Last year, Mecum achieved $18.7 million from nearly 550 vehicles consigned to the inaugural Mecum Chattanooga auction. Now, the world’s largest collector car auction company is set to return to the Scenic City this Oct. 14-15, with an estimated 600 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, exotics, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
The auction is part of the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival and will take place on the same weekend as the Mecum Chicago 2022 auction, representing the first time a singular collector car auction company has staged auctions in two different cities on the same dates.
The 2022 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival also includes the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend, the Concours d’Elegance, Canossa Fall Rally, Coker Tire’s “V8’s in the Village,” the Great Race Ride Along, Concours d’Lemons and many more family-friendly events. More information about the Festival may be found at chattanoogamotorcar.com.
Among the featured vehicles currently consigned for the Chattanooga auction is a collection of more than 60 classic and collector cars discovered tucked away in a historic Georgia-based firehouse, all of which will be offered at no reserve. Dubbed The Firehouse Find, the collection includes everything from a 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code (Lot F50) to a handful of Corvettes, such as a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot F5) with a 427-ci engine and 4-speed transmission.
The auction will also feature a 1969 Plymouth GTX Convertible (Lot S115) that is one of only 362 GTX convertibles produced in 1969 with an automatic transmission. The car boasts a 440-ci V8 engine, wears Sunfire Yellow paint with a black top and interior, has been featured in multiple magazines and earned title as an AACA Grand National Senior winner in 1998. Another Mopar product, a 1971 Plymouth Cuda (Lot S134), will be offered with a 440-ci V8 engine and 4-speed transmission along with power steering and power brakes, red with black billboard striping exterior and a black bucket seat interior with a center console.
Vintage muscle cars will join the Chattanooga lineup in the form of a 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback (Lot S127) with a K-Code HiPo 289/271 HP V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission. The Mustang benefited from a 10-year restoration completed in 2001 and has been garage kept inside plastic surround ever since. A 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Custom (Lot S100) is another enticing option with a 5.7L LS1-based, custom-built engine, Tremec 5-speed manual transmission and a body finished in black with a custom, red leather, updated interior featuring LED appointments.
Proceeds from the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival support neuroscience research through Fifty Plus Foundation, Inc. Approaching 12 years of supporting Alzheimer’s and neuroscience research, Fifty Plus Foundation created the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival to bring local and global support to back research that is already making a difference in saving lives.
Consignment positions for the Chattanooga collector car auction are limited to 600 entries, and those wishing to participate in this year’s event are highly encouraged to submit a Request for Position form now to ensure auction placement. Bidder registration is available online in advance and on-site at the auction with options starting at $100; standard, in-person bidding registration includes admission for two persons to the two auction days. For those unable to attend in person, enhanced remote bidding options are also available, including for both online and telephone bidding.
For more information on Mecum Chattanooga 2022 and all other scheduled auctions, visit Mecum.com.