Mecum’s inaugural Chicago motorcycle sale does $1.3 million

1970 MV Agusta MV600 roadster sells for $40,000 | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions’ inaugural MidAmerica Chicago motorcycle auction found new owners for 169 vintage and antique motorcycles last weekend and generated $1,309,043 in total sales.

“We were excited to hold our first auction in the Chicagoland area,” Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division, said in a news release. “The crowds shared in that enthusiasm, which was great to see. There isn’t anything else like this in the area.

“Vintage and antique motorcycles are in themselves a rarity, so finding an auction that offers so many is a true treat for enthusiasts.”

Flying Merkel racer brings top dollar at Chicago auction

The top sale at the auction was a 1912 Flying Merkel board track racing motorcycle that hammered sold for $65,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices that do not include the buyer’s premium).

Among other highlights, a

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Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports champions

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours dElegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors.

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General Motors May Return To Venezuela After All

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for General Motors and its Venezuelan operations. Government authorities in Venezuela illegally seized the automaker’s manufacturing hub, which prompted GM to cease all operations in the country.

The automaker laid off its entire staff of employees — by text message at that — and paid out severance. That seemed to be the end of it all. Meanwhile, GM vowed to exercise its legal rights and fight back. Now, the tide seems to be shifting.

The Detroit Free Press reports GM may return to Venezuela after all of the commotions.

GM Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens seemed to execute an about-face surrounding the decision to leave Venezuela.

“We don’t necessarily want to exit the country, but certainly it’s not an environment that you can invest in or run a normal business at this point,” he said Friday in a conversation with reporters to discuss first

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/05/general-motors-may-return-to-venezuela-after-all/

Alibaba’s Taobao And Tmall Sites Start Selling Cars, Including Cadillacs

Besides being the world’s largest car market on a volume basis, China is also full of unique quirks and eccentricities. For instance, one can now buy cars online in the country.

According to a report from SCMP, websites owned by the Alibaba Group Holdings including Taobao, TMall and AliExpress, which together make up the world’s largest e-commerce services, have added cars that include GM’s Cadillac vehicles to the cosmetics, groceries, electronics, sportswear and cruise holidays they already sell.

According to data provided by Alibaba, as many as 100,000 vehicles by dozens of makers were sold during a 24-hour period on November 11th on Taobao and Tmall, roughly equivalent to the amount of cars typically sold by 1,000 Chinese dealerships in a month.

The best-selling brand? Chery Automobile Co., which sold 13,000 sedans and compact cars on Friday. Meanwhile, SAIC Motor Co., the largest Chinese carmaker that also operates a joint venture with General Motors in China, sold 1,500 RX5 SUVs.

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/11/online-car-sales-start-in-china-cadillac-general-motors/

Craigslist Find: Man Bets On America, Provocative Girls To Sell His C7 Corvette

There are thousands upon thousands of vehicles sitting on Craigslist looking for a new home. That likely includes hundreds, if not thousands, of Corvettes, too.

It’s understandable that you want to write your advertisement in a way to grab the attention of the reader, and this guy is sure trying hard to do just that.

The seller of this 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray on Craigslist has taken it upon himself to really play up the ‘Murica vibe in this ad. In one photo, the C7 Corvette is flanked by explosions and bald eagles. The other photo shows the car surrounded by women in provocative poses, insinuating the C7 Corvette is a true babe magnet.

Of course, all of this is done with utmost expertise in photoshop. Can you smell the sarcasm?

The seller states the bald eagles and girls don’t come with the car, but does state after one lap around

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1984 Chevrolet Camaro ‘DreamRyder’ May Actually Be Of Nightmares

“To each his or her own” is a very well-rounded way to digest the entire automotive community. We stumble upon many… let’s say, interesting builds here at GM Authority, but this 1984 Chevrolet Camaro “DreamRyder” is starting things off freaky in 2017.

