Mecum Auctions

445 South Main Street, Walworth, Wisconsin 53184-9536

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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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    Classic Red & White 1965 Ford F100 Pickup Highlight Mecum’s Chattanooga 2023 Auction

    Highlighted in the upcoming Chattanooga 2023 Auction from Mecum Auctions is a 1965 Ford F100 Pickup. The Ford's distinct features are the rare crew cab model, only available by special order, and the two-tone red and white exterior. The car boasts a turbocharged 4.0L V-6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission. It has custom teak bed floor panels and custom rails. Its comprehensive restoration was completed in 2022. A scarlet red 1948 Chevrolet 3100 pickup and a rally red 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible are also among the top picks offered in the auction.  Another standout lot is a 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible. It is an exclusive car, one of only 17 XJS convertibles with rare rose-bronze paint. It was built by Jaguar Cars Ltd. of Coventry, England in 1994. The odometer reads 57,686 miles. The XJS convertible has a 4.0L inline six-cylinder engine with automatic transmission. An added feature is the power-operated Burgundy convertible top. The interior with a bucket seat is covered in cream leather. Apart from automobiles, the auction will also offer a 2015 Panther Airboat. View the catalog of the Chattanooga 2023 auction and find other online auctions by visiting Mecum Auctions. 

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    A 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback in Night Mist Blue Leads Indy Fall Special 2023 Auction

    A 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback in Night Mist Blue is the main attraction in the Indy Fall Special 2023 Auction from Mecum Auction Company. It is a Shelby no. 00706, with 428 CI, V-8 engines. The Fastback has a four-speed manual transmission. The engine was built by Barry Rabotnick of Survival Motorsports, one of the few remaining ones from his commercial shop. The car was repainted in Night Mist blue with White LeMans stripes adding to its allure. The paint and bodywork were done by noted Shelby specialists Legendary Motorcar using the original early VIN-style fiberglass steel-frame hood and deck lid. The car bears original Ford and Shelby VIN stampings in place. Moreover, the interior has the rare parchment comfort weave that only 8% of all Shelby production in 1967 had. Collectors will also receive SAAC registry information from Dave Mathews, including past owners. Another distinct lot is a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu SS Tribute. This Malibu has a 383 CI stroker V-8 automatic engine. It is from the American Speed Racing powerplant collection. This Malibu Tribute has a Turbo 350 automatic transmission, aluminum heads, and Demon 650 cfm carburetor. The interior has custom Innovative Audio AM/FM stereo, MSD ignition, Be Cool aluminum radiator, and dual electric fans. Other notable lots include a 1966 Candyapple Red Ford Mustang convertible and a 1965 Shelby Cobra replica. View the catalog of the Indy Fall Special 2023 auction and find other events by visiting Mecum Auctions. 

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    2020 McLaren Speedtail & Raven Black 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code Convertible Available With Mecum

    A 2020 McLaren Gray Speedtail is a leading lot in the Dallas 2023 Auction, presented by Mecum Auction Company. It is number 77 of 106 produced in England. It has a 4.0L/1,035 HP Hybrid, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The McLaren Speedtail has a central driving position and three-seat configuration, with elongated carbon fiber bodywork. An additional feature is a seven-speed Graziano dual-clutch transmission. It has run 1,237 miles and has a factory-rated top speed of 250 MPH. The auction will also offer a 1965 Ford Mustang in original Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes. A raven black 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code convertible with Torch Red interior is also a noteworthy item on offer. It is one of 196 F-Code Thunderbirds ever produced. It is an F-series supercharged 312/300 HP V-8 engine car with Ford-O-Matic three-speed transmission. It has received professional body-off restoration. This one comes from the Amos and Justin Minter Collection. On February 4, 1957 at Daytona, a supercharged Thunderbird set a speed record of 160.356 miles per hour for a standing mile, outperforming the fuel-injected 1957 Corvette. Among bikes, a 1957 Harley Davidson Panhead and a 2006 Honda CRF 100F in pink are notable lots. View the catalog of the Dallas 2023 Auction and find other online auctions by visiting Mecum Auction Company. 

