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Barrett-Jackson Auction

Antique car enthusiasts look over a 1954 Buick Skylark on Sept. 22, 2011 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas.

Barrett-Jackson will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2016 and their auction in Scottsdale, Arizona is considered the crown jewel.

Known as the “the world’s greatest collector car auction,” it features some of the rarest and most sought after cars January 23-31.

Among these highly sought-after cars are three VIN #001 Chevrolet Corvettes. Lot 1351 is the first 1955 Corvette off the assembly line. It comes in Polo White and has a red interior. Lot 1352 is a 1956 Corvette VIN #001 and is the only 1956 model known to be built without the fender scoops. Lot 1353 is the first-production 1957 Corvette.

Lot 1359 is another special Corvette. 1953 was the first year Chevrolet produced the Corvette and only 300 were available all of which were painted white and featured a red interior. Up for grabs will be the very last one produced.

Smokey and the Bandit is one of my favorite automotive movies and the iconic 1977 Bandit Trans-Am has always been on the list of cars I’d like to own. Lot 7004 would be one I’d bid on. The Bandit himself Burt Reynolds will be on hand to promote the auction of the 1977 Universal Studios Promo Bandit.

If you’re more of a Pontiac GTO fan, a rare 1969 GTO Ram Air IV Convertible will be available. It's one of only 14 built from the factory, and from the Thomas Stutzman Collection.

Would a Camaro grab your attention? One of the rarest made, a 1969 X66 Double COPO Yenko Camaro is lot #1390.

If you like the Transformer movie series, the semi-truck Optimus Prime and a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS, known as Bumblebee in the latest film, “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction,” will both be auctioned off.

There will also be one-of-a-kind automobiles with NASCAR heritage available and many others.

I couldn’t fit every car I’d like to in one preview story, but I will say that at the Barrett-Jackson auction there’s a car for everyone’s taste. Tune in to the Discovery Channel and Velocity for live coverage of the auction.

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Shawn Anglin is a sports clerk for The Southern Illinoisan. He also blogs about cars at thesouthern.com/blogs/idlethoughts.

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