Mecum offers about 1,000 collector cars for annual Chicago auction

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The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette SRIII was inspired by period race cars | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions returns again to Schaumberg, Illinois, for its annual Chicago collector car auction, to be held October 24-26 at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center with a wide array of about 1,000 vehicles for sale.

One of the auction’s main attractions, Mecum says in a news release, is the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette SRIII built over 8 years by SRIII Motorsports to honor Sebring, Le Mans and SR2 race cars of that period. The Corvette, which features an aluminum DOHC LT5 V8 engine sourced from a 1991 ZR1 and ZF 6-speed transmission, has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Chip’s Choice at the invitation-only Corvettes at Carlisle.

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The 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet is one of 7 built

At least 10 private collections will be offered at the Chicago sale, encompassing about 250 vehicles with about 150 being auctioned without reserves, the release says. Among them, the James Petrozzini Estate Collection of 87 cars to be sold at no reserve, including a one-of-seven 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet.

From the BRP Collection comes  1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 with its original single-year and matching-numbers LS6 454/450 horsepower engine and original matching-numbers M22 4-speed transmission, and a 1966 Oldsmobile 442 convertible with a L69 Tri-Power 400cid V8 and 4-speed transmission.

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A Mopar performance highlight is this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Other auction highlights include a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird as well as unique “dealer specials,” such as an unrestored 1967 Ford Mustang She Country Special and a one-owner 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Black Panther edition.

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On Friday, October 25, Mecum will provide discounts for anyone wearing Illinois State University or Chicago Blackhawks apparel, with $10 general admission or $100 for on-site bidder registration.

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The 1967 Ford Mustang She Country Special is a dealer special

For more information about Mecum’s Chicago 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.

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