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Gearhead heaven: Check out these cars being auctioned in Las Vegas

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This 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet was among hundreds of vehicles scheduled to go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

From new and sleek to old and boxy, hundreds of automobiles will go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning today at Mandalay Bay.

The auction will be held through Saturday with a multimillion-dollar mix of restored classics, contemporary collectibles, muscle cars, hot rods and oddities.

Ticket information is available on the Barrett-Jackson website. Live broadcasts are scheduled as follows:

Today — 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fox Sports 2

Friday — Noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fox Sports 1; 2 p.m to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fox Sports 2

Saturday — Noon to 8 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Following are a handful of notable vehicles on the auction list. The full list, along with other details, can be seen here.

    • This 2012 Shelby GT350 was among hundreds of vehicles scheduled to go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

      2012 Shelby GT350

      Produced by Las Vegas-based Shelby American, Inc., this modified Ford Mustang boasts 624 horsepower — 3½ times more than a standard Toyota Camry — and is the first Shelby GT350 since 1970 to be offered with a convertible top.

      But what really makes the car special is its serial number, which identifies it as the first to be produced in 2012. Historically, the first vehicle of each model year was built for company founder Carroll Shelby’s personal collection.

      Shelby, who became an icon of the automotive world through five decades of racing and auto building, died in May 2012.

    • This 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet was among hundreds of vehicles scheduled to go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

      2014 Mustang Cobra Jet

      Don’t look for this car in your local Ford dealer’s showroom. It’s a one-of-a-kind prototype, and the only place to buy it will be the auction.

      The car is NHRA competition-ready, complete with a wheelie bar. If you’re not familiar with motor sports, that basically means it’s built to win professional drag races.

      The top bidder will also receive passes to the Ford Product Development Center, Ford Design Studios and Ford Racing.

    • This 1952 Chevrolet Suburban was among hundreds of vehicles scheduled to go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

      1952 Chevolet Suburban

      Yes, SUVs did exist in the 1950s, although they weren’t quite as plush and powerful as they are today. This one features a six-cylinder engine and a three-speed, manual transmission.

      However, modern SUVs generally don’t come with a personal watercraft, like this one does. The canoe is included in the sale.

    • This 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II was among hundreds of vehicles scheduled to go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

      1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II

      How swanky was this car in its day? Barrett-Jackson says Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dwight Eisenhower all owned one, and only 446 were built. Proceeds from the sale will go to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, California.

    • This 1967 Volkswagen van was among hundreds of vehicles scheduled to go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

      1967 Volkswagen 21-window microbus

      With such features a wooden-slat luggage rack and “safari” front windshield panels — meaning they can be swung open — this restored VW was built for adventure.

    • This 1925 Rolls-Royce was among hundreds of vehicles scheduled to go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

      1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

      Informally named the “Maharajah car,” this Torpedo Sports Tourer was built for an Indian noble for use as his estate’s main hunting car. It’s equipped to bring down Bengal tigers and other wild game.

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