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

My Classic Cars: Thad’s Chevys — ’57 Bel Air and ’71 SS 454

Both cars were found through ClassicCars.com advertisements | Thad Martin photos
Both cars were found through ClassicCars.com advertisements | Thad Martin photos

In the early 1970s, when I was 5 years old, my grandmother bought a ’71 Chevrolet Chevelle.  She told me I could have it when I was old enough to drive.

Ten years later, the Chevelle was sitting in her driveway.  It had four flat tires, a bird’s nest built under the hood, and the interior was filled with returnable drink bottles.  My dad got it running, we got it painted and I put a nice set of wheels and tires on it. It was just a two-door Malibu with a 307/2-speed Powerglide, but I loved that car. I drove it for many years and, in fact, still have it. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS5

The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 is said to be a well-preserved, all-original muscle car
The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 is said to be a well-preserved, all-original muscle car

The Pick of the Day is one of the most desirable of big-block muscle cars, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 coupe, which the seller says is an all-original survivor that looks as good and runs as well as when it came out of the factory.

This is the 360-horsepower LS5 version of the Chevelle SS 454, one tier down from the Holy Grail LS6 with its solid-lifter 454 that cranked out a conservatively rated 450 hp. Still, this LS5 with its heavy-duty Rock Crusher manual transmission should provide plenty of performance satisfaction. 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

Mecum Auction heads for Kentucky loaded with muscle cars

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible leads the stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions continues its busy schedule with the inaugural Louisville, Kentucky, sale September 8-10 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 1,000 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected, according to Mecum.

American muscle cars and ’50s classics will be featured at the sweeping event, the 12th of 17 auctions that Mecum has scheduled this year, including tractor and motorcycle sales. The most recent Mecum sale in Monterey, California, resulted in total sales of $50 million. Continue reading

My Classic Car: John’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

A childhood dream finally fulfilled with this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS | John Mongelli photos
A childhood dream finally fulfilled with this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS | John Mongelli photos

I’ve always wanted a big block 4-speed Chevelle since I was a young kid. I would always see an awesome Chevelle go up and down Central Ave in Yonkers as a young kid.

I sold a couple of Camaros to move up to a Chevelle. One being an ’87 IROC and another being a ’69 Z-28. Both were great cars but as I said, I always loved Chevelles.

image4My Chevelle is a 396/350 hp 4 speed with air conditioning and tilt wheel, power steering, power brakes,  and deluxe bucket seat interior. The all original sheet metal is in its original color, Azure Turquoise.

I have won many awards ( best of shows and people’s choice at local shows ), as well as best Chevy at Musclepoolosa, the Chevy invitational at GM Nationals and at the Greenwich concours d’elegance.

— John Mongelli, Somers NY

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson
The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson

If you’re yearning for some serious big-block muscle, here’s a Chevelle resto-mod whose plain-Jane appearance belies the massive power lurking under its hood.

The Pick of the Day, a custom 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle coupe, is described by its seller as a former show car with a mighty 454 cid crate engine slipped into its extra-clean engine bay. Hooked up with a Muncie four-speed, 3.73 posi-traction rear and four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, it has the right ingredients for an impressive performance machine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

The idea of a project car can be very alluring: you obtain a blank canvas that can be transformed into the car of your dreams, be it highly modified or bone stock. For some, the glamour is short-lived as funds dry up or attention is lost during the often years-long process of restoration. Others withstand the challenges and complete their project cars exactly as they had envisioned them.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 coupe

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 is an authentic restored original, the seller says
The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 is an authentic restored original, the seller says

For GM muscle cars, model-year 1970 brought together a mighty confluence of ingredients, when big-block technology and evocative styling joined up for a final blast down the quarter mile before emission controls and insurance rates ended the game on a high note.

One result was the mighty Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6, fitted with a race-bred 454 cid V8 conservatively rated at 500 horsepower, which was linked up to the mandatory Rock Crusher heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear. Available for one year only, the LS6 is considered an apex of U.S. muscle-car performance for all time, and the car has long been a sought-after collector’s item. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

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Eddie Belfour is one of the very few ice hockey players whose teams have won the national collegiate championship (University of North Dakota), an Olympic gold medal (for his native Canada) and the Stanley Cup (Dallas Stars).

A member of hockey’s Hall of Fame and nicknamed “the Eagle” because of the design on his goalie’s helmet, Belfour also is a long-time classic car guy who has his own restoration shop — Carman Customs — which is located in Michigan but takes its name not only from Belfour’s interest in cars, but from his hometown of Carman, Manitoba, Canada. Continue reading