Plenty of iconic sheetmetal crosses Barrett-Jackson but, three years ago, the auction began the Barrett-Jackson Cup, a competition to name the best-in-show vehicle at the annual auction.
This year, top honors were bestowed upon this 1962 Chevrolet Impala, a master show piece with more than enough power to parade around with, according to The Reno Gazette-Journal. The vehicle was built by Andy Leach of CAL Automotive Creations, and the 1962 Chevy was truly a paper sketch brought to life.
“We had a drawing to go with from the start, kind of a rough sketch of what it would look like, and then all the details worked themselves out as we went through it,” he said. “It was just our goal to build a timeless ’62 Bubbletop and refine it as much as we can and make it stand the test of time.”
The Barrett-Jackson Cup has become the largest best-of-show competition in the U.S., as Steve Chryssos, specialty program manager for Barrett-Jackson, notes $100,000 in prizes are awarded to finalists.
“Each of these cars is a work of art,” he said. “That’s what you’re trying to convey.”
The winners received a $30,000 cash prize, along with a General Motors crate engine and transmission, plus other prizes valued at $12,000.
The 1962 Impala’s builder, Leach, said he considers the car to be a true piece of art, but also functional, since the car is powered by an LS9 engine.
It seems he’s mastered the art of show and go. Leach says he plans to have another 1962 Chevy Impala restored for the cup next year.