Museum-Quality American Muscle Cars Head To Auction

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An assortment of cars from motoring's golden age is heading to the auction block.

Domestic automakers are building some amazing cars at the moment. From the plucky Ford Bronco to the exhilarating Corvette C8, there's something for everyone to choose from. As good as they are, both pale in comparison to America's golden era of the '50s and '60s. Back then, there wasn't a dull crossover to be seen; muscle cars and outlandish design ruled the roost.

Several icons of this period will soon be made available for sale, as they roar off to auction at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach event between April 7-9, 2022. Among the American beauties is a matching-numbers 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro, offered at no reserve. The 450-horsepower muscle car boasts a four-speed manual transmission and comes out of the legendary American Muscle Car Museum Collection. The recipient of a full restoration, we're guessing this very special Camaro will fetch big money.

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But if outright performance isn't your thing, a handful of stylish boulevard bruisers are also heading to the auction block. Finished in a beautiful shade called Indian Turquoise, this Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner, like the Camaro above, is also a numbers matching car out of the same collection. Known as the first car in the world to feature an automatic retractable hardtop roof, it's a great piece of history for any collector of American automotive history.

Rival brand Chevrolet also knew a thing or two about beautiful convertibles. Two examples, a 1955 Bel Air and 1958 Impala, will also be made available. The '55 Bel Air is painted in Gypsy Red and features over 35 factory options, including power seats and windows. The Rio Red Impala, with its 315-hp engine and Powerglide automatic transmission, has factory air-conditioning and was restored to like-new condition. Both will be sold with no reserve.

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But if you're lusting after America's iconic sports car, look no further than the gorgeous 1967 Corvette convertible. This example, with just 70,482 miles on the odometer, underwent professional restoration and has been kept in a climate-controlled facility. Under the hood sits a 400-hp L68 7.0-liter V8 engine, sending power to the rear wheels via a Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission.

Other models set to cross the block include a Chevelle SS 396 Convertible and a 1969 Mercury Cyclone 428 Cobra Jet Fastback. As we head towards electrification, enthusiasts are yearning for the old days and are willing to pay big bucks to scratch the nostalgia itch. It's not just European exotica people are willing to pay high prices for; a 1963 Corvette C2 Z06 was recently estimated to reach upwards of $900,000.

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