Mecum recorded sales of more than $12million as 963 cars crossed the block at its Fall Premier Auction near Chicago, USA, from 25-27 October.
Of most interest to American-classic lovers was a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette that sold for $100,000. It was a matching-numbers car with a 283bhp Rochester fuel-injected V8 and a three-speed manual gearbox.
The car had been treated to a ‘body-on restoration’ and as a result was a Gold winner at Bloomington 2009 (confirming its factory-standard authenticity). It also scooped a Top Flight Award from the National Corvette Restorers’ Society.
A number of other Corvettes also performed well, such as a 1960 Convertible with a 5.7-litre LS1 engine. The all-white finish (which included the retro-fitted engine) and chrome wheels may not have been to everyone’s taste, but it still made $99,000.
A 1963 split-window coupe, meanwhile, sold for $81,500. With documentation harking back to ’72, it had been fully restored and came with a NCRS Regional Top Flight Award from October ’09, having been driven only 181 miles since.
A 1970 Oldsmobile 442 brought more sought-after muscle and was snapped up for $100k. The model was one of only 142 built, and was in great condition after a ‘nut and bolt’ restoration.
A total of 577 cars found new homes at the sale, giving the auction house a 60% sale rate. Various modern supercars took their place alongside the American muscle, plus a motorhome that claimed top spot by selling for $160,000.