1,000 Vehicles to be Featured at Mecum Denver 2017 at Colorado Convention Center
Walworth, Wis. – June 27, 2017 – Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car auction company, will return to Denver July 20-22 at the Colorado Convention Center featuring an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more to cross the auction block.
This is the third year that Mecum Auctions has staged a collector-car auction in Denver, with the first two annual events amassing a combined $23 million in sales with consignments from at least 23 different states.
Among the main attractions consigned for Mecum Denver 2017 is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Lot S108) that is No. 30 of the just 69 ZL1s produced and one of the few surviving examples with the original all-aluminum 427 cubic-inch ZL1 engine. The car was expertly restored in 2004 when the odometer showed just 8.4 miles, and it remains in virtually perfect condition today—now showing only 328 original miles—having earned several impressive awards, including First in Class, Best Paint, Best Engine Compartment and a score of 986/1,000 points at the Camaro Nationals.
Other featured lots include a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 (Lot S110), a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S113) that was bought new by Walter C. Davidson Jr., son of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson, with a matching-numbers 327/300 HP engine and automatic transmission, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Resto Mod (Lot S115) featuring a Ramjet 502 CI engine and a 700R4 automatic transmission, and a 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible (Lot S106) with a 462/525 HP engine and GM Turbo 400 automatic transmission that has benefited from a frame-off restoration.
Mecum Denver 2017 is open to buyers, sellers and spectators. Bidder registration is available online in advance for $100, $200 after auction start, and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online once the auction begins; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the vehicle auction beginning at 10 a.m.; Road Art® begins 30 minutes prior to vehicles. A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com.
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 this and all Mecum auctions, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
Mecum Denver 2017
June 20-22, 2017
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Admission: $20 in advance online, and $30 at the door and online once auction starts—per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Auction: Vehicles begin at 10 a.m. each day with Road Art beginning 30 minutes prior to vehicles
Live Auction Coverage: Join John Kraman, Scott Hoke and Katie Osborne as they host 12 hours of Mecum live auction coverage on Facebook for the very first time. Tune in Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(All times MDT)
Despite unrelenting resistance from GM management, in the late 1960s, Chevrolet Product Promotions Manager Vince Piggins regularly teamed with a small cadre of faithful dealers to produce insanely powerful limited-production muscle cars. The instrument of this insurrection was the Central Office Production Order program (COPO). Designed to facilitate fleet orders for commercial fleet vehicles such as taxis and police cars, the COPO system provided Piggins and his dealers the means to circumvent the corporate racing ban (and its limits on displacement and horsepower-to-weight ratios) and supply factory-built racers and speed equipment to their customers. Arguably the most sensational of these forbidden fruits was the 1969 ZL1 Camaro, a simple yet devastating combination of heavy-duty suspension, brakes and driveline and Chevrolet’s all-aluminum 427 CI big-block engine developed by racers Bruce McLaren and Jim Hall for the Can Am racing series. The ZL1 was the brainchild of Fred Gibb, owner of Fred Gibb Chevrolet in La Harpe, Illinois, and a leader in Piggins’ network of Chevrolet performance dealers. Gibb first attracted national attention when Herb Fox, a Gibb Chevrolet salesman, bought a 1967 Z28 through the dealer and began racing it in NHRA D/Gas. Fox ended the 1967 season with a perfect 35-0 record, and Gibb was hooked. Fox soon thereafter met Chevrolet tuner and drag racer Dick Harrell, and immediately introduced him to Gibb, facilitating one of drag racing’s most famous partnerships and directly leading to the creation of the COPO 9560 ZL1 Camaros. ZL1 Camaros dominated NHRA and AHRA Super Stock and Pro Stock racing, beginning with the Gibb-Harrell-Fox Super Stock Eliminator win at the 1969 NHRA Winternationals. Produced under COPO order number 9560, all 69 ZL1 Camaros produced were equipped at the factory as big-block-specification cars with F41 heavy-duty suspension, power front disc brakes, ZL2 cowl-induction hood, a choice of heavy-duty 4-speed manual or Hydra-Matic 3-speed automatic transmissions and Chevrolet’s extra-strength 12-bolt Positraction rear end with 4.10:1 gears. Gibb ordered the first 50 ZL1 Camaros, however all but a handful were returned to the factory or other dealers for distribution. This ZL1 is one of only 13 that were sold by Fred Gibb Chevrolet, making it a rarity amongst an already rare car. Based on the architecture of the all-conquering Corvette L88 racing engine, the ZL1 engine made extensive use of aluminum in the block, heads, intake and ancillary pieces, employing steel only for the forged crank, connecting rods, pushrods and camshaft. The result was the most exotic American production engine ever built to that time. The ZL1 weighed little more than a cast iron Chevy small-block engine while generating approximately 550 HP, a figure that far exceeded its preposterous factory rating of 430 horses. This Hugger Orange-on-black 1969 ZL1 Camaro was sold new at Fred Gibb Chevrolet and was subsequently raced in Super Stock competition for many years by Pizza Hut franchisee Larry Kreigh, never seeing duty on the street. Number 30 of the 69 built, it is one of the only surviving examples with its original factory-installed all-aluminum ZL1 powerplant and 4-speed manual transmission. The car was expertly restored in 2004 when the odometer showed just 8.4 miles. It remains in virtually perfect condition today—now showing only 328 original miles—having amassed several impressive awards including First in Class, Best Paint, Best Engine Compartment and a score of 986/1,000 points at the 1993 Camaro Nationals. The cover feature car in the November-December 1993 issue of “Camaro Enthusiast” magazine, it is an exceptional example of Chevrolet’s “Super Camaro.”