We have to admit it. Car auctions get us all hot and bothered. All that sheet metal and shining lights, not to mention the money being thrown around on exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, etc. It's enough to drive an auto enthusiast mad with desire. I mean, c'mon. Who among us car nuts is every not mentally car shopping and building and rebuilding their dream garage in their heads?
It's in that spirit that we blast off another blog post featuring some of the coolest rides being auctioned off at today's (and tomorrow's) 2012 Mecum Dallas car auction. We'll be watching it on the Velocity Channel, and here's our shopping list:
2006 Saleen Mustang "Medusa"
2006 Saleen S281 Extreme Mustang punching out 550 hp. It was a SEMA car that won multiple awards at the Ford Nationals and Woodward Dream Cruise. Also, it only has 400 miles and it's called "Medusa". I guess it turns onlookers into stoned silence be the power of it's sheer awesomeness.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427
This 1969 Chevy Corvette 427 is super clean and has the ever popular, ankle-burning, side exhaust. To illustrate how many great cars there are at this auction, this is sort of like their version of an the Oscar's seat filler. "Just throw that regular '69 Vette 427 in there to kill some time." Seriously.
1963 Pontiac Catalina "Swiss Cheese"
I didn't have any idea that dairy products had anything to do with drag racing. The Mecum website has written an entire book on this special 1 of 14 factory-backed drag car. Buy yourself a piece of NHRA history if you'd like.
1986 Jeep CJ-7 Wrangler
Talk an about original condition Jeep CJ-7. 427 miles on the clock and the soft top in the original box, never taken out. At first I thought this was the Jeep Daisy Duke drove around in "The Dukes of Hazard". It's not, but it brings back the memories.
1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary
We were just recently spouting off about how the '79-'81 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was one of the coolest forgotten 80's cars, and here we find there are actually two examples on auction at this event. This one with 458 miles. Man, recession economy FTW!
1952 Nash Rambler
Admittedly, we have a soft spot for silly cars, but this Nash Rambler really means business underneath. There are a lot more picture at the Mecum website, but the keen eye can see the subtle side exhaust behind the front wheels connected to the LT1 V8. Best not to get it angry.
2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pack
Another little known model, this #33 or 100 factory built drag racer has a 7.0L V8 engine with a supercharger and a bunch of other race-ready gear. Although it doesn't look bad, the graphics are only a wrap, so you can customize the exterior with your favorite pizza shop sponsor and head straight to racing.
1968 Dodge Charger R/T
Practically the epitome of redneck chic, who wouldn't drive the a "General Lee" Charger to their high school homecoming or to pick up someone at the airport. The expression on people's faces would be worth it alone. This car is just a tribute, so it never turne a wheel with Bo or Luke Duke. Then again, it never was tarnished by Coy or Vance, so there's always an upside.
1969 Ford Torino Cobra Richard Petty Tribute
Are you a NASCAR fan with a vintage racing itch to scratch? Then this '69 Torino Cobra may be the perfect ride for you. It comes with 4oo hp stroked 408ci Windsor and all the necessary racing details. Again, we might be tempted to make her street legal again just to see the looks on people's faces.
1971 Chevrolet Camaro Baldwin Motion Phase III
This two owner "Dealer Super Car" has only around 14K miles on it. The past 22 years only added around 500 miles to it, and it is one of the best documented Baldwin Motion Phase III's around. A great addition to a collector, but that 550hp 454ci mill under the hood would be much to tempting for us to let it sit idle.
2009 Dodge Challenger Convertible
What you see is a '09 Challenger Convertible that was built to be a tribute to the 1971 Dodge Challenger. If they had only gone with white interior instead of this cars black, you could have had a reasonable facsimile of the Nash Bridges TV show's 'Cuda. Either way, this seems like one of the more tasteful retro-modded versions of the current modern muscle cars.
1965 Ford Mustang Resto Mod
This a unique '65 Mustang Fastback resto-mod that takes some of the best elements of the "Eleanor" Mustang and uses them in a far more subtle manner. It features a custom, one-off body kit and is powered by a tiny 466 big block V8 pushing only 600 hp. Time to make those later 60's muscle Mustangs look pretty slow.
1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
COPO Camaro's is not only rare because they are COPO's (if you don't know what COPO means, it stands for...oh, just go look it up), but it is only 1 of 2 painted in white with blue interior, and it has factory drag racing history. It contested the 1969 NHRA drag season with consistent 10-second times. Since then, it has been restored with the original engine (another rarity) and only driven 480 miles. Watch bids on this car go stratospheric.
1968 Plymouth Barracuda BO29
This '68 Barracuda BO29 is one the last built Hemi-powered Super Stocker factory drag racers. It is definitely in the nicest condition of any one we have seen, despite it running in Hemi Shootouts periodically. Cowboy driver not included.
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gulf Race Car
Talk about a unique factory racer. Most of us know about post-1963 Corvette racers, but this '61 Gulf Oil sponsored 'Vette has names attached to it like: Yenko, Duntov, VP of Gulf Oil, Grady Davis, as it's driver, and an SCCA Group B-Production championship with Dr. Dick Thompson, "the Flying Dentist". Another one to watch the bids smash through the ceiling at supersonic speeds.
1968 Ford Shelby GT500 KR Fastback
We featured a black-on-black Shelby Cobra GT500 KR earlier on this blog that was also up for auction on Saturday at Mecum 2012 Dallas. Again, just to prove the quality of cars at this event, there are multiple GT500 KR's up for auction. One is even a convertible. Wow.
1970 Plymouth Superbird
If I had been given a teenage years mulligan, a Plymouth Road Runner Superbird would have been the car I would have driven every day to high school. A) It's easy to find in the parking lot. B) Sell one and you can pay for college. C) It's got a cartoon roadrunner on it and the engine was called the "Super Commando". D) It practically runs on testosterone and immaturity, much like I did in high school.
1955 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
There's something just so cool about a modded-out Chevy Sedan Delivery. Maybe it that there is only two doors and "who knows what" going on inside the back. Probably something you don't want your parents seeing. Supposedly the Art Morrison G Machine chassis this thing rides on is capable of 0.94 G on a skidpad. Surprisingly insane, isn't it?
1972 Chevrolet Passionately Pink Camaro
Built to raise support for the "Save the Ta Tas" Foundation fight against breast cancer, this '72 Camaro was built with top line parts from 80 aftermarket manufacturers. Not only does it have heated and massage seats (best car feature ever), but comes with it's own website (www.passionatelypinkcamaro.com) that details every step of the build. Talk about an awesome conversation starter.
1957 Ford Thunderbird Phase I D/F
More with the rare factory race program cars. I didn't even know they raced '57 T-Birds back then. There is so much history behind this 1 of 8 car that I can't adequately sum it up (read it here). Just another example of the rare birds at this auto auction.
1997 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway C12
Long before any Bugatti Veyron was a glimmer in Ferdinand Piech's eye, Reeves Callaway was building modified Corvettes that were consistently breaking the 250 mph mark. Then, Chevy launched the C5 Vette, Callaway was back at the drawing board creating the C12. Callaway states that the C12 was created "to a standard rather than a cost" and this vehicle is literally the result of that creation. The car above that is being auctioned at 6pm EST on Saturday, 9/8 is "C12 001", the original prototype that was tested, developed, and unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. It the vehicle featured in the "making of" video below:
There are 1,000 vehicles up for auction at the 2012 Mecum Dallas. These are some of our favorites, but there are way too many great cars to list them all. Check it out today and tomorrow on the Velocity Channel if you can. You won't be disappointed.
Photo Credits: Mecum