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If you're interested in being the first person to lay hands on the new Foose Coupe, you'll want to make sure you're ready when Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach shindig goes down later this month. The rights to the first car being sold to the public will be auctioned off to one of BJ's seemingly endless supply of deep-pockets bidders, and once the paperwork's all straightened out, the winner will be given the opportunity to meet with Chip Foose himself to select the car's color, interior, and the like.

The Foose Coupe, first shown at SEMA '06 as the "Hemisfear," is a carbon-fiber-bodied hot rod powered by a mid-mounted 392 HEMI crate motor dishing out 550 horsepower. Only 50 will be built, and it looks to be quite the badass machine, blending classic lines and modern tech to create a very desirable new toy for hedge fund managers everywhere.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Inaugural Public Sale of the High-Powered Foose Coupe to Take Place at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction
PALM BEACH, Fla. --(Business Wire)-- Mar. 13, 2007 Rights to the first Foose Coupe available to the public will be sold at No Reserve during the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event from March 28-April 1, 2007, in Palm Beach, Fla. Penned by renowned designer Chip Foose, the Foose Coupe is the ultimate super car, muscle car and hot rod combination. On Wednesday, March 28, Barrett-Jackson and Unique Performance will unveil the Foose Coupe to the Palm Beach audience during the Opening Night Gala. The fifth annual Palm Beach event will feature over 600 of the world's most exclusive collector automobiles, approximately 100 lifestyle vendors and 17 hours of coverage on SPEED.

"Chip Foose has rocked the automotive industry with another groundbreaking design, and we're thrilled that he has chosen to unleash it at the Barrett-Jackson auction," said Craig Jackson, CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. "From the outrageous carbon fiber body to its Indy car-like chassis, this hot rod is unmistakably Foose. And with only 50 of these open wheeled, hot rod-esque cars available to the public, the winning bidder is assured exclusivity."

The Foose Coupe's elite carbon fiber monocoque cabin is mated to a modular steel space frame and planted to the pavement with a suspension by Hotchkis, Koni coil-over shock absorbers and a 6-piston Baer Brake system. The mid-engined coupe is powered by a Mopar Hemi V8 engine, capable of an estimated 550 horsepower and 520 pounds of torque. All Foose Coupes will be constructed by MetalCrafters, Inc. and available through Unique Performance.

Additional standard accessories include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote, illuminated push button start, tilt steering column, billet steering wheel, billet pedals, optional exposed carbon fiber interior trim, leather seats and interior surfaces. The car also features retractable door and rear quarter glass, optional glass roof, hidden exterior door release, LED exterior lighting, pistol grip shifter, side view mirror-mounted turn signals and custom 18-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear) Pirelli tires.

"I've had this car in my sketch book for years," said Foose. "I originally designed it in 1990 when I was a student at Art Center College of Design, as a project to respond to a niche market; instead, it created a market of its own. People often ask me to describe my dream car, and the Foose Coupe is my answer. It's a 16-year dream that has become a reality."

The prototype, which debuted in October 2006 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, will be prominently displayed throughout the event. The winning bidder will receive a personal consultation with Foose at his Huntington Beach, Calif., build shop to select specific interior and exterior schemes and colors. The final car will be delivered within 16 weeks of the sale.

"The winning bidder of the Foose Coupe will be buying an automotive masterpiece and an experience of a lifetime," added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "Not only will he or she receive the first model available to the public, they will also get to interact with Chip and choose their modifications with the master himself."

Barrett-Jackson continually reaffirms its leadership position in the collector car market by elevating consignment standards, challenging annual records and serving as the barometer for market trends. Last year, more than 275,000 attendees and millions of television viewers from around the world witnessed over 1,600 cars being auctioned off for approximately $135 million at the two 2006 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Events held in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Palm Beach, Fla.