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

‘ISCA Pick’ to ’32 Ford, ’67 Chevelle at NSRA Street Rod Nationals East

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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle | NSRA Photos

The International Show Car Association and the National Street Rod Association have announced two winners of the “ISCA Pick” award presented at the Street Rod Nationals East held June 5-7 at York Pennsylvania: Continue reading

Pick of the Week: 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible

The Chevy Chevelle SS convertible looks sharp in Marina Blue
The Chevy Chevelle SS convertible looks sharp in Marina Blue

The gigantic V8-powered AutoFair currently under way at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina has me focused on classic muscle cars, so here’s a high-performance all-American beauty for Pick of the Week. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Robert’s 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle

 

Missing his '77, he bought  this '68 Chenille | Robert Spencer photo
Missing his ’77, he bought this ’68 Chenille | Robert Spencer photos

I bought my car as a ” work in progress.”

I had wanted a classic Chevelle for a long time. I used to have a ’77 Malibu ( I traded it in the ’90’s ).

I got the opportunity to buy another car at Charlotte Motor Speedway in September 2013. I picked up a mostly finished ’68. It has Candy Burgundy over gold paint, 350-400 horsepower with a Muncie 4-speed, black interior with bench seat (yeah a bench ). I’ve had some interior work done, including new rubber and having the bench seat redone with new springs and foam.

Under the hood
Under the hood

I have Monroe MA762 air shocks, Hotchkiss trailing arms and 1-inch sway bar, also new ball joints, new horn, new wiper motor and sprayer as well as new wipers plus new chrome for the front right and left corners of the car. It has a new Street Fire distributor, Edelbrock heads, Performer intake, 1406 600 cfm carb and matching chrome breather. Exhaust is handled by Flowmasters with pipes that turn down just before the rear end.

Inside is a Hurst shifter. It also has the “radio delete” option. It has an aftermarket tilt wheel with a Grant steering wheel. I’m not going to put a stereo in the car because I like the radio delete; you don’t see it much.

The wheels are Cragar S/S. The tires are BFG Radial T/A’s (14-inch 70s in front and 15-inch 60s out back).

The hood is a factory cowl type.

My car does get driven; that’s why I bought it.

— Robert Spencer, Grover NC