In almost 30 years, Mecum Auction has grown to become one of the world's leading vintage car auction companies. At that time, the Wisconsin auction house earned a reputation as a classic and contemporary muscle car specialist; and at its annual sale in Kissimmee, Florida, Mecum largely inflicts some of its most expensive sales of the year. In 2018, contemporary exotic sports and super cars accounted for six of Mecum's top ten Kissimmee sales (including its sale of the lot); However, this year's file presents a number of excellent examples of American muscleThe following vehicles, which cross the Mecum block on January 11 and 12, represent not only the power and ingenuity of American automotive design, but also the first, last, or unique unique construction of iconic automobiles.1965 Ford Prototype GT Roadster Competition In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II, chairman and CEO of his eponymous group, attempted to buy Ferrari – an acquisition plan that would help Ford create his first sports car. When Enzo Ferrari complicated the deal, he said, "If I can not buy Ferrari, I will beat Ferrari." Between January 1964 and April 1965, Ford Advanced Vehicles, in order to prepare for) the 24 hours of Le Mans-Prototypes 12 GT built. This prototype Ford GT racing car prototype of 1965 is one of five roadsters built during this production period; It is also one of only two examples that survived. The car carries the distinction of being the only open-cockpit GT to participate in the famous French endurance race; however, a gearbox failure knocked the competition car off after just 11 laps. Nevertheless, this prototype – along with the other 11 – played a crucial role in Ford's evolution as a sports car manufacturer, which led the company to win four consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1966 to 1969. In 2013, the shipper of the car, Dana Mecum ordered a three-year restoration of the quality of the contest, which brought the vehicle back to its original configuration and its bodywork of the era. The auction house predicts that the car will sell for more than $ 11 million.1967 Shelby GT500 Super SnakeAfter Ford redesigned the Mustang in 1967, Carroll Shelby introduced the GT500, equipped with a modified 428 cubic inch engine for Police Interceptor, developing 355 hp. As a promotional event for the economical Goodyear Thunderbolt tires, Shelby has created a special supercar iteration of the GT500, which was equipped with a special special 427 engine. This car, known as the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, was originally sold for $ 5,000 in August 1967. It remained largely in its original state. and has recently been the subject of a slight restoration. She was equipped with a new set of Thunderbolt whitewall tires. according to Mecum AuctionWhen the car crosses the block at Kissimmee, it could be sold for up to $ 1.2 million – a conservative estimate considering that it was sold for $ 1.3 million at the Mecum auction in Indianapolis in December. 2013.1965 Shelby 289 Cobra CSX2588Unlike the previous two vehicles – considered valuable vehicles in part because of their prototype status – the 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra CSX2588 is just as desirable to be the last of its era. The car, which is the last 289 Cobra sold to the public, is also the penultimate 289 Cobra built (the last example, CSX2589, has remained in the Shelby family since it was released from the factory). the final 289 Cobra built with a four-speed manual transmission. For all these reasons, not to mention the fact that the car has retained its original chassis, body, engine and transmission, this rare American bodybuilding car could sell for up to 1.4 million dollars. dollars.Ford McMullen Roadster 1932If you were a child in the 1960s and you love cars, chances are you'll remember this 1932 Ford Roadster. Built by the late Tom McMullen, who has already written articles for Hot rod magazine and later founded an publishing house that created Rodder Street magazine, the legendary roadster, magazine covers, works of art from inspired record albums, and often appeared in television commercials and various films. Until the day he sold the roadster in 1970, McMullen continuously modified and improved the car, which allowed him to speed records at El Mirage and Bonneville. The car has since been restored to its appearance on the cover of Hot rod magazine in April 1963. If sought-after rodding enthusiasts end up in Kissimmee, this car, last sold for $ 700,000 in 2012, could easily overshadow its $ 1 million high estimate.
Pair of corvettes GM Styling DepartmentChevrolet unveiled the Corvette at the New York Auto Show in 1953 as part of its Motorama Display. Although it was designed as a show car, this emerging model has attracted enough interest to convince GM to turn the Corvette into a production car. In the mid-1960s, the model underwent a gradual metamorphosis that introduced the Sting Ray design. Two rare examples of Sting Ray, built and offered to two of GM's most influential automotive designers, will be offered for sale in pairs at the Mecum auction. The 1963 convertible was offered to Harley Earl, who pioneered hand-drawing and clay modeling, and also created GM's Motorama Dream Cars (including the original Corvette). Blue metallic with a white stripe, the car features production elements, such as side exit exhaust pipes that exit through openings behind the front wheel arches and extend backward into chrome channels. The second car, built for Earl's successor, Bill Mitchell, who oversaw the design of the Corvette Sting Ray from 1963 to 1967, is a 1964 coupe, also painted in metallic blue. It features a finished engine compartment to show car standards. Together, these two unique Corvettes are expected to sell for up to $ 3 million – a plausible estimate if we take into account the last sale of Earl Corvette in 1963 for $ 1.5 million. through a Mecum auction in 2013.Launch Gallery: Preview of the Mecum Auction Kissimmee auction – In picturesRelated storiesTwo LaFerraris will be the main event at the January sale of the Mecum auctionOur car coverage that generated the most traffic in 2018The 10 best celebrity homes on the market in 2018