Mecum Auctions

445 South Main Street, Walworth, Wisconsin 53184-9536

About Auction House

The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for more than 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year and averaging more than one auction each month.

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    A Ford Mustang Coupe Leads Mecum’s Forthcoming June Auction

    Henry Ford, the co-founder of Ford Motor Company, was born in Springwells Township, Michigan to Mary and William Ford. His journey into the automotive industry started at the age of 12, when he showed an innate skill for mechanics. Henry Ford’s career as an automobile builder started in the winter of 1893 when he constructed a small one-cylinder gasoline model. A Ford Mustang Coupe is a key highlight in Mecum Auctions’ upcoming Tulsa sale. The model was first launched in March of 1964.  A 2007 Cadillac XLR Convertible also leads the sale. The offered lot is powered by a 4.6L V-8 engine. Cadillac introduced the XLR Convertible at a Detroit Motor Show in 2003. It was the brand’s only automobile that featured radar adaptive cruise control at the time. Explore more lots of interest and register to bid online on Mecum Auctions.

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    Bryan Steam Tractors and TO-RO Tractors Lead Mecum’s East Moline 2022 Auction

    A bright red-wheeled 1926 Bryan Steam Tractor leads the upcoming East Moline 2022 sale from Mecum Auctions. The tractor comes from the world’s first light steam tractor manufacturers. This extensively restored beauty has a grey body atop bright red wheels and a new wood dashboard. The steam tractor has two cylinders, a single-acting piston-valve engine, and a high-pressure water-tube boiler. When the engine is running, the condenser collects the steam exhaust and returns it to reuse in the boiler. According to Motor Age magazine, the Bryan light steam tractor made it possible to use the very lowest grade of fuel. Due to its limited production, this 1926 Bryan Steam Tractor is one of only five left in the world. Another notable lot in this Mecum Auctions event is a three-wheeled 1919 Toro TO-RO Motor Cultivator. When the company introduced TO-RO, it was deemed a revolutionary farm machine. It had morphed from a two-row power cultivator to a standard farm tractor. It enabled farmers to perform multiple tasks while saving time, money, and labor. The tractor still has its rare, original Donaldson air filter. Its honeycomb-design brass radiator and tank were custom built to replace the old one. Only a few surviving TO-ROs and even fewer in running condition are available in the world. Find the mentioned items and more on Mecum Auctions and register to place a bid.

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    1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Highlight Mecum Auctions’ Glendale 2022

    The 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta is one of 499 vehicles produced for the global market. With its naturally-aspirated definitive mid-engine V-8, it is the most powerful limited edition model manufactured in the history of the company. The Speciale Aperta is a key highlight of the upcoming Glendale 2022 event, presented by Mecum Auctions. Painted with Bianco Avus and Nero stripes on the exterior, the vehicle features Nero leather with yellow stitching accents for the interiors. The vehicle is equipped with navigation, cruise control, Bluetooth, and programmable suspension lift features. Another noteworthy Ferrari on offer is the 1967 275 GTB/4. This was the last dual-purpose grand touring model by the company. Giuseppe Pagni, an ex-AC Milan and Fanfulla footballer, purchased the 275 GTB/4 for ITL 6.5 million. The vehicle was fitted with a new engine block during the period of Pagni’s ownership. The auction also offers a restored 1929 Model J Duesenberg Murphy convertible coupe. Awarded AACA National First Prize and ACD Club Category One Certification, the vehicle was part of the Imperial Palace Collection and the Blackhawk Collection. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Mecum Auctions.

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    Las Vegas 2022 To Offer Pierce Four motorcycles

    When Percy Pierce came across a Belgian FN Four motorcycle, he became rather fascinated by its design. He took inspiration from the FN to create the Pierce Four motorcycle. This became the first four-cylinder motorcycle manufactured in the United States. It was only then that Pierce’s father’s company, which initially produced refrigerators, began manufacturing Pierce Four motorcycles. A model from 1912 will be showcased in the upcoming Las Vegas 2022 auction, hosted by Mecum Auctions. The Pierce engine features efficient side valves in a T-head engine configuration, unlike the atmospheric inlet valves of the FN. A 1938 Brough Superior SS100 will also be highlighted in the sale. George Brough created Brough Superior motorcycles in 1919. The brand was well known for its innovation and design. The offered bike has a twin-cylinder 1000cc engine and four-speed transmission. The sale also includes a 1935 Indian Four Cylinder Magneto and a 1936 Indian 436 Upside Down Four. Explore the entire catalog and register to bid online on Mecum Auctions.

