Classic car auctions feature million dollar gems
The beauty, competition and thrill of a classic car auction is now being captured weekly, thanks to the new reality show Mecum Dealmakers airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
Offering an inside look at Dana Mecum, president and founder of Mecum Auctions, and his son, Frank, the show debuted on July 31 and follows the Mecums and their team on the auction floor where buyers and sellers can spend hundreds of thousands dollars, with some cars topping $1 million.
"The atmosphere and high intensity of Mecum Auctions is paralleled by the unique personalities of Dana Mecum and his son Frank, who balance the tension between buyers and sellers and really bring Mecum Dealmakers to life," said Ron Wechsler, vice president for original programming and entertainment at the NBC Sports Group.
Throughout the year, Mecum hosts several large car auctions across the country that attract classic car aficionados by the tens of thousands. Below are several of the higher-priced classic cars sold recently at Mecum auctions.
1964 Ford GT40(Credit: David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions)
This 1964 Ford GT40 features a V-8 Shelby 289 engine and a Colotti T37 4-speed transmission. The first GT40 model made its debut in April 1964 at the New York Auto Show. At a recent Mecum Auction in Houston, it sold for a whopping $7 million.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda(Credit: David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions)
This Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible is equipped with a 426/425 horsepower Hemi engine and a four-speed manual transmission. In 2002, a similar model became the first muscle car to sell for more than $1 million, and this Cuda sold for $3.5 million at a recent auction in Seattle.
1963 Shelby Cobra Roadster(Credit: John Hollansworth Jr. / Mecum Auctions)
This 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 is one of the first Cobras to employ rack and pinion steering and was used as a demonstrator to promote the new feature. It was originally offered with an accessory group that included chromed 5.5-inch wire wheels, a dash-mounted rearview mirror, wind wings, chromed bumperettes and a quick-fill fuel cap, a luggage rack and whitewall tires. Including freight and the Ford discount of $300, the car originally listed at $5,387. At a recent Mecum Auction in Indianapolis, this Shelby sold for $885,000.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe(Credit: David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions)
This unrestored 1967 Corvette had just 2,996 original miles at time of auction. With one owner until July 2011, it had its original 427/390 engine with a 4-speed transmission. The paint, interior and chrome were all original. The Corvette sold for $725,000 at a Mecum Auction in Houston.
1963 Pontiac Catalina(Credit: David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions)
The 1963 “Swiss Cheese” Catalina offered here is perhaps the most famous of the 14 built before GM’s racing ban. Sponsored by Packer Pontiac of Detroit, it was driven in 1963 by Packer employee Howard Maselles, who set the NHRA C/Stock quarter-mile class record with 12.27 seconds at 114.64 mph, a record that stood for several years. At the Mecum Auction at Indianapolis, this Pontiac sold for $530,000.
1968 Chevrolet Yanko Camaro RS/SS(Credit: David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions)
One of only 11 rally sport Yenko Camaros ever built, the '68 had rare matador red paint with black stripes and a black vinyl top. The signature Yenko hood, center caps, badges and Stewart Warner column tachometer set the car, named the 1992 Muscle Car of the Year by Muscle Car Review, apart from all other Camaros. This one sold for $450,000 at a Mecum auction in Houston.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss Fastback(Credit: David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions)
This calypso coral 1970 Ford Mustang Boss Fastback is equipped with a 429/375 horsepower engine that will allow the driver to pull a 14 second quarter-mile in stock trim. At a recent Seattle Mecum Auction, the Mustang sold for $340,000.
1968 Chevrolet Yanko Camaro SS(Credit: David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions)
This Camaro is one of 64 modified by Don Yenko in 1968. Yenko was an American race car driver who was known for creating the high-performance Yenko version of the Camaro. With 1,304 original miles, the Camaro at the Indianapolis Mecum Auction sold for $320,000.
1970 Dodge Coronet RT Hemi(Credit: Teddy Pieper / Mecum Auctions)
This 1970 Dodge Hemi features a combination 426/425 HP Hemi engine and a New Process four-speed manual transmission. At a recent auction in Harrisburg, Pa., it sold for $305,000.