The Bid Goes On
Muscle Cars Looking for New Homes
Larry Jewett - February 06, 2014 03:11 PM
Lot F266, high bid at $200,000Mecum
Lot F279, high bid at $185,000Mecum
Lot S149, high bid at $130,000Mecum
Lot F285.1, high bid at $120,000Mecum
Lot S177, high bid at $115,000Mecum
When the loadout was complete at the 2014 Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida, some fine cars remained in the hands of their latest owners. Bidding on the cars failed to reach the reserve point, resulting in the “no sale” designation.
All of the cars featured here reach the six figure range, but it wasn’t enough to change titles. Here’s a look at some of the cars. The Mecum website offers the phone number for interested buyers who either were outbid at Kissimmee or missed the opportunity altogether.
Lot F266 – High bid $200,000
This 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 was one of only 857 built by Kar Kraft that year and carries production number KK1735. This Candy Apple Red Boss is equipped with a 3.91 Traction-Lok rear axle, competition suspension, power steering and power front disc brakes, a trunk-mounted battery and Magnum 500 wheels. The car is accompanied by extensive documentation that includes one original build sheet, two original shipping invoices, and a Deluxe Marti Report. A complete engine rebuild was performed on the car in 2010 and the invoices will be included with the sale. Since the rebuild it has been driven fewer than 500 miles.
F279 – High bid - $185,000
In 1967, Ford delivered a new wave of cars using the 427 Medium Riser V-8 to continue racing success. Mercury Division maintained its fearsome reputation with its own R-Code Comets, which certainly fit Mercury’s “The Man’s Car” advertising theme, employing the same 427/425 hp big block fitted with a high-rise aluminum intake mounting dual Holley four-barrels. Of the 60 R-code Comets built in 1967, only 22 used the two-door 202 sedan body. Original and unrestored, this humble-looking Black Comet 202 is one of just six R-code examples known to exist today. Meticulously preserved by a well-documented series of dedicated collectors, this R-code Comet shows just 2,000 miles on the odometer and is considered by most experts to be the most original example in existence.
Lot S149 – High bid $130,000
Only 287 Hemi Challengers were built in 1970, only 137 featuring the A-833 heavy duty four-speed manual transmission used here in conjunction with a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter. Showing a believed correct 22,835 miles, it has been rotisserie restored to spectacular as-original condition. Its Red paint gleams over a laser straight body and is accented with Black body side R/T striping, dual scoop R/T hood with hold down pins, a flip open gas cap and R/T badging. The optional A34 Super Track Pack Dana 60 rear end delivers the Hemi’s horses to the pavement through Rallye road wheels and Goodyear Polyglas GT rubber. This highly detailed show piece also incorporates a Black bucket seat interior with console delete, Rallye instrument cluster, woodgrain trim and steering wheel, power brakes and a space saver spare.
Lot F285.1 – High bid $120,000
This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Resto Mod coupe was built at a cost of $250,000 and represents an investment of approximately 8,000 hours of labor. The car’s impressive engineering included setting it up for nimble handling via Detroit Speed front suspension, coilover shocks, and Baer stainless steel rotors and calipers fed through stainless lines by a Wilwood master cylinder. A monster GM 572/620 HP big block crate engine drives the entire show through a Tremec 5-speed and a Moser Positraction third member. The only time this bold and burly Camaro has been shown – at a 2012 GoodGuys show – it took Best Camaro, an accomplishment most other custom builds cannot brag about.
Lot S177 – High bid $115,000
This is a Canadian-built Impala SS 427 four-speed, one of only 38 built at the Oshawa, Ontario plant and believed to be one of just six convertibles. The car’s original L36 427/385 HP engine was found owned by a New York State rodder and re-installed with the four-speed and the original rear end. Finished in the correct combination of Madeira Maroon paint, Red interior and White top, the car was shown at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, where it earned 985 of 1,000 points, Gold Certification and the Floyd Garrett Best of Show. Eleven of the deductions were then corrected, and the car recently won Best in Class at the Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance, with internationally recognized judge John Carlson calling it a perfect restoration.