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    2021 Auction Results From Across the Industry

    As the first month of 2022 draws to a close, the art market remains a dynamic landscape. The Omicron coronavirus variant has rekindled fears of large gatherings and events, leading to a string of art fair cancelations. Auction houses have supplemented their income with extensive online programming, sometimes to great success. Companies across the art industry have released their yearly auction results from 2021 over the last few weeks. As many expected, 2021’s revenues were not quite as dire as those in 2020. However, pandemic troubles did not affect every company equally.  How did the auction industry fare in 2021, and what do last year’s auction results mean for 2022? Auction Daily investigates. Christie’s 20th/21st Century: Evening Sale in London. Image courtesy of Christie’s. The top auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, both set new records in 2021. Sotheby’s brought in a staggering USD 7.3 billion in sales. Christie’s was not far behind; it made $7.1 billion. Blue-chip works particularly increased these figures. Both auction houses also reached aggressively into the metaverse and accommodated the tastes of increasingly younger buyers.  Though these two giants continue to lead the industry in revenues, other houses advanced significantly in 2021. Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas surpassed $1.4 billion in sales. This was the first time in company history when the yearly total crossed the billion-dollar threshold. Heritage dominated the collectibles market (despite news-making tensions between video game collectors in September). Phillips netted $1.2 billion in sales during 2021, a new in-house record. The company is also making moves to expand its reach in 2022. It has a growing presence in Hong Kong, and Phillips is becoming a destination for collectors of ultra-contemporary art.  Bonhams has not released its 2021 auction results but recently announced the acquisition of renowned Stockholm-based auction house Bukowskis. British private equity firm Epiris acquired Bonhams in 2018. Since then, the house has significantly expanded its footprint in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and the United States. Poly Auction auctioneer Jenny Lok sells Yoshitomo Nara’s Berlin Barack, Room 1 (2007). Image courtesy of Poly Auction. Mid-level auction houses also saw strong results…

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    A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Will Cross the Auction Block with Mecum Auctions

    Founded by racer Louis Chevrolet and General Motors founder William C. Durant, Chevrolet was incepted in Detroit in 1911. Its first-ever model, Series C Classic Six, was unveiled in 1913. The Series C offered features like an electric starter and electric headlamps. Since then, the company has earned a reputation for innovation. With time, features such as safety glass, anti-lock brakes, fuel injection, and electronic stability control systems were installed on Chevrolet models. Mecum Auctions presents a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in the forthcoming Kissimmee 2022 sale. The offered car is one of only 199 manufactured models. A 1965 Shelby Factory Stage Iii 289 Cobra Dragonsnake is another highlighted lot. Shelby’s fascination with automobiles began at a very young age. He started his company, Shelby American, Inc., and manufactured several notable high-performance vehicles. Today, the brand is widely known for its design and durability. Look into the entire catalog and register to bid online at Mecum Auctions.

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    Mecum Auctions to Offer 1965 Lola T70 Spyder, Other Vintage Cars in Chattanooga

    Mecum Auctions will present a two-day sale of classic cars and motorcycles in Chattanooga this October. The event is part of the second annual Chattanooga Motorcar Festival. Among the featured vehicles is a 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder formerly owned by automotive designer Carroll Shelby and racing driver Dan Gurney. Lola Cars, a British racing manufacturer, launched the Lola T70 Spyder to compete in American races. The T70’s small chassis was groundbreaking in the 60s and later inspired designs from Chaparral Cars and other brands. The available T70 has a two-tone exterior with aqua accents. Several vintage cars from the 1950s are also on offer. Collectors can consider a 1958 Chevrolet Impala with a sleek black exterior. This car was an Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Grand National winner. General Motors launched the first generation 1958 Impala to celebrate 50 years of production. The design helped Chevrolet return to the top of the market. Also from 1958 is a Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white exterior and recently restored interior. Bidders will find vintage cars from Toyota, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, and Pontiac in the auction catalog. For the listings and to register to bid, visit Mecum Auctions.

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    Mecum Auctions to Offer Pontiac GTO Convertible and Chevrolet Impala

    The Oakland Motor Car Company, established in Pontiac, Michigan by Edward Murphy, produced carriages before General Motors it bought out. In the 1920s, General Motors introduced the first Pontiac model as part of the Oakland line. Pontiac models, including the GTO, were popular by the 1960s. Designed by John DeLorean, the GTO was named after a Ferrari coupe, the Gran Turismo Omologato. According to The New York Times, “More than any other G.M. brand, Pontiac stood for performance, speed and sex appeal.” Mecum Auctions’ upcoming Las Vegas 2021 auction brings a 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible. The black car still has its original 389/360 HP engine and four-speed manual transmission.  A 1959 Chevrolet Impala is also highlighted in the upcoming live sale. It was first introduced in 1958 as the Bel Air Impala. It features a 1959 Rochester fuel injection system. The exterior of the car is polished black while the interior is red. Find a range of available cars and register to bid online on Mecum Auctions.

