Friday, January 17, 2014

Ten Days And 3,000 Cars At Mecum Collector Car Auction In Kissimmee-Starts Today-January 17, 2014

WALWORTH, Wis. – Jan. 6, 2014 – Mecum Auctions will bring the world’s largest collector car auction to the Osceola Heritage Park grounds in Kissimmee, Fla., this Jan. 17-26 with 3,000 vehicles and 3,000 items of Road Art and memorabilia set to cross the auction block throughout the 10 days of hard-hammering action. The immense lineup includes everything from high-performance muscle cars to ‘50s era cars as well as vintage racers, European sports and exotics and of course an impressive and vast offering of Corvettes.

From investment-grade collector cars to entry-level vehicles, the lineup includes something for everyone. Vehicles will range from several thousand to several million dollars and will include marques ranging from the unique and obscure to the automotive industry giants. With such significant Corvette sales over the years, the Kissimmee auction has become an epicenter for the buyers and sellers of America’s Favorite Sports Car and this year’s auction is filled with incredible investment-grade offerings wearing the Corvette name.

Nine days and more than 48 hours of Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction will be broadcast on the NBC Sports and Esquire networks followed by a one-hour special broadcast on NBC. For a complete list of consignments visit Mecum’s website is updated daily with the most recent consignments including photos and descriptions of each vehicle. For more details on the Kissimmee auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

Certain to please anyone with a pulse, a few select vehicles set to cross Mecum’s block are detailed below:

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR Prototype “The Real McCoy” (Lot S132)
1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR Prototype "The Real McCoy" (Lot S132)
Photo by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

At a time when the Corvette brand was in jeopardy of dying off due to lagging sales and fierce competition, an olive branch came in the form of this prototype Corvette. Driven by Zora Duntov to a new two-way Flying Mile Speed Record at Daytona Speed Week, this 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR Sebring Racer was engineered specifically to race. The goal was to win the 12 Hours of Sebring in an attempt to gain credentials with buyers looking for a true champion sports car. Piloted by John Fitch and emerging as the grueling race’s class winner, this Corvette quickly became known as the car that saved the brand. Chevrolet immediately launched an advertising campaign following the race dubbing the car “The Real McCoy,” a moniker it has retained ever since. As a 2012 Bloomington Gold Great Hall Inductee, this car is truly a pioneer in Corvette’s racing history.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Dick Lang Race Car (Lot S148)
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Dick Lang Race Car (Lot S148)
Photo by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

With a storied racing history piloted by driver Dick Lang, this Corvette has been restored by the Naber Brothers to its glory day configurations and has become a multiple-award winner securing even the National Corvette Restorers Society American Heritage Award “For the preservation of a historically significant piece of Corvette history.” Finishing 4th in 1963 and 3rd in ’64 in National SCCA A/Production standings with Lang at the wheel, the car competed in nearly two-dozen documented races throughout the two-year period. With its N03 36 gallon fuel tank, this rare and coveted Z06-equipped car is further set apart by being one of just 63 big tank coupes built in 1963.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Styling Car, Mrs. Harley J. Earl’s Corvette (Lot S153)
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Styling Car, Mrs. Harley J. Earl's Corvette (Lot S148)
Photo by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

When it comes to Corvettes with great stories, this 1963 Corvette Styling Car certainly makes the grade. Originally ordered for the wife of Harley J. Earl – founder of General Motors’ Styling and Design – this pink lady is Shop Order 10324, in direct sequence one number after Mr. Earl's 1963 styling car that recently sold at Mecum’s Chicago auction for a strong $1.5 million. Featuring just 27,457 miles, this car’s ownership history is known since new, having been in the same hands and stored away since 1976. Finally back in the public eye, this one-of-a-kind factory creation is offered unrestored with just one repaint in its correct Pink Pearl shade and accompanied by documentation stating this car belonged to Chevrolet Motor Division Engineering Center.

1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Sledgehammer (Lot F259)
1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Sledgehammer (Lot F259)
Photo by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

Based on a 1988 Chevrolet Corvette, the famous Callaway Sledgehammer was built by Callaway to exceed all existing top speed records and as a showcase for Callaway’s industry-leading engineering expertise. For years the Sledgehammer claimed the title of the fastest street-driven car in the world, having set the mark on October 26, 1988 when John Lingenfelter drove it to an incredible 254.76 mph. In 2013 the Sledgehammer was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall, which “recognizes 50 people and 50 Corvettes that significantly influenced the Corvette Phenomenon” – a great honor for one of the world’s great Corvettes.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker (Lot S150.1)
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker (Lot S150.1)
Photo by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

This Corvette Z06 is considered by many Corvette authorities to be possibly the finest example of one of the rarest production Corvettes ever built. Produced on Valentine’s Day, 1963 and delivered to Atzenhoffer Chevrolet in Victoria, Texas, this Sebring Silver and Red Z06 big tank split window coupe was sold to its original owner in Grand Prairie, Texas. The owner campaigned the car extensively throughout the Midwest in SCCA competition and it was rediscovered in Salt Lake City in 1976. A frame-off restoration was completed in 1984 to the highest possible quality. The interior, chassis and drivetrain remain original to the car, which was painted with original factory-supplied Sebring Silver paint, and only original parts were used in the restoration. This extremely rare and beautiful Z06 has been inducted to the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame in addition to garnering Gold Certification, Special Collection honors and the NCRS Top Flight award. Documented with warranty booklet, owner’s packet with contents and previous owner search, the car also comes with all award certificates.

About Mecum Auctions
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Osceola Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
January 17-26, 2014
Admission: $20 per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Auction: Vehicles start daily at 10 a.m. except for Road Art Monday

Live TV Schedule: See details below
Mecum Kissimmee 2014 Live TV Schedule