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

Bumps, bruises and teamwork deliver The Drive Home II

Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos
Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos

The Drive Home II, the second-annual promotional winter road trip cooked up by LeMay-America’s Car Museum and The North American International Auto Show, rolled into Detroit’s Cobo Hall Saturday evening after a 2,100-mile journey fraught with challenges.

Three classic cars – a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang – began the trip from Boston on December 28. Trailered behind the support vehicle was a fourth car, a 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5, formerly the property of J.D. Rockefeller. Continue reading

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 hits $13.4 million in sales at first Louisville auction

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

American muscle cars, Corvettes and Shelbys led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky, which scored $13.4 million in total sales for 440 vehicles plus “Road Art” automobilia. About 730 vehicles crossed the block. Continue reading

Muscle cars lead Mecum’s first Portland auction

The top selling 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback cross the block at Mecum in Portland | Mecum Auctions
The top selling 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback crosses the block at Mecum in Portland | Mecum Auctions

Mecum Auction’s inaugural sale in Portland, Oregon, was dominated by American muscle (including a Ford-V8-powered exotic) that filled the top 10 list of highest sellers among the 300 cars that sold for a total of $9.3 million, with a 67 percent sell through rate. Continue reading

7 special Fords star at Russo and Steele’s Newport Beach auction

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A 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 in pristine condition will be offered at Newport Beach | Russo and Steele photos

Russo and Steele heads for the West Coast this summer, starting with its fourth annual Newport Beach collector car auction June 10-12. As usual, the sale will be an “auction in the round” event headed by ringmaster Drew Alcazar, who also co-owns the Scottsdale, Arizona, auction house with his wife, Josephine. Continue reading

’63 Corvette Z06 Tanker heads up Mecum’s Houston auction

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with a 36-gallon fuel tank | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with a 36-gallon fuel tank | Mecum Auctions photos

A multiple-award-winning 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker, one of only 63 equipped with a 36-gallon fuel tank, is among the top attractions for Mecum Auctions’ fifth annual Houston sale April 14-16. Continue reading

Richard Petty charity Mustang sale wows Mecum’s Dallas auction

A 2015 Ford Mustang GT customized by Richard Petty’s shop was the auction’s top seller | Mecum Auctions photos
A 2015 Ford Mustang GT customized by Richard Petty’s shop was the auction’s top seller | Mecum Auctions photos

With the crowd at Mecum’s Dallas auction electrified by the appearance of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, the charity sale Saturday of a 2015 Mustang GT customized by “The King’s” own Petty’s Garage raised $535,000 for Paralyzed Veterans of America and reigned as the top-selling vehicle of the Texas auction.

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Pick of the Week: 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code

The 1966 Ford Mustang GT fastback is a rare, original K-Code performance model
The 1966 Ford Mustang GT fastback is a rare, original K-Code performance model

Few classic cars have the universal appeal of a truly great Ford Mustang and here’s one for Pick of the Week that is an apparently pristine, very-low-mileage beauty that ticks all the boxes.

The 1966 Ford Mustang GT fastback is a rare numbers-matching factory K-Code model, which means it has a special high-performance 271-horsepower 289-cid V8 under its long hood and also is equipped with a heavy-duty clutch, driveshaft and differential and sports suspension.

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