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The premiere collector car auction company in the country expects to offer 600 muscle cars, customs, hot rods, modified classics, older trucks and first-generation sport activity vehicles for sale at the Portland Expo Center.

PMG PHOTO: JIM REDDEN - John Kraman, Mecum's director of consignments and TV commentator, speaking before the Northwest Automotive Trade Association at the World of Speed.

Mecum Auctions is returning to Portland for the fourth time on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22.

The nation's premiere collector car auction company expects to offer 500 vehicles for sale at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive. Those already consigned range from muscle cars to customs, hot rods, modified classics, older trucks and first-generation sport activity vehicles. Much of it will also be shown on NBCSN.

"The car community in Portland has always made us feel welcome and we appreciate their support," John Kraman, Mecum's director of consignments and TV commentator, told the members of the Northwest Automotive Trade Association at its fourth annual Mecum Auction luncheon at the World of Speed in Wilsonville on Wednesday, May 8.

Kraman said the company started with a single auction staged by founder Dana Mecum and his wife Patti in 1988. It now employees 155 people at its corporate headquarters and will stage 13 auctions this year, with the largest generating up to $100 million in sales. Each employees around 200 part- and full-time workers, including a 40-person TV production crew that travels from auction to auction.

Mecum sold $9 million worth of cars at last year's auction in Portland, a total Kraman said the company hopes to break this year. For more information, go to www.mecum.com.