Bringing it home: Mecum adds trucking to its auction business

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Semi tractor trailers sporting Mecum graphics are used for collector vehicle transport | Mecum Auctions
Semi tractor trailers sporting Mecum graphics are used for collector vehicle transport | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions has branched out from the auction business and into collector car-transportation, offering its buyers a means to bring their prizes home in enclosed trailers emblazoned with the Mecum logo.

The new Mecum Auto Transport service, launched in April, already has transported some significant vehicles to auction, such as the collection of the late Chevrolet Dealer Bob McDorman to the recent Indianapolis sale, as well as providing delivery of cars sold at auction. More than 1,000 collector vehicles consigned to auction or purchased from various Mecum auctions have been transported for customers so far, according to Mecum.

Mecum says its drivers will take good care of your even the priciest cars
Mecum says its drivers will take good care of even the priciest cars

For a consigner, the vehicle going to auction is picked up by a Mecum representative, who takes possession and trucks it to the respective venue.

“The driver of your enclosed auto-transport truck is often one of the first people you meet face-to-face when you consign a car for auction,” Mike Baker, head of the Mecum Auto Transport division, said in a news release. “We want that first person to be a Mecum person.

“We’re giving enclosed auto-transport customers the peace of mind of knowing where their car is with GPS tracking on all of our trucks. And our drivers have all been thoroughly vetted, hand-selected and fully trained to know how to treat these cars.”

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Mecum Auctions, which is celebrating its 30th year in the business, has 23 collector car, motorcycle and farm-tractor auctions slated during 2017. Its Portland, Oregon, sale takes place Friday and Saturday at the Portland Expo Center, with 600 vehicles expected to cross the block.

For information about Mecum Auto Transport or upcoming auctions, visit the Mecum 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 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.