Vintage Vettes top Mecum’s Chicago sale

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A 1963 Corvette split-window coupe was a top seller in Chicago | Mecum Auctions

A pair of ’60s Chevrolet Corvettes and a classic Cadillac convertible led the results for Mecum Auctions’ three-day Chicago sale this past weekend, with a total of $12.6 million (not including auction fees) and 72 percent of the 795 vehicles offered hammering sold.

Attendance was strong at the Schaumburg Convention Center, according to a Mecum news release, with special attention dedicated to the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team; the Blackhawks’ tenor soloist Jim Cornelison performed the National Anthem to open the auction on Friday.

The ’57 Cadillac Eldorado convertible was given some extra muscle

A 1967 Corvette 427 convertible, an NCRS Top Flight winner, was the top seller at $115,000 (Mecum results do not include buyer fees), and a 1963 Corvette split-window coupe was hammered at $110,000.

The Cadillac was a desirable 1957 Eldorado Biarritz convertible, which also sold for $110,000. Gorgeously restored in metallic green with a matching green interior, the Eldorado is powered by a later 472cid Cadillac V8.

A trio of modern collector cars followed: a 2017 Ford F150 Shelby Super Snake pickup powered be a 750-horsepower supercharged V8 selling for $100,000, a 2010 Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible at $96,000 and a 2011 Audi R8 Spyder at $95,000.

The top 10 sales for Mecums’ Chicago auction were:

1. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $115,000
2. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe at $110,000
3. 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible at $110,000
4. 2017 Ford F150 Shelby Super Snake pickup at $100,000
5. 2010 Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible at $96,000
6. 2011 Audi R8 Spyder at $95,000
7. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $85,000
8. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro at $78,000
9. 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo at $78,000
10. 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $77,500

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(Result do not include auction fees)

Mecum’s next event is its inaugural auction in Las Vegas, which takes place November 16-18 featuring an anticipated 1,000 vehicles and several private collections. For information, visit Mecum’s 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.

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