Yenko Camaro races to top of Mecum’s Portland results

Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos
Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos

An intense-looking 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, documented as originally sold by Yenko Chevrolet, roared away with the top spot at Mecum’s collector car auction last weekend in Portland, Oregon, selling for three times the result of the N0. 2 car.

The 427/425-horsepower coupe, one of 64 Camaros performance-enhanced by the legendary Don Yenko in a behind-the-scenes deal with Chevrolet, hammered sold for $395,000, not including auction fee, to lead the sale at the Portland Expo center. Continue reading

Hot Corvettes, Camaros star at Mecum’s Portland auction

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

While green Portland, Oregon, is most-often considered the land of Subarus and vintage Volvos, Mecum Auctions returns to the Northwest city June 16-17 with a sale featuring a pair of high-performance Corvettes. Continue reading

Mecum scores biggest total at 30th anniversary Indy auction

A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions
A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions photos

With a rare Porsche high-performance 911 coupe leading the way, Mecum Auctions reached $55.6 million at its Original Spring Classic collector car sale in Indianapolis, Indiana, the highest total yet for the auction as it celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The sale last weekend sale sent 1,665 vehicles over the block, with 1,208 of them selling for a 73 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

‘Top-down fun’ offered by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach sale

A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos
A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson holds four auctions every year and each one has its own character, with certain types of collector cars hitting the spot among bidders and spectators depending on the venue.

At the Palm Beach, Florida, auction, the focus is on convertibles, popular in the relaxed atmosphere for cruising along the coastline. The upcoming sale in West Palm Beach, which takes place April 6-8, has stocked a boatload of open-air pleasure craft among about 500 collector cars that will cross the block, all of them at no reserve. Continue reading

Next up for Mecum, 1,000-collector car auction in Houston

Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos
Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos

Coinciding with the nearby Houston Auto Show, Mecum Auctions gallops into Houston for a collector car auction April 6-8 at the NRG Arena.  An estimated 1,000 vehicles will be offered, highlighted by a pair of exotic late-model Lamborghinis and the no-reserve sale of 50 cars from a private collection. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1979 Corvette ‘Speed Racer Mach 5’

The Speed Racer Mach 5 is a drivable custom treatment of a 1979 Corvette
The Speed Racer Mach 5 is a drivable custom treatment of a 1979 Corvette

If driving a collector car is all about fantasy and nostalgia, then here’s a unique sort of custom Corvette that knocks that into the next galaxy.

“Go Speed Racer Go!” everyone would shout when they spot you in the Pick of the Day, an actual Speed Racer Mach 5 like the one featured in the Saturday morning adventure cartoon. The seller, a dealer in Katy, Texas, assures us that this is just a replica and not the real thing, although it sure looks like it just drove out of the Anime world. Continue reading

Maserati Ghibli heads Mecum’s flagship sale in Florida

The 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder after its $920,000 sale | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder after its $920,000 sale | Mecum Auctions photos

A Maserati Ghibli Spyder led Mecum’s auction of just under 2,000 collector vehicles during the mammoth sale last week in Kissimmee, Florida, considered to be the biggest annual collector car auction in the world. With nearly 2,700 vehicles offered, the auction boasted a 75 percent sell-through rate and a total of $86 million in sales, not including auction fees.

The Road Art auction that accompanied the collector car sale had a 93 percent sell-though, with 1,260 pieces of automobilia, parts and collectables sold for a total of $2.5 million, not including fees.

Additionally, ticket sales were up 20 percent compared with last year, the auction house reported, and a record number of page views during the 10-day event were garnered on its website.

Mecum had a record number of ticket sales
Mecum had a record number of ticket sales

But the overall results were down from last year’s.  Sales totaled nearly $95 million with the buyer fees added, compared with the year-ago record number of more than $100 million with fees added. The 2016 auction was boosted by million-dollar-plus results for two Hemi-powered Plymouth ‘Cuda convertibles and a Dodge Challenger Hemi convertible, which added about $6.6 million to the bottom line.

This year, there were no seven-figure cars. The top-selling 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder hammered at $920,000. The bright-yellow Maserati was followed by a 1967 Chevy Corvette 427 convertible, the only-known 435-horsepower Vette originally painted black with a blue interior, that went for $775,000. All reported Mecum results are hammer prices without buyer fees.

A modern supercar, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, reached third-highest at $625,000, while a famed 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 race car with the nickname “Old Reliable IV” went for $525,000. A specially equipped 1957 Chevrolet Corvette “Big Brake Airbox” was hammered at $450,000.

The top-10 sales for Mecum’s annual Florida auction were:

1. 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder at $920,000
2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $775,000
3. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at $625,000
4. 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 “Old Reliable IV” at $525,000
5. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox at $450,000
6. 1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese at $430,000
7. 1980 BMW M1 at $400,000
8. 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 at $340,000
9. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition at $327,500
10. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe at $300,000

(All Mecum sales results are hammer prices without auction fees)

Mecum’s next sale is its inaugural Los Angeles Auction, held February 17-18 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. For information, visit the Mecum website.

2016 top stories: 2 – Muscle cars come roaring back

Veteran actor Burt Reynolds with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from 'Smoky and the Bandits' | Barrett-Jackson
Veteran actor Burt Reynolds with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from ‘Smoky and the Bandit’ | Barrett-Jackson

Pontiac GTOs, Hemi ‘Cudas, Olds 442s, Shelbys, big-block Corvettes – American muscle cars were back with a vengeance during 2016. High-horsepower Detroit iron gained in value, not just among the expected Boomer generation but with younger performance enthusiasts who embrace the classic muscle of the 1960s and early ’70s. Continue reading

Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading

Mecum returns to Denver rippling with American muscle

The 1970 Buick GSX is a multiple award winner
The 1970 Buick GSX is a multiple award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions returns to Denver for the second year with an expected 700 mostly American collector cars in the Colorado Convention Center for the July 8-9 sale. Mecum’s inaugural Denver sale scored $12 million in total sales with 396 cars sold for a 66 percent sell-through rate last year. Continue reading