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The 42nd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (Ariz.) Collector Car Event, the first of four set for live coverage in 2013, kicks off the auction season in grand style as some of the world's most sought-after machines cross the block starting Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

SPEED is providing 39 hours of live coverage over six consecutive days from Westworld of Scottsdale; adding to an event and auction that's not only considered one of the most significant within the collector car marketplace, but throughout the automotive industry as well.

As with every Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event on SPEED, viewers have multiple interactive entry points, headlined by the Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game which is once again offering a powerful giveaway - a one-of-one, specially modified 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-500 - a car the winner receives free and clear of any additional taxes.

The Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game challenges contestants to guess the final gavel price of selected collector cars without going over, as bidding smashed all records last year with more than one million cast throughout its competitive duration.

In addition to fantasy bidding, viewers can interact directly with the show's on-air personalities and industry experts via the SPEED Social Garage. To participate and interact with the show's on-air personalities or industry experts, log on through Facebook, and follow via Twitter at the @BarrettonSPEED handle; joining the conversation at the '#BJA2013' hash tag.

'Incredibly excited about this year's auction, as the docket is outstanding,' said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Production, Network Operations & Barrett-Jackson Executive Producer. 'After last year's inaugural Salon offering, it's clear that Barrett-Jackson has stepped up their game once again.

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'SPEED is once again providing our multi-platform coverage from Tuesday to Sunday,' Minor continued. 'In what is clearly, the World's Greatest Collector Car Auction.

Anchoring the 2013 edition is Barrett-Jackson voice Bob Varsha, who leads the proceedings with color commentary from distinguished automotive author, Matt Stone. On the auction block are the familiar ruminations of collector car experts Mike Joy, who's also the Voice of NASCAR on FOX, and freelance automotive writer, Steve Magnante. Covering the auction grounds and previewing Hagerty Fantasy Bid vehicles are Arizona car enthusiast Rick DeBruhl and automotive and motor sports experts Justin Bell and Ralph Sheheen. In addition, April Rose answers viewer questions, shoots in-show features and interacts within the SPEED Social Garage throughout the week.

One of the show's spotlights, this year's Salon Collection of notable vehicles, is scheduled to cross the block on Saturday (Jan. 19) in evening prime. Among those crossing the block is an extremely rare Franay-built 1947 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport, a 1934 Duesenberg J LWB Custom (, a 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I Mulliner Drophead

( and the 'thought to be lost' 1968 Shelby Mustang EXP-500 'Green Hornet' dual prototype.

If there are two things that could heighten the collectability of any vehicle, rarity and racing lineage rank right at the top. Lot #5019 - the 1947 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport (GS) ( - is one such offering. It's now famous teardrop shape and short-wheelbase chassis (SWB) allowed the manufacturer to first enter the competitive waters of motor sport at the 1948 Grand Prix of Monaco.

Talbot Lago T26 GS (chassis #110113) is fully restored; yet retains much of its original bluster and appeal, including a 195-horsepower, 4.5-liter six-cylinder engine, a four-speed manual gearbox, factory red leather interior, black piping and exterior paint. A two-year restoration project that, once completed, earned the 2005 Pebble Concours De' Elegance Show Car Owners 'Best in Show' Award, a prestigious mark few cars are able to aspire.

Another mouth-watering Salon offering crossing the block is the compelling 1968 Shelby Mustang EXP-500 ( hornet/) manufacturer prototype known as 'The Green Hornet.' An exclusive vehicle in every respect, this one-of-kind Mustang's trek into automotive lore is very unique.

Lot #5022 was a follow up tester to Ford's now famous 1967 'Lil Red' prototype, which inspired the GT/CS or 'California Special' edition Mustangs of that era. Impressed with what they had that year, Ford Motor Company commissioned the building of a 1968 Mustang prototype to be marketed under the GT 'Sport Coupe' designation. With a Lime Gold exterior and Ivy Gold interior, VIN 8F01S104288 toured the country to promote this new line of Mustang performance.

Upon completion however, Ford decided against moving forward with the concept, and sent it over to the Shelby shop in Ionia, Mich. There, through the passion and innovation of Chief Engineer Fred Goodell, The Green Hornet became a one-car performance proving ground, as many yet-to-be harnessed modifications were added; including a Dave Long-designed (Bendix engineer) Conelec fuel-injection system, an untried rear disk-brake set up and the toast of the entire project - its experimental independent rear-suspension system.

As with any of Shelby's high-performance offerings, a healthy powerplant was a must, and this one doesn't disappoint. Team Shelby replaced the original 390 cubic-inch mount with a newly tweaked 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8. With the extra power, and a need for more stability, they added a Lincoln torque converter and sturdier F350 automatic transmission, often used to drive trucks of that era.

Despite its obvious desirability, it still took a 'back-door' vehicle purchase by a Ford executive to save this ride from being crushed, as test machines of this nature were considered public liabilities. And until the 1980s, when noted collector Randy Darrow realized what he actually possessed, the EXP-500 had already been thought to have met a similar demise.

'Mules, engineering cars like this, as they say, 'the best way to win in court is to stay out of it,'' said Magnante, who's a noted muscle car expert. 'The thought is don't let a prototype get out into the public and hurt someone, so junk the car, crush it and don't let it get out. This car is the only one of its kind, and indeed a very special piece.

'Ironically, this car is really timely too, as we get into the next generation of the new Mustang - which comes out in a year and a half, we'll finally get independent rear suspension,' Magnante added. 'Here we are, 40 years ago, and Ford was

experimenting with independent rear suspension. I think Shelby probably thought the independent rear suspension on his Cobras' worked so darn well, why not make a replica of that and stuff it under the Mustang, to see how that did in road racing and potentially, for production availability, which is what the 'Green Hornet' was.'

A car with this type of history and provenance, including being a double prototype of sorts, have many in the collector car community already touting bid numbers north of $2 million. We'll see.

In addition to all of the interactive coverage from the event, Editor-in-Chief Tom Jensen and Automotive Editor Bob Golfen are providing daily storylines, photo galleries, interviews, behind-the-scene features and videos from the auction grounds. Log onto for the latest in Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event coverage.

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2013 Scottsdale (Ariz.) Coverage Schedule

(All Times Eastern; Schedule Subject To Change)

Tuesday, Jan. 15

*Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event 7 -

Midnight (Live)

Wednesday, Jan. 16

*Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event 7 - Midnight (Live)

Thursday, Jan. 17

*Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event 7 -

Midnight (Live)

Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game 7 -

Midnight (Live)

Friday, Jan. 18

*Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event p.m. - Midnight (Live)

Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game Midnight (Live)

Saturday, Jan. 19

*Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event

p.m. - Midnight (Live)

Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game

Midnight (Live)

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2 2 p.m. -

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SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation's first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in nearly 86 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services, including SPEED2, a groundbreaking new broadband network featuring live, streaming and on-demand events complementing offerings of the linear network. For more information, please visit, the online motor sports authority, and follow us on Twitter: @SPEED.

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Sunday, Jan. 20

*Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event


Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game


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