cars, customs and classic cars will be sold at no reserve over three days during the Collector Car Auction, held from June 25-27 in California.

"Barrett-Jackson is excited to kickoff our inaugural Southern California automotive lifestyle event with such an exciting docket of collectible cars," said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

"Our Orange County event will offer high octane energy and excitement unlike anything Southern California has seen."

Billed as "the Ultimate Classic," a 1938 Packard Victoria Convertible will roll across the auction block on Saturday.

The spectacular 1961 Ford Thunderbird Custom Roadster "Thunderflite"
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With only one of 11 known to be in existence, this car was originally owned by Barrett-Jackson founder Russ Jackson and was at one time part of the Blackhawk Collection.

It has a 473cid V12 connected to a 3-speed manual transmission. Equipped with Cormorant, side mounts, trunk rack, deluxe steering wheel, radio and heater, this one-of-a-kind classic runs and drives excellently, according to the auction house.

Inside, the automobile's forest green exterior compliments the light tan interior and has been restored to contemporary standards.

"Having a car up on the block from my father's original collection will be very special for me," said Jackson. "It's a wonderful classic that anybody would be proud to have in their collection."

Elsewhere, a 1961 Ford Thunderbird Custom Roadster "Thunderflite" will also appear for sale, built by the world-renowned designer Dean "Dino" Arnold and featuring a custom double bubble top.

The 'Ultimate Classic': a 1938 Packard Victoria Convertible

Painted with House of Kolors Chrome Effects, the car has a 302cid engine connected to a modified automatic transmission. The deep red interior was done by Deluxe Auto Interiors and has over 1,000 custom modifications.

Besides the unique look of the car, the T-Bird has received numerous awards and has been featured in various automotive publications - including Rod & Kulture, Street Rodder, Drive, Rod & Custom, Car Kulture Deluxe, ol'Skool Rodz and SEMA magazine.

"The flashy chrome, deep apple red paint and wild design of the car is perfect for our first Orange County event," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson.

"With its unique Southern California flair, it would be great for anyone who wants to cruise Sunset Boulevard."


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