Crowd Shakers And History Makers At Mecum's Chicago Auction Oct. 10-12Company press release.
• Hemi Under Glass Collection and Harley J. Earl Corvette Part of 1,000-Car Lineup
Walworth, WI - September 16, 2013 --
Mecum Auctions is taking the gavel to Chicagoland this Oct. 10-12 with 1,000 vehicles expected to cross the block at the breathtaking Schaumburg Convention Center. The lineup is already fraught with headline-worthy consignments including the most famous wheel-standers in drag racing history– the Hurst Hemi Under Glass Collection – as well as the one-of-a-kind, factory-styling Corvette gifted to Harley J. Earl, a man often considered to be one of the most significant innovators in the history of the American automobile.
The Hurst Hemi Under Glass Collection (Lots S145-S145.3) is a group of four Barracuda-based powerhouses built by Bob Riggle that appeared as crowd-thrilling wheel-standers at major events across North America from 1965-75 and then again from 1992 until 2009. Each of the four cars is built with the same over-sized engine in the rear, visible beneath the back window, hence their 'Hemi Under Glass' moniker. The excessive power of the engines coupled with the uneven weight distribution allows the cars to scream down the track in excess of 100 mph with noses skyward and sparks flying from their track-skimming rear ends. Offered together as one lot from the Bill Sefton Collection, these history-making cars are still fully capable of thrilling any car-loving crowd. Bob Riggle and Hurst's famous 'Shifter Girl' Linda Vaughn will be onsite to sign autographs during the auction.
Another featured consignment set to cross the block at Mecum's Chicago auction is the 1963 Corvette Convertible (Lot S110) gifted to Corvette's original designer, Harley J. Earl. This factory-styling Sting Ray is a one-of-a-kind build given to the man who is commonly known to have introduced design and color to the American automobile industry. His designs in the '50s at the Motoramas are what brought the Corvette to the attention of the American public and to the world. This '63 Corvette, Earl's gift for his lifetime of priceless contributions to GM and car design, has long been a member of the Corvette Hall of Fame and is a mainstay of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection having been invited more than any other Corvette in existence.
Along with these historic greats will be hundreds of other desirable collectors from all over the country including some from Chicago's own backyard. Local collector Mike Guarise will be offering four investment-grade Stage 1s from his Buick GS Stage 1 Collection, and Illinois resident Patrick Hurst will offer more than 50 cars in a lineup dedicated to his father and dubbed 'The Bud Hurst Collection.'
Join Mecum this Oct. 10-12 at Chicagoland's only collector and classic car auction with doors opening each day at 8 a.m. Portions of all three days will be broadcast live on Discovery's Velocity Network in addition to the live stream of the entire auction presented by Mecum at www.mecum.com. Mecum's website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for the Chicago auction, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 26 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum's social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.