Mecum’s Portland Auction brings Muscle and 4-Wheel Drive Temptation

Mecum Auctions is returning to the City of Roses for the second year in a row — and they’re bringing some special Shelby and muscle cars.

This year’s auction is on June 16-17 at the Portland Expo Center, just a short drive from SCM World Headquarters.

Last year Mecum sold 297 of 478 cars (62%), totaling $9,316,726.

A 1965 Shelby GT350 sold for $335,500 for the high sale. Mecum will no doubt look to improve those numbers this time around.

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My 2003 Dream Garage: Part Two

Yesterday, I shared my first dream collection — The ’03 Dream Garage.

Here are the reasons — rational and irrational — why I picked each one:

Ford Focus SVT — I know it is rare to find any sort praise for the first-gen Focus, but the SVT (2002–04) was the only performance variant of this economy car. An exclusive 6-speed combined with a 2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder pumping out 170 horsepower make this hot hatchback a lot of fun to Read More

My 2003 Dream Garage

I know it. You’re probably thinking what kind of an idiot wants a collection of cars from 2003?

Well, what kind of idiot buys cars that jump out on the auction block? What kind of idiot goes after just one make of car? What kind of idiot goes after cars of a certain time?

It’s all just different flavors of the same disease that unites us — collecting cars.

So, why 2003 in particular?

Well, a specific year is a Read More

1996 Subaru Impreza WRC97 Rally Car

Initially road registered as P555 WRC but better known by its long-term moniker P18 WRC, this car had been given a superficial cosmetic refurbishment prior to entering the current ownership. Drawn to “first editions,” the vendor not only had Prodrive validate chassis 001 but also commissioned them to restore it to “original” condition (becoming the Banbury outfit’s first heritage customer in the process). The car was renovated using only original SRT parts, many of which would be even more difficult Read More

2008 Koenigsegg CCXR

  • 1,018-bhp, 4,700-cc, DOHC aluminum V8 with twin Rotex centrifugal superchargers, 6-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones and two-way adjustable VPS gas-hydraulic shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.7 in.
  • Capable of producing 1,018 horsepower on E85 ethanol and 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds
  • Presented at the opening of Koenigsegg Abu Dhabi and the 2007 Middle East International Motor Show
  • Featured in “Fast Five,” the fifth installment of “The Fast and the Read More