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Posted: November 16, 2016 12:00 pm
by Shaun Tolson

As the holidays approach, so too does the year’s most robust shopping season; however, big purchases are likely to be made even a little earlier than normal this year.

Mecum Auctions will roll into Southern California for its fifth-annual classic and collector car auction in Anaheim, Calif. (Nov. 17-19), giving car enthusiasts a chance to buy the vehicle of their dreams (or perhaps the ultimate gift for the car collector on their holiday shopping lists). 

No doubt, Mecum is hoping for similar success then it had last year, and if the vehicle docket is any indication, the odds of a repeat performance are stacked in the company’s favor.  The auction’s two “main attractions” are scheduled to consecutively cross the block at the midway point of Mecum’s final day of consignments on Saturday.

The first, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air II, is one of only 98 examples built with an M21, four-speed transmission. When the car last sold during a Mecum auction in 2014, the winning bid of US $150,000 matched the car’s presale low estimate.

The second “main attraction” vehicle, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air I, represents one of only 92 Ram Air I automatic Firebirds built in 1968. Its Carousel Red paint job, however, makes it the only Ram Air I built with a special-order color scheme. The car received an extensive restoration in 2009, subsequently earning numerous concours awards, including “Best Pontiac” at the 2009 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

Other noteworthy vehicles on Mecum’s Anaheim docket include a 2006 Ford GT that has only 2,500 miles on its odometer and will be offered at no reserve, a 1941 Chevrolet coupe street rod (equipped with a 410 hp engine), a 1959 Volkswagen Samba 23-Window Bus, and a 2016 custom Jeep Wrangler Destroyer.

Speaking of custom, a one-off 1941 GM Futurliner vehicle carrier will also cross the block on Saturday. The one-of-a-kind transporter, with its 29-foot-long bed, was last offered for sale as part of Mecum’s three-day auction in Monterey in August; however, it failed to meet its reserve. The vehicle carried a US $800,000 – US $1,000,000 estimate, though the bidding stalled at US $500,000.

Will that Futurliner sell this time around? And will Mecum achieve similar results in Anaheim as it did in 2015?  Only time will tell.

During its Anaheim auction in 2015, Mecum sold 416 vehicles (out of more than 600 that crossed the block) for a total of US $13,853,225. As part of that sale, more than a dozen vehicles exchanged hands for at least US $100,000. As is most often the case, the auction house’s top 10 lots produced an eclectic mix of vehicles, led by a 2005 Ford GT, which commanded US $270,000.

Classic American powerhouses such as a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible flexed their automotive muscle, selling for US $170,000 and US $130,000, respectively. Contemporary European sports and supercars did equally well, as a 2013 Bentley Continental GTC Mulliner Edition and a 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider each sold for US $145,000. And, in the quirky nostalgia category, a 1963 Volkswagen 23-Window Bus achieved a hammer price of US $125,000.

Will that Futurliner sell this time around? And will Mecum achieve similar results in Anaheim as it did in 2015?  Only time will tell.

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