Mecum Offers Rick Davis Collection
Many Brands Represented in This Collection
Larry Jewett - January 11, 2012 08:00 AM
Early in his retirement from a successful real estate career, Rick Davis and his wife were cruising Tarpon Springs, Florida, when they spied a 1967 Corvette coupe on display at Classic Corvettes. Impulse struck, and Davis bought the car on the spot. Today that coupe, which was Davis’ dream car during his high school years, remains in his collection. “I caught the bug with that car”, says Davis, who since then has built an extremely diverse car collection highlighted by some of the rarest, most interesting Corvettes in the world: “L88s, Benchmark cars that are like brand new, big brake cars, factory prototypes, cars with great racing histories; the first with a power top, even the first air conditioned Corvette (a 1963 coupe).”
Most have not been seen by the public in many years - in some cases more than two decades. But according to Davis, they all have one very important feature in common: “Great documents. Always. I don’t have a single car that isn’t matching numbers and fully documented. And there’s always someone ready to buy the best.”
To Rick Davis, it makes perfect sense to extend this exclusive offering of Corvettes and muscle cars through Mecum. “Dana and I are personal friends. He’s a very nice fellow and he has always run a first class operation, so I figure what better place to offer these cars than Dana’s auction?”
Mecum Auction will offer these superb vehicles from the Rick Davis Collection at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, Saturday January 28, 2012. The event is held at Osceola Heritage Park and runs from January 24-29.
An extraordinary example of excellence in a restoration, this 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible is one of the most decorated in the world. Finished in Inca Silver with an impeccable Red and Silver interior, this is a highly optioned national champion complete with a 283/250 HP fuel injected small block with FI heads, a Powerglide transmission, power top, windows, seat and antenna, Wonderbar AM radio, fender skirts, wide Whitewalls, spinner hubcaps and Continental kit. It was the Platinum Senior Class Winner at the National Classic Chevy Show and has won both the Gold Spinner Concourse Award and Super Chevy Best of Class Award.
Based in part on the “Eleanor” Mustang popularized in the movie remake Gone in Sixty Seconds, this 1968 Ford Mustang resto mod showcases superior craftsmanship in a classic presentation. The Red Fastback coupe boasts 440 cubic inches of racing-grade Windsor V-8 under the bulging hood, with a Tremec 600 TKO 5-speed sending the ponies to a Heidts 4-link Traction-Lok rear end with 3.73 gears. A Heidts Super Ride 2 front end and slotted, cross-drilled disc brakes improve handling and braking, and Mustangs to Fear created the unique interior highlighted by a carbon fiber dash, Auto Meter gauges and a custom roll bar.
The 1949 Mercury heralded Detroit’s final break from the pre-war styling era and, in the process, became a lasting favorite with subsequent generations of rodders and customizers. This wonderful example exemplifies the high quality typical of its stable mates from the Rick Davis collection. It first impresses with its luminous Maroon paint matched by superb Maroon and White tuck-and-roll upholstery inside, and purists will like the period-popular dual searchlights, chromed lake pipes, fender skirts and slight chop. Beneath the classic look is the other half of this timeless formula: a highly polished 24-stud flathead V-8, topped with triple Strombergs on a polished Offenhauser intake and backed by the original 3-speed overdrive transmission.