Mecum returns to Denver rippling with American muscle

The 1970 Buick GSX is a multiple award winner
The 1970 Buick GSX is a multiple award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions returns to Denver for the second year with an expected 700 mostly American collector cars in the Colorado Convention Center for the July 8-9 sale. Mecum’s inaugural Denver sale scored $12 million in total sales with 396 cars sold for a 66 percent sell-through rate last year.

The 1967 Corvette is powered by a 427 V8
The 1967 Corvette is powered by a 427 V8

The auction this year features muscle and performance cars, Mecum said, with three American icons headlining the sale:

The 2006 Ford GT is a Heritage edition in Gulf livery
The 2006 Ford GT is a Heritage edition in Gulf livery

A 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 coupe (Lot S36) is the star attraction, a piece of classic muscle in Saturn Yellow paint with the distinction of twice winning the GS Club of America Nationals. Powered by a matching-numbers 455 cid, 360 horsepower V8 and automatic transmission, the Buick includes the dealer-installed Stage II package of options.

A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible(Lot S110) is expected to attract plenty of attention with a booming 427 cid big-block V8 that churns 390 horsepower. One of just 267 examples with J57 power brakes, the Sunfire Yellow ragtop features a host of options, including air conditioning.

A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Lot S130) is another example of the modern classics that have been heading up auction results around the county for the past several years. Powered by a 5.4-liter V8 that produces 550 horsepower, this GT is finished in the highly desirable Gulf Oil competition livery – a tribute to the John Wyer Racing winners at Le Mans in 1968 and 1969 with the Gulf-sponsored Ford GT40.

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For information about Mecum’s Denver sale, visit the auction website.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.