Mecum Auctions is an industry leader when it comes to selling collectible automobiles, automobilia and other neat car-oriented stuff. Full disclosure: I do some writing work for Mecum every so often. It was good to learn that the world’s largest automotive auctioneer is returning to the Pacific Northwest on June 21st and 22nd, when Mecum hosts a 500-vehicle sale at the Portland, Oregon, Expo Center. This is one of salmon country’s biggest car-related happenings.
Mecum’s photo of the main stage at Portland last year gives you some idea of the scope of this event. Among the lots already consigned are one of the likely star cars, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, one of 857 produced that year for Ford by specialty builder Kar Kraft of Brighton, Michigan. Each was powered by the semi-hemi 429 cubic inch V-8 that Ford originally homologated for use in NASCAR’s Grand National series against the Dodge and Plymouth race Hemi. This example is off a two-year restoration that saaw the Boss 429 refinished in the same shade of Candy Apple Red that the factory applied. Speaking of Ford muscle, another lot for sale at Portland will be a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger roadster powered by Ford’s 260 cubic inch V-8 and finished in black, a seldom-selected color. These British-American hybrids have accelerated in value over recent years as the remaining examples of Carroll Shelby’s Cobras, an AC Ace sports roadster transplanted with Ford power, have seen their prices scream out of sight. Want more info on what’s for sale and how to buy it? Visit the Mecum website.