The Mecum Experience – Anaheim 2014

Cars waiting to be auctioned at Mecum Anaheim 2014.

Cars waiting to be auctioned at Mecum Anaheim 2014.

If I am flipping-through-the-channels and I happen across a car auction, I just set the remote down. I’m just a car geek, especially for classic cars. Several years ago, I passed this affliction on to my Father. Now, when I visit, he has hours of different car shows, from auctions to fixing, discovering, selling and more. One of our favorites is the Mecum actions. Recently, they made their annual stop at the Anaheim Convention Center, and we both headed over to check it out. The layout for the auction/show was massive, and we lost count of the cars. Although, all said and done, the iPhone 6 measured over 6,000 steps taken while there – that’s almost 3 miles.

As we worked our way down to the auction block, a very nice 1960 DeSoto was up. This was an unusual car, having an after-market conversion as convertible. DeSoto did not make a convertible in 1960, but this custom job looked straight out of the factory.

The show was a lot of fun. There was a wide variety of cars to see, and lots of head-turners. Admission was reasonable, just $20 per person. If you are a car-geek too, definitely look at the Mecum schedule and, if you can make it work out, plan on attending an auction/show yourself. Over three days, hundreds of cars cross the auction block, here are some of the ones I thought were the most cool.

1952 Jowett Jupiter, 1486cc, 4-speed.

1952 Jowett Jupiter, 1486cc, 4-speed.

1951 MG TD roadster.

1951 MG TD roadster.

1969 Morris Mini Cooper, 1275cc, 4-speed.

1969 Morris Mini Cooper, 1275cc, 4-speed.

1961 Nash Metropolitan, 1500cc, 3-speed.

1961 Nash Metropolitan, 1500cc, 3-speed.

1941 Internation Woody Wagon, number 14 of 18 produced.

1941 Internation Woody Wagon, number 14 of 18 produced.

1930 Ford Model A.

1930 Ford Model A.

1939 Packard Six sedan, 237ci, 3-speed.

1939 Packard Six sedan, 237ci, 3-speed.

1953 Austin A30 Seven.

1953 Austin A30 Seven.

1981 DeLorean DMC-12, 5-speed.

1981 DeLorean DMC-12, 5-speed.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, 4-speed.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, 4-speed.

1941 Buick Sedanette, 248ci, 3-speed.

1941 Buick Sedanette, 248ci, 3-speed.

1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco.

1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco.

1950 Cadillac.

1950 Cadillac.

1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible, 348ci.

1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible, 348ci.

1961 Porsche 356B 1600S sunroof coupe, 1582cc, 4-speed.

1961 Porsche 356B 1600S sunroof coupe, 1582cc, 4-speed.

1955 Chevrolet Corvette, 265ci, 3-speed.

1955 Chevrolet Corvette, 265ci, 3-speed.

1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster, 1.9L, 4-speed.

1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster, 1.9L, 4-speed.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible - number 19 of 532 produced.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible – number 19 of 532 produced.

1972 Ferrari Dino.

1972 Ferrari Dino.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible - number 19 of 532 produced.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible – number 19 of 532 produced.

1975 Fiat 595 Abarth, 595cc, 5-speed.

1975 Fiat 595 Abarth, 595cc, 5-speed.

1959 Goggomobil Regent, 15HP, 4-speed.

1959 Goggomobil Regent, 15HP, 4-speed.

1959 BMW Isetta, 13HP.

1959 BMW Isetta, 13HP.

1953 MG TD, 54HP, 5-speed.

1953 MG TD, 54HP, 5-speed.

1952 Riley Drophead Coupe, 2.5L with Dual Carbs.

1952 Riley Drophead Coupe, 2.5L with Dual Carbs.

1939 Cadillac Series 90 Limousine, V16, 3-speed.

1939 Cadillac Series 90 Limousine, V16, 3-speed.

1948 Lincoln Continental, V12.

1948 Lincoln Continental, V12.

1949 Willys Jeepster, 3-speed.

1949 Willys Jeepster, 3-speed.

1957 Pontiac Bonneville.

1957 Pontiac Bonneville.

Mike Knotts

Mike Knotts was born in 1968 in a small town in southern Indiana. Even when very young, Mike showed a love for all-things technical and sci-fi. Moving with his family to California in the early 80's, he eventually graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. Rather than put that to good use, Mike continued to pursue his passion for technology by working for early, regional ISP's in the mid 1990's. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he works as a project manager for an Internet startup. Mike is a co-founder of Geekometry.

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