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Legendary Celebrity Cars from the Movies

We just love classic cars. We especially love legendary cars that were featured in our favorite films.

We hope you enjoy these beauties that have  inspired classic car fever for car enthusiasts around the world . In this special new segment of the Kanter blog,  we will feature  sweet top of the line collector car favorites.

Our first car of the series is the Trans Am that  Burt Reynolds drove in this 1977 classic movie ,  Smokey and the Bandit!

This classic 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was made famous by the movie,  and still is highly coveted by collectors everywhere.

1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Bandit-01

Muscle Cars from 30 Years Ago Offered for First Time in Public

Cars that haven’t been available for Sale to the Public in 30 Years  Will be Available at Mecum Auction 2015 – Kissimmee

As a collection that has indisputably achieved world-class status among the expansive community of muscle car enthusiasts from around the globe, The Wellborn Muscle Car Museum Collection will now be offered for sale at Mecum Auctions’ 2015 Kissimmee auction.

Nearly half of this unparalleled collection will cross the block as the headliner of approximately 3,000 classic and collector cars at the world’s largest collector car auction this January 16-25 in Kissimmee, Fla.


JAN 16-25

10 Days of Auction Action and 3,000 Vehicles
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
OPEN TO: All Collector Cars Welcome

Kissimmee Mecum Auction in Full Swing – January 16, 2015 Auction Results

Resource: Mecum Car Auctions, (2015)

Provided by the kind permission of Mecum Car Auctions.
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Mecum Kissimmee 2015 Auction  – Sales Results

One of the largest car auctions in America is underway right now in Kissimmee, Florida.  Included in the auction are cars from the Welborn Muscle Car Museum.



>> Click here for the January 16, 2015 – Car Sales Results:   >> Kissimmee Mecum Auction

Auction: VEHICLES:
Begin daily at 10 AM
Monday, January 19: Road Art ONLYROAD ART: 
Monday, January 19 at 11 AM
Friday, January 23 at 9 AM
Saturday, January 24 at 9 AMTV BROADCAST SCHEDULE:Thursday, January 22 
NBCSN: 10 PM-2 AM ET NDDFriday, January 23
NBCSN: 12-5 PM ET LIVESaturday, January 24

Sunday, January 25
NBCSN: 9-11:30 PM ET NDD

Monday, January 26

Cars that haven’t been available for Sale to the Public in 30 Years Available at Mecum Auction 2015 – Kissimmee

As a collection that has indisputably achieved world-class status among the expansive community of muscle car enthusiasts from around the globe, The Wellborn Muscle car Museum Collection will now be offered for sale at Mecum Auctions’ 2015 Kissimmee auction. Nearly half of this unparalleled collection will cross the block as the headliner of approximately 3,000 classic and collector cars at the world’s largest collector car auction this January 16-25 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Retro Visions of the Future

Take a look at how General Motors perceived the future in 1940

1940 Vintage General Motors “Future” Film

To New Horizons 1940 Vintage General Motors “Future” Film

Streamlined Cars – Cars and Future Cities from 1930’s

1950’s View of the Future – Part 1

1950’s View of the Future – Part 2

1950’s Motorama

Future of Transportation Cartoon from 1950’s

Finding Cars to Restore off the Radar

Finding car gems can be a treasure hunt.  Usually the best ones are hidden from sight.  Either they are garage queens, hiding in barns, fields, or here’s a new idea – Goodwill!

Believe it or not, you might find your next collector car at a Goodwill Car Auction.  Here is an RSS Feed of their latest offerings.  We will republish often.

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Mecum sold $3.5 million – 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible

heming cudaWatch the excitement as the ultimate rare Plymouth Cuda sells for an astounding $3.5 million dollars at Mecum Auction in Seattle in 2014.

This 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 4 speed Convertible crossed the #Mecum Auction block at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, WA in front of a packed house.  It is only 1 of 11 built, and only 2 were ever sold in the U.S.A.  This is the only known to exist with documented numbers matching 4 speed, 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda’s

After 8 minutes of dramatic bidding, this outstanding numbers matching 4-speed example achieved an astounding $3,500,000 selling price, solidifying itself as the world’s most expensive #Mopar and the highest price ever paid for a ’71 #Hemi #Cuda Convertible at public auction.



