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Mitsubishi certainly had a great run with its sporty Eclipse model, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The last Eclipse ever produced will be auctioned off by Mecum as a 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe SE with a 3.8L V6. It is a special-edition Eclipse custom built by Mitsubishi Motors North America to commemorate the Eclipse’s 22-year run and will be auctioned off September 15-18th, 2011 at the St. Charles Auction with all the proceeds being donated to Japan’s Red Cross earthquake relief.
The one-of-a-kind Eclipse features a Kalapana Black paint scheme on the outside, which was selected by Mitsubishi’s Facebook fans, 18-inch Dark Argent wheels, SE lower side graphics, sunroof, leather interior, a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker audio system with SiriusXM, hands-free Bluetooth, rearview camera and HID headlights.
“Our goal with this Mitsubishi Eclipse SE was to create a very special car that would best honor the closing of this vehicle families’ chapter, built at our Normal, Illinois facility,” said Greg Adams, VP Marketing & Product Planning at Mitsubishi Motors North America. “We believe this one-off 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE will become a highly collectible automobile, and we are excited to work with Mecum Auctions to offer it to collectors at their high-energy events.”
The iconic Eclipse has sold over 980,000 cars since production started 22 years ago and makes the Eclipse the best-selling Japanese brand sports car in the last 20 years (if you consider the Eclipse a sports car that is.)
GALLERY: Last Production Mitsubishi Eclipse
As the excitement continues to build for Mecum’s Monterey event, the auction house has announced that a 1966 Aston Martin DB6, originally owned by entertainer Bing Crosby, will be joining the list of high-profile classics set to cross the block during the weekend of August 13-14 at the Hyatt Resort and Spa.
This particular DB6 is an original left-hand drive example and sports its original interior, but has been the subject of a major refurbishment, including new wire wheels and tires (but with the original factory spinners), plus a rebuilt fuel and brake system, including the infamous Mikuni triple carburetors. The car will be sold with a copy of the original title that bears Crosby’s name when it crosses the block.
The DB6 was originally introduced in September 1965 and was built until 1971, which today, still stands as the longest production run for any Aston Martin model. Nevertheless, the surviving cars are still highly revered in classic car circles and this one, thanks to the celebrity connection, will likely fetch top dollar.
[Source: Mecum Auctions]
Over August 13-14, during the prestigious Concours D’Elegance at Pebble Beach, Mecum Auctions will be hosting its event at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Monterey. And headlining will be this, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT long wheelbase Tour de France. This particular car, (chassis number 1321) is significant in that, firstly, it’s un-restored and secondly, that it has racing pedigree. It won the gruelling Nurburgring 1000 km in 1959 and later that year finished third overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Belgians Jean Blaton and Leon Dernier. The car has been meticulously maintained since its winning days and has seldom changed hands, the last owner purchasing the car sometime in the 1970s. Prior to being showcased at the Del Monte Golf Course recently, the last time it was seen in public was at Road America, almost two decades ago, so anticipation for the sale is particularly high.
Mecum’s Monterey auction is currently shaping up to be a memorable one. Dana Mecum, President of the auction house, stated, “the list of vehicles continues to grow for our upcoming auction and as a result, we’ve now expanded it to two days, as more than 400 investment grade collector cars, exotic vehicles and ultra rare boats are scheduled to cross the auction block.” It will be interesting to see how 25o GT Tour de France (chassis# 1321) will fare, especially given that high profile vintage Ferraris (especially those with significant racing pedigree) tend to go for serious money at the Monterey auctions.
[Source: Mecum Auctions]
Bloomington Gold is billed as America’s premier all-Corvette show and indeed to have your car win a Gold award at this event, is to be recognized as having achieved the highest standards in Corvette restoration in the world. The 38th running of Bloomington Gold will take place on June 25-26th at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, just west of Chicago.
Alongside the show, Mecum Auctions will be hosting an on-site event, with more than 400 Corvettes of various years scheduled to cross the auction block. Given the high standard of cars that attend the show, those Corvettes for sale promise to included some top quality restored, original and highly desirable examples such as a selection of Mid-Year Sting Rays, Indianapolis Pace Cars and rare L88s.
A very special car slated for display at the auction but not up for grabs (it’s scheduled to be auctioned at Mecum’s Monterey event in August), is a L88 427 powered ‘67 Corvette Roadster, once owned by racer Tony DeLorenzo Jr. (son of Legendary General Motors Public Relations supremo Anthony DeLorenzo). The car, which has real SCCA racing pedigree (it was campaigned from 1967-82), has been restored and awarded Bloomington Gold certification. It is also believed to be the earliest Regular Production Order L88 in existence.
[Source: Mecum Auctions]
After his retirement as the head of GM’s Art & Color Design Studio, Harley J. Earl was presented with this unique 1963 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. Equipped with a 327 cubic inch V8 engine and four-speed manual gearbox, the unique blue Corvette is scheduled to cross the block at Mecum’s 23rd Annual Spring Classic Car Auction at Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 22.
After owning the car for two years, Earl sold it to a retired U.S. Army veteran. The vehicle then disappeared for roughly a decade, finally resurfacing again at the Corvettes at Carlisle event. In 1981, a school teacher by the name of Joe Clark purchased the one-of-a-kind Corvette from some amateur racers and began collecting information surrounding the rare Chevy sports car. Today, the Harley Earl ’63 has been restored to its former glory, including the stainless steel side exhausts, racing stripes and uniquely trimmed interior. The car comes with its original hand written Shop Order code, authenticating it as a one off, factory built special. When it does go up for auction, enthusiasts and collectors will have a chance at owning a rare piece of automotive history, a car that belonged to one of the greatest automotive stylists in history.
For more info on the car and the auction visit Mecum.com
[Source: Old Cars Weekly]
One of six 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupes set a record at the Mecum Auction today in Monterey, California, fetching a bid of $7.25 million. The price is the highest amount ever paid for an American car at auction. Mecum’s auction took place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course, just one of many such auctions occurring around the Pebble Beach Concurs d’Elegance.
The Cobra Coupe, CSX2601, is one of just six models build by Carroll Shelby to compete against the dominating Ferraris in the FIA World Manufacturers Championship. This particular car captured the World Manufacturers Championship in 1965 in Reims, France with legendary racer Bob Bondurant behind the wheel.
Bondurant was on-hand today and drove the Cobra Coupe onto the auction block in Monterey.
“This hand-built car beat the fastest cars in the world and has now added another ‘win’ to its list of accomplishments. It certainly finished in record form again,” said Dana Mecum, president of Mecum Auction.
“Truly the best part about auctioning the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe has been sharing the stories of its amazing history with millions of people across the country. This race car’s greatest moments and its legacy as America’s world champion will be cherished for generations to come.
GALLERY: 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe
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