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    Mecum Auctions’ Monterey Sale Showcases 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster and 1963 Ferrari 250GT/L Lusso

    A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is a highlight of Mecum Auctions’ Monterey sale. Mercedes-Benz introduced a new incarnation of its 300SL at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show, the fleet-footed 300SL Roadster (W 198 II series). The vehicle was designed in response to the growing demand for performance-driven open-top sports cars. A vertical arrangement of the headlamp lenses and a redesigned front end set the roadster apart from its predecessor. In addition, the new version included upgraded running gear, a modified coupe space frame, lower entry sills for easier access, and front-hinged doors. This example is equipped with a 2996cc/215 HP inline 6-cylinder and a four-speed manual transmission. The car recently received a professional, two-year body-off restoration by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center of Irvine, California. Mecum’s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster was the very first 300SL Roadster to feature Strawberry red metallic color. In 2012, this car won the Amelia Award at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.  A 1963 Ferrari 250GT/L Lusso with a 2953cc V-12 engine is another leading lot. During the 1962 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the 250 GT Berlinetta 'Lusso'— a model that filled a gap between Ferrari's race cars and its high-end luxury cars. Designed to replace the 250GT coupe, the 250GT/L incorporated a four-speed manual transmission and a leather interior. The available Ferrari 250 GT/L was one of the 350 cars built between 1963 and ‘64, making it an extremely rare vehicle. Visit Mecum Auctions for more information on the upcoming Monterey auction and to place a bid.

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    1977 Ford Bronco Leads Harrisburg 2023 Sale at Mecum Auctions

    The Harrisburg 2023 sale, presented by Mecum Auctions, will take place in late July. Leading the auction is a 1977 Ford Bronco, serial no. U154GLY63311. As first-generation models, the 1977 Broncos offered plenty of features. A major selling point of the 1977 Ford Bronco was its fuel storage capacity.  The available car features a 14.4-gallon fuel tank instead of a 12-gallon tank. Additionally, unlike most first-generation Broncos, this model has a gas door rather than a cap. The front axles on this 1977 Bronco are Dana 44s, while the rear axles are Ford 9's. The vehicle is also equipped with a 6.2L/525 HP V-8 engine, automatic transmission, a hydro-boost brake system, four-piston brake calipers, locking hubs, and hydraulic steering. Documentation includes restoration receipts totaling $161,000. A 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 with a 7.2L Elephant L V-8 engine is another leading lot. It is powered by a 6.1-liter V8 engine that delivers 1,100 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque. Other notable features include a limited-slip rear differential and the firmest suspension. Offering comfort, style, and impressive performance, the Challenger is an example of what an old muscle car could look like in a modern form. Visit Mecum Auctions for more information on the upcoming Harrisburg 2023 auction and to place a bid.

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    Pioneering & Spirited 1915 Flying Merkel Twin and 1923 Indian Scout Hillclimber From America’s First Motorcycle Company Lead Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee Summer Special 2023 Sale

    A 1915 Flying Merkel twin is leading the Kissimmee Summer Special 2023 Auction, presented by Mecum Auctions. The available motorcycle has a V-twin engine, an orange tank with a white script, matching frame, fenders, oil tank, and front suspension. It has the famed Merkel rear mono-shock suspension, tank shift manual gearbox, and Logo foot boards. This iconic 1915 V-Twin motorcycle is an original. It is known for its groundbreaking design, pioneering spirit, and classic detailing. The Flying Merkel was one of the leading racing and road machines of the 1910s, earning numerous victories in many contests of the day. Merkel also came up with dozens of innovative designs, many of which were copied by other motorcycle makers. Joseph Merkel is considered one of the finest engineers in U.S. motorcycling history. A 1923 Indian Scout Hillclimber with a 45 CI V-twin engine is another leading lot. It has a red tank with gold lettering and a matching red front suspension, frame, and rear fender. Other notable features include a Linkert carburetor and an in-out gearbox with a foot-operated clutch. The story of this legendary motorcycle began in 1897 when industry pioneer George M. Hendee founded the Hendee Manufacturing Company along with co-founder and chief engineer Oscar Herdstrom. Hendee opened the company’s first factory in downtown Springfield in 1901. It was America's first motorcycle company that shattered industry records in performance, drawing on the legacies of Indian Motorcycle's early leaders and pioneers like Erwin “Cannon Ball” Baker. View the complete catalog of the Kissimmee Summer Special 2023 Auction and register to bid by visiting Mecum Auctions. 

