Mecum Auctions: Crowd-Shakers And History-Makers At Mecum’s Chicago Auction This Oct. 10-12

By Auto News Log • September 18th, 2013

Hemi Under Glass Collection and Harley J. Earl Corvette Part of 1,000-Car Lineup

Walworth, Wis. – Mecum Auctions is taking the gavel to Chicagoland this Oct. 10-12 with 1,000 vehicles expected to cross the block at the breathtaking Schaumburg Convention Center. The lineup is already fraught with headline-worthy consignments including the most famous wheel-standers in drag racing history – the Hurst Hemi Under Glass Collection – as well as the one-of-a-kind, factory-built custom Corvette of one of GM’s most significant designers in history.

The Hurst Hemi Under Glass Collection (Lots S145-S145.3) is a group of four Barracuda-based powerhouses built by Bob Riggle that appeared as crowd-thrilling wheel-standers at major events across North America from 1965-75 and then again from 1992 until 2009. Each of the four cars is built with the same over-sized engine in the rear, visible beneath the back window, hence their “Hemi Under Glass” moniker. The excessive power of the engines coupled with the uneven weight distribution allows the cars to scream down the track in excess of 100 mph with noses skyward and sparks flying from their track-skimming rear ends. Offered together as one lot from the Bill Sefton Collection, these history-making cars are still fully capable of thrilling any car-loving crowd. Bob Riggle and Hurst’s famous “Shifter Girl” Linda Vaughn will be onsite to sign autographs during the auction.

Another featured consignment set to cross the block at Mecum’s Chicago auction is the 1963 Corvette Convertible (Lot S110) gifted straight from the factory to the marque’s creator, Harley J. Earl. This factory-custom Sting Ray is a one-of-a-kind car built specifically for the man who first conceived the idea to build a new sports car for the American market. Bearing a close resemblance to the ’63 Chicago Auto Show Corvette, this member of the Corvette Hall of Fame is a mainstay of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection having been invited more than any other Corvette in existence.

Along with these historic greats will be hundreds of other desirable collectors coming from all over the country including some from Chicago’s own backyard. Local collector Mike Guarise will be offering four investment-grade Stage 1s from his Buick GS Stage 1 Collection, and Illinois resident Patrick Hurst will offer more than 50 cars in a lineup dedicated to his father and dubbed “The Bud Hurst Collection.”

Join Mecum this Oct. 10-12 at Chicagoland’s only collector and classic car auction with doors opening each day at 8 a.m. Portions of all three days will be broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity Network in addition to the live stream of the entire auction presented by Mecum at Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for the Chicago auction, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

About Mecum Auctions

Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 26 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.


Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Dr. N
Schaumburg, IL 60173
October 10-12, 2013


$20 per person


Gates open daily at 8 a.m.


Vehicles start at 1 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday with Road Art an hour prior

Live TV Schedule:

Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m.
(All Times Central)

Source: Mecum Auctions


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