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AUGUST 2011

Classic Boats on the Block


SEPTEMBER 15-18 Pheasant Run Resort St.Charles, IL

1000 VEHICLES

LOT S80 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle Unrestored

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Mecum Auctions has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 24 years, and has become America’s largest Collector Car Auction Company offering over 7,500 vehicles per year. With auctions spanning coast to coast, Mecum is able to provide the utmost in customer service while giving both buyers and sellers the greatest of options.

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Our 2011 Summer Road Trip has been bringing in some exciting sales numbers. Check out the results of our auctions in Milwaukee, Des Moines and Walworth in this issue. The fun and excitement continues as we return to Pheasant Run Resort in beautiful St. Charles, Illinois for our premier Fall event September 15 - 18. One thousand vehicles will cross the block over four big days, headlined by a number of amazing vehicles. The Mecum calendar sports two exciting new auctions in 2011. The Mecum Geneva Lake Antique and Classic Boat Auction, September 25 at the Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wisconsin, is an exclusive offering of vintage watercraft and related memorabilia that spans the 20th century. Two weeks later, Mecum will present its inaugural Dallas Auction, October 6-8. Featuring several extraordinarily rare machines from the classic and muscle car era, the auction will broadcast Live on HD Theater from the Dallas Convention Center over three days.   As the end of the summer of 2011 begins to arrive, we at Mecum wish all our friends and their families safe travels on their vacations and many happy memories, and invite one and all to join us for the exciting events on the docket this Fall.


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MILLERS AT MILWAUKEE

VINTAGE ENGINE BRINGS $250,000

It took David V. Uihlein Sr. decades to accumulate one of the greatest collections of rare engines, vintage parts and racing memorabilia in the world. On the morning of July 8th, Mecum offered the entire collection at No Reserve during the 17th annual Miller Meet at the Milwaukee Mile. Each piece of vintage racing history went home with the highest bidder and the star of the show, a Supercharged Miller 91 engine, hammered for $250,000 on the auction block. This one-of-a-kind event, hosted by the Harry Miller Club, drew a crowd of hundreds and featured some of the most famous Indy Cars reliving their glory on a historic race track. After the auction concluded on Saturday morning, some lucky spectators were offered to go for a ride at the Mile and witnessed the graceful power of these legendary cars first-hand. M


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Mecum’s 2011 Millers at Milwaukee Top 10 Sales (all sales reflect hammer prices) were: 1. Miller 91 Supercharged Engine (Lot Z236) at ............. $250,000 2. Miller 110 Engine (Lot Z230) at....................................... $72,500 3. Cragar Engine (Lot Z228) at............................................. $32,000 4. Frontenac Engine (Lot Z235) at ......................................... $30,000 5. Stagar Valve Engine (Lot Z233) at .................................. $25,000 6. Speedway Engine (Lot Z234) at....................................... $24,000 7. Aluminum Intercooler (Lot Z224) at ............................... $23,000 8. Hal Engine (Lot Z232) at ................................................. $14,000 9. Rutherford Engine (Lot Z229) at . ................................... $14,000 10. Alfa Romeo Engine (Lot Z226) at ................................. $11,250

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DES MOINES

Total sales reached $5.2 million with a 67% sellthrough rate at our annual Des Moines Auction last month. Lead by the top sale, a 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang that hammered for $225,000, Mecum’s 2011 Des Moines offering garnered nearly $2 million more than last year’s event. With a heat index over 100 degrees, thousands flocked to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the all-indoor auction, which was broadcast live on Mecum’s national TV show “Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More” on Discovery Communications’ HD Theater. “We have been hosting auctions in Iowa for more than 20 years and have developed a very loyal following in the region,” said President Dana Mecum. “Over the years Des Moines has proven itself as a great place to buy or sell a collector car.” Complete auction results are available to Mecum InfoNet members, which is free to join on our website at WWW.MECUM.COM. M

Mecum’s 2011 Des Moines Top 10 Vehicle Sales (all sales reflect hammer prices) were: 1. 1969 Ford Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S160) at ............... $225,000 2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (Lot S153) at.................... $120,000 3. 1957 Ford Thunderbird E Code (Lot S114) at................. $75,000 4. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S123) at . .......... $60,000 5. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Replica (Lot S128) at .... $60,000 6. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S107) at......... $54,500 7. 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible (Lot S106.1) at ......... $52,500 8. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S116.1) at...... $46,000 9. 1957 Chevrolet 150 2-Door Sedan (Lot S127.1) at ....... $45,000 10. 2004 Gulfstream Crescendo Motor Home (Lot F196) at .$44,000


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SALES UP 40%

BOSS 429 LEADS TOP 10 AT DES MOINES AUCTION


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Gone Farmin’ 2011 boasted a 78% sell-through

rate August 5 - 6 with over 225 tractors crossing the auction block and sales totaling over $900,000. A six-figure John Deere yielded a crop of green at the show in Walworth, Wisconsin, hammering for $117,500. The 1958 High Crop was beautifully restored and one of nine produced with electric start. The offering included almost every tractor manufacturer imaginable and the total sales doubled the results from last year’s inaugural auction. The highly anticipated John Deere collection of

