John Lennon’s Austin Princess Among Select Vehicles in 2017 Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection

  • A 1956 Austin Princess (Lot
    ), formerly owned by rock legend John Lennon, was featured in
    the 1972 release of “Imagine” and includes original, signed
  • Lot
    , a 1930 Delage D8 Cabriolet, is the only Chapron-bodied D8 C
    known to survive today
  • A #006 competition Cheetah (Lot
    ) is one of 15 known to survive today and is the only Cheetah
    built and raced with the Corvette heavy-duty 427ci L88 aluminum-head
    racing engine

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#barrettjacksonBarrett-Jackson,
The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will showcase
its eclectic Salon Collection, featuring rock legend John Lennon’s 1956
Austin Princess, during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
Auction, to be held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at WestWorld of Scottsdale in
Arizona. The Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection is only available at the
Scottsdale auction and showcases some of the world’s most rare,
valuable, collectible and coveted vehicles.

“Our Salon Collection has always offered the best of the best,” said Craig
, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “While it continues to
showcase some beautiful classics, this year it has grown to include some
really priceless Americana and many other significant vehicles of our
time with great provenance, like John Lennon’s personal Austin Princess.”

John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess (Lot
) includes the original, signed registration by the rock music
legend. Purchased as an Austin hearse by Lennon in 1971, it was used
extensively in the documentary “Imagine” before being customized with
two rows of airline seats. The car was personally selected by Lennon
because the doors opened to a wider angle, allowing for a quick escape
from throngs of adoring fans.

Also a part of the prestigious Salon Collection is a 1930 Delage D8
Cabriolet (Lot
). Built by the renowned French coachbuilder Henri Chapron,
this Delage is the only Chapron-bodied D8 C known to survive today. It
was restored by LaVine Restorations in Nappannee, Indiana, and includes
an extensive history covering its ownership and restoration, along with
correspondence from Delage registrar and historian Peter Jacobs.

“Our Salon Collection offers an extremely high-caliber selection of
diverse vehicles that represent all facets of the collector car
universe,” said Steve
, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The quality of these cars is
simply remarkable. Each one holds a prominent place in automotive
history and offers a rare glimpse into our collector car community.”

The #006 competition Cheetah (Lot
) is the only one built and raced with the famous Corvette
heavy-duty 427ci L88 aluminum-head racing engine option. It was ordered
new in ’64 by Jack Goodman, owner of Clarence Dixon Cadillac Dealer in
Hollywood, California, and is one of 15 known to survive today. Its
museum-quality restoration by BTM LLC of Arizona includes the
lowest-mile ’67 Corvette 427ci L88 IT-code crate engine. This Cheetah
has five years of SCCA/FIA racing history and was the first Bill Thomas
Cheetah to attend Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016.

Other noteworthy Salon Collection vehicles include a ’33 Auburn 12 161A
Salon Phaeton Convertible (Lot
). One of the rarest Auburns produced, the Murphy-inspired
coachwork features long, sweeping lines, a tall grille and a
characteristically short windshield. It carries original Lycoming V12,
which was one of the most powerful engines offered in 1933 for a street
car and set several speed records that stood for several years.

, a 1932 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom II Henley Roadster by
Brewster and Company, has been recently restored from the ground up,
including the distinctive wire wheels. The epitome of classic elegance,
the car has new leather and carpeting inside and a freshly painted
exterior in dark blue custom urethane paint.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to
Experience the 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction in style with a
Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience Package. Information on available
packages and how to be a part of this world-class lifestyle event is
available here.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona,
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the
leader in collector car and automotive lifestyle events, which include
authentic automobilia auctions. The company produces auctions in
Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut,
and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery
Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature extensive live television coverage
in 2017, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally.
Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance
for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information
about Barrett-Jackson, visit
or call 480-421-6694.

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