In a little more than a week, the famous 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom will be featured in the largest Collector Car Auction, the Mecum Kissimmee 2022.
It was way back in 1952 when the young Bob Hirohata bought a 1951 Mercury. He then brought it to the shop of the most famous customizing duo of the time; brothers Sam and George Barris so that they can give it a completely radical overhaul that became an instant customization hit during the classic car era.
Almost 70 years later, the 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom is still celebrated and lauded as a memorable and timeless piece of art. Soon, it will be crossing the auction block. The Hirohata Mercury (Lot S152) will be featured at the famed Mecum Kissimmee 2022 which will be held from January 6 to 16 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. It will be joining roughly around 3,500 other classic and collector cars, as well as 1,000 items of memorabilia and Road Art.
As one of the most famous classic custom cars, the history of the Mercury Custom is well-known and well-documented in the numerous magazines over the last 70 years.
It all started when Hirohata brought the car to the Barris brothers’ shop in Lynwood, California. He then informed them to “go all out” on the customization of his car. It was a command that the brothers happily followed which resulted in a completely new machine unlike any other.
It was also in 1952 that it made its debut at the Petersen-hosted Motorama where it was lauded as the Class Winner. It then got feature stories in Rod & Custom, Hot Rod, and HOP UP. It was also featured on the cover of MotorTrend.
After its successful Motorama debut, the example was used by Hirohata as his daily driver. It was then featured in a few more magazines like the coverage of its Route 66 road trip to get to the Indy 500 back in 1953. It dominated the big car show, and it was also there that it got the moniker “Mercillac”.
George Barris also worked to get the car to appear in the teen car film “Runnin’ Wild”, featuring Mamie Van Doren. To show better contrast on screen, Barris had the upper area of the car painted in Avocado Green. In 1955, Hirohata sold the car as is complete with the Avocado Green paint.
Eventually, it was acquired by Jim McNeil who then placed it in long-term storage. Later on, he decided to restore the ‘Mercillac’ back to its 1952 look when it appeared at Motorama. This project ended up taking several years to complete. It was also featured in Rod & Custom magazine.
Its reappearance was immediately noted and after the restoration was completed in 1996, it was put on display at several events. It was featured at the 2011 Customs Then and Now display at the Grand National Roadster Show, and in the same year in April, it was shipped to the renowned Custom Motor Show in Elmia, Sweden.
In 2015, it was entered at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Having kept its original 1953 Cadillac 331 CI OHV V-8 engine with three Stromberg carburetors, as well as all the special tricks that the Barris crew knew. This resulted in the example being awarded Best in Class as well as the Dean Batchelor Most Significant awards. For a week, it was displayed in a glass enclosure in Washington D.C. It then went to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles where it was again displayed to the delight of the public.
Vice Presidents of Consignments Frank Mecum shared, “Few vehicles ever built have received the global attention and jaw-dropping awe that the Hirohata Merc has. Mecum Kissimmee 2022 has many headlining consignments, but this iconic gem will draw the appeal of everyone for its ageless beauty and unique, history-making design, craftsmanship and presentation.”
Aside from the wide variety of vehicles and Road Art, the upcoming Mecum Kissimmee 2022 will also be featuring Mecum Midway of food, exhibitors, and live entertainment acts. There will
Title: Mecum Kissimmee 2022 Features 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom
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Published Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 16:34:29 +0000
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REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod
Written by Nicole Ellan James
2024 PALM BEACH AUCTION – 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Resto-Mods have surged in popularity within the collector car community, and it’s easy to see why. These vehicles, characterized by their classic appearance combined with modern upgrades, encompass everything from sleek bodywork to advanced technology and powertrain enhancements. In recent years, the appeal of Resto-Mods has skyrocketed among buyers, with Corvettes standing out as constant favorites within this category.
The fusion of yesteryear’s charm with today’s innovation presents enthusiasts with an enticing combination of nostalgia and exhilaration. Resto-Mods embody this harmonious union, delivering the timeless allure of vintage aesthetics alongside the excitement of modern driving experiences. They serve as a compelling tribute to automotive history, capturing the essence of bygone eras while embracing the advancements of the present day.