Estel Theis crossed the block at No Reserve on Saturday afternoon, sending 31 tractors to new homes all over the country. The auction included both restored and unrestored tractors as well as several hundred pieces of memorabilia. “We would like to thank all of the buyers, sellers and spectators that came to Walworth for our 2nd annual tractor auction,” said Dan Mecum, “The combined 80% sell-through rate at both Gone Farmin’ auctions this year indicate a strong demand for vintage tractors.” M


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DRAWS $117,500 2ND ANNUAL AUCTION SALES DOUBLE OVER PRIOR YEAR

Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ 2011 Top 10 Tractor Sales (all sales reflect hammer prices) were: 1. 1958 John Deere 720 High Crop (Lot S55) at . ........... $117,500 2. 1937 John Deere 62 (Lot S62) at.................................... $36,000 3. 1959 John Deere 830 (Lot S78) at.................................. $20,000 4. 1952 Farmall Super MDV (Lot F55) at . ............................. $19,000 5. 1974 Farmall 1066 (Lot S37) at . .................................... $18,000 6. 1965 Farmall 806 Wheatland (Lot S34) at....................... $16,000 7. John Deere 730 (Lot S122) at ........................................ $15,000 8. 1955 John Deere 80 (Lot S52) at.................................... $14,000 9. 1955 John Deere 60 (Lot S123) at ................................. $13,000 10. 1943 John Deere AO (Lot F22) at ................................. $11,000


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ST.CHARLES

EARLY CONSIGNS FOR SEPTEMBER AUCTION

Mecum’s premier fall event returns to Chicagoland at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL September 15 through 18. Nestled along the beautiful Fox River, St. Charles has played host for this auction since the mid 1990s. As an event known for offering highly significant muscle cars, this year is certainly no exception. Early consignments in the stunning lineup include a 1969 Yenko Camaro, a highly documented and virtually unrestored 1969 Yenko Chevelle, a 1968 Royal Bobcat 428 GTO, a 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 Factory Show Car, a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang and a half dozen Hemi Mopars. The auction is open to all collector cars and with 1000 vehicles expected, the line up is sure to offer something for everyone. Once again, this year’s auction will be broadcast live on HD Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The daily updated list of vehicles is available at WWW.MECUM.COM. The consignment book is still open and great positions are still available, so consign today to make your car a star. M

S80

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle Unrestored

1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

S81

327/375 HP, 4-Speed

S93

455/360 HP, Automatic

1970 Buick GS Stage 1 Factory Show Car


S95

1963 Plymouth Belvedere Max Wedge

S109 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 KK #1451, 4-Speed

S97

1968 Pontiac Royal Bobcat 428 GTO

S120 1971 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack, 4-Speed

426/415 HP, 4-Speed

428/425 HP, 4-Speed

S102 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro 427/425 HP, 4-Speed

S121 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Factory Test Car 428 CI CJ, Automatic


ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOATS AT THE ABBEY Mecum is proud to present the Geneva Lake Auction of Antique and Classic Boats on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at the Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva, an exclusive offering of vintage watercraft and related memorabilia that spans the 20th century and includes such revered names as Chris-Craft, Dodge, Lyman and Gar Wood. Held in conjunction with the ACBS Annual International Antique and Classic Boat Show, the event begins with previews scheduled for Friday and Saturday from 10am-7pm; the auction will commence with memorabilia at 10am on Sunday.

LOT U101

1918 Leyare 30’ Custom Launch

LOT U104

1957 Herter Duofoil 16’ Flying Fish Deluxe

LOT U105

1957 Yellow Jacket 14’ Runabout

LOT U115

1953 Delta 14’ Deluxe Runabout

LOT U116

1922 Chris-Craft 26’ Standard Runabout

LOT U118

1970 Lauterbach Hydroplane


National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the most “distinctive destinations” in the United States. The air is clean, the water pure, and the climate perfect for outdoor enjoyment. Smooth, welcoming beaches occurring at intervals along the lake’s shoreline are an invitation to swim, while wooded hills provided a cool, welcoming refuge.

Lake Geneva is famous for its pristine environment, natural beauty and rich, varied history. Ringed by gently sloping natural forests, Lake Geneva’s crystalclear waters have attracted visitors for 150 years, making it one of North America’s premier vacation destinations and the most widely known summer resort in the Midwest. It was recently honored by the

LOT U120

1955 Chris-Craft 18’ Cobra

LOT U121

1946 Ventnor 18’ Deluxe Runabout

LOT U122

1975 Lauterbach N-72 Hydroplane

LOT U125

1956 Chris-Craft 26’ Continental

LOT U126

1935 Chris-Craft 25’ Custom Runabout

LOT U127

1929 Dodge 26’ Watercar Model 826


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Lake Geneva is also a longtime popular playground for vintage wood boat enthusiasts, and this year the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) will host more than 100 of the top ranked and prized classic/vintage boats in all classes from the entire US and Canada at the Annual International Antique and Classic Boat show Sept. 23 & 24, 2011 on the shores of Lake Geneva. Sponsored by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. with its Blackhawk Chapter, the judged event will take place Friday & Saturday at The Abbey Resort, Fontana, WI. The only full-service resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, the Abbey Resort is a treasured and famous

