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 |  Aug 15 2013, 4:31 PM


The Ferrari California Spyder Replica from the 1980s classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is heading to Mecum Auctions this weekend in Monterey.

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 |  Dec 16 2012, 12:01 PM

A trio of Twister Special Ford Mustangs recently hit the Mecum auction block in Kansas City, collecting a total of $325,000.

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 |  Jun 19 2011, 8:30 AM

Mecum Auctions has announced that it will be offering a very unique Corvette collection for sale during next weekend’s Bloomington Gold event.

The auction, scheduled to take place at the Pheasant Run Resort on East Main Street in St. Charles, IL on June 24-25, will see each car in the collection, which comprises a black Corvette from every year from 1954 to 1969, offered at no reserve.

Among the cars up for grabs are some very desirable models, ranging from early fuel-injected, solid axle machines to a split-window 1963 mid-year Sting Ray and even coupes and convertibles of the same model year, plus a fist full of 1965-69 396/427 big-block cars (including the 1966 Big Tank coupe shown above). Without question, this corral of Corvettes is expected to be the highlight of this year’s auction.

For more information on these and other Corvettes due to go under the gavel at Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction, click on the link below:

[Source: Mecum Auctions]


 |  May 17 2011, 3:14 PM

On May 21st, Mecum Auctions will be hosting its Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis and a star attraction will be a Foyt Coyote Ford racer, the car that NASCAR legend Donnie Allison ran at the 58th Indianapolis 500 on Saturday, May 29th 1971.

The car finished the race in sixth place that year, behind Bill Vukovich Jr. Foyt, driving another Coyote finished third, having qualified second behind eventual race winner Al Unser. Finishing second in the race was Peter Revson. This was also the same race where Eldon Palmer, driving the Dodge Challenger Pace Car, crashed at the end of pit row in spectacular fashion (see the video below).

The former Allison Coyote Ford has been completely restored and now Sports Thompson logos and Foyt’s legendary number 14. For more information on this and other cars set to go under the gavel at the Original Spring Classic, click on the link below:

[Source: Mecum Auctions]

 |  Dec 03 2010, 11:13 AM

The very last Mercurys might be rolling off the assembly lines as this blog is posted, but the brand will likely have a long future yet, at least in classic car circles.

If marques like Edsel, Plymouth and Studebaker are anything to go by, then Mercurys will likely resonate with collectors and car enthusiasts long after the name becomes a distant memory amongst regular consumers. Mercury also has a number of cars produced in it’s 72 year existence  that will likely attract more collector attention than most.

The 1940s ‘woodie’ wagons and convertibles are highly prized among collectors, while the 1949-51 ‘Bathtub’ Mercurys have long been a favorite with custom car fans. Cars like the Cyclone, Cougar (shown) and Marauder also rank among the best of the muscle car era.

And prices seem to reflect a growing demand for Mercurys on the auction circuit. Not too long ago, a 1969 Cougar (a luxury XR7, not a performance oriented Eliminator), went under the gavel for almost $100,000 at one of Mecum’s Auctions, while RM sold a 1946 Mercury Sportsman Woodie for a staggering $368,000.

But there are those that believe it will be tough for Mercury to perhaps resonate with tomorrow’s collectors who might have little idea of the brand’s storied history. However, Garry Bennett, V-P of Consignment for Barrett-Jackson, believes that the brand will follow in the manner of some other ‘orphan’ makes, with certain cars especially, attracting a following. Not too long ago he said, “the fact that they’re going to discontinue [Mercury], it’s going to create new awareness.”

[Source: Autoweek]

 |  Nov 10 2010, 9:47 PM

Bob McDorman has been a Chevrolet dealer for more than four decades, building his franchise into one of the most prominent in the United States.

Not only is that impressive in itself, but so was the collection of cars he amassed, some 150 prime machines, including a fistful of Corvettes (Bill and Florence Knudsen’s one-off Sting Rays, plus another experimental ’64 owned by Bill Mitchell, among other things).

However, on November 6th, through Mecum Auctions, McDorman elected to off-load his collection, during a one-day auction that took place on the site of his dealership. Eager bidders from around the country and abroad, flocked to the event and at one point some 1,100 viewers tuned in to watch it on a live webcast. By the time the gavel fell for the last time, the collection had generated $7 million in total sales. Hit the jump for a list of the top 10 cars that were auctioned off and the amount for which each was sold (naturally the list includes the unique Knudsen and Mitchell Sting Rays).

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 |  Aug 12 2010, 10:53 PM

This November, Mecum auctions is putting together a one-time special event, when it auctions off the Bob McDorman collection at No Reserve in Canal Winchester, Ohio on November 5-6. McDorman; a long time car collector, enthusiast and Chevrolet dealer, amassed a collection of more than 150 cars over the years, including a number of highly prized Corvettes, which comprise one from each model year, several with #1 serials and a pair of custom Sting Rays originally owned by former Chevy division Boss Semon ‘Bunkie’ Knudsen and his wife Florence.

Along with the cars, a wide range of memorabilia will also be up for sale including neon signs and automotive parts. For more information on this unique auction, click on the link below.

[Source: Mecum Auctions]

 |  Jul 23 2010, 2:20 PM

In the world of collector car auctions, it often seems that you need a sizable wad of cash to play. Well at Mecum’s Des Moines Auction, held on July 16-17, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, it proved to be quite the opposite, as there were a number of good deals to be had on what can be considered some fairly desirable classic cars

A total of 500 collectible vehicles crossed the block including numerous muscle cars, big ’50s and ’60s cruisers and even a smattering of hot rods. A 1965 Shelby Mustang G.T.350 was billed as one of the highest profile vehicles, but when the gavel settled, the top sale went to a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS convertible with the Z-11 Indianapolis Pace Car package (Lot S93), which went for $66,000. Other reasonable deals were a 1966 Pontiac GTO ragtop, which sold for $47,500, a 1961 283 powered Corvette ($47,000) and a 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda AAR which went for the same amount as the ’Vette.

While Des Moines might not have the glamor of the big Scottsdale and Monterey auctions, it proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that there’s still a budget for just about everybody in the classic car hobby. If you’re smart and savvy, auctions like Mecum Des Moines often present the best opportunity to get your hands on a quality car without having to re-mortgage the house. Which, these days, for most true enthusiasts, is something to celebrate.

[Source: Mecum Auctions]