Imagine a stunningly restored 1960s Corvette, now boasting a fuel-injected powerhouse, enhanced suspension and state-of-the-art infotainment system. This is precisely the transformation custom builder Jeff Hayes orchestrated with this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Resto-Mod, a project finished in October 2022.
Under the hood, an LS3 V8 engine rated with 540 horsepower is the starting point. The LS3 is known for its formidable power and relentless performance. Paired seamlessly with a 4L70E automatic transmission, this dynamic duo ensures smooth acceleration with precise shifts, for what’s sure to be an incredible driving experience.
Beneath its sleek exterior, this Corvette rests upon an Art Morrison sport chassis, renowned for its exceptional strength, agility and precision engineering. This high-performance foundation offers modern stability and handling, allowing the Corvette to carve through corners with confidence and command the road with authority. Bringing this Resto-Mod’s performance to a smooth halt are 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes. Whether you’re pushing the limits on the open road or cruising through city streets, these brakes can deliver consistent and reliable braking performance, providing peace of mind and control in almost any driving scenario.
Finished in Bright Red paint, the exterior of this Corvette is complemented by a Saddle Brazilian leather interior.
Completing the look are striking Schott wheels, which accentuate the classic lines of the vehicle while adding a touch of contemporary flair. The wheels are wrapped in custom red line tires that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also ensure a smooth and responsive ride.
Step inside, and you’ll find a sanctuary of modern comfort and convenience seamlessly integrated into the classic design. The interior of this Resto-Mod features a Vintage Air system, ensuring the climate inside the cabin is comfortable regardless of the weather outside. A cutting-edge AM/FM Bluetooth stereo system delivers crystal-clear sound, allowing you to soundtrack your journey with your favorite tunes wirelessly. Other amenities include power steering and power windows for modern convivences.
This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette is selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Register to bid today to take this one-of-a-kind Resto-Mod Corvette home with you.
Title: REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:23:35 +0000
ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE
After World War II, the United States saw an unprecedented surge in economic prosperity – and a newfound fascination with cars. The 1950s saw families moving out of the cities and into the suburbs, meaning a vehicle was pretty much a necessity for a commute to work. The automobile also signified freedom for the average American – a chance to hit the open road to explore via the burgeoning highway system (hello, Route 66!). Car culture flourished: drive-in movies, drive-thru restaurants and car clubs popped up everywhere.
This era saw the United States become the world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles – by the end of the 1950s, one in six working Americans were employed either directly or indirectly in the automotive industry. The decade began with some 25 million registered vehicles on the road; by 1958 there were more than 67 million.
American car designers let their imaginations run wild, and the advent of the jet age proved to be a major influence. As a result, Fabulous ’50s cars were resplendent with chrome, tailfins, chrome, wings, chrome, turbines, chrome and afterburner taillights. Did we mention chrome?
Ford, GM and Chrysler – known as the “Big Three” automakers at that time – led the way in automobile production during the 1950s boom. Vehicles forever emblematic of the decade of their creation include Chevrolet’s Bel Air and Corvette, Cadillac’s Eldorado, Ford’s Thunderbird and Fairlane, and Chrysler’s New Yorker. But smaller entities made waves, too – as evidenced by cars like the Kaiser Darrin roadster with its unique pocket doors and DeSoto’s impressive Adventurer – some of which even came with built-in record players.
Highlighted here are just a small sampling of the fantastic cars from the Fabulous ’50s that will be headed across the auction block during the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. See you there, Daddy-O!
1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE
Pictured above and previously owned by renowned Kaiser Darrin collector Bob Adams. Powered by an original 2.6-liter Straight-6 engine backed by a 3-speed manual transmission with fourth-gear overdrive. Mechanically sorted, including redone brakes and full tune-up.
1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Recipient of a frame-off nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. Powered by a Hilborn electronic fuel-injected 383ci stroker engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Modified frame, custom interior and smoothed firewall. 28 miles since completion.
1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Powered by an LS2 V8 engine paired with a 4L60E automatic transmission. Recipient of a full frame-off restoration; now rides on a Roadster Shop chassis. Everything from the top to bottom has been improved.
