Written by Eric Becker
There are few things more invigorating than the roar of an American V8. Open the taps and Motown’s pulsating rhythm sounds off, delivering shivers down the spine and exciting anyone sitting behind the wheel. That muscle car V8 driving experience is truly something to savor, a potent expression of power ready to be unleashed. Born form Detroit’s heyday of one-upmanship, the muscle car is a bravado-fueled brute keen to assert its dominance on road or track.
Offered at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Fall Auction – all with No Reserve – is The Greg Gutek Collection. The selection of 11 exquisite automobiles, including classic Mopar muscle and a wonderful assortment of Chevy hot rods and bespoke customs, provides a classic matchup ready to battle on the blacktop and ready for action on the Barrett-Jackson auction block.
Sorry, Wile E. – not even the fastest coyote could keep up with the pair of stunning ’71 Road Runners in the collection. The first, Lot #446.1, is a beautifully restored award-winner in its factory-correct Tor Red, powered by a 383ci V8 engine and a heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission with pistol-grip shifter. Meticulously rotisserie-restored, this Road Runner is wonderfully optioned with a black and orange interior, N96 Air Grabber hood, Rally dash, tachometer and Rally wheels wrapped in Goodyear Polyglas tires.
Ramping up displacement is Lot #700, a one-of-one big, bad orange Road Runner powered by a 440ci Six-Barrel engine mated to a 4-speed manual 18-spline HEMI transmission with Hurst pistol-grip shifter. The tire-roasting Mopar underwent a fully documented rotisserie restoration in 2007 and is wonderfully equipped with a Dana 60 heavy-duty axle with 3.54 gears, a Sure-Grip differential, dual exhaust, heavy-duty suspension sway bar, N96 Air Grabber fresh air hood and clutch fan maximum cooling package. No wonder it was awarded the World’s Best Mopar just after restoration. Riding on factory 15×7 Rally wheels wrapped in correct G60/15 Goodyear Polyglas tires, it sports dual painted mirrors, front and rear spoilers, and wears its factory shade of Tor Red. These two Road Runners will leave any coyote in the desert dust, offering little more than an orange flash and polite tease of that trademark Road Runner “meep-meep.”
If two orange Road Runners are bit bright and you’re looking for a bit more subtlety, then we have the perfect Mopar for you. Boasting an elephant’s worth of Mopar muscle, this 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T (Lot #677.1) is a jaw-dropping piece of Mopar history, featuring its matching-numbers 426ci 425hp dual 4-barrel HEMI engine and TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission. The “Road & Track” or R/T option was first offered in ’67, and this silver beauty rides on a set of Magnum 500 wheels wrapped in red line tires for that hero car look. Inside, bucket seats and folding armrests will keep the occupants comfortable as they roar down the open road. Additionally, this gorgeous Coronet has been verified and inspected by Galen Govier and is listed as #10 in the Chrysler Registry. A true piece of Mopar history indeed.
A no-frills race car – what better way to describe an authentic, 1969 M-code Dodge Super Bee (Lot #677.2)? With an unmistakable on-road presence and a factory-equipped 440ci Six-Pack engine churning out 390 horses to back it up, this Super Bee is one serious contender. Putting power to the road is a 3-speed automatic transmission turning a Dana 60 heavy-duty rear differential with 4.10 gears. A rare gem, this Super Bee is one of 420 A12 coupes produced. In true race-car fashion, it features a lightweight fiberglass lift-off hood, steel H-code wheels, 11-inch drum brakes, heavy-duty suspension and heavy-duty radiator. Finished in its correct Bright Red paint, this Bee is ready to sting anyone who dares to challenge it.
Listed as #241 in the Chrysler Registry, next up is a ground-up restored 1970 ’Cuda (Lot #677). Powered by a matching-numbers V-code 440ci Six-Barrel engine mated to a heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission, this Deep Burnt Orange Metallic painted ’Cuda will surely pull at your heartstrings and make you sing that famous Heart song at full voice. Sporting the Shaker hood and A33 Track Pak, this ’Cuda is a muscle-car icon. The interior is nicely equipped with bucket seats, a Rally dash and Rally wheels wrapped in Goodyear Polyglas tires.
