Resto-Mods highlight Barrett-Jackson's first New Orleans auction

1958 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

(September 10, 2023) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson is shifting excitement into high gear for the inaugural New Orleans Auction, Sept. 28-30, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with an amazing group of collectible vehicles selling with No Reserve. A selection of high-quality Resto-Mods based on popular American cars and trucks built from the 1960s to 1970s will be among the coveted collectible vehicles taking center stage in New Orleans.

Included on the docket is a stunning ebony and silver 1958 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that is powered by a new LS3 crate engine and features a custom interior with the latest technology.

“Resto-Mods have become one of the most popular segments of car collecting and Barrett-Jackson has been at the forefront, driving its growth over the last decade,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Pairing a classic body style with modern performance and technology was a natural evolution for custom builders. These vehicles help preserve our past and give them a second life so that enthusiasts can enjoy them well into the future with modern conveniences and drivability. We have some of the very best Resto-Mods heading to New Orleans this September, and each one will cross the block with No Reserve.”

1967 Chevolet Chevelle

A 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle received a professional no-expense-spared restoration with power from a new GM Performance 627 horsepower LSX454 engine mated to a Super Magnum 6-speed manual transmission. Interior features include a Vintage Air system, Dakota Digital RTX gauge cluster and RetroSound Bluetooth stereo. The build was finished in August 2022 with only 1,600 approximate miles since completion. A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe is powered by a fuel-injected LS7 V8 engine mated to a 4L65E 4-speed automatic transmission. It features air conditioning, a custom leather upholstered interior and power windows.

“Contemporary custom car builders are some of the greatest artists and craftsman of our time,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The Resto-Mods they are designing are far more than simply parts and pieces of a vehicle; they’re a vision of artistry and design that take on a life all their own. I’m proud that Barrett-Jackson helped breathe life to this movement over a decade ago and looking forward to showcasing some incredible Resto-Mods in New Orleans.”

1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

A no-expense-spared custom 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is the product of over 1,500 hours invested in a complete frame-off build. The interior features all-new upholstery, a Vintage Air system, a Dakota Digital RTX instrument cluster and an upgraded Bluetooth flatscreen AM/FM stereo. It is powered by a new LS3 430-horsepower engine paired with a 4L75E automatic overdrive transmission and the original NP205 transfer case.

A custom 1973 Ford Bronco Sport 4x4 is powered by an electronic-fuel-injection BluePrint 302ci engine paired to a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Upgraded interior features, including Alpine stereo system, amps, subwoofers and Bluetooth connectivity, are hidden to maintain the classic Bronco styling.

A pro-built custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop is powered by a Vortec 5.7-liter V8 engine paired with an overdrive-equipped automatic transmission. The custom leather interior sports a Glide fully adjustable front seat with armrest, custom-formed headliner and fully finished trunk. The interior also features Dakota Digital gauges, a custom Billet steering column and a Lokar shifter housed in the custom console.