Mecum to display two cars, motorcycles at SEMA in Las Vegas

(October 19, 2016) WALWORTH, Wis.— Mecum Auctions returns to the SEMA Show Nov. 1-4 with a display of stunning cars and motorcycles along with the Mecum Mobile Experience in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Leading off the vehicles on display is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe Resto Mod (pictured below) built by Jeff Hayes of American Speed Shop of Bloomington, Ind. Hayes is no stranger to building show-winning Corvette Resto Mods, most notably ones based on the mid-year variety comprising the years 1963 to 1967.

His latest creation sports a raucous 6.2 liter LS3 V-8 engine with 525 horsepower mated to a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. The level of detail on this Corvette is amazing both inside and out with a professionally fabricated chassis, custom interior and custom platinum large flake and pearl mix paint on the exterior.

The last Barry Lobeck Ford, a 1932 steel-bodied coupe built by Richard Wood, will be unveiled at the Mecum booth in partnership with Gold Eagle Co. Gold Eagle is the maker of fuel stabilizers and ethanol treatments, STA-BIL, and 303 Products’ line of premium protectants and cleaners.

The two standout cars are not the only vehicles in the Mecum booth. The first of two rare and valuable motorcycles on display is a 1912 Thor Model U Twin(at right). Thor was the house brand of the Aurora Automatic Machinery Co. of Aurora, Ill., which produced Oscar Hedstrom’s Indian motorcycle design. George Hendee’s bicycle production facilities were sufficient to manufacture the cycle parts of his "motorcycles," but inadequate to cast and machine engines, so the work was subcontracted to Aurora. Part of the arrangement allowed Aurora to sell Hedstrom’s engine in the company's own Thor motorcycles.

Finally, a superb 1934 Cotton Model 500 motorcycle (pictured above) will be on display. Based out of Gloucester, Great Britain, the Cotton Motorcycle Company was founded by Frank Willoughby Cotton in 1918 and produced its first motorcycle in 1920. Stanley Woods made Cotton famous when he won the Tourist Trophy Junior 350cc race at the Isle of Man in 1923. Cotton continued to produce motorcycles through 1980.