11 Cars Making The Mecum Auction In January A Vintage Race Car Lover’s Dream

Updated December 16, 2016

If you’re an enthusiast looking to get your hands on some amazing American muscle, this auction is the answer. Heading down to Kissimmee in January will put you right in the heart of it all.

More than 3000 cars are set to be auctioned off to the highest bidders with vintage drag cars included. There are too many cars to list them all so we’re going to hit what we think are some of the most amazing in the lot.

1963 Pontiac Catalina – Swiss Cheese

Packing 405 horsepower from its 421 engine, this silver three speed has a secret. It was only one of 14 ever built and it was created with its only goal to be a lightweight racer. Swiss Cheese refers to the 800 pounds that the factory was able to cut out of the original design. It’s expected to fetch somewhere in the half million to $650,000 range because of its rarity.

1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty – “Tonto”

Tonto is expected to bring in a quarter million to almost a half million because of its rarity. One of only 138 Super Duty hard tops built by Pontiac in the two door form factor. Its dual quad 421 cubic inch engine channels its power through a 4 speed manual.

1964 Dodge 330 – Lightweight “Hemi-Honker”

This car holds the honor of being the very first Hemi sold in 1964 as well as being an NHRA record holder. Only 50 of these were ever produced for the ’64 sales year and they’re capable of 11.04 second quarter miles. Its 426 cubic inches are expected to drive its price into the $275,000 to $350,000 range.

1962 Pontiac Super Duty – White Lightning

White Lightning took the 1969 NHRA Springnational Stock Eliminator class in Dallas, Texas. It’s such a winner that it hasn’t been restored over the years, just touched up as needed. Its V8 builds power inside 428 cubic inches and runs it through a four speed. $125,000 to $150,000 is expected to come in from the sale of this championship car.

1968 Plymouth Barracuda BO29 Super Stock

This 426ci Hemi powered drag racer is a little more of a mystery than some of the others on the list. It’s definitely up for auction but with no estimates available on the price. Even the last BO29 that Mecum sold in 2015 was sold without a listed pricetag.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere A/FX Haulin Hemi II

Here we have another high estimate because of an extreme level of rarity that comes with it. Chrysler only ever acid dipped and altered the wheel base for six models of this car in 1965. As a result, $650,000 to $750,000 is expected to come in from this unicorn of vintage drag racing.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere A990 Lightweight

Coming in with an estimate of just over a quarter million dollars is the Super Stock World Champion from 1967. This car also holds the designation of being the only 4 speed to hold a world championship. Its rare nature comes from two angles; only 100 Hemi lightweights were built in 1965 and only 13 of those had an A990 transmission.

Four 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11s

There are four of these lightweights from Chevrolet’s 1963 Impala lineup going up for sale in the auction. Pictures is ‘Old Reliable’, one of only 57 RPO Z11 Lightweights that were ever created. Its 427ci V8 pushes 430 horsepower through its four speed manual transmission. This specific car is expected to bring in upwards of $750,000 but that’s far above the other three up for sale.

Three 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweights

Finally, we reach the almost impossibly cool trio that we’re going to finish on because they scream American Muscle. Only 51 of these lightweight Cobra Jets were made specifically for drag racing in the 1968 model year. They’re all hiding 428 cubic inches under the hood and all pushing that through four speed manual transmissions. Each of these three are expected to fetch $275,000 to $325,000 in Kissimmee in January. There are others on the auction block as well but none are done up in the eye catching livery that these ones are.

In conclusion, we’re excited to see how many of these vintage racers are going to be changing hands in Kissimmee. Some of the prices may seem daunting but we never underestimate high end collectors. If there are any cars you feel we should have included, let us know in the comments below!



James Murrell
About James Murrell

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