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    Select-O-Vend Candy Vending Machine & Trojan Batteries Single-Sided Tin Sign Showcased at The World’s Largest Road Art Auction 2023

    The World’s Largest Road Art Auction 2023, presented by Mecum Auction Company, will commence this June. Leading the auction is the Select-O-Vend candy vending machine, serial no. 5213. The vending machine is missing one leg. The first vending machine was built in the first century by a Greek mathematician and engineer, Hero of Alexandria. It dispensed holy water in exchange for coins. Modern vending machines began in London in the 1880s with coin-operated postcard dispensers and quickly spread worldwide. The first candy vending machine in the US appeared on a New York subway platform in 1888. The vending machine sold gum to commuters. The available Select-O-Vend model, with multiple selectable goods, first appeared in the mid-20th century.   The Falstaff Brewing Corporation was an American brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. Falstaff Brewery was named after a comedic character named Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV. Falstaff is a boastful knight, heavy and vain, who spends most of his time drinking with petty criminals, living on stolen or borrowed money at the Boar’s Head Inn. He leads the wayward Prince Hal into trouble and is ultimately repudiated after Hal becomes king. A 1971 recreated Falstaff Beer work of road art is available in the sale. It is a single-sided tin sign. It depicts a Falstaff-like character sitting while a lady pours him Falstaff beer. View the complete catalog of The World’s Largest Road Art Auction 2023 and register to bid by visiting Mecum Auction Company.

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    Carroll Shelby Royal Maroon GT500 to Sell in Indy 2023 Sale by Mecum

    Carroll Shelby’s original GT350 Convertible was uncompromising and victorious in the 1965-66 SCCA competition. Its high performance and reputation define its essence. In 1967, with the release of the second-series Mustang, built with Ford’s FE-Series big-block engine, Shelby took things further by adding the larger Police Interceptor 428 to create the GT500. A 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible is leading the upcoming Indy 2023 auction from Mecum Auction Company. It is a royal maroon-colored GT500 with a 428 Cobra Jet (CI V-8) engine developed by Rhode Island’s Tasca Ford at the suggestion of Eric Dahlquist, Hot Rod magazine editor. The Cobra Jet was purpose-built to perform and proved itself soon after release at its 1968 NHRA Winter Nationals debut with Al Joniec taking Super Stock Eliminator in the all-Cobra Jet Mustang final round. The sale will also offer a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Refinished in silver and black by Body Work, this Chevrolet had a rotisserie restoration. It has a 540 CI V-8 automatic engine and 700R4 overdrive automatic transmission. It comes with a detailed engine bay with painted inner fenders and smoothed firewall. It was upgraded with Vintage Air Power windows, locks, lock power steering, and brakes. It also comes with original build pictures, documents, and receipts. The automobile auction will be held in Indianapolis starting May 12, 2023. Visit Mecum Auction Company for more information on the upcoming Indy 2023 auction and to place a bid. 

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    Chevrolet and Cadillac Automobiles Lead Upcoming Mecum Auctions Sale

    For the 1967 model year, Chevrolet launched the first-generation Chevrolet Camaro, a muscle car, in late 1966. A rear-wheel drive hardtop or convertible was available on this model. There were several packages offered on the first generation, but only three of them were standard: RS, SS, and Z/28. A performance package, the SS featured a 350 cubic inch or 396 cubic inch V8 engine, suspension, and drivetrain upgrades, along with 'SS' lettering and side stripes. The first-generation Camaro was manufactured by Chevrolet until 1969 before being replaced with the second-generation version. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro L89 will be a key highlight in the upcoming Houston 2023 sale, presented by Mecum Auction Company. The 1969 Camaro offered several engine options, but the L89 aluminum head big-block engine stood out as the most uncommon. By using aluminum heads, NHRA Super Stock race cars can deliver more horsepower while reducing front-end weight, improving front-rear weight distribution. Another striking vehicle on offer is a 951 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe. There were a number of Cadillac models produced between 1940 and 1964 under the Cadillac Series 40-62. As a complement to the Cadillac Series 61, in 1959, it was renamed Cadillac Series 6200 before being changed to Cadillac Calais in 1965. Explore the complete collection of automobiles available in the Houston 2023 sale and register to bid online by visiting Mecum.

