Mecum unveils vehicles for sale at Friday, Saturday auction
Mecum Auctions has posted pictures and details of the vehicles currently scheduled to be sold this coming Friday and Saturday at the Portland Expo Center.
The third Portland auction by the world leader in collectable cars, trucks, motorcycles and road art is expected to feature 600 vehicles. They include a custom-built 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe street rod owned by Larry Anderson of Portland. He built it with the help of several well-known area speed and custom shops.
"My family and I have enjoyed the car, but it has won every award and been retired from the Multnomah Hot Rod Show, so it's time for someone else to enjoy it," says Anderson, who grew up around custom and race cars.
Dave Magers, the CEO of Mecum Auctions, says the company expects a higher percentage of custom cars, trucks and motorcycles in Portland that at its other auctions.
"The people in Portland are the most creative of anywhere we go. We see the most hot rods and other one-of-a-kind vehicles there. The car culture in Portland is very hands on," says Magers.
But many stock and restored collectable vehicles are already registered for sale. They include a restored 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle owned by a hobbyist in Astoria,
Others include a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, a 1967 Chevy Camaro, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and 1962, 1965, 1968 and 1990 Chevy Corvettes.
And collectable motorcycles will also be auctioned on Friday at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr.
The Mecum Auction Company hosts 14 car auctions throughout the United States which are shown on NBCSN. It also hosts two motorcycle auctions and two tractor auctions every year. Around 15,000 vehicles crossed the auction block last year, generating approximately $400 million in sales.
Mecum first moved the auction to Portland from Seattle in 2016. With a lineup of 461 vehicles for sale, it grossed $9 million in sales. That fell to $7.9 million from 480 sale vehicles last year, and Magers predicts that will increase this year.
"All of our auctions are doing better this year," says Magers.
The company, whch is based in Wisconsin, has been in business for 31 years. It has approximately 130 full-time employees at its corporate headquarters and another 300 who are on the road for the auctions, including a complete TV broadcast crew for the live and recorded NBCSN programs.
Discount tickets and bidder registrations are available only. Tickets are $30 at the door, $20 only. Bidder registrations are $200 at the door, $100 online.
Sellers must check in between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21. Doors open for the auctions at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with sales starting at 10 a.m. both days.
You can find all the information on the Portland mecum auction at www.mecum.com/auctions/portland-2018.