Credit: Original article published by Barrett-Jackson.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – March 15, 2022 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, today announced that world-renowned collector, philanthropist and entrepreneur, John Staluppi, will sell dozens of vehicles from his prized Cars of Dreams Museum during the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, April 7-9, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. One of the most notable private collections in the world, Mr. Staluppi owns an incredibly diverse and desirable selection of vehicles. All selling with No Reserve, those consigned to this year’s Palm Beach Auction range from 1930s hot rods and restored classics from the ’50s and ’60s, to impeccably built Resto-Mods and contemporary collectibles such as a Race Red 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition with 295 actual miles and one of only 250 produced.
“A return to Palm Beach for our first auction in South Florida since 2019 wouldn’t be complete without Jeanette and John Staluppi,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Longtime members of the Barrett-Jackson family, we’re honored that they’ve chosen our Palm Beach Auction to sell several of their prized collectible vehicles from the famed Cars of Dreams Museum once again. Their collection is known worldwide for having the finest examples of collector cars from all marques and eras.”
Staluppi, also known for his empire of auto dealerships and collection of superyachts, has been a car collector for decades. An avid buyer and seller, he auctioned more than 140 of his collector vehicles at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Palm Beach Auction, and this year at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, he’ll auction more than three dozen vehicles as well as many pieces of his famed automobilia. The selection selling in April is highlighted by several beautifully restored classics including a 1957 DeSoto Adventurer, one of only 300 produced.
The fully restored 1957 DeSoto Adventurer convertible is finished in factory gold with white accents. Powered by a 345ci HEMI V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors mated to an automatic transmission, this American classic is equipped with power steering, power brakes, tan leather interior, power seat and power windows.
Also selling in Palm Beach from the Cars of Dreams Museum is a 1967 Shelby GT500 finished in its original color of Brittany Blue Metallic. One of only 438 built in Brittany Blue Metallic, this Shelby underwent a comprehensive ground-up restoration and still retains its original sheet metal and fiberglass, as well as its original wood steering wheel and green line gauges.
The selection from the Cars of Dreams Museum will also include remarkable Resto-Mods such as a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz powered by a LQ9 2012 ESV engine with Holley Terminator electronic fuel injection and a 4L65E transmission. One of only 815 built in 1958, this custom Eldorado has undergone a rotisserie restoration and features a power top, power steering, power windows, Wilwood disc brakes, dual exhaust, a digital dash with updated speedometer and black leather interior.
Other Resto-Mod highlights from the Cars of Museum Collection include a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette finished in PPG Classic White with a red Stinger hood and full custom leather interior. The result of a 2-year build with test miles only, this Corvette sits on a Coffman chassis and C6 suspension while being powered by its 5.7-liter V8 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Another stunning Resto-Mod is a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Roadster powered by a 6.2-liter LT1 GM Performance crate engine with an Edelbrock supercharger mated to a 4L65E automatic transmission. Finished in PPG special-mix Charcoal Metallic, this Corvette features custom-built fiberglass panels under the hood, custom headlights, Ringbrothers door handles, custom side mirrors, custom mesh grille, LED taillights, a raised tilt steering column, custom Dakota Digital gauges and a custom-built Al Knoch interior with leather reclining seats.
“The Cars of Dreams Museum is recognized worldwide for its exceptional vehicles and one-of-a-kind pieces of automobilia,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Jeanette and John have taken great care of these vehicles and we’re honored to have them cross the block at our highly anticipated return to Palm Beach in April.”
Also selling with No Reserve in Palm Beach will be dozens of unique pieces of automobilia from the Cars of Dreams Museum, including 1950s coin-operated kiddie rides, pedal cars, authentic pinball machines and neon signs. Also included in the auction will be a 1930s Bell Telephone wooden telephone booth and a 7.5-ft. Transformers Bumblebee statue made from more than 10,000 auto parts.
Those interested in registering to bid for any of these magnificent offerings from the Cars of Dreams Museum and the entire docket at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction can do so here. Those interested in being a part of the auction can also consign their collector vehicle here.
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