Mecum Kissimmee 2017 Auction Coverage: The Drag Cars

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Mecum Auctions has easily gathered the greatest collection of drag cars to ever be offered under one roof this January at their annual Kissimmee Auction. From factory light weight’s to yenko’s to modern muscle machines like the Cobra Jet Mustang and the COPO Camaro, they are all here for sale at Mecum. Just take a look below at the wide variety of drag cars! JDSMotorsports.com will be attending Mecum, shooting tons of photos and video’s. Many of these cars will appear on our you tube channel in both quick features and full features so be sure and stay tuned!

We will also have daily cars to watch from Mecum starting on Sunday!

For all the items going across the block at Mecum Kissimmee, click the link below!

https://www.mecum.com/auctions/kissimmee-2017/lots/featured/

Let your eye’s feast on this 1/4 mile goodness!

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015: Friday Cars To Watch

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For all of Friday’s listings, CLICK HERE

 

All photos credit Barrett-Jackson

 

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Lot 905: 1991 GMC Saudi Syclone

What makes this one cool: We mentioned another GMC Syclone earlier in the week, but this one is one of 31 “Saudi” Syclone’s that were built for export. Ultra rare, I can’t remember the last time I saw one up for sale. This one has been modded a little bit so we will see how that effects its final auction price.

 

Lot 999: 1969 Ford Talladega 

What makes this one cool: By this point, you know I have a thing for Talladega’s!

Lot 1004: 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda Convertible

What makes this one cool: HEMI, ‘CUDA, CONVERTIBLE. Need I say more?

Lot 1024: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra “Recreation” 

What makes this one cool: Speaking of the Ford Talladega, this one is its evil big brother. A VERY rare car and personally one of my favorites of all time, this one is actually a clone. But even in clone form, this one has a lot of nice parts on it and as rare as they are, I expect this one to go for somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 grand.

Lot 1037: 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty 455

What makes this one cool: These cars were factory beasts, rare, and always bring good money.

Lot 1069: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO

What makes this one cool: A lot of COPO cars you see are restored or kept in their factory condition, but honestly, that’s not what they were meant to do, they were meant to drag race. That is exactly what this one did. With its history, it will be interesting to see if that helps or hurts its value.

Lot 1051: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

What makes this one cool: Being that there is one in my garage, I gotta keep my eye on this one!

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015: Tuesday Cars To Watch

For the Barrett-Jackson TV Schedule, CLICK HERE

 

Day two at Barrett-Jackson! Here are our cars to watch for today.

CLICK HERE for all of Tuesday’s cars.

All Photos Credit Barrett-Jackson

 

Lot 266: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Custom

What makes this one cool: LS1, big wheels, pro touring look, this is one sexy C3.

Lot 2014: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette

What makes this one cool: Always been one of my favorite early C1 Corvettes. This is our first car we’ve mentioned out of the Ron Pratte collection, that name alone should run the numbers up on this one!

Lot 2015: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Copo 427

What makes this one cool: Another one out of the Pratte collection. This highly documented COPO 427 car is sure to bring well into the six digit range.

Lot 268: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

What makes this one cool: We saw the low mile pace car pop up at the Chevrolet dealership auction last year and it did very well in “Barn Find” condition. This one has 4 miles on it and is in showroom condition.

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.

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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.

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1967 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere Factory Race Car

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

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1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

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

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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.

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

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

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1968 Ford Mustang Factory Lightweight

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

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1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 

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

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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.

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1966 Ford Mustang Shelby SCCA Race Car

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

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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: Cars To Watch Thursday

Here are our top ten cars to watch for Thursday, January 24th at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida.

TOP-10

Click the description under each picture for more info.

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette

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1994 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super PickUp

cuda

1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda Convertible

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1962 Chevrolet Corvette

stude

1951 Studebaker Commander Convertible

hudson

1951 Hudson Hornet Convertible

beechcuda

1974 Plymouth ‘Cuda

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1971 Chevrolet Corvette Resto-Mod

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1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

(All Photo Credits: Mecum.com)

For your unofficial Mecum Kissimmee 2013 guide CLICK HERE

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 Final Recap

What a week its been! Tons of posts, tons of tweets, tons of awesome cars going across the block at Barrett-Jackson, or #bja2013 as I’ve became used to calling it via Twitter!  First off I have to say thanks to everyone who have taken time to read our blog posts and interact with us on Twitter @jdsmotorsports. I wasn’t one hundred percent sure how the reception would be to it but it has been very well received so look for much more auction coverage to come from Barrett-Jackson, Mecum and others this year!

Top 5 Sellers

There is lots to talk about but I guess the best place to start would be at the top! So lets look at the top sellers for the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.