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    Around the Auction World: August 2021

    Photos from around the auction world in August 2021. Image credit from left to right: Saffronart, Bonhams, and Morton Subastas. Collage by Heemin Moon (Auction Daily). The summer auction season drew to a gentle close in August 2021. The month offered many opportunities to encounter contemporary art and 20th-century collectibles, as well as dedicated sales of Outsider Art, LGBTQ+ art, and celebrity memorabilia. The art world also showed signs of recovery after more than a year of pandemic-related losses. California’s Monterey Car Week returned in full force after an extended break, and Christie’s announced ambitious plans to expand its presence in Hong Kong.  From American pewter to beluga whales, here are the top headlines from around the auction world in August 2021. 1970 Porsche 917K. Image from RM Sotheby’s. Industry Trends August opened with the long-awaited 2021 edition of Monterey Car Week in California. The event signaled the health of the car collecting market with enthusiastic buying across all ten days. RM Sotheby’s alone brought in USD 148.5 million. The other participating auction houses, including Bonhams and Mecum Auctions, saw strong results as well.  Celebrity collectibles dominated headlines this month. Heritage Auctions offered the game-worn baseball jersey associated with Hank Aaron’s 3,000th hit in mid-August. It sold for $540,000, well above its starting estimate of $200,000. Julien’s Auctions featured a selection of Lucille Ball memorabilia in its summer Hollywood sale, held at the end of the month. Auction houses continued to embrace NFTs this August. Christie’s Hong Kong announced plans for a dedicated NFT auction in Asia this September. The company will become the first international auction house to formally enter the region’s digital art market. It particularly hopes to attract millennial collectors in Hong Kong, many of whom helped sustain revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the Mystic Aquarium’s beluga whales. Image courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium. Auction Highlights Guernsey’s brought an unprecedented opportunity to the auction block this August. Bidders competed to win the naming rights for three beluga whales that were recently transferred to Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium. The sale of two names yielded $1.5 million for…

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    Mecum Auctions Offers Chevrolet Copo Camaro

    Chevrolet began when William C. Durant, one of the founders of General Motors, joined forces with Swiss racecar driver and engineer Louis Chevrolet. The brand soon became known for its performance, durability, and innovation. Chevrolet went on to develop several automotive inventions, including fuel injection, safety glass, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control systems. A 1969 Chevrolet Copo Camaro will be available in Mecum Auctions’ upcoming Dallas 2021 sale. The vehicle features an M21 four-speed transmission and a 140 MPH speedometer. A Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback will also be available in the sale. Manufactured in 1970, the 429 model was designed for NASCAR races. The engine features hemispherical combustion chambers, deep-breathing heads, and a huge valve. The exterior of the vehicle is sea green while its interior has a polished black hue. View other available lots in this sale and register to bid online on Mecum Auctions.

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    Aston Martin, Ford, Delahaye, Jaguar, Porsche, and Talbot-Lago Headline Monterey Car Week Auctions

    After a year-long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Monterey Car Week in California is set to return this August. Beginning today, August 6th, 2021, live events will run until Sunday, August 15th. The annual classic car week will feature nearly 30 events, including car shows, auctions, races, panel discussions, and lectures. Topping the week is the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, commemorating its 70th year. This year’s Monterey Car Week auctions will feature sales from Bonhams, Gooding & Company, Mecum Auctions, and RM Sotheby’s. In 2019, the Monterey Car Week auctions together garnered USD 250,000,000. Auction Daily explores some highlights of the coming Monterey Car Week auction cluster before the events kick off. 1970 Porsche 917K. Image from RM Sotheby’s. 1970 Porsche 917K A 1970 Porsche 917K will cross RM Sotheby's 2021 Monterey block with a presale estimate of $16,000,000 to $18,500,000 (lot #328). The car— chassis 026— made its debut in the 1970 World Sportscar Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood, it sported an orange roof and blue lower bodywork. The car ran as high as the third position for 49 laps before crashing in the 50th lap. In 1971, it appeared as the winning car in Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans. The film used original racing footage. Following the movie, the chassis was factory repaired and re-bodied as a Porsche 917 Spyder. The remodeled 917 Spyder had lightweight open bodywork and competed in the 1972 and 1973 European InterSerie Championship. “The Gulf Oil Porsche 917K is essentially the holy grail of competition cars,” Gord Duff, global head of auctions at RM Sotheby’s, said in a statement. “It represents the very best of motorsport history and heritage from an era of legendary cars and drivers, it will forever be a movie star in its own right.” In 1988, collector Mike Amalfitano acquired the car. It remained in his possession until the current owner purchased the car in 2010 for nearly $4,000,000. He then restored it to its original Le Mans coupe specification. 1995 McLaren F1. Image from Gooding & Company. 1995 McLaren…

