2015 Mecum Auctions Top 10 Picks, Monterey Car Week

Photography by: ©2015 Ron Avery

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Auctions are a huge part of the Monterey Car Week. From RM to Mecum, if you are looking to buy or sell, Monterey is one of the best places all year round to be.

This year, 2015, I was granted access to Mecum auctions where some seriously high sellers and enthusiast favorites stretched across the lawn at Hyatt Regency Monterey. On Tuesday at the Concours on the Avenue car show I interviewed Dana Mecum via Periscope (see bottom of post) and also met commentator Bill Stephens while at the auction.

Below are my top 10 selections I wanted to highlight. I’ve included my condition ratings for each car. Condition ranges from 1-5 with 1 being flawless and 5 being a complete basket case.

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S (Condition 2-)

Lot # S66

Auction Estimate: $1,5000,000-1,750,000

Sold for $2,3000,000

What makes this car special:

  • V12 engine 0-62 in 6.7 seconds
  • Mostly unrestored (reason for 2- condition rating)
  • Matching numbers engine with original paint and interior
  • Delivered new to first owner in Italy

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S


 

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera (Condition 1)

Lot # S71

Auction Estimate: Not listed

Sold for $1,950,000

What makes this car special:

  • 3.0L Turbo
  • Steve McQueen’s last special-order Porsche
  • Special order color Slate Gray
  • Dash switch added by McQueen to kill rear lights in case he was being chased on Mulholland Drive

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera 72

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera


 

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster (Condition 1)

Lot #S80

Auction Estimate: $1,000,000-1,250,000

Sold for $1,000,000

What makes this car special:

  • 347 Ci engine installed in 2006
  • Original 289 V8 and set of 5.5” Shelby wire wheels included
  • California car until 1999
  • Early rack and pinion Cobra Demonstrator

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster


 

1967 Toyota 2000GT (Condition 1)

Lot # S59

Auction Estimate: $1,250,000-1,500,000

Sold for $925,000

What makes this car special:

  • 2000cc Yamaha inline six cyl engine (150 hp)
  • One of 62 US market cars built
  • Four owners since new

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1967 Toyota 2000GT

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1967 Toyota 2000GT


 

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Condition 1)

Lot #S69

Auction Estimate: $550,000-650,000

Sold for $460,000

What makes this car special:

  • Supercharged V8 engine (550 hp)
  • 264 total miles
  • One of 70 Heritage Edition GTs with optional red-painted brakes
  • One of 343 Heritage Editions made for 2006

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition 72

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 2006 Ford GT


 

1957 Porsche 356 Speedster (Condition 1)

Lot #S117

Auction Estimate: $250,000-300,000

Sold for $235,000

What makes this car special:

  • 1600cc 4 cyl engine
  • Same longtime owner from the Pacific Northwest
  • Original numbered hood
  • Optional chrome wheels

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

 


 

1968 Ferrari 330 GTS (Condition 1)

Lot #S101

Auction Estimate: $3,000,000-3,500,000

The Bid Goes on at $2,500,000

What makes this car special:

  • First owned by Bill Harrah who gifted the car to wife Bobby Gentry
  • Formerly fitted with specially designed Targa top
  • Original factory exhaust and red upholstery
  • 27,000 miles since new with matching numbers engine

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS


 

1980 BMW M1 (Condition 2)

Lot #S65

Auction Estimate: $6000,000-750,000

The Bid Goes on at $450,000

What makes this car special:

  • 3.5L BMW twin cam dry sump (273 hp)
  • One of 98 road cars painted Orange
  • Original 22,400 miles
  • Original 5-speed transmission and Campagnolo wheels

1980 BMW M1 72

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1980 BMW M1


 

1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Condition 1)

Lot #S79

Auction Estimate: $350,000-450,000

The Bid Goes on at $310,000

What makes this car special:

  • Original Shelby modified 289/306 hp engine
  • Early production car no. 199 of 562
  • Ford VIN and Shelby number match as verified by SAAC

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback


 

1964 Jaguar E-Type FHC (Condition 1-)

Lot #S72

Auction Estimate: $225,000-$250,000

The Bid Goes on at $200,000

What makes this car special:

  • 4.2 L straight 6 engine
  • Matching numbers car
  • Original tools and Jack
  • Various fit issue problems, rear hatch didn’t open and some other minor issues (reason for 1- condition)

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1964 Jaguar E-Type FHC

8-13-15 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA 1964 Jaguar E-Type FHC

Below is a short Periscope of my interview with Dana Mecum, president of Mecum Auctions. Periscope is a social media platform where you can shoot live video content to anyone in the world. Viewers can “like” and “comment” while filming and the raw footage can be saved to your camera roll. Only disadvantage is the app requires you to shoot vertical.

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