5. 1934 DUESENBERG J MURPHY LWB CUSTOM BEVERLY SEDAN- $1,430,000

Beautiful car. I’m not a big fan of the early luxury cars but if I was going to buy one I’d want one that looked like this. Classic styling.

4. 1968 SHELBY EXP 500 “THE GREEN HORNET”- $1,980,000

I must have missed the update on air Saturday night but I’m assuming this car sold? It was bid to 1,800,000 but according to the top sellers list they have it listed at 1,980,000. So they must have worked out a deal after the auction. If not the most rare Shelby out there, its top three for sure.

3. 1947 TALBOT-LAGO T-26 GRAND SPORT- $2,035,000

I’m not sure I had even heard of a Talbot before this auction but I love it! This isn’t a car, its a work of art!

2. 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE- $2,035,000

Gullwing, what a car, but not just any Gullwing, Clark Gable’s Gullwing. I knew this one would go for big money and actually at this price I’d consider it a pretty good deal. With the history this one could have easily went for more money.

1. #1 BATMOBILE The Batmobile- $4,620,000

The Batmobile, I gotta be honest, I didn’t see what the buzz was about. I figured two hundred, three hundred thousand at most. But then as the weekend went on I couldn’t help but notice how much hype surrounded the car. It was then that I had a feeling it might get up towards one millions. But when I saw the car coming out to the block I had to take a double take, it looked like Muhammad Ali was walking out for a heavyweight title fight, the crowd was unreal. It was at that moment I knew we were about to watch something special.

Below is the video footage of the car selling. Fast forward about thirty seconds in. If you haven’t saw it, you gotta watch it!

Charity Cars

One of the cool things about Barrett-Jackson is the amount of money that they raise for charity, check out some of the awesome charity rides that went across the block this week.

Lot 3020: 1969 Ford Bronco- Up for auction my NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and his girlfriend. This baby raised $500,000 dollars for the Armed Forces Foundation.

Lot 3030: 2012 Ford Mustang Race Car- Another charity car with NASCAR involved. This is a Rusty Wallace built race car. It sold for $200,000 dollars for the NASCAR Foundation.

Lot 3010: 1958 Chevrolet Corvette- This car was put up for auction by GM chairman and CEO David Akerson. The car brought $270,000 dollars. 100% went to Habitat For Humanity.

Lot 3011: 1953 Ford F-100- This truck was customized by Chip Foose and donated by the WD-40 company. It sold for $170,000 dollars to benefit Childhelp and the Victory Junction Gang.

Lot 3013: 2013 Shebly GT500 Ford Mustang- Really surprised this baby didn’t go for a lot more money. It brought $200,000 dollars for JDRF. I’d have to think being the last body style and year Mustang Carroll Shelby will ever have his hands on, being the fact that this is a one of, that it will be the most collectible of all the 2007 and up GT500’s. Either way it was cool to see Carroll’s grandson and Henry Ford III standing on stage together!

Lot 3014: 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro- Any time you here the words COPO you know big money is soon to follow. This 2012 COPO Camaro brought $400,000 dollars to benefit the American Heart Association.

Lot 3017: 2009 Ford F150- This truck belonged to former President George W. Bush. But even Jay Leno couldn’t talk it up to anything higher than $300,ooo for the Fisher House. This one was purchased by NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick with the help of NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.

Lot 3016: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray- I knew when it was announced that this car would sell across the block at Barrett-Jackson(CLICK HERE for the article) that it would bring big money. And big money it did, $1,100,000 to be exact. It was also purchased by Rick Hendrick.

Coverage Review

We’ve had a lot of coverage over the past week and a half, talked about a lot of cars. So rather than beat a dead horse so to speak, I’m just going to share the links to all the previous coverage. You can follow the links in these entries to see more results.

“Friends of Carroll Shelby” To Auction off Mustang for JDRF

The Salon Cars

Tuesday Cars To Watch

Wednesday Cars To Watch

Tuesday Recap

The Automobilia 

Thursday Cars To Watch

Photos From Barrett-Jackson

Wednesday Recap

First 2014 Corvette to sell at Barrett-Jackson

Thursday Recap

Friday Cars To Watch

Friday Cars To Watch Part II

Saturday Cars To Watch

Friday Recap

Saturday Cars To Watch Part II

Super Saturday Recap

Sunday Cars To Watch

Barrett-Jackson Isn’t The Only Auction In Town

The pick of the auction

While its hard to pick just one, I had a clear favorite of this years auction. Lot 5041, a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88. This car is just awesome, one of the best looking year Corvette’s ever in nasty race trim. This thing brought $1,100,000 dollars and went to the Rick Hendrick collection.

 

Here is a video of it going across the block.

That’s it for now, stay tuned, later in the week we will somehow narrow it down and pick our top ten cars of the auction.

Also stay tuned to the site for tons of coverage from the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. We will also be on hand Thursday and Friday taking tons of pictures.