Palm Beach, Fla. – April 1, 2019 – Barrett-Jackson will sell 16 vehicles, all at No Reserve, from the renowned William “Chip” Watkins Collection during the 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction, April 11-13, 2019, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Over the last decade, Barrett-Jackson has become a magnet for prominent collectors seeking to buy and sell vehicles. The Chip Watkins Collection features 16 vehicles, representing seven decades of automotive performance, including a including a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Roadster (Lot #748) featuring an LS2 engine, Corvette C4 polished suspension with coilovers, power disc brakes and a Dana 44 rear end.
“From classic Resto-Mods to low-mileage future classics, the Chip Watkins Collection represents an enviable diversity of performance vehicles,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Not only does the collection represent a seven-decade span of makes and models, but the quality of each vehicle is unsurpassed as well. For anybody looking to add an incredible vehicle to their garage, the Chip Watkins Collection should be on the must-see list during our Palm Beach Auction.”
Classic American performance vehicles from the Chip Watkins Collection include an unmolested 1969 Shelby GT500 (Lot #689) that has been in the care of the Watkins family since it was originally purchased in 1969. It has less than 35,400 original miles and includes the original Shelby owner card, copy of the Shelby work order, Window Sticker and the door/data tag. Another offering is a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette (Lot #734),a beautiful example of a no-expense-spared Resto-Mod that competed in the SEMA Battle of the Builders 2015 and has been stored in a climate-controlled collection since completion.
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to car collecting,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “That’s why we’ve always built dockets with as much diversity as possible. The Chip Watkins Collection is a natural expansion of our docket, spanning 70 years of some of the finest examples of collector vehicles. Each one is a tribute to their heritage and impact on the automotive culture.”
Low-mileage future classics, such as a rare 1996 Chevrolet Grand Sport (Lot #361), will also cross the block. Commemorating the 1963 Grand Sport racing cars, this example is number 34 of only 810 coupes produced and shows only 1,490 miles on the clock. Also featured is a 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Hugger Z/28 (Lot #339). Designed with the help of GM Vice President of Design Bill Mitchell, this example is number 32 of only 90 Huggers manufactured in 1980.
The Chip Watkins Collection also includes a 1972 Datsun 240Z (Lot #132) that is originally from Southern California and has been fully restored, including a rebuild of the original L24 engine. In addition to restored and new engine parts, the restoration included a complete refinish of the body. For those who enjoy German engineering, a 1989 Porsche 930 (Lot #727) in the collection was a one-year-only production car with a 5-speed manual transmission.
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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.