Hemmings has listed the Camaro DreamRyder for sale and apparently the owner has spent 13 years creating it with plenty of swooping fiberglass panels. But if you thought the exterior was wild, wait until you see the interior.

The cabin is finished with leopard and zebra fur for an extravagant, soft-touch material experience.

Really, it’s no wonder this 1984 Camaro comes in as a bargain with a $250,000 sale price. You can also grab a closer look at this off-the-wall Camaro in the video up above.

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/01/1984-chevrolet-camaro-dreamryder-may-actually-be-of-nightmares/

1967 Chevrolet C10 Driven In ‘Fast And Furious’ For Sale: eBay Find

Fast and Furious fans, there’s a special truck looking for a new home. The 1967 Chevrolet C10 driven by Sung Kang’s character, Han, in the fourth installment of the franchise, “Fast and Furious,” has surfaced for sale on eBay.

You’ll remember the truck from the gasoline truck heist in the beginning of the film, but we doubt whoever becomes the next owner will be pulling off similar stunts. As for specs, power comes for a 502 ci V8 engine producing 370 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. A 3-speed automatic handles shifting duties. Like a lot of the film series, the shifter from the truck’s scene is fake. No manual here.

With the sale all proper paperwork, including the title, is included from Universal Studios, authenticating the vehicle’s use in the film. Head to the link here to see more of the truck for yourself.

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Cadillac DeVille Barbecue Smoker Is A Perfect Summertime Companion

Cadillac is working to once again become the “Standard of the World,” but in the meantime, why not give your meats a similar treatment?

It is summertime after all, and it’s the season for grilling and smoking meats for outdoor get-togethers. This 1988 Cadillac DeVille has gone from a luxury machine, to posh meat smoker, thanks to one dedicated Texas resident. We’re not trying to reinforce any Texas stereotypes, but this seems like a very Texas thing to do.

We’d normally talk about horsepower and capability here, but this DeVille no longer moves. It does, though, have the capacity for up to 1,300 pounds of meat. Better be throwing one big party to utilize the entire thing. The body remains intact, but the cabin has been gutted to hide ribs, brisket or whatever one’s heart desires.

And it’s only $1,800. Serious smokers need apply only. Check out the for sale listing ... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/07/cadillac-deville-barbecue-smoker-is-a-perfect-summertime-companion/

Grab Attention With This 1959 Cadillac DeVille Custom Pickup: eBay Find

Screw an El Camino, we’ll take this. Okay, if we’re being honest, we’ll take this and an El Camino. Boy would our garages be something to see if money weren’t an issue…

Anyways, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a 1959 Cadillac DeVille that has been transformed into a custom pickup configuration. The custom work was completed in the 1970s, and the car has been babied since. It also helps the car is local to California, meaning there’s no rust to be found here. Besides the climate working in the car’s favor to preserve it, the 1959 DeVille has also been stored in a climate controlled car port when not grabbing attention from everyone it encounters.

The seller states the car came into his possession after the original owner passed away, and is quick to point out how sparingly the car was driven. Everything is said to

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2015/04/grab-attention-with-this-1959-cadillac-deville-custom-pickup-ebay-find/

Used 2013 Cadillac XTS For Sale

We’ll admit that part of us is intrigued by a Cadillac that floats down the road while pillowing through potholes and wallowing over frost heaves, but mercifully, the XTS is no Fleetwood Brougham.

Authentic Confidence
For this you can thank Bill Peterson, the lead development engineer on the 2013 Cadillac XTS. His team tuned the sedan’s magnetorheological dampers to yield a controlled ride with enough compliance to satisfy all but the most highly sensitive backsides. Ride quality in “Tour” — the softer of the dampers’ two base settings — is compliant but controlled. Big impacts are adequately isolated, while body roll is well managed, which means some busyness still penetrates the cabin on a truly rough road.

You won’t find a large menu of chassis adjustments on this Cadillac, either. And their absence reaffirms our belief that the right hardware coupled with confident tuning produces a luxury sedan that doesn’t need

... read more at: https://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/xts/2013/