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    Rare Harley-Davidson 1908 Strap Tank and 50th Anniversary Edition Bikes Highlight Mecum Auctions’ Las Vegas 2023 Sale

    The 1908 Strap Tank is regarded as a momentous model in the history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It is one of the oldest remaining vehicles of this extremely rare variety. The foremost Milwaukee machinery Strap Tanks are prized for combining an unassuming yet conservative style. A 1908 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank Wisconsin motorcycle is the key highlight of the upcoming Las Vegas 2023 sale, presented by Mecum Auctions. It was restored under the guidance of Paul Freehill of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Strap Tank is a survivor from the 450 motorcycles produced by the company in 1908. It features the original tank, engine belt pulley, wheels, seat cover, and muffler sleeve. The upcoming Mecum event also features two 1954 Harley-Davidson models produced as part of its 50th Anniversary edition. Both were finished in an anniversary-yellow hue with matching fenders.  Another striking vehicle on offer is a 1960 BSA Goldstar Clubman restored by Martin Schalkwijk. The model was manufactured by BSA from 1938 to 1963. These were 350 cc and 500 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke motorcycles celebrated for being the fastest bikes of the 1950s. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Mecum Auctions.

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    Mecum’s Upcoming KISSIMMEE 2023 Auction Features 1959 Silver Porsche 718 RSKs Edition Race Car

    A silver Porsche 718 RSK edition race car in center seat configuration is one of the leading lots in this Kissimmee 2023 auction, offered by Mecum. Built in 1959, the car has been in The Rick Grant III Estate Collection since 1990. The race car features a 1587cc DOHC flat-four engine, five-speed manual transaxle, and helically-finned four-wheel drum brakes. The 1959 Porsche 718 RSK is one of 34 produced, of which six were reportedly built in center seat configuration. An all-red BMW 507 Roadster is another key highlight of the event. The 1959 BMW is one of 252 built. The last restoration was completed in 2001. The car was part of the 3,500-mile BMW Vintage Marathon of Europe following the restoration. It has a 3168cc all-aluminum OHV V-8 engine with 150 HP.  It also features optional four-wheel disc brakes, dual carburetors, ZF four-speed manual gearbox, and an optional hardtop. It has plush leather seats with a Blaupunkt radio and a sleek steering wheel.  Elvis Presley’s private jet is another key lot. A Lockheed 1329 Jetstar with custom interiors is one of several jets owned by the American singer. Inside the cabin is a luxurious wood panel with red velvet upholstery and gold-finish hardware. The interior cabin seating can accommodate up to nine people. Other features include passenger chairs with swivel and recline functionality, a lavatory with vanity, a television with an RCA VCR player, and more. An array of motorcycles, boats, collector cars, and tractors alongside road art, signs, and pump plates will be available. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Mecum.

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    Several Automobiles Take the Spotlight at Chattanooga 2022 Auction

    Myron E. Scott, a newspaper photographer, named Chevrolet’s muscle car Corvette after naval warships. The name held significance to the brand’s target customers, primarily American men who had served in the military. The model would go on to become one of the most popular American automobiles in the 1970s. A 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe car will be highlighted at the upcoming timed Chattanooga 2022 sale, presented by Mecum Auction Company. It has several notable features, including a V-8 engine, automatic transmission, six-way sports seat. and cruise control. While the exterior is black with a glass top, the interior is gray with full leather upholstery.   A 1969 Chrysler 300 will be on offer as well. From 1962 to 1971, Chrysler built the Chrysler 300 automobile, a full-size car that was regarded as a sumptuous “muscle car” at the time. The luxury car boasts a 440 CI L-code high-performance V-8 engine with automatic transmission. It comes in a gold exterior with a complementary tan vinyl top and tan interior finish. Find the complete automobiles catalog and register to bid online by visiting Mecum.

