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Mecum Orlando Summer Special Auction achieves $35 million in overall sales


1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429

(August 4, 2021)  Classic and collector car auction company Mecum Auctions achieved unprecedented success in Orlando this past weekend with an auction event dubbed the Summer Special. Featuring 1,056 cars on offer throughout four days of heated auction action, the July 28-31 event saw overall sales reach $35 million as 850 vehicles hammered sold for a strong 80% sell-through rate.

Strange automotive history — From the 3-wheeled Tiger to the Interceptor


The three-wheeled Tiger Roadster

By Robert D. Cunningham
Courtesy of The Old Motor

(July 23, 2021) When Mrs. Joel Thorne ran off with a sailor in 1921, she left her 7-year-old son, Joel Wolfe Thorne Jr, in the hands of his father, the influential owner of Chase Manhattan Bank. Three years later, the banker was struck and killed by an automobile, and young Joel became the beneficiary of a trust fund worth an estimated $38 million (roughly $600 million in today’s money). With no need to work, the young man simply played, and he played to win.

The first of the British electric AC Cobra fires up

(July 23, 2021) LONDON — Heralding a new generation of iconic sports cars, the first AC Cobra Series 1 electric is undergoing final development work ahead of the delivery of the first customer cars. A faithful recreation of the AC Cobra, but with a modern, emissions-free electric powertrain, the Series 1 electric is the start of the next chapter for the famous British marque.

Seven Volkswagen Beetle successors that never were

(July 17, 2021) The Volkswagen Beetle is an icon. Over the years, it has symbolized many different things to many different people, from a classic example of German ingenuity to the calling card for a counterculture movement to a reminder that the simplest of things can sometimes be the best. Above all, it set the standard by which all other small, economy cars are judged.

Mecum to return to central Florida for Summer Special Collector Car Auction


1963 Chevrolet Corvette split window coupe

(July 10, 2021) Following the record-setting Kissimmee 2021 auction that reached $141 million in sales this past January, Mecum Auctions will return to Central Florida July 28-31 to host the 2021 Mecum Summer Special, offering an estimated 1,000 consignments at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. The event was originally planned to span just three days, July 29-31, but due to an overwhelming response from customers eager to participate, it was expanded to include Wednesday, July 28.



Shelby Cobras and race-conquering R-Model join Mecum Monterey lineup


1965 Shelby GT350R

(July 7, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Momentum and excitement continue to grow in the lead up to Mecum Auctions’ return to Monterey, Calif.,  Aug. 12-14 as more headline-worthy consignments join the lineup for the Daytime Auction at the Del Monte Golf Course at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. Among the top-shelf additions is a group of three heavy hitters from the Shelby American camp — a 1967 Shelby 427 “Semi Competition” Cobra, 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster CSX2495 and SFM5R538, the winningest 1965 Shelby GT350R Fastback ever.

Mythbusting — The truth about the GM EV1

By Gary Witzenburg
Hagerty

(July 4, 2021) About halfway down the long hill leading to the General Motors Proving Ground test tracks in Milford, Michigan, it hit me that the electric concept car I was driving rolled on a cobbled-up show-car suspension and was armed with barely functional brakes. Uh-oh! It would be a supremely stupid, costly, career-ending blunder to crash this incredibly significant hand-built prototype EV by plowing off the fast 90-degree corner that awaited down the hill. Though the concept was called the Impact, I had no intention of putting that name to the test.

SpeedKore unveils mid-engine, Hellcat-powered 1968 Dodge Charger

(June 28, 2021) GRAFTON, Wis.  — Built as a road-going version of the movie car driven by character Dominic Toretto in Universal Pictures’ new Fast & Furious blockbuster, F9, SpeedKore’s “Hellacious” Charger is the custom car builder’s first mid-engine classic muscle car. SpeedKore has worked with the Fast franchise since 2015 when its 1970 Dodge Charger “Tantrum” appeared in Furious 7. Both SpeedKore Chargers will appear in F9, which arrived in U.S. theaters over the weekend.

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction hits $48 million in sales


1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

(June 23, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —  Barrett-Jackson continues to fuel the hobby with another record-breaking live Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19, at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Among the notable collector cars sold during the three-day auction were a 2015 McLaren P1, which sold for $1,567,500, and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that brought in $1,045,000.

Mecum Tulsa tallies up $21.2 million in sales led by three Ford GTs


1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code

(June 20, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Highly anticipated by customers and fans from the Midwest region, Mecum’s inaugural Tulsa collector car auction attracted crowds of enthusiasts to gather in attendance at River Spirit Expo at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., for the June 11-12 occasion. The auction ultimately continued the company’s streak of highly successful events and exceeded expectations with total overall sales cruising past $21.2 million. Of the 660 cars to cross the auction block in Tulsa, 539 hammered sold for an impressive sell-through rate of nearly 82%.

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