Over 700 cars crossed the block at a frenetic pace over the 3-day Mecum Auction held in Southern California this weekend. Before I could even get in the doors at the Anaheim Convention Center, I could hear the auctioneer feverishly working the crowd for each hot rod, classic or custom ride that rolled out in front of him.
I have watched hours of Mecum Auctions in various parts of the country on Velocity, but now they were in my back yard, and I had to go check it out for myself. The convention center was full of amazing vehicles and there was something for everyone; from American muscle, to barn finds, beautiful Jags, pick-up trucks, or drag racers… serious buyers had plenty to choose from.
The star of the show however, was the Tom McMullen 1932 Ford Deuce Roadster, dubbed “The World’s Most Iconic Hot Rod.” This hot rod, which has starred on several record album covers, advertisements, TV shows and movies sold for a whopping $700,000.
Other top sellers included a 1936 Ford Jack Calori Coupe, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best-in-Class winner, which sold for $300,000 and a roadster built by Rick Dore went for $140,000. While I didn’t make a deal for a new classic ride this weekend, I enjoyed being part of the process and getting a first hand look at the world of collector car auctions.