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Barrett-Jackson auctioning 40 vehicles from North Texas collector Sam Pack this week

This 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is one of the models that Dallas-area collector Sam Pack is selling in Scottsdale this week.

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The gavel is already going. This week in Arizona, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off 40 vehicles from North Texas collector Sam Pack during its 49th annual Scottsdale Auction. All of the models are offered at No Reserve.

"Sam Pack has been part of the Barrett-Jackson scene for many years, so we are pleased with the opportunity to help him rotate some of his remarkable collection," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "The vehicles offered by Sam are an excellent representation of the diversity and quality that bidders have come to expect from Barrett-Jackson. Sam's collection, without a doubt, is a true celebration of our shared passion for automobiles."

1952 Jaguar XK120 This Jaguar is one of many from Sam Pack's collection that will be auctioned off this week.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Pack is a Dallas-area Ford dealer who has collected over 400 models in his lifetime. In 2014 he put more than 130 models from his collection up for sale.

Among the models Pack is bringing to auction are a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe that is powered by a 160hp DOHC 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine with double SU carburetors mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. But that's not the only Jaguar.

Lot #1390.1 is an unrestored, matching-numbers 1964 Jaguar XKE Series I OTS that comes with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. With less than 30,000 miles, this Opalescent Silver-Gray Jaguar is powered by its original 3.8-liter DOHC straight six-cylinder engine and a four-speed manual transmission.

Lot #1077.1 is a1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe that is powered by a 160-horsepower DOHC 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine with double SU carburetors mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.

2010 KIRKHAM 427 KMS/SC COPPER ROADSTER This handbuilt Kirkham roadster is finished in copper.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Lot #1077 is a 1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe powered by a 3.4-liter DOHC inline six-cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. This red Jag is one of 1,472 left-hand-drive models, and one of 466 produced with the Special Equipment Package.

There's also a trio of hand-built Kirkham Cobras, which are crafted from polished aluminum, copper and bronze.

Lot #1389.2 is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 7000 finished in polished aluminum. This Continuation Cobra, designated as CSX7049, was built to replicate the original and is powered by a 427ci V8 engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

Also headed across the block are a 1932 Ford Roadster nicknamed "Passion." Handcrafted by The Roadster Shop, the model is powered by a fuel-injected ZZ4 350ci crate engine that is paired with a TREMEC five-speed manual and onto a Ford 9-inch rear end.

1932 FORD CUSTOM ROADSTER "PASSION" This 1932 Ford Custom Roadster is nicknamed "Passion."Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

"Sam Pack has built an incredible collection featuring multiple crown jewels that are coveted among collectors," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "His 1989 Porsche 911 speedster (Lot #1390), for example, is one of only 823 delivered to this country and has just over 1,300 original miles. The depth and breadth of this collection is truly remarkable, and we're proud to have been trusted with its sale during our Scottsdale Auction."

Other models up for sale from Pack's collection include:

  • 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible (Lot #808) with only 3,591 original miles
  • 2008 Porsche Cayman S Custom Coupe (Lot #807.1)
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird Custom Convertible (Lot #1080) – Powered by a Sean Hyland-built DOHC V8 engine topped with a Kenne Bell supercharger producing 550 horsepower
  • 1932 Ford Roadster Limited Edition (Lot #1080.1) – Built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the "Deuce Coupe"
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (Lot #1081) – Finished in red over a white interior with a tan soft-top, this Bel Air rides on a set of wire wheels clad in whitewall tires
  • 1966 Ford GT40 Re-Creation (Lot #1079) – Built to replicate the all-conquering 1966 Ford GT40, this CAV GT re-creation is based on the MK1 GT40
  • 1940 Pontiac Custom Convertible (Lot #1078.1) – Known as "Decadence" and built by customizer Rick Dore, this Pontiac hot rod is powered by a 350ci V8 engine mated to a Jet Performance automatic transmission

Click here for a complete listing of the Sam Pack Collection.

The Chevrolet Silverado HD was redesigned for the 2020 model year.

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It already proved capable at hauling and towing on long stretches of road up, on, and around Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. That was a confined test, however, designed by Chevy to show off the redesigned Silverado HD's best qualities. When tested, unrestricted, on the rural roads, historic city streets, and highways of the East Coast, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD proved even more impressive.

The Silverado HD is huge. The 2500 that was delivered sat in the driveway towering over the Explorer parked next to it. The truck looks imposing too, especially with the large grille that faces a hood that is taller than this driver.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD The grille of the Silverado HD is quite large.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Thankfully there are grab handles and side steps to aid in getting in the truck. Without the steps, it's quite the pull-up to get into the 2500. Getting in the bed was also easy thanks to a sidestep and the bumper steps.

The Chevrolet Silverado HD just isn't as nicely appointed as the Ram HD. There's no getting around that. However, in its midgrade trim level, the interior appointment choices of the 2500 make good sense for its price point and likely utilitarian lifestyle.

That doesn't mean that it's not well-appointed. Its surfaces aren't plush like what you'll get in the Ram, but they're pleasant enough to look at and inoffensive to the fingertips.

The truck's seats are comfortable, even for 600 miles at a time, which is about the range of the 2500 when equipped with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD The Silverado HD is surprisingly well-mannered on the highway.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

On the road, the Silverado HD is much more impressive. Despite its enormous size, the truck is easy to keep between the lanes, even without the modern driver assistance technology you'll find on some regular-duty trucks. Driving the model on the highway isn't tiring.

Though it does feel its size when you're behind the wheel, the truck is reasonably nimble and easy to maneuver. That's helpful on small, historic streets of places like Charlottesville, Virginia, where the size of the lanes and availability of parking spaces will make you wish there was a "HD trucks" setting in the navigation system. At around 78 inches tall as delivered, the Silverado HD is too tall to fit in most of the parking garages in historic areas.

That being said, the truck's numerous camera angles and wide mirrors made it easy to back into a spot and parallel park when necessary.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Mid-grade Silverado HDs, including this LTZ trim model, are the best balance of capability and value.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The Silverado HD is tremendously more stable on the road and it soaks up most of the imperfections. It doesn't have nearly the amount of body lean when cornering that the Ram HD does.

The engine is just as competent as the handling. Despite being plenty beefy and brawny for the task at hand, the diesel delivered around 22 mpg in mixed traffic situations, including some stretches pushing the upper limits of allowable speed on the highway and idling in traffic several times in bottlenecks. That number makes the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 about 50 percent more fuel efficient than the 2020 Toyota Tundra in similar driving situations.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD The interior of the Silverado isn't as nice as the Ram HD, but it's good enough.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The Silverado HD LTZ came with standard with an 8-inch infotainment system. It worked as advertised with the latest operating system running in the background, which isn't too much of a departure from the previous one resulting in a very shallow learning curve.

The Silverado 2500 made a lasting impression during a week of road tripping. Its comfortable seats and fuel efficiency were the biggest surprises and the only true disappointment was that its height made it incompatible with parking garages.

With the capability and appointments considered, its $70,000 sticker price seemed appropriate.

Chevy may not have hit it out of the park with the Silverado HD redesign, but they hit a solid double that keeps them in the game.