Mecum heads to Southern California for collector car auction

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A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos
A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center, with about 750 muscle cars, customs and classics offered for bidding.

The collector car auction, held Thursday through Saturday, includes a pair of 1968 Pontiac Firebird coupes with the rare Ram Air option; a 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code, one of the last two-seat T-birds made; and a 1969 Shelby GT500 fastback equipped with the 428 SCJ Drag Pack.

A 1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air II coupe
A 1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air II coupe

Two of the most-impressive custom cars on the docket are a 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille powered by an LS3 high-performance Chevy V8, and a 1963 Chevrolet resto-mod with an LS1 engine and fewer than 500 miles since a frame-off restoration.

Among the modern exotics is a 2006 Ford GT with a six-speed manual transmission and 2,500 miles on its odometer, which is being offered at no reserve.

The auction begins Thursday with a selection of Road Art starting at 11:30 am and at 8:30 am Friday and Saturday.

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

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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 SPEED.com, 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.