The Mecum Experience: Kissimmee 2013

Every year on Speed you here the announcers talk about how you’ve got to go to Barrett-Jackson if you are a car guy, you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Well for most of us east coast guys driving across the country isn’t really an option. But what we can do is make the trip south to Kissimmee, Florida to the Mecum Auction. A place by the way that had more cars this year than Barrett-Jackson. So I agree with the commentators on the Barrett-Jackson, you’ve got to go, but as the  Mecum has take says, you’ve got to go #WhereTheCarsAre #MecumKissimmee!

When you first drive up at Mecum you are in too much awe to worry about the cost of admission. With $8 dollars to park and $20 dollars a head to get in its kind of pricey but I wouldn’t have cared if they had said $100 dollars I would have still gladly paid it to walk through those gates.

We were kind of a late arrival on Thursday night so we jumped on the shuttle and headed straight to the main building where the auction is held.

Greeted at the door by a rare ZR2 Corvette along with an L88 Corvette I figured we must be in the right place!

The auction itself is truly a spectacle, the lights, the setting, it just makes you want to spend money!

Watching auctions are nice, but if you’ve been to as many as I have, and just spent 30 hours of your life watching Barrett-Jackson on TV, they get old quick. So with darkness setting in quickly I decided we had better hit the cars if we were going to take much of it in tonight.

Our first stop was the main tent right outside the door, when I walked in I got dizzy for a moment trying to look at all the rare cars. Here are a few shots.

From there we headed for the memorabilia tent.

Once out of that tent we were left with a choice, try and start walking through all the other tents full of cars or head to the “Catalog Cars” and see the best of the best. I chose the greedy route and we headed for the best! Walking into this building will literally take your breath away.

This is where our day one journey ended, I could have stayed there all night, but we had been on the road since 4 am so we figured a little shut eye was in order.

For all of the pictures from Thursday at Mecum CLICK HERE

We went back around 2 pm to Mecum on Friday, I wanted to be sure I had plenty of time to see everything. I was a little bummed right off that bat that you couldn’t access the cars that were already sold unless you had bought one of them. I completely understand why I just wish I could have looked from the other side of the fence!

So we started our walk in zig-zaging through the tents, trying not to miss anything! By the time we left I felt sure I had saw 75% of it, there is just so much to take in at Mecum, you really need to be there earlier in the week before the auction really starts to see everything when its in line and in place.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.

For all the pictures from Friday CLICK HERE

Here is a look at the Top Ten Sellers for 2013

1. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster- $735,000

2. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429- $417,000

3. 1966 Ford Mustang SCCA Group 2 A/Sedan- $400,000

4. 1970 Plmouth Hemi ‘Cuda- $320,000

5. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06- $310,000

6. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window- $275,000

7. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible- $250,000

8. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Tanker- $242,000

9. 2005 Ford GT- $220,000

10. 1955 Ford Convertible Resto Mod- $210,000

Ebay Find Of The Week: 1966 Plymouth Satellite Hemi

To find a Hemi car is rare, to find an 1966 Hemi car is even more rare, but to find an export car with only ten thousand miles is unheard of.

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Here is the quote from the ad.

1966 Plymouth HEMI Satellite with 16 628 original KM (10 340 miles). The car was an export for Europe in 1966 by Chrysler USA for Chrysler  France and sold brand new by Garage Bosquet in Paris, France.  Assembled at Lynch Road Detroit USA, the car was then shipped from the factory to Paris in France on February 25th 1966. The car is equipped with the very well desired  426ci / 425hp Hemi engine with a torqueflite automatic transmission. Exterior paint is finished with the Silver Metallic code AA1  while the interior is done in the electric red premium interior trim code P4R with bucket seats and console option.  Among the factory equipments, you will find some nice options such as : the power drum brakes, power steering, power window, tinted glass, light package, 3 spoke wood steering wheel,  day & night mirror and the very rare front and rear bumper guards. Since it’s a European export car, it came out from Lynch Road assembly plant with radio and outside mirror delete option. 

 
 
After being stored for year’s in France, the car made it’s way back to North America 6 years ago to undergo a complete nut & bolt restoration. The car at that point was still in it’s original paint with it’s original interior. Being a rust free car, the body retains all of it’s original body panels and sheet metal.  The car has been restored to all the original stock specs with the use of the most NOS parts we could find. As far as documentation,  the car was decoded by Chrysler Historical Services and the copy of that record will be given to the new owner along with the original Certicard, microfilm of the build card from factory records  and also with the Hemi Powered owner’s manual.
 
