There were plenty of hot Chevys to bid on at the 2014 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim auction on November 13-15, 2014, held at the Anaheim Convention Center. No Chevys made the Top 10 but that’s okay. We see it as a sign that now is a great time to snap up a new, or another, Chevy project. Here’s a look at a few performance Chevys that sold and more than a few others that didn’t quite meet their reserves. To check out a full listing visit the Mecum site at mecum.com.
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
This Chevelle SS packs a 550hp 489 big-block backed by an Art Carr 200-4R transmission and Currie 9-inch rear. The Hotchkis sport suspension gives it a great stance. Wilwood big-brakes are framed within 18-inch front and 20-inch rear Coys wheels. For an audio system there’s an Alpine head unit feeding into two Rockford Fosgate amps and two 10-inch subwoofers. This Chevelle was a no-sale at $40,000.
1991 Chevrolet Camaro
There’s not much we know about this red third-gen Camaro except that it has a 5.0L engine, air conditioning, and T-tops. The body looked to be in good condition so we think the high-bid of $5,000 seemed about right. Especially since this Camaro, for sale at a California auction, is not able to be registered in the sate of California. Or perhaps it was the chrome Dubs. The mystery continues.
1967 Chevrolet Nova SS
A real gem of the auction was this real, professionally restored “118” ’67 Chevy II Nova SS with a correct L79 350hp 327. Other correct drivetrain features are the M20 Muncie four-speed, 12-bolt posi rearend, and Gardener dual exhaust. It rolls on correct Rally wheels shod with new Redline tires. Granada Gold is correct for both the exterior and the interior. Mileage is believed to be a low 27,500. We think the shame is not that it didn’t sell, but that the high bid was only $47,500.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
What would a car auction be without a ’69 Camaro Z/28 or two? This one features a numbers-matching 290hp 302 Turbo-Fire engine that’s been blueprinted and balanced. It comes with power steering and brakes. The interior is original, along with all the glass. A high bid of $50,000 was not enough to seal the deal.
1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Convertible
A build so fresh, it has not been driven since it was completed. A new frame nestles a 350/700-R4 combo. One-off custom wheels by Mike at Boyd’s are at each corner. Other amenities include power windows, doors, steering, and brakes, and air conditioning. A no sale against a high bid of $62,500.
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
A restomod ’56 Bel Air is right up our alley, especially when it packs a 502 big-block and 9-inch stuffed with 3.73 gears and a positraction. Suspension upgrades include tubular upper and lower A-arms, TCI four-link, and Wilwood disc brakes. A custom billet dash and console have found their way into the Ron Mangus custom leather interior. The audio system consists of components from Infinity, Eclipse, and Rockford Fosgate. This one gaveled home sold for a reasonable $75,000.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Here’s one of the nicest Pro Touring ’69 Camaros we found at the auction. It had a 427ci MTI race engine bolted to a T-56 six-speed, with a narrowed Moser 12-bolt rearend. Chassis improvements include Detroit Speed subframe connectors and rollbar. The 18-inch Boze wheels fill the wheelwells nicely. The bright-red leather interior complements the flawless black paint, with red rally stripes. With this combination of power and looks it’s hard to fathom how this beauty stalled out at $67,500, and was a no sale.
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
This second-gen Camaro puts a little twist on the Pro Street style. Instead of monster cubic inches the owner went with a relatively small 373ci Dart aluminum block engine. The twist is the ProCharger D-1 supercharger nestled in the engine bay. The D-1 is capable of putting out up to 950 horsepower, so you know it’s no poseur. The rest of the build follows the playbook: ladder bars, massive tubs, big ’n’ littles, 9-inch locker rearend. Perhaps the Pro Street bidders were all purists and that’s why it was a no sale at $25,000.
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
Not much to say about this ’71 Chevelle other than it had a 454 backed by an automatic. The orange paint was in good condition and contrasted nicely with the black interior. Not sure how high the owner expected this one to go, but at $31,000 it was a no-sale.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
For an older restoration, this Vette showed really well. Under the hood was a 300hp 327. Gear changes are completed with a four-speed. We like how the redline tires complement the red exterior. Our opinion is that it was well bought for $40,000.
1967 Chevrolet Nova
Sinister black paint and an equally sinister 400hp 454 big-block under the hood. Power goes through a Richmond five-speed back to a Ford 9-inch posi with 3.40 gears. To handle the power, front and rear chassis upgrades come by way of Chris Alston Chassisworks and adjustable coilovers on all four corners. Wilwood disc brakes up front, but there’s drums out back (oops). Custom leather covers the interior, including the headliner and trunk. $46,000 seemed like a reasonable high bid to us, but it, too, was a no-sale.
1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS
A true SS car, it has a 327/Powerglide combo. It’s been upgraded with Detroit Speed Inc. front suspension and Hotchkis rear suspension components. Brakes are now four-wheel discs. The wheels and tires are off a late-model Vette. Even with fresh paint and a modest amount of shiny bits, the bidding didn’t climb past $27,500. Another no-sale.
1972 Chevrolet Nova
A little Nova that would be equally fun on the street and at the drags. A 406 big-block engine, 200-4R auto trans, and Ford 9-inch with 3.73 gears get this green monster down the road. At red lights or the end of a drag lap power disc brakes bring it to a halt. Maybe if the bidding went just a little bit higher than $22,000 it would have sold.
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
Yellow-and-white two-tone Shoebox with a lot of chrome. Looked like the perfect cruiser to us. A 350/four-speed combo is a timeless classic, like apple pie and ice cream. The classic sheetmetal gets an altitude adjustment courtesy of drop springs. Modern touches include four-wheel disc brakes and 18-inch Boyd’s wheels. The comfy, leather interior stays cool with a Vintage Air A/C system. This Shoebox found a new home for $41,000.
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Billed as a fresh restoration to original specifications, with original body panels and interior components. Under the hood is a 327 attached to a four-speed. The closer we looked at this one the more little things we noticed. The bodywork was spotty and there were telltale bubbles that potentially indicated rot in the typical areas. We must not have been the only ones who noticed either, since it was a no-sale at $17,500.