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

Inaugural Mecum auction at Pomona scores $9.3 million

A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions

A trio of modern classics from the U.S. and Italy led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Los Angeles collector car sale, where 283 vehicles sold for more than $9.3 million, a strong result for a first-time event and despite the rainy weather.

The two-day auction held at the Fairplex in Pomona, an iconic location for Southern California hot rodders and customizers, also included the sale of 116 pieces of Road Art automobilia. Continue reading

Passion as enterprise: Mecum offers car-guy dreams at real-guy prices

Something for everyone: '50s convertible, Corvette and 2004 Ferrari 575 Maranello | Larry Crane photos
Something for everyone: ’50s convertible, Corvette and 2004 Ferrari 575 Maranello | Larry Crane photos

Mecum Auctions’ Los Angeles 2017 sale last week was produced at the storied Pomona fairgrounds — now Fairplex — long-established epicenter of Southern California car enthusiast thought and action. True to the facilities’ welcome to all who play in the hobby, Mecum delivered on its promise as “every-man’s auction company” to present a broad selection of vehicles “from entry-level to museum-grade” with sale prices of cars from just a few thousand dollars to several hundred thousand.

There in is the carefully groomed reason that Dana Mecum’s auction company, created in 1988, has become the volume leader in “collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales” throughout the United States. Continue reading

Andy analyzes the Vegas vintage motorcycles auctions

1927 R42 on the block at Bonhams | Andy Reid photos
1927 R42 on the block at Bonhams | Andy Reid photos

I attended the vintage motorcycle auctions last week in Las Vegas and saw that while some things are a bit softer than last year, in many cases it had more to do with the quality of the offering than with the market itself. Continue reading

1,000 vintage motorcycles is a sight to behold

From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left...
From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left…
... and to the right | Larry Edsall photos
… and to the right | Larry Edsall photos

You may recall the scenes in the Nicholas Cage National Treasure movies when the bedraggled group somehow has survived a succession of life-and-limb threatening ordeals and finally beholds the acres of treasure arrayed below. Continue reading

Stunning sell-through rate boosts Mecum’s Vegas vintage motorcycle auction to $13.7 million

Sports-style arena was site of Mecum's sale of nearly 1,000 vintage motorcycles | Larry Edsall photos
Sports-style arena was site of Mecum’s sale of nearly 1,000 vintage motorcycles | Larry Edsall photos

With $13.7 million in sales and a stunning 92 percent sell-through rate, Mecum’s 26th annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction was the most successful ever. The auction house noted that the sales total was a 53 percent increase compared wth the same event a year ago. Continue reading

Car collectors uncover the secret of Henderson motorcycles

This man used a tablet computer to carefully film every inch of the 1912 Henderson Four | Larry Edsall photos
This man used a tablet computer to carefully film every inch of the 1912 Henderson Four | Larry Edsall photos

When it comes to the letter H in the motorcycle alphabet — which runs from Aprilia to Zundapp — Harley (as in Harley-Davidson) overwhelmingly dominates in terms of quantity. But the vintage bikes produced in the early 20th century by the brothers William and Thomas Henderson have become increasingly popular in the past few years at such events as Mecum Auctions’ 26th annual sale taking place this weekend at the South Pointe casino and exhibit hall in Las Vegas.

What’s driving up demand for those Hendersons (or should we say, who’s riding those Hendersons) are not traditional motorcycle enthusiasts who are adding Hendersons to their collections. Continue reading

It’s Vegas Bike Week with Mecum, Bonham auctions

Steve McQueen owned this 1917 Henderson Four
Steve McQueen owned this 1917 Henderson Four

Arizona has its car week, and just a few days later and a couple hundred miles to the northwest, Las Vegas has its vintage motorcycle weekend with Bonhams and Mecum staging major auctions.

Mecum Auctions holds its annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at the South Point hotel and casino from January 25-28 while Bonhams’ seventh annual sale in Sin City takes place January 26, this year at a new venue at the Rio hotel and casino. Continue reading

A newbie’s notes from Mecum Kissimmee

Through these portals pass the car-craziest people on Earth | Jim McCraw photos
Through these portals pass the car-craziest people on Earth | Jim McCraw photos

We are not rookies at most places. Been to the Daytona 500. The bike races and the 24 Hours of Daytona, too. Been to the Indy 500. Bonneville seven times. Five trips to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Talladega. Charlotte. Pocono. MIS. Numerous F1 races around the world. Sebring. St. Pete. Miami. Road America. Road Atlanta. Colorado Grand. California Mille. Driving schools at Ontario, Sears Point, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, Michigan, and Las Vegas. Lots of concours events over 35 years, from Pebble Beach to Greenwich to Meadow Brook to Amelia Island.

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Mecum opens Kissimmee with muscle-flexing weekend

1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos
1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos

Muscle cars were what bidders wanted during the opening weekend of Mecum Auctions’ huge sale at Kissimmee, Florida, where a 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible led the “sold” parade, hammering at $230,000 (Mecum does not include buyers’ premium fees in its price reporting). Continue reading