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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

6 Collectable Classic Cars Heading for Mecum Auction


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Anytime an auction rolls around, we know we’re in for some beautiful classic cars and big sales. Mecum’s upcoming Kissimmee auction, then, shouldn’t disappoint. Heralded as “the world’s largest collector car auction,” the vehicles on display will take up 10 days worth of auction action.

We’ll be on hand January 24-25 to witness some of the insanity in person. For now, these are some of our favorites that will be hitting the block in the coming days.

1961 Chevrolet Corphibian

 Estimate: $75,000-$100,000


We’ve covered the Chevrolet Corphibian previously because it’s such a cool and unique thing to behold. An amphibious Corvan, built by GM engineers, and later scrapped by execs lacking a vision for amphibious vehicles for the masses.
It’s the only one in the world, and it’s estimated to fetch upwards of $100,000 at auction later this week.

1973 Dodge Challenger Race Car

Estimate: $40,000-$80,000

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This 1973 Dodge Challenger should look familiar to race fans around the country. It wears the iconic powder blue found on Richard Petty’s rides through the years. It was developed by Petty Enterprises as a prototype for a customer vehicle lineup available to buyers in the early ‘70s as part of Chrysler’s kit car program.
Even though it was just a prototype, it found itself on the track until 1980, and was eventually restored to the condition you see here. You could be paying up to $80,000 for this piece of history.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

Estimate: $150,000-$180,000


It may not look pretty to most of you, but this rare Dodge Daytona could be a gold mine for some lucky enthusiast. An Alabama barn find, the Daytona in question has only had two owners, and features an original Dodge 440 engine.

At an estimated $180,000, it may not come cheap, but a fully-restored version could see buyers bidding near seven figures.

1992 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR

Estimate: N/A


In 1992, Bill Elliot joined the Junior Johnson race team, driving the Budweiser Ford Thunderbird. That same year, Elliot won four races, and finished just 10 points out from first place. Now that car is crossing the auction block—a beautiful piece of memorabilia for any hardcore NASCAR fan.

1989 Porsche 962

 Estimate: $2,500,000-$3,000,000


We saved the best two for last, starting with this stunner of a Porsche endurance car. Take a trip back to 1989, where the 962 in question was tearing up tracks from Daytona to Lime Rock (and everywhere in between).

It took home first place at the 1989 Daytona 24 Hour, Palm Beach Grand Prix, and Porsche Cup USA. It was eventually retired in 1989, where it was owned by a private collector for a number of years. Now, it’s hitting the auction block in Kissimmee, where it’s expected to fetch as much as $3,000,000.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

 Estimate: $800,000-$1,000,000

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From the track to the road, this pristine 1967 Toyota 2000GT could fetch record numbers when it hits the block.
Between 1967-1970, Toyota sold just 62 examples of the 2000GT. With an MSRP of $6,000, it was a pricey purchase for most consumers at the time. The one you see here was one of three 2000GTs owned by veteran racer Otto Linton, and is considered to be a “top-shelf example.”

Photo Credit: Mecum Auctions