I go to the Mecum auction every May hoping to see cars I’ve never seen in person before, great examples of some cars I’ve known and loved for years, and some rare and unusual cars. I was not disappointed this year. Here are some of my favorites from my day at the auction.
1949 Hudson Commodore 8 convertible. The four-door sedan is actually my favorite body style of all the step-down Hudsons – I think they look mean, like something a mafia don would drive to a massacre. But I wouldn’t turn down this convertible.
1938 Chrysler Royal. This car has real presence. The more I see cars from the 1930s, the more I appreciate their style. Until just a few years ago, I never bothered to look at cars from before World War II. I credit my several visits to the Mecum auction, which has let me experience several great prewar cars up close, for helping me see their beauty.
1959 International Harvester Metro. These delivery vans, which were designed by Raymond Loewy, were made from 1938 to 1975. Yet I’ve never seen one before. How have they escaped my notice?
1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk. Here’s where I give a big shout out to the hometown this car and I have in common, South Bend, Indiana!
1958 Plymouth Fury. I love all of the Forward Look Chryslers. They look fresh and crisp even today. Ford and GM’s 1958 styling was generally awkward and heavy-handed, making Chryslers look even better. This Fury is original and unrestored.
1958 Mercury Commuter. See what I mean? This ’58 is overwrought, especially compared to that sleek Plymouth. But I’m a big fan of station wagons, and this big hauler is as tricked out as they come.
Also, I really dig this shade of blue. I lingered for a long time over this Mercury, taking in its details.
1963 Chevrolet Impala wagon. But I think that if I were classic-wagon shopping, I’d rather have this one. GM styling was really starting to soar in the early 1960s, and even their fairly utilitarian automobiles were crisply good looking.
1967 Chevrolet Impala SS. The ’67 and ’68 big Chevy hardtop coupe is my favorite body of all time. I just love the way this car looks.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette. I’m not a big Corvette fan but I’ve always liked these split-rear-window ’63s. I’m sure driving a car with a thick post blocking the rear view was less than a picnic. Chevy fitted a full-width window starting in 1964. It was certainly more practical, but it didn’t look as good.
1971 Dodge Demon GSS. I’m not a huge muscle-car fan. I do appreciate them for what they are, but I’m more partial to everyday cars that have been saved or restored. But when it comes to muscle cars, my heart goes right for the Mopars. The Dodge Demon shared a body with the better-known Plymouth Duster. A Dodge dealer in Chicago, Grand-Spaulding Dodge, was known for further souping up hot Dodge muscle cars. This Demon GSS is one of them, sporting triple carburetors and other hi-po goodies.
1970 Chevrolet Camaro. What makes this Camaro special is that it’s the first ’70 built. I like firsts. I like this body style, at least in its earlier years before Chevy slathered it in plastic bolt-on boy-racer bits that turned this clean design into a cartoon.
On Thursday, I’ll share tons of photos of my most favorite car from the auction.