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    A Ferrari 275 GTB Leads Upcoming Mecum Auctions Sale

    A Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Long Nose is a key highlight in Mecum Auctions’ upcoming sale. After the success of Ferrari’s 250 GT Lusso series, Ferrari launched the 275 GTB in 1964. It was the company’s last dual-purpose sports car. The car was the only road car to feature a five-speed transaxle which offers improved weight distribution and an independent rear suspension. The 275 GTB was built by Scaglietti and designed by Pininfarina.  A Ford Shelby Cobra also leads the sale. The car debuted in 2004 in Detriot when Ford joined forces with Shelby. It is known for its modern take on classic sports cars. Featuring four valves per cylinder, a 6.4L/605 hp Ford Advanced Powertrain V-10 engine powers the car. A Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe is also available in the auction. It is one of six Figoni short-chassis coupes built in 1936. Powered by a low-mounted engine, this particular chassis includes a racing-style fuel tank. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Mecum Auctions.

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    Mecum Auctions Offers Parnelli Jones’ Baja 1000 Winner Ford Bronco Big Oly

    An off-road racing vehicle from the personal collection of Parnelli Jones is a key highlight in Mecum Auctions’ upcoming sale. The 1969 Ford Bronco Big Oly was built to suit the strength, speed, and weight specifications of the renowned former professional racing driver. Jones was the first driver to push past 150 mph in 1962 and won the Indy 500 as a team owner in 1970-71. Jones and Bill Stroppe drove the Ford Bronco to successive victories, bagging the 1971-72 Baja 1000, 1973 Baja 500, and 1973 Mint 40. Featuring two 22-gallon fuel cells, a 351/390hp Ford Windsor V-8 engine powers the vehicle. The ‘Big Oly’ gets its name from a sponsor, Olympia Brewing Company.  For muscle car enthusiasts, a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible in Winchester gray will be available. It is one of 12 Hemi Cuda convertibles built during the year. Powered by the original engine, the car is one of three vehicles equipped with factory A833 4-speed manual transmission. A 1930 Duesenberg model SJ Rollston convertible Victoria also leads the sale. Famous band-leader Paul Whiteman was the first owner of the car and purchased it new in 1930. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Mecum Auctions.

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    Chevrolet 1956 Bel Air Comes to Auction with Mecum

    Chevrolet reached a height of innovation between the 1930s and 1940s. During this time, the company created several important automotive inventions, including column shifts, V-grilles, hydraulic brakes, and independent front suspensions. Chevrolet’s 1956 Bel Air model benefitted from those developments. One of these cars will be available in Mecum Auctions’ upcoming 8-10 Houston 2021 sale. The Bel Air continues to be one of the most popular models ever produced. It features a V-8 engine, a three-speed column shifted transmission, and a two-tone finish.  A Dodge Hemi Charger R/T from 1968 is also available. It is one of the few models with an automatic transmission. A dark blue metallic hue accents the body. The upcoming timed auction also features a 1968 Chevrolet C10 pickup, a 1956 Chevrolet 150 Handyman, a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette 3LT, and a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Interested bidders can learn more about the featured lots and register to bid by visiting Mecum Auctions.

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    “On the Road to Glendale with Mecum Auctions”

    Auto enthusiasts can expect a broad array of collector cars at the third annual Mecum Auctions sale in Glendale, Arizona. The sale will be held at State Farm Stadium and is expected to host more than 1,200 cars. One of the featured cars in the sale is one of only 1,580 Porsche 911 Carreras ever produced. It was previously owned by Kevin Buckler, a 24 Hours of Le Mans class-winning driver. The Carrera was restored at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart and includes all factory restoration invoices and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback is among the American cars up for bid. The low-mileage car on the block is from the Steve Todhunter Collection. This Boss 429 includes the original Ford invoice, factory build sheet, owner’s manual and owner card, and a Deluxe Marti Report. Other available lots include collectible motorcycles, tractors, and road-related art. View any of these items and register to bid by visiting Mecum Auctions.