5 of our favorite cars at the Mecum Kissimmee auction
This weekend Mecum is having one of its biggest auctions, in Kissimmee, Florida, and we spent some time digging through the auction listings. With around 3,500 vehicles up for grabs, you won’t be surprised that we found some nice cars (and even a polarizing one). We’ve highlighted five that we love a lot, from unique show cars to much more modest machines. So if you need to save time, check out their full auction catalog. Well check it out after you watched those first five.
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport
This Corvette is a real piece of history, whether you love Corvettes, Chevrolets, American cars or sports cars in general. It was a special show car built by Chevrolet to show off the Rochester Ramjet fuel-injected engines that it would begin offering that year. He toured several auto shows in 1957, including the Chicago Auto Show, and appeared in various magazines.
The car was equipped with a 283 cubic inch fuel injected V8 and a three-speed manual transmission. The most obvious visual change is the custom fiberglass hood with plexiglass windshields for the driver and passenger, but there are other small changes as well. The side scallops are finished in brushed aluminum with chrome surrounds, which is not offered on production models. It also has unique tail light covers. The interior featured a few tweaks such as unique door panels, a center clipboard, magnetized and anodized cups, custom pedals, and a different tachometer.
Although the car has been restored, much of it is still original. The powertrain, upholstery, custom interior parts and even the trunk mat are all what the car had in 1957. It even has special original Corvette brand tires. And the car only has 4,317 miles.
Mecum estimates that the car will sell for between $ 1.75 and $ 2 million.
Tommy Ivo Showboat / Wagonmaster Dragster
Our next car is another unique one, but this one was commissioned by actor and drag racer Tommy Ivo, also known as TV Tommy. The car was built for 1961, and what made it so spectacular was the 401 cubic inch Buick V8 quartet. Each tandem assembly drives a different axle, two motors for the front, two for the rear. According to Mecum, Ivo didn’t even drive the car much when he first bought it, due to the fact that the executives of the series he was playing in at the time didn’t want him to die. in an accident, and the fact that the NHRA was not going to allow the car to compete.
When the car was originally built it had a different body and was called Showboat. This Buick Sports Wagon body was added in 1981 with the name Wagonmaster, shortly before Ivo ended his racing career. Mecum also sells a custom Ivo trailer that fits the car well. It is estimated that the car will sell for between $ 150,000 and $ 200,000. The trailer is estimated to be between $ 75,000 and $ 100,000.
2002 Smart Crossblade
Our next car isn’t as fast as the other two, but it’s still pretty wild. This is a 2002 Smart Crossblade, which was a limited edition model that Smart actually sold to customers. The company has made 2,000, and it’s number 1,232. It even has a Show and Display import exemption, so it’s legal to import into the United States.
It’s pretty obvious what makes it special: a whole bunch of stock cars are missing. It doesn’t have a roof, it doesn’t have a windshield, and it has a few small bars in place of the doors, which also lift up. It has stunning three-spoke wheels and a bright red interior. It’s still not particularly fast, however. It features a turbocharged, 599cc three-cylinder engine that produces 70 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque routed through an automated six-speed manual transmission. Yet it is unlike anything else on the road.
1994 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II RS
Some of the early Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions are finally becoming legal to import, like this very clean Evo II. The Evo II was only slightly modified from the original, and it came equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 252 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. It of course had all-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission.
The RS variant is the lighter and cheaper version designed for modification and racing. They came with steel wheels (included with the car) and did not have a stereo. Mitsubishi will be making RS variants of its Evos for many years to come. This one is said to have recently replaced its timing belt, water pump, and serpentine belts as well, and it’s fully in stock, so there are no ill-designed changes to worry about.
1990 Land Rover Discovery
We end this list with a relatively modest Land Rover Discovery, but with some unique features that make it interesting in the United States. It is a two-door model that has never been offered in the United States, which gives it a look that is unique to us. It is also equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, which is mated to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder diesel. Again, this is a combination that has never been offered in the United States.
It looks like a clean example. The interior shows no cracked plastics or worn upholstery, and underneath it doesn’t appear to have rust or serious damage. This should make a reasonably affordable and eye-catching off-roader or auto show cruiser.