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    Mecum’s Upcoming Dallas 2022 Auction Features 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition Race Car

    A bright blue and orange 2006 Ford GT Heritage edition race car is the opening lot in this Dallas 2022 Auction, offered by Mecum Auction Company. The car belongs to the Mile High collection. It has run 420 miles under one previous owner with a 5.4L/550 HP supercharged V-8 engine, Ricardo six-speed manual transaxle, and a helical limited-slip differential. The race car features a forged crankshaft, H-beam rods, BBS forged wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes. Its pistons are aluminum. The interior is covered in black ebony leather and has a McIntosh stereo. An all-green Daytona with metallic white wings is another key highlight of the auction. The 1969 Dodge Daytona is one of 503 produced. The last restoration was completed in 2002. The car ran on the Gateway International Raceway on September 8, 2002, following the restoration. It has a 440/375 HP Magnum V-8 engine with 10.1 compressions. It also features Torqueflite automatic transmission, A36 Performance Axle Package with 3.55 gears, Sure Grip, and power steering. It has rare C6W white seats and black interiors, with Music Master AM radio. The sport steering wheel segment has styled Daytona radial S/R tires with power brakes and front discs. Among motorcycles, a 2022 Indian Challenger, dark horse Jack Daniels edition is a notable lot. Proceeds from its sale will benefit Operation Ride Home working for military families. It is one of 107 motorcycles produced. The auction brings together collector cars, motorcycles, boats, and tractors alongside road art, signs, and billboards. Find the listed items and more by visiting Mecum Auction Company.

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    At Monterey 2022, Mecum Showcases a 1989 Lamborghini Countach

    A 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition is one of the main attractions of Monterey 2022, presented by Mecum Auctions.  It is equipped with a 5.2L V-12 engine rated at 455 HP, gated ZF five-speed manual transmission, single plate hydraulic clutch, independent front suspension, and ventilated disc brakes with four-piston calipers. Originally introduced as a concept car, Giuseppe Bertone’s design drew much attention, which convinced Lamborghini to start production. The offered lot comes in its original Bianco white paint and blue leather interiors with iconic scissor doors, power windows with tinted glass, polished O.Z. racing wheels, and Pirelli P-Zero tires.  Another top lot is a 1934 Packard 1108 twelve Dietrich individual custom convertible sedan. It is only one of 12 known to exist. Previously part of the Cassini and Andrews Collections, the Packard has won Best in Class at 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Classic Car Club of America Trophy at 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Explore more interesting lots and register to bid online on Mecum Auctions.

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    Monterey Car Week 2022 Returns Amid a Cooling Economy and Cautious Optimism

    Luxury car collectors are again flocking to California’s shore for Monterey Car Week 2022, an annual affair that promises exciting prices for the most coveted vehicles on the market. It will run from August 12 through August 21, 2022. Last year’s Monterey Car Week yielded USD 321 million and an 87% sell-through rate despite ongoing economic pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic and global instability. 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider by Scaglietti. Image courtesy of RM Sotheby’s. This August, market analysts are hoping for similar success. The current schedule for Monterey Car Week 2022 includes auctions from Mecum, Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s, and Gooding & Company. The traditional Russo and Steele Auction has been canceled this year, while Broad Arrow Auctions will join the lineup for the first time.  The market for top-of-the-line luxury cars remains vibrant, especially for cars offered at prices above $100,000. The Monterey Car Week 2022 auctions will offer an unprecedented number of top-tier cars worth at least $1 million each. Hagerty’s manager of valuation analytics, John Wiley, predicts total sales to be near $400 million. A few outcomes are possible– the high-quality consignments and widespread appreciation lead to spirited bidding and a new record total for Monterey Car Week. Other factors could drag prices down. An excess of supply and a cooling global economy may turn some collectors away. 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante. Image courtesy of Bonhams. Among the top lots of Monterey Car Week 2022 is a rare 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra, presented by Mecum. One of just 23 produced by renowned automotive designer Carroll Shelby, the vehicle retains its original aluminum body and chassis. It was driven in Formula One races, appeared on television specials, and owned by the likes of Steven Juliano, George Staugger, and David Livingston. The auction house describes it as “the stuff of legends and requiring little, if any, introduction.”  RM Sotheby’s is offering several famous vehicles, including a 1998 Ferrari F300 that brought German Formula One racer Michael Schumacher unprecedented wins in 1998. It is the most successful undefeated Ferrari Formula One chassis of all time. It may…