Monday, December 31, 2012

1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR2 Convertible

Corvette aficionados take note: this Ontario Orange 1971 Stingray convertible is not only one of just 12 Corvettes built that year with the ZR2 Special Purpose LS6 Engine Package; it is one of only two convertibles and is in fact the very last of Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov’s factory-built extra-high-performance specials, an august group that includes the original 1963 Z06, the 1969 ZL1 aluminum block L88 and the ZR1 Special Purpose LT1. As the very last of the so-called Z-cars, it holds an exclusive position as one of the most historically significant cars in General Motors history. It will be offered at the Mecum Kissimmee Auctuion on Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at 4:00PM.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

1991 Ferrari Testarossa 630 Miles

Ferrari resurrected an old and familiar name when it introduced the new Testarossa at the 1984 Paris Motor Show, a complete clean-sheet design that immediately polarized the motoring press and automotive industry designers, whose evaluations ranged from outright rejection to unfettered admiration. Read about this marvelous milestone Ferrari from the Collins Collection - driven just 630 miles - crossing the block at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, Saturday January 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM. 

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible "The Bounty Hunter"

Finding a genuine original Corvette L88 is always a Big Deal; production was 20 in 1967, 80 in 1968, and 116 in 1969, for a total of 216. And by most authoritative estimates, fewer than half of those still in existence have been located and confirmed. Those facts alone make it worth the 20 years it has taken to find and restore the “Bounty Hunter”, a 1968 L88 convertible owned and raced by Ronnie Reid Joyner on the roads and highways of the Southeast corridor from the day he flew it off the rail car that delivered it from the factory until he retired it in 1980. Along the way Joyner and the Bounty Hunter took on all comers, racing for money and bounty and always coming out on top. The Bounty Hunter L88 Corvette will be presented for sale at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM. Read all about it!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

1931 Ford Model A Street Rod

It took builder Jeff Madden about a year to transform his 1931 Ford Model A Fordor sedan into this extended-cab shortbed pickup truck that many will recognize from the front cover of the May 2012 issue of Hot Rod magazine. Madden began the project by placing the body and the Brookeville Roadster short pickup bed on the floor of his garage, shortening the cab until the proportions suited his eye and then building a frame to match. Perhaps the truck’s most unique feature is its Cummins 4BT turbodiesel engine, which originated in a Fritos delivery truck and then served a tour of duty in Madden’s ex-Army tow truck before getting a thorough cleanup for its new digs. Backed by a 400 Turbo automatic and a 2.41 10-bolt rear axle, the bulletproof little Cummins returned 41 MPG during a trouble-free 6,000 mile trip Madden made with his son Kevin from Charleston, SC, to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Weeks and across another 21 states. The trip ended in Madden’s home town of Titusville, Pennsylvania, next to Oil Creek, where the truck got its name. It was the site of the first oil drill, and the Oil Creek Petroleum Co. was a real company. Also featured in numerous other magazines and calendars, this homebuilt Retro Rebel has been invited to the 65th Annual Hot Rod Home Coming on March 23–24, 2013, at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. It will be presented for sale at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible 440 Six Pack Automatic

It took nine years to complete the restoration of this jaw-dropping 1970 Plymouth Road Runner convertible. That’s a long time by any measure, but a job worth doing is worth doing right. The job here was to restore the car to literally factory original condition, and that meant countless hours scouring the fruited plains for genuine NOS parts. The result is that this car is arguably the finest example in existence. Lot S146, it will be presented for sale at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction Saturday January 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

The "Entombed Corvette"

This 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster is the famous "Entombed Corvette" removed from a brick vault inside a Brunswick, Maine grocery store once owned by local businessman Richard Sampson. A successful and somewhat eccentric man who built a chain of 33 grocery stores, ran for governor and served as a Senator from Maine, Sampson bought the car new in 1954 and drove it until 1959, when he took it to the construction site of a new store in Brunswick and had workmen enclose it in a brick-and-mortar vault. "The Oldest, Lowest-Mile Unrestored Corvette in the World", the  Entombed Corvette will cross the block at 4:50 PM at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, Saturday, January 26, 2013. Read all about it!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

One of 199 produced, this unrestored and original matching numbers 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe is the car that GM featured in its promotional literature relaunching the Z06 fixed roof coupe in 2001. It will cross the block at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, January 18-27, 2013 in Kissimmee, FL. Great car; check it out here.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Tanker

29-year-old Tom Mazzola did not know what he really had when he drove his 1962 Corvette home from the dealer in 1966. But it wasn’t long before he realized it was one of the hottest cars off the assembly line – in the parlance of the day, a “Sebring” model with a rare amalgam of competition options that made it a terror on the SoCal racing scene for over a decade with Mazzola behind the wheel. This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Big Tank Fuelie is just one of 18 fabulous offerings from the John Justo Collection that will be presented for sale at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, January 18-27, 2013.

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1966 Shelby Mustang Group II Trans Am Racer

This 1966 Ford Mustang Group II A/Sedan racer is number 12 of 16 built by Shelby American to compete in the SCCA Group II amateur racing series created in concert with the professional Trans Am series. Based on the Mustang GT, these cars shared much in common with the GT350, including a Shelby-built 289 CI engine with an aluminum high-rise intake manifold and 715 CFM Holley 4-barrel carburetor, Borg-Warner close ratio 4-speed, Detroit Locker rear end, high-capacity fuel tank with quick-release filler, heavy duty front disc and rear drum brakes, Koni shock absorbers, heavy duty oil cooler and radiator, 15x7 American Racing wheels and more.