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Mecum Back for More in Kansas City

Mix of Classic American and Powerful Sports Cars

Posted: November 30, 2016 12:00 pm
by Shaun Tolson
Photo courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

Beginning Dec. 1, Mecum Auctions will be driving back to Kansas City for the second time this year as the company returns to the Heart of America—and the Kansas City Convention Center. It is the first time since 2014 that Mecum has hosted numerous auctions in the same city in a calendar year.

About 700 vehicles will cross the block over the three-day event. As is typical for Mecum Auctions, the selection of automobiles leans heavily toward classic American muscle and high-horsepower sports cars, though many other collector car genres will also be represented.

In 2014, Mecum sold 752 cars for US $16,931,709 over the course of its two auctions in Kansas City. Based on the results of the auction house’s first Kansas City sale in March 2016, the company is on pace to surpass both of those numbers. In March, four vehicles exchanged hands for at least US $100,000, led by a 1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback, which sold for US $210,000. Another Shelby GT500 Fastback, this one built in 1967, sold for US $170,000, while a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT coupe (with only 1,043 miles on its odometer) changed hands for US $185,000.

The second installment of Mecum’s Kansas City auction in 2016 is not without its own Shelby GT500 Fastback. This one, a 1970 example, is one of only 789 built that year and will cross the block Saturday. A restored and modified 1962 Ford F100 pickup (to be featured in a 2017 episode of “My Classic Car” on Velocity), as well as a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS with a big-block 396/375 hp engine, will also be sold Saturday.

Fans of classic Corvettes will also want to tune into Mecum’s auction on Saturday, as a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe (a last-minute consignment), with its matching-numbers 327/300 hp engine and four-speed manual transmission, will be up for grabs. Recent Mecum sales of similar cars suggest this example could sell for around US $60,000. However, the car’s air conditioning could elevate its value by tens of thousands of dollars—a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe with factory air conditioning sold for US $82,500 during a Mecum auction in Austin, Tex., in December 2015.

Several interesting vehicles have also been consigned with no reserves. These include a 2009 BMW 328i convertible, a fully restored 1977 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser and a 1934 Ford Cabriolet street rod, powered by a Buick 3.8-liter engine and equipped with a turbo 350 transmission.

Based on previous sales, estimates on the BMW range from US $11,500 to US $24,000. A very similar—possibly the same—Land Cruiser last crossed a Mecum auction block in 2014; however, the bidding stalled at US $38,000 and failed to meet the off-road vehicle’s reserve. And given the uniqueness of the 1934 Ford street rod, it’s difficult to predict the car’s value. Previous 1934 Ford Cabriolet street rods have sold through Mecum for as little as US $38,000 and as much as US $60,000.

Will Mecum continue its success in Kansas City and surpass its 2014 numbers? Will American muscle shine? Or will the return to the Heart of America stall out?

Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

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