Get ready for Deep Purple in automotive form. Finished in Plum Crazy Purple with a white bucket seat interior, the 1970 Challenger in the Greg Gutek Collection (Lot #676.1) is definitive American Muscle re-created. Rotisserie-restored, the car has been upgraded with a HEMI powertrain. Underneath the Shaker hood sits the legendary 426ci HEMI V8 routing 425 horses through a heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission with pistol-grip shifter and Dana 60 rear end. This Plum Crazy Challenger is undoubtedly a “Highway Star.”
The ultimate in muscle-car homologation specials, the collection’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot #700.1) is truly striking. Brilliantly restored to factory specifications, this ’Bird is powered by a correct 440ci Six-Barrel engine and 3-speed automatic transmission, and is finished in its original B5 Blue Metallic with black bucket seats and a black vinyl top. This Mopar includes its original VIN and Trim Tag, and is car #568 on the NASCAR build list. The race-bred Superbird is a true winged warrior, sure to command attention when it rolls across the auction block.
If a septet of classic Mopar steel doesn’t get your heart racing, then we have the antidote. A quartet of hard-driving bowtie-wearing hot rods and Resto-Mods. Up first is a 1978 Camaro Z/28 (Lot #348.1) that was special-ordered with performance in mind. Equipped with the LM1 350ci V8 topped by a 4-barrel carburetor, the quick Chevy will give any Mopar a run for its money. Power is routed through an M21 4-speed manual gearbox tied to a 3.73 posi-traction rear end. Additionally, the Camaro features sport suspension and high-performance dual exhaust. Finished in white over a black interior, the matching-numbers Z/28 is eyeing any competition brave enough to line up against it.
Eyeballing your competition is one thing, but when it looks as good as this Pro-Touring 1957 Chevy 210 Wagon in the collection (Lot #447), it quickly turns into an issue of stop and stare. Just don’t be too surprised when it sprints away. Powered by a 5.7-liter Corvette LT1 engine paired with a 4L60E automatic transmission, this custom wagon was professionally built and has driven just 400 miles since completion. The highly detailed frame was custom-fabricated, and the 210 rides on Corvette suspension complete with a hidden air-ride system. Tucked behind the 18- and 19-inch American Racing wheels are 4-wheel disc brakes. The laser-straight body has been refinished in Mica Bronze Metallic, while the interior is hand-fabricated in extensive tan leather with an Alcantara suede headliner. The leather dash houses the Classic Industries instrumentation and chrome Ididit tilt column. The chrome and polish of this Chevy is something to behold; this is one wagon the kids will be proud to ride to school in.
The Pro-Touring theme continues with two stunning pickups. The frame-off restored 1955 Chevy Apache stepside big-window pickup (Lot #678) is a true masterpiece, a multiple award-winner and a true one of a kind. Signed by legendary hot-rodder and designer extraordinaire Chip Foose, this pickup is powered by a 383ci V8 engine outfitted with a Holley Sniper fuel injection system backed by a 700R4 automatic transmission. It’s equipped with a 3.50 posi-traction Ford 9-inch rear end, with 10-inch Wilwood disc brakes for stopping power. The custom pickup rides on remote-powered air-ride suspension and features one-off 8×19 front and 12×20 rear Foose Impression wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Inside, the leather and suede interior features detailed cherry woodwork, replica Dolphin gauges, and an upgraded sound system. One glance at the extensively modified custom bodywork and it’s easy to see why this ’55 Apache received its many awards.
Jumping forward 13 years, another truck (Lot #446) is ready to show its Pro-Touring chops. Beginning life as a short-bed ‘68 GMC C10, this Resto-Mod had hundreds of hours poured in to create the ultimate muscle truck. The cab has been subtly modified, with a 3-inch extension behind the seat to amplify cabin space. The chrome bumpers have been relocated closer to the body and a rear spoiler has been added to the tailgate. Powered by a 6.2-liter LS engine mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission and equipped with a 12-bolt posi-traction rear differential, this C10 puts the power down with ease. Couple that with a Hotchkis sport suspension and this pickup can hang with the best of them. The Pro-Tourer looks the part with its GT Silver Metallic finish and a custom cowl-induction hood featuring Rally Red hood stripes. The cabin is wonderfully trimmed in black leather and sports a collection of amenities perfect for comfort on long journeys.
The 11 cars in the Greg Gutek Collection offer a thrill that only the American muscle car can deliver. When this collection rolls across the block at the 2020 Fall Auction with No Reserve, the sound of eight pistons and a whole lot of muscle will reign over the crowd.
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