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Record-Setting $126.5 million auction at Mecum’s 35th Indy event


1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona  is most valuable ever selling for $1,320,000

(May 27, 2022)  Mecum collector car auction company has been crushing its own auction sales records for years, and Indy 2022 continued the noteworthy trend with $126.5 million total overall sales achieved May 13-21—an 18% increase over the past Indy auction record of $107 million achieved at last year’s event.

Petersen Automotive Museum marks 90th anniversary of iconic 1932 Ford


1932 Ford McGee Roadster

(May 24, 2022) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will honor the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford with a new national holiday, Hot Rod Day on June 11, and celebrate the special day with its new “Ford Fever: The Deuce Turns 90” exhibit in the Ross and Beth Myers Gallery. Opening to the public on June 11, the new exhibit includes a definitive collection of groundbreaking 1932 Fords such as Doane Spencer’s historic Highboy and the influential McGee Roadster.

Mecum Tulsa to feature 1,000 classic and collector cars June 9-11


1965 Mercury Comet A/FX Leightweight 427

(May 23, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions will return to SageNet Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., with 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, Hot Rods, customs and more this June 9-11. The first-ever Mecum Tulsa auction, held in June of last year, resulted in $22.1 million overall with a trio of Ford GTs achieving placement as the top three highest-dollar sales, led by a 2006 model that brought $330,000.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe sells for $143.1 million

(May 20, 2022) STUTTGART, Germany — A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of 135 million EUR ($143.1 million) to a private collector. This icon of automotive history is an absolute rarity – one of just two prototypes built at the time. Named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.

Gas prices weren't always at painful levels

(May 16, 2022) Gas prices got you shaking you head and emptying your wallet? You are not alone because gas prices are now at all-time record highs. But there was a time when gas prices were reasonable. Check out this photograph taken on Sept. 24, 1945, in Detroit. Motorists are lined up for 16-cent regular and 17-cent Ethyl (premium in today's parlance). Photo from The Old Motor.

20 collections, 3,000 vehicles, 2,400 road art items at Mecum Indy Spring Classic


Parnelli Jones 2020 Ford GT

(May 8, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — Dana Mecum’s 35th Original Spring Classic auction, the company’s annual flagship event, has attracted more than 20 private collections, an estimated 3,000 classic and collector vehicles, and 2,400 Road Art and memorabilia items for this year’s nine-day event, and all of it will be offered for sale at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis May 13-21.

New 'Caffeine and Octane' episodes premiere May 14 on MotorTrend TV

(April 27, 2022) ATLANTA —  Caffeine and Octane, the integrated brand behind North America’s largest monthly car show held at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Ga., announces the return of its internationally acclaimed “Caffeine and Octane” series to broadcast television. Starting May14 “Caffeine and Octane” fans can watch all-new episodes on MotorTrend TV.



2,400 road art and memorabilia offerings set for Mecum’s Indy Spring Classic

(April 27, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — More than 2,400 lots of Road Art and memorabilia and nine private collections have been consigned for auction at Dana Mecum’s 35th Original Spring Classic to take place this May 13-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, and all of it will be offered at no reserve. Most of the items will be offered from a designated, Road Art-exclusive auction block, and Monday, May 16, will be dedicated solely to the offering of Road Art.

World’s oldest Bentley T-Series gets new life

(April 15, 2022) CREWE, England — After decades of being off the road and in storage, the very first Bentley T-Series is being brought back to life after the start of a complete wheels-up restoration. The 6¼-liter pushrod V8 has been started for the first time in at least 15 years, and the engine and gearbox have proven to be in good condition despite their extended rest. After a restoration project slated to take at least 18 months and that will return the car to outstanding condition, it will be added to Bentley’s expanding Heritage Collection of road-going cars that together describe all 103 years of Bentley’s history.

Mecum Houston 2022 sets another record with $34.5 million in sales


1967 Pontiac Monkeemobile Replica

(April 12, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions’ first three live auction events in 2022 reached a record-setting total of nearly $300 million, and the auction house’s most recent event in Houston, Texas, kept the streak going strong with another record total coming in at $34.5 million. The 2022 auction, held March 31-April 2, saw 1,047 vehicles cross the auction block with an 86% sell-through rate achieved.

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