Top motorcycles at Mecum offered by renowned scientist

Dr. J. Craig Venter with some of the vintage motorcycles in his collection | Mecum Auctions photos
Dr. J. Craig Venter with some of the vintage motorcycles in his collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Participants in the Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction in Monterey may not realize it, but some of the most-significant vintage bikes that will cross the block come from the collection of a famed scientist who led the first successful effort to sequence human DNA.

Dr. J. Craig Venter leads an institute where teams of scientists perform research in various fields of genomics, including human, microbial, plant, environmental and synthetic technologies. He also heads a company to develop products using synthetic genomics technology, and another called Human Longevity Inc. that’s focused on extending the human life span. Continue reading

Jackie Kennedy’s ’61 Lincoln convertible set for Mecum auction

The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos
The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos

In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.

The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week. Continue reading

Major Mopar muscle powers onto Mecum auction block

The 1971 Hemi 'Cuda raced by the Sox and Martin team dominated the drag strip
The Sox & Martin team 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda dominated Pro Stock competition | Mecum Auctions photos

Mopar fanatics will have much to cheer about as 30 vintage Hemis and at least 10 Dodge Vipers cross the block during Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 in Indianapolis.

A pair of street-performance Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda hardtops from 1970 and a ’71, and a pair of ‘Cuda drag racers from 1971 and 1968, will lead the Mopar muscle parade, joining an expected 2,000 collector cars offered during Mecum’s flagship sale. One of the quarter-mile champs is valued into the seven figures. Continue reading