by Bill P.
As the world’s largest collector-car auction featuring 3,000 vehicles, Mecum Kissimmee is unequaled in its variety of makes and models being offered this year. An auction historically dominated by The Big Three, for 2016, more than one-third of the cars set to cross the auction block hail from the factories of General Motors, including more than 200 Corvettes, more than 100 Camaros, nearly 100 Chevelles, Bel Airs, Impalas, Trans Ams, GTOs and more.
This year Mecum assembles the most comprehensive GM automotive toy store to stimulate the senses. The auction will run 10 full days, Jan. 15-24, at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla.
The docket includes cars that range in value from entry-level prices up to multimillion-dollar investment vehicles headlined by some of the rarest vehicles ever produced by GM, including two 1969 Trans Am Convertibles, two 1969 Camaro ZL1s, several of Corvettes finest such as a 68 L88, a 63 Z06 Tanker and four of the first-year hand-built examples from 1953.
The 1969 Pontiac Trans Am is a rare and highly sought-after car in its own right; only 697 were built that year. Rarer yet is the Trans Am convertible. Produced for one year only, just eight of these storied cars were ever manufactured. Astoundingly, two of those eight will be offered for sale in Kissimmee. The first (Lot F138) is one of just four automatics and sports a deep blue interior, while the other (Lot F115) is equipped with a four-speed manual transmission and boasts the title of the only triple-white example ever produced. The opportunity to purchase a Trans Am convertible could easily be an once-in-a-lifetime chance. Mecum Kissimmee 2016 will allow buyers the chance to bid on two.
Another car considered an elusive dream machine by many classic muscle-car enthusiasts is the 1969 Camaro ZL1, only 69 of which were ever produced. Purpose-built to rule NHRA and AHRA Super Stock drag racing, the astronomical price made them attractive only to those who planned to recover some of that cost in professional race prize winnings. The Mecum Kissimmee Auction will present two of the finest surviving examples, both four-speeds with their original all-aluminum 427 cubic-inch ZL1 engines. Numbers 18 (Lot F107) and 30 (S90.1) of the total 69 produced are both sterling examples of Chevrolets true Super Camaro.
Americas favorite sports car, the Corvette, has become a staple and a very important part of the Kissimmee auction, and this years lineup is stellar. One of 80 built, a four-speed 1968 Corvette L88 coupe (Lot S140) will cross the auction block featuring its matching-numbers engine, original tank sticker and an older frame-off restoration, which earned it Bloomington Gold Certification as well as an NCRS Top Flight award, both in 1988. Another rare and desirable Bloomington Gold Certified and Top Flight-awarded Vette on offer will be a 1963 Z06 Tanker (Lot S160), one of just 63 built with the code-N03 36-gallon racing tank. In addition to those uncommon and exceptional Vettes are four from the models debut year (Lots F183, S225, S229 and S233). All four of these 1953 convertibles boast membership in the exclusive group of just 300 built that year, all of which were constructed by hand.
For an opportunity to lay claim to one of the 1,000-plus GM vehicles at this years event, register to bid today. For more details on the auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.