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Auction Preview: Mecum Kansas City — December 4-6, 2014

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cyclone fr3Mecum Auctions is planning an all out Kansas City style wing-ding, taking place at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri during the first week of December. Some 750 classic, vintage, and collectible automobiles and motorcycles are expected to cross the auction block in a star studded spectacular that will likely net millions of dollars in revenue. Here are four of the many muscle cars projected to tally some top bids before the gavel bangs and the auctioneer hollers “SOLD” for the final time.

1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible


Lot S125, a Plum colored 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible left the factory with a 383 CI engine. However, before the original owner took final delivery of the vehicle, it had detoured through the service department at Claude R Short Dodge in Santa Monica, California where it was upgraded with a 426 CI Hemi engine,  exhaust headers, R/T exhaust tips and valence, a shaker hood with quick release pins, pedal dress-up kit, and chrome mirrors. This outstanding car also features a four-speed manual transmission, power brakes and convertible top, rallye wheels with white letter tires, flip-top locking gas cap, and rallye style instrument cluster and console.
1966 Mercury Cyclone Pace Car


Lot S75 is said to be 1 of 100 cars built to serve as pace cars for the Indy 500 race. It is a 1966 Mercury Cyclone GT 390, rated at 355-horsepower, with a C6 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, dual exhaust, and a factory GT fiberglass scoop hood. This car is an eye catching shade of red with a white convertible top and interior, with all of the appropriate GT badging, steel wheels, and factory dash mounted tachometer. This car, documented by a specially assigned vehicle identification number, is believed to be one of only 33 cars used in Festival Parade Laps of the Indy 500 race. It is also thought to have just 77,000-miles on the odometer.

1959 Chevrolet El Camino


Lot S94 is not quite a truck and more than a car — it is an El Camino — 1959 model, no less. It is also in perfect condition having undergone a full “concourse restoration.” It s equipped with the factory 348 CI bib block V8 (with three-two-barrel carbs), a four-speed manual transmission, dual exhaust, power steering and power brakes. The exterior has been skillfully repainted in the factory Cream color, accentuated by dual sideview mirrors, wide whitewall tires, full hubcaps with factory spinners, fender skirts, EZ1 tinted glass, nail guards, and a front bumper guard. This is a nice, rare big block four-speed El Camino.

1970 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback


Lot S120 is Shelby number 2720, a professionally (Ray Shimak) restored 1970 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback in Candy Apple Red with white stripes and black interior. All of the appropriate Shelby snake emblems are present, along with Carroll Shelby’s autograph across the dash. It is an Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) junior and Senior Award Winner equipped with a 428 CI Police Interceptor V8 engine, four-speed transmission, dual carburetors, Kelsey and Hayes 10-spoke Shelby wheels, and Goodyear Polyglas tires.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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