Palm Beach, Fla. – March 15, 2019 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will auction 29 vehicles from the World of Classics Collection at No Reserve during its 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction from April 11-13, 2019, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Showcasing iconic examples of ’50s luxury and ’60s muscle, the collection features highly sought-after classic American marques, including a frame-off restored 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Lot #660.2) and a 1960 Dodge Dart D500 Phoenix convertible (Lot #659).
“We’re honored to work with Leif-Ivan Karlsson on the sale of his incredible collection in Palm Beach,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Mr. Karlsson has built an enviable collection of classic American vehicles that will all sell at No Reserve. Each one represents the incredible craftsmanship and spirit of American automakers over the years. These vehicles have been meticulously cared for under Karlsson’s ownership and will make a wonderful addition to any collection.”
Leif-Ivan Karlsson is a Swedish entrepreneur who developed an affinity for American cars as a youth while working at a gas station. Over the years, Karlsson amassed a collection of American iron, which led him to open the first World of Classics Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. He later opened a second museum near his home in Florida – bringing a total of nearly 70,000 square feet of classic American cars on display to enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Capturing the ultimate status of 1950s luxury is a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (Lot #660.1), which is equipped with a Continental kit and is finished in pink with a matching pink-on-white interior. Another head-turning Cadillac from the World of Classics Collection is a frame-off-restored blue-on-blue 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Lot #660.2). One in a limited production of convertibles, this blue Cadillac is powered by dual 4-barrel Rochester carbureted 331ci V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission.
“Barrett-Jackson has hosted the sale of some of the most prestigious collections in existence,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We look forward to having the World of Classics become a part of that rich legacy. Some of the best examples of American classics will cross the block in Palm Beach, and will offer the opportunity of a lifetime for our bidders to own a treasured piece of automotive history.”
Other featured ’50s head-turners in the collection include a 1958 Chrysler 300D (Lot #657.1) powered by a Firepower 392/380hp HEMI 8-cylinder Cross-Ram engine with dual 4-barrel carburetors, a 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible (Lot #657.2) finished in Baby Blue over white and blue interior is powered by a 303ci V8 mated to an automatic transmission, and a 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible (Lot #657) powered by a 287ci 8-cylinder engine producing 180hp, coupled to a Hydramatic automatic transmission.
Classic ’60s American muscle will also be featured, such as a frame-off restored 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 convertible (Lot #659.1). Sporting an Ermine White exterior with a Roman Red interior, this pristine SS is powered by a 409ci V8 engine fed by dual 4-barrel carburetors. A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air (Lot #661.2) powered by a 400ci 8-cylinder engine with 4-barrel carburetor backed by a 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission. And a barn-find matching-numbers 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/400 convertible (Lot #658) features a 4-speed manual transmission and is powered by its original L68 427ci Tri-Power engine producing 400 horsepower.
In total, the World of Classics Collection features 29 vehicles, all offered at No Reserve. A complete listing of the vehicles can be found here.
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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 and the sale of high-profile estates and private collections. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut; and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson features extensive live television coverage, including broadcasts in over 150 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 Barrett-Jackson.com or call 480-421-6694.