 
The car has 0 miles since the restoration and was debuted at the Chicago MCAN Muscle car & Corvette Nationals in November 2012. Entered in the premium judging concour, the car won the Gold title with a score of  993 points out of 1000.

 To see the ad, CLICK HERE

 

 

Mecum Kissimmee 2013: Saturday Cars To Watch

Everyone knows Saturday is the biggest day at any major auction. Mecum Kissimmee is no exception. I mean, I don’t even know where to start. This is such a stacked line up I should probably just post all the cars as ones to watch. But SOMEHOW I’m going to make myself only talk about ten cars. BUT I am going to simply post pictures of some more under “honorable mention”.

TOP-10

Okay, wait a minute, I mean have you looked at the cars at Mecum Kissimmee? Ten? No way. There is more than ten Corvette’s going across the block today that deserve mention. So lets do this, check out my Top Ten Corvettes for Saturday by CLICKING HERE. Even with the Vette’s out of the way it was really hard to pick a top ten. To give you an idea of just how many nice cars are here before I pick the top ten cars to watch for Saturday here is the “honorable mentions”.

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To see all of Saturday’s cars CLICK HERE

And now finally, my top ten cars to watch for Saturday.

Click the description under each car for more info.

69

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Resto-Mod

I have saw and photographed this car in person on several occasions. The attention to detail is out of this world, the flat black paint on top is sinister looking. Tied in with the black vinyl top this is just one good looking Camaro.

hemiracecar

1967 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere Factory Race Car

Hemi, light weight, factory drag car. Need I say more?

bluemule

1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

The “Blue Mule”.  A very nicely modified, highly optioned, COPO car.

cross ram

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 “Cross Ram”

Cross Ram cars bring a fortune, mix in the big brakes and this one should fetch well into the 100k range.

boss

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

I’ve saw this one in person too, very nice low mile car. 8,064 miles to be exact.

68

1968 Ford Mustang Factory Lightweight

Our second lightweight car of the day. This one is of the Ford variety.

cuda

1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 

Low miles, unrestored, excellent condition. This car should fetch a mint.

bird

1970 Plymouth Superbird

One of two Superbirds to cross the block today. Four speed, six pack, national show winner. Very curious to see what this one goes for.

33

1966 Ford Mustang Shelby SCCA Race Car

1 of 16 made. With Carol Shelby’s name on it, this car should bring big money.

pontiac

1963 Pontiac Tempest 421 Super Duty

1 of 6 produced. 421 Super Duty. Known as “World’s Fastest Tempest”.

(All Photo Credits: Mecum.com)

For your unofficial Mecum Kissimmee 2013 guide CLICK HERE

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Mecum Kissimmee 2013: Saturday’s Top Ten Corvette’s

TOP-10

Click the description of the car below for more info.

BE WARNED, Vette fan’s will need a towel!!

62

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake “Tanker” Fuelie Car

65

1965 Chevrolet Corvette “Tanker” Fuelie Car

61

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake “Tanker” Fuelie Car

z06

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

53

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

57

1957 Chevrolet Big Brake “Fuelie” Car

62silver

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake “Fuelie” Car

67

1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Factory AC Car

l88white

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88

zr2

1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR2

But wait! There is more! Who can forget one of the most famous Vette’s of all time, the 1954 “Entombed” Corvette.

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CLICK HERE to read about it.

 

(All Photo Credits: Mecum.com)

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Mecum Kissimmee 2013: Friday

Went back to Mecum today this time in the daylight, took a bunch more pictures! I wish I would have got here earlier in the week so I could have saw everything. They won’t let you in the lot with the sold cars, kinda sucks but I understand why. Anyway here are the pictures, I’ll have a full write up on it when I get back home!

For all the pictures CLICK HERE

NCRS Kissimmee Corvette Show 2013: Friday

Day two at the NCRS Kissimmee Corvette show. The NCRS judges were hard at work this morning!

 

For all the pictures CLICK HERE

 

Had this little guy waiting for us at the room when we got back

If you missed yesterday’s photos CLICK HERE