LOT U129

1966 Lyman 28’ Sportsman

LOT U133

LOT U139

LOT U132

1937 Ventnor F-121 Hydroplane

1936 Chris-Craft 22’ Triple Cockpit 519 Custom

LOT U135

1966 Buehler Turbocraft 24’ Bar Harbour

1931 Dodge 26’ Watercar Model 826

LOT U142

1941 Chris-Craft 19’ Barrel Back Custom


Consign now or register to bid, and join us for a celebration of classic wood boats, gorgeous surroundings and the excitement of a Mecum event - it all comes together at the Geneva Lake Auction of Antique and Classic Boats on Sunday, September 25, 2011. M

icon nestled on 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. Totally renovated in 2005, the Abbey Resort celebrates over 45 years of hospitality excellence, offering family vacation fun, romantic getaways, spa retreats and exceptional meeting and event facilities.

LOT U150

1937 Ventnor 18’ Racing Runabout

LOT U151

1986 Wellcraft 38’ Scarab KV 38

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LOT U154

1909 Moore 41’ Enclosed Glass Window Launch

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LOT U155

1910 Johnson 26’ Launch


MEET THE MECUM TEAM GEORGE BOSWELL better known as the lovable “Chicken George” landed a charismatic role in 2000 on CBS’s reality TV show Big Brother. From that moment, his thirst grew for the need to be in the spotlight. After the show, George began doing promotional jobs for the Tropicana Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. In May 2009 with pure excitement, he joined the Mecum Auction floor as a bidder’s assistant. He enjoys being a part of the Mecum team by helping customers purchase their dream car and interacting with the staff. Being a long time collector himself, George is thrilled to meet all types of buyers and sellers that attend the auctions. He is looking forward to the expanded growth into a new variety of collectables such as tractors and boats. Next time you’re at the auction and craving a little excitement, be sure to sit in Chicken George’s section. It’ll be a wild ride, that’s for certain! M

LYNN SMELTZER started working for Mecum Auctions back in 2004 joining her husband Greg. Bringing in years of experience in customer service, Lynn began in the bidder department, helping customers understand the auction process. With such a dedicated personality and willingness to adapt, Lynn helps in any department wherever help is needed. Lynn enjoys working for Mecum not only to be part of the friendly staff and customers, but to have the opportunity to travel around the US. M

SAM MURTAUGH, as head of the Presentation Department, has the final word when it comes to the public image presented by Mecum Auctions. In 2004 at the Original Spring Classic auction, then located in Belvidere, IL is when Sam first met the Dealmaker himself. He began working for Mecum Auctions full time in 2008, managing and maintaining Dana’s private car collection. Sam quickly proved himself in many other aspects of the auction business, thus prompting his move into to his present position. With more than 20 years working in the automotive industry and an eye for style, Sam works diligently to present our consignments in their best possible light and loves to showcase them to the world. “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than working together with our customers to market their vehicles, and watching that hard work pay off!” M


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Easy Online Bidder Registration

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The NEW electronic bidder registration forms on the Mecum website allow customers to complete and submit their paperwork online without pushing a pencil, licking a stamp, or finding a fax machine. While we still accept bidder registration forms via mail or fax, the new process is a secure and convenient way to submit the necessary paperwork and have your bidder credentials waiting for you at the auction site. The new forms require the same information as the traditional paper forms, and are completed by typing information into 11 mandatory fields (Name, Phone Number, etc), initialing 3 lines on the form and electronically signing the document at the bottom of the page. Electronically signing and initialing the new form

is simple. When you click on the area to sign, the program asks you to type your name or initials and they are inserted on the form, or you have the option to draw your signature with a computer mouse. Rest assured when providing your credit card information on the new online forms. The web pages are secured with an SSL Certificate, so your personal information is safe when submitted through our website. Registering to bid has never been easier. You can review, complete and submit the digital fom within minutes. After your form is submitted, we email a confirmation of your registration with a copy of the completed form. Simple, Secure and Convenient: Sounds like registering to bid the Mecum way. M


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John, I regularly hear that certain paperwork can make a car worth more money. What type of documentation adds value to a collector car? - Gus C.

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Certainly paperwork/documentation adds to the desirability and value of collector cars. Some examples include dealer sales agreements, window stickers, build sheets, warranty cards such as Protect-O-Plates and Certicards, and even copies of the original title. In addition, historical photos and owner summaries are useful to verify authenticity. Original build information may be available from the original manufacturer or authorized independent sources such as Galen’s Tag Service for Mopar, Marti Auto Works for Ford, Sloan Museum for Buick, GM Heritage Center and Pontiac Historic Services. Finally, on some makes the VIN and original trim plates contain information that may be decoded for specific engines, options, and colors. Happy sleuthing! - John Kraman M


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LOT S106

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe Bloomington Gold Survivor

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