Every October, the Mecum Auctions road show rolls into Chicagoland for a weekend-long event that takes over the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Like any of the major-league televised auctions, the 2018 Mecum Chicago shindig had its share of big-ticket featured lots. A 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo originally owned by legendary Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton was the star of this year’s show—it sold for $324,500, topping the list of results for the event.
However, for every six-figure exotic or super-rare muscle car that crosses the block at an event like this, there are usually dozens of more-affordable vintage classics and special-interest vehicles that are also offered for sale. And even if you’re not intending to be a bidder, a Mecum auction ends up being a heck of a car show. You’d be hard pressed to find a more eclectic assemblage of vehicles and automobilia, and some of this stuff has rarely—if ever—been publically shown. Have a gander at a few of the machines that caught our eye at this year’s show.
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1961 Studebaker Hawk
1966 Buick Electra 225 4-door sedan
1934 Dodge Model DR convertible coupe
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1981 Toyota Land Cruiser
1967 Pontiac Catalina 2-door hardtop
1932 Studebaker Model 91 President State Sedan
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1977 Chevrolet El Camino
1965 Volkswagen Beetle
1956 Dodge Coronet Lancer 2-door hardtop
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1979 Pontiac Firebird Esprit
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door sedan
1979 Ford F-150 Ranger
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1967 Mercury Cougar
1964 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight 2-door hardtop
1976 BMW 2002
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1963 Chevrolet Nova SS convertible
1978 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade
1962 Ford Galaxie 2-door sedan
Photo Feature: 1910 Buick 60 Special “Bug” Racecar
1957 Buick Special 4-door sedan
1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet
Photo Feature: 1947 Studebaker Gardner Special Roadster