Mention Barrett-Jackson auctions to most enthusiasts and the first thing that will pop into their heads will probably be muscle cars. American iron from the '60s and '70s dominates the typical catalog. Chevelles, 'Cudas, Vettes, and Mustangs that are so rare and in such good condition that the million dollar winning bids seem almost a bargain. Sure, there are the occasional European sports cars sprinkled in, and European and American pre- and post-war classics still command strong money. But muscle cars and their high horsepower V-8s are what fill the seats nowadays. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that one of the featured collections of cars being offered in January will not only be sans V-8, but without engines entirely.
No engines doesn't mean low tech, however. The 16 featured cars are gravity racers built by the world's top auto manufacturers, including Bentley, General Motors, Nissan, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Pininfarina. They were a part of this year's Extreme Gravity Racing series. They will be going on the block with no reserve during the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz in mid-January.
"The gravity racers are pure speedsters that embody a style of racing exhibited during the golden era of automobiles," said Craig Jackson, president of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. "They are engineered for raw competition and demonstrate absolute perfection, with no need for horsepower or supercharged engines. These racers represent the best of the best in automotive design and would be the crown jewel of any collection."
[Source: Barrett-Jackson via Sports Car Market]