Nostalgia Highway

The first of the British electric AC Cobra fires up

(July 23, 2021) LONDON — Heralding a new generation of iconic sports cars, the first AC Cobra Series 1 electric is undergoing final development work ahead of the delivery of the first customer cars. A faithful recreation of the AC Cobra, but with a modern, emissions-free electric powertrain, the Series 1 electric is the start of the next chapter for the famous British marque.

Seven Volkswagen Beetle successors that never were

(July 17, 2021) The Volkswagen Beetle is an icon. Over the years, it has symbolized many different things to many different people, from a classic example of German ingenuity to the calling card for a counterculture movement to a reminder that the simplest of things can sometimes be the best. Above all, it set the standard by which all other small, economy cars are judged.

Mecum to return to central Florida for Summer Special Collector Car Auction

1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Slantnose

(July 11, 2021) Following the record-setting Kissimmee 2021 auction that reached $141 million in sales this past January, Mecum Auctions will return to Central Florida July 28-31 to host the 2021 Mecum Summer Special, offering an estimated 1,000 consignments at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. The event was originally planned to span just three days, July 29-31, but due to an overwhelming response from customers eager to participate, it was expanded to include Wednesday, July 28.

SpeedKore unveils mid-engine, Hellcat-powered 1968 Dodge Charger

(June 28, 2021) GRAFTON, Wis.  — Built as a road-going version of the movie car driven by character Dominic Toretto in Universal Pictures’ new Fast & Furious blockbuster, F9, SpeedKore’s “Hellacious” Charger is the custom car builder’s first mid-engine classic muscle car. SpeedKore has worked with the Fast franchise since 2015 when its 1970 Dodge Charger “Tantrum” appeared in Furious 7. Both SpeedKore Chargers will appear in F9, which arrived in U.S. theaters over the weekend.

The Country Buggy from down under

(June 17, 2021) In nature, there’s a phenomenon known as “convergent evolution” – the way different creatures in different places evolve the same traits to solve common problems. It also describes what happened in the early 1960s when people worldwide realized the Volkswagen Beetle could transform into an off-roader with only slight modifications.

Headline consignments rolling in for Mecum Monterey 2021

1936 Delahye Type 135

(June 6, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions has announced today that headline consignments are rolling in for the company’s return to the Del Monte Golf Course at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa in Monterey, Calif., this Aug. 12-14. An estimated 600 classic and collector vehicles are expected to cross the auction block along with approximately 100 vintage and antique motorcycles.

Petersen Automotive Museum adds new vehicles to the vault

(April 1, 2021) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum has added eight new vehicles to The Vault presented by Hagerty, offering guests an updated tour experience. New Vault cars include a 1959 Deutsch-Bonnet HBR5 Coupé, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro art car, 1964 Chevrolet Impala “Gypsy Rose,” 1960 Plymouth XNR Replica, 1982 Knight Industries Two Thousand “K.I.T.T.” car, 1948 Bentley Mk VI “New Look” Saloon, 1939 Packard Twelve Landaulet, and 1974 Dale Mock-Up.

Mecum Glendale 2021 auction records $42.3 million in sales

2016 Ferrari F12tdf

(March 25, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions, outdid itself once again, setting a new record-high sales total for its Glendale, Ariz., auction. Held March 18-20 at State Farm Stadium, the 2021 auction reached $42.3 million in overall sales totals, a more than 14% increase over Mecum’s first auction in Glendale, which itself had been a record-setting event as the highest-grossing inaugural event in company history.

Parnelli Jones’ famed 'Big Oly' Ford Bronco Baja Racer to be auctioned

(March 19, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — The most recognizable Ford Bronco in the world and the first “super car” of off-road racing—piloted by one of the most diverse and successful drivers in motorsports history — will be offered for sale to the public for the very first time this May. The famed 1969 Ford Bronco Baja 1000 Racer known as “Big Oly” — still owned by its even more famous pilot Parnelli Jones — is slated to cross the Mecum auction block at the company’s 34th annual Original Spring Classic auction May 14-22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Petersen Automotive Museum to reopen to the public Thursday, March 25

(March 17, 2021) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, March 25  with new exhibits, new vehicles and a new schedule of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To express its gratitude to all those on the front line during this challenging time, the museum will offer verified health care workers and first responders complimentary admission for themselves and up to three immediate family members for the rest of 2021.