Sunday, March 13, 2011
It's fun to look around the Mecum Spring Collector Car Auction, even if you can't afford anything
First and foremost, it is a sale. The goal is to sell vintage cars and trucks. And they were doing a pretty good job of that. Two cars sold for well over $150,000, including a fantastic, original '65 Corvette Roadster with a rare 396-c.i. big block that fetched a healthy final price of $188,000.
In fact, six of the top ten sellers were Midyear Corvettes. So if you love those cars, and honestly, who doesn't, Downtown Kansas City was the place to be. And it all took place on live, national television on the Discovery Channel's HD Theatre.
But some people don't have thousands and thousands of dollars to purchase their dream car. I walk among them. And for us, the reason to attend this event is that it is one strong car show.
There were several cars that I would have loved to take home with me. One of them was a 1975 Ventura Sprint Hatchback Coupe, with no air conditioning no less. It doesn't seem like something to get too excited about, but you kind of had to see the blue and white Pontiac to understand. It sold for $11,000.
Another interesting car was a 1960 Thunderbird convertible with a plaque riveted on the driver's door jamb stating it was a "1960 Pilot" and "Show Car." The baby blue Squarebird was in pretty rough shape, and no effort was made to clean it up (I guess they were going for the "barn find" look), but the history was neat. It was a no sale with a high bid of $24,000.
But alas, the show is over. And if you weren't one of the thousands of people that braved the basketball crowds to hit this busy downtown event, it is an opportunity you will never get back. Or is it? In fact, I have the next best thing! The slideshow below has more than 300 pictures from the day's festivities, so you don't have to completely miss out on all the fun.
Of course, as nice as the pictures are, it wouldn't hurt if you actually attended the next one. Stay tuned to http://www.mecum.com/ for all the latest information on the next Kansas City Mecum event, and auctions all over the country.