1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER – NO RESERVE
Powered by a factory 345ci HEMI V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Equipped with power brakes, power steering, Continental kit and a Highway HiFi 45 record player under the dash.
1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Powered by a new Wegner LS3 427ci V8 engine mated to a Stage-4 4L80E Performance automatic transmission with a billet converter. Has an Art Morrison Tri-5 frame, multi-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, Vintage Air and a custom Alpine stereo.
1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Recipient of a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. Powered by the factory 390ci engine paired with a Hydromatic transmission. Rides on a custom air-ride suspension with AccuAir controls. Also has a JL Audio system built into the car for a modern feel.
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Powered by a modern 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Features modern amenities with all power options, removable hardtop, custom interior and a custom-finished engine bay. With 400 miles since the build completion.
Title: ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
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Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 20:56:34 +0000
Legendary Rock Band Night Ranger to Open for Foreigner, Performing Live at Barrett-Jackson’s “Rock the Block” Concert Presented by Arizona Lottery, January 19
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ December 20, 2023 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is proud to announce that multi-platinum rock band Night Ranger will open for Foreigner at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural “Rock the Block” presented by Arizona Lottery on Friday, January 19, 2024, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
For the first time in its storied history, Barrett-Jackson will host this opening-night concert, infusing the excitement of live music into the electrifying weeklong automotive lifestyle celebration, adding a dynamic new dimension to the renowned event. Tickets for “Rock the Block” presented by Arizona Lottery start at $59 and are available online at Barrett-Jackson.com.
“Pairing these two iconic rock bands, Night Ranger and Foreigner, to kick off our world-renowned Scottsdale Auction is sure to be an unforgettable occasion,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We are committed to raising the bar year after year and providing an incredible experience for our guests, and our new ‘Rock the Block’ concert is the perfect way to jumpstart the excitement for our nine-day automotive lifestyle event at WestWorld.”
Night Ranger have earned widespread recognition that includes both multi-platinum and gold status with a long list of best-selling albums including Dawn PatrolMidnight Madness7 WishesBig Life and Man in Motion. Their popularity is fueled by an impressive collection of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature classics such as “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” among many others.
The band that makes up Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Eric Levy (keyboards) and Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars).
Following the “Rock the Block” concert featuring Foreigner and Night Ranger, Barrett-Jackson’s flagship 2024 Scottsdale Auction will run Saturday, January 20, through Sunday, January 28. Featuring approximately 2,000 collectible cars, trucks and SUVs, the prominent event serves as the epicenter of the automotive universe every January. In addition to the exhilarating action where hundreds of world auction records are set every year, the automotive lifestyle event also features hundreds of sponsor and exhibitor displays, Hot Laps and Thrill Rides with leading automotive manufacturers, off-road experiences, driving experiences in some of the market’s latest vehicles and live music throughout the week.
The first weekend also kicks off with QuikTrip Family Day on January 20 when children 12 and under receive free admission with an accompanying adult. Family Day will also feature STEM Fest presented by Honeywell and the introduction of all 50 contenders for the esteemed custom car competition, the Barrett-Jackson Cup presented by Castrol. Sunday, January 21, will also feature the second installment of the Future Collector Car Show (FCCS) presented by Meguiar’s at Barrett-Jackson. A family-friendly concours-style event, the FCCS will feature vehicles that best represent the future of the collector car hobby, with the goal of celebrating the cars we love today and the future collectibles of tomorrow.
In addition to “Rock the Block” concert tickets on sale, advance tickets to the 2024 Scottsdale Auction are available here. On Location, Barrett-Jackson’s official hospitality partner, is offering several immersive Barrett-Jackson Experiences for guests to join the action on the auction block, enjoy premium hospitality and connect with like-minded enthusiasts like never before. To learn more about On Location’s offerings for “Rock the Block” and the Scottsdale Auction, click here.
Automotive enthusiasts interested in registering to bid may do so here and those looking to consign their own collector car may do so here.
Join Barrett-Jackson’s online conversation with #BarrettJackson and #BJAC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Title: Legendary Rock Band Night Ranger to Open for Foreigner, Performing Live at Barrett-Jackson’s “Rock the Block” Concert Presented by Arizona Lottery, January 19
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Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 15:45:44 +0000
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