11th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction Preview


Barrett-Jackson continues building an impressive docket with 15 cars from the John Staluppi Jr. Collection that will cross the block during the 11th Annual Las Vegas Auction, September 27-29, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Elvis-Owned 1971 Mercedes-Benz

Among the featured vehicles in the collection are an Elvis Presley-owned 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL, purchased new by “the King” and retained through his death, and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Convertible with a frame-off rotisserie restoration completed in 2015.

1971 Mercedes-Benz

A ’71 Mercedes (Lot #725) purchased new by Elvis Presley highlights the John Staluppi Jr. Collection at the 11th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction at Mandalay Bay. Credit: Barrett-Jackson

“The Staluppi family have been friends of Barrett-Jackson for many years, and it’s clear John Jr. has inherited his father’s collector-car acumen. We are honored he chose our Las Vegas Auction to sell this collection,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Collections continue to highlight our auctions throughout 2018 and have offered a tremendous variety of cars for enthusiasts looking to buy their first collector car or continue to grow their own collection. The John Staluppi Jr. Collection will be an exciting part of our return to Las Vegas for another colossal automotive lifestyle event at Mandalay Bay.”

The Elvis Presley ’71 Mercedes has a fuel-injected 169.5ci 6-cylinder engine and is equipped with many options, including power brakes, power steering, power windows, and air conditioning. The vehicle went from Presley’s garage to a museum, where it has been on display for 40 years and is accompanied by documentation from the purchase, along with a photograph of the car in front of Graceland.

’57 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Convertible

A ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Convertible features a complete frame-off rotisserie restoration finished in December 2015. It is powered by a brand-new Chevy Performance 430-horse 6.2-liter LS3 engine mated to a 4L65E automatic transmission and sits atop an Art Morrison chassis with RideTech adjustable coilover suspension.

“The increasing number of collections offered on the Barrett-Jackson auction block provides great opportunities for fellow hobbyists to find unique cars,” said Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson president. “From classics like a ’62 Corvette to Resto-Mods and modern muscle, such as a Yenko Camaro, the John Staluppi Jr. Collection is a great addition to our docket, and we are excited to offer them all at No Reserve in Las Vegas.”

2017 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

Also among the top cars from the collection is a 2017 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, one of just 50 Limited Edition Yenko Camaros built for 2017 by Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE). The special package pushes the car to 800-horses and 750 ft/lbs of torque from its 455-horse LT1 engine. It is documented extensively and has just 236 actual miles.

1969 Dodge Charger Custom HEMI Coupe

Dodge is also well represented in the collection, including a 1969 Charge Custom HEMI Coupe, upgraded to a fresh hydraulic roller real 426ci HEMI that has been paired up to a built 727 automatic transmission. A Hotchkis TVS system has been installed, including Fox tuned shocks and HEMI torsion bars, and the HEMI coupe is also equipped with Wilwood brakes all around.

Other Notables

Other vehicles in the John Staluppi Jr. Collection heading to Las Vegas include:

  • ’62 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Convertible (Lot #719) – Formerly from the Reggie Jackson Collection
  • ’66 Dodge HEMI Charger (Lot #720) – An amazing 426/425hp HEMI with automatic transmission
  • ’69 Dodge Super Bee (Lot #721) – California original car, fabulously restored to factory specifications
  • ’70 Chevrolet Chevelle LS5 (Lot #716) – Matching numbers, date-code-correct, one of two Mint Green SS 454s
  • ’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Custom Coupe (Lot #717) – 502ci Ram Jet engine, Tremec 6-speed manual transmission
  • ’07 Dodge Charger Custom Convertible (Lot #718) – 6.1-liter HEMI engine and Auto-Stick transmission

Photo Credit:  Barrett-Jackson


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