On March 11-12, avid car collectors and enthusiasts converged on Kansas City, MO, for the annual Mecum auction. Bidders competed for the right to leave the event with one or more of the 700 classics, muscle cars and exotics offered. A 1968 Shelby GT brought in over $200 grand, and a Mercedes supercar was not far behind. This year, it took a winning bid of $85,000 to make it into the top five.
1) 1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback
A ’68 Shelby GT attracted the highest bid at Mecum’s 2016 Kansas City auction: $210,000. The black muscle car with black interior is a recent restoration. It’s powered by a 428 CI Cobra Jet engine with a four-barrel carburetor mated to a factory four-speed capable of generating 335 hp. This particular engine features matching numbers. Power disc brakes and power steering help the driver to control all that power. Tilt-away steering is one of a number of added features in the cabin. Occupants also enjoy an AM radio and the interior decor group.
The GT500 is the big-block variant of the original GT350 that Carroll Shelby and Ford produced largely for the track. Unlike the early Shelby Mustangs, the GT500 was built in Michigan alongside regular production Mustangs. Only 1,053 GT500KR Shelby Mustangs were produced for the 1968 model year.
2) 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe
Far more recent builds sold for serious sums as well. A 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe clad in a rich Designo Mystic White sold for $185,000. This pristine example of advanced Mercedes-Benz engineering and artistry has only been driven 1,043 miles.
The hand-built, 6.2L AMG V-8 engine is rated at 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission. From a standing start, this supercar will scramble to a speed of 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, and it will complete the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds. Top speed is 197 mph.
The distinctive gull-wing doors are a perfect complement to this exotic coupe. Creature features include multi-level heated seats, voice-activated navigation, Sirius XM, Bluetooth wireless data link and dual-zone climate control.
The GT coupe is an SLS AMG supercar on steroids. In 2013, it replaced the standard AMG SLS in the United States after a tactical decision was made to go more hard-core and track-ready.
3) 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback
Another Shelby GT cracked the top three in Kansas City. A 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback was a real buy at $170,000, considering that over $150,000 was invested in this meticulous restoration. The engine is a 427 CI V-8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors, producing 355 hp at 5400 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. The 1967 Shelby upgrade also includes Holley carburetors, a RUGS-1 transmission, a 3.50 Traction-Lok differential and KH calipers and drums.
The cast-iron pushrod V-8 could take the Shelby GT500 from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Its quarter-mile time was 15.0 seconds at 95 mph, with a top speed of 128 mph. Although the GT500 is not a vehicle built for the racetrack, the Cobra LeMans engine is in fact a racing engine. It first appeared at LeMans in 1965 with a single four-barrel carburetor. The following year, the big 427 engine propelled Ford to the top three places at LeMans. Not surprisingly, fuel economy was not a consideration when the Shelby team jammed that seven-liter behemoth under the hood. A gallon of gas will take the 1967 Shelby GT500 about 9 to 12 miles down the road.
The integrated all-steel body and chassis featured fiberglass front and rear panels. This particular beauty offers an eye-catching Wimbledon White exterior that features boldly contrasting blue stripes and a black leatherette interior. Audio is supplied by an AM/FM/Cassette stereo.
4) 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SVE Yenko
A 2015 Camaro SVE Yenko with just 64 miles on the odometer sold for an even $100 grand in Kansas City. This quintessential sports performance marvel features a supercharged 427 CI engine capable of a massive 700 hp. Performance is maximized by the use of a TVS2300 supercharger package. Power is transferred to the wheels via a six-speed transmission with a ZR1 dual clutch assembly.
The advanced suspension includes state-of-the-art features like magnetic ride control, performance-sized stabilizer bars, launch control, a lowering spring package and performance traction management. The HD differential is further enhanced by a differential cooling system.
The Red Rock Metallic exterior is also enhanced by a GM heritage grille in the front and an RTM hood with an integrated scoop. The rich black interior is upgraded with performance racing seats from Recaro that perfectly suit this modern marvel of automotive engineering. This particular SVE creation is number 16 out of a production run capped at 50. There’s no doubt that this is a Yenko upgrade, thanks to the side stripe graphics and numbered dash plaque. No fewer than six 427 badges grace select locations both inside and out.
5) 1955 Chevrolet 210 Resto Mod
The bidder that paid $85,000 for this 1955 Chevrolet 210 Resto Mod also drove off with two motorcycles and a customized trailer. The Smoke Gray exterior is further enhanced by customized paint graphics.
The 210 was Chevy’s mid-priced car from 1953 to 1957. It replaced the Styleline DeLuxe and it was followed by the Biscayne. It offered more than the base 150, but its appointments were more modest than those offered in the more upscale Bel Air. The original price of a 210 was only about $100 less than that of the Bel Air. The Chevys of this era have acquired an almost cult-like following with or without modification. The 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys have become known as the Tri-Fives. They’ve become so popular that some car clubs and restoration specialists are fully devoted to them.
The frame-off nut and bolt restoration of this 1955 Chevy 210 has been accomplished with substantial care and expertise. It features a big-block 468 CI Chevy engine mated to a 700R transmission. All that power deserves and gets a transmission cooler and overall customized cooling system. When it’s time to reign in all that horsepower, the Hydra-boost braking system comes in handy. The driver enjoys a Dakota Digital dash and a tilt steering wheel, along with a silver leather interior installed over stock seat frames. The original floor is intact and rust-free, as is the trunk pan. Occupants enjoy a fully temperature-controlled cabin with both heat and air conditioning.
The enthusiastic bidding for the two Shelby GTs that cracked the top five at Kansas City underscores the upward trend in prices paid for these 60s-era classics. Two other winning bidders invested in recent powerhouses, a Mercedes AMG SLS GT coupe and a Camaro SVE Yenko, built almost a half-a-century later. Rounding out the top five at the Mecum auction in Kansas City is a one-of-a-kind Resto-mod replete with two motorcycles and a matching trailer that makes for a truly eye-catching entourage.
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