  • Engine
    426/425 HP
  • Trans
  • Color
  • Interior



The story of the Cuda

In 2002 a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible generated national headlines when it became the first muscle car to sell for over one million dollars. Yet even before reaching that historical milestone Plymouth’s Hemi-powered Cuda was long considered by enthusiasts and authorities alike to be the ultimate creation of the muscle car era. A well-documented and fully restored example of this most coveted of factory muscle cars, this 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, one of just two 4-speed versions delivered in the U.S., has been hailed by enthusiasts, collectors, journalists, researchers and appraisers as the Holy Grail of muscle cars.

The Cuda’s rise to legendary status began in 1968 when Chrysler turned out big block versions in limited numbers but without such amenities as power steering and air conditioning. Chrysler then took the next logical step in producing low-volume mutant pony cars, contracting George Hurst’s Hurst Industries to build special Hemi-powered Darts and Barracudas for NHRA Super Stock racing.

Chrysler finally brought both the design and manufacture of its big-engine pony cars in-house for the 1970 production year, with clean-sheet designs based on a scaled-down adaptation of the larger B-body and designed from the outset to accommodate the Hemi’s generous proportions. Trimming the overall length and following the established long hood-short deck design theme resulted in an all-new Barracuda and its Dodge Challenger counterpart, both available direct from the factory with the 426/425 HP Hemi, arguably the most sophisticated and potent powerplant ever offered in a production car.

The all-new Cuda was the work of 27-year old designer John Herlitz. The design was initially panned by Chrysler design chief Elwood Engel, who expressed his displeasure during a weekend visit to the studio by leaving a hatchet embedded in the clay model’s side that Herlitz discovered the following Monday morning. Undaunted, Herlitz carried on and eventually watched an exuberant Engel drive an early prototype Hemi Cuda off the third floor elevator in Building 128, roll out into the hallway and lay down two perfect Black stripes on his way to the design auditorium.

The new-generation Barracuda and its high performance Cuda variant scored a hit with buyers. Sales all but doubled from 1969’s total of 27,392 vehicles to 50,617, including 652 Hemi Cuda coupes and 14 Hemi convertibles. But with increasing government regulations and ballooning insurance rates, buyers shied away in 1971. Total sales tanked to just 16,159 units, with Hemi production falling to 108 coupes and 11 convertibles.

Documented as the only matching numbers 4-speed convertible in existence, its factory broadcast sheet confirms that it was equipped at the Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant with the New Process 4-speed, Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 Super Track Pak, 26-inch radiator and power brakes. Previously owned by Russ Meyer, a famous cartoonist from the Southwest, who later sold it to a buyer in Oregon for $250,000, it was eventually seized by authorities there in a drug investigation and sold at auction for $405,000, both prices were unprecedented at the time.

The buyer subsequently commissioned a restoration by highly regarded Mopar restorer Julius Steuer of Los Angeles, California, who completed the work in approximately 2000. A few years later it was then traded for a number of vintage Corvettes from the current owner’s prestigious collection.

For any diehard Mopar enthusiast, the process of decoding the Cuda’s fender tag can best be compared to sitting at a slot machine as it spins out a jackpot; everything is there to add up to the grand prize of Hemi Cuda convertibles. In addition to being exceptionally rare, the car is a visual feast, its code B5 Bright Blue combining with a Black power top and matching Blue high-back bucket seat interior.

Nominally adorned with rear deck lid bright trim and wide sill strips, the car’s exterior decor is kept to a minimum, its painted steel wheels, dog dish hub caps and White-letter tires establishing the look of a serious road-burner further bolstered by the rare Shaker hood, hold-down pins and chromed dual exhaust tips. Driver appointments in the bright Blue interior include the Rallye Instrument Cluster with 8,000 RPM tachometer, 150 MPH speedometer, oil, temperature and alternator gauges and clock, 3-speed wiper switch and Hurst Pistol Grip shifter. Perhaps most importantly, in addition to retaining most of its original sheet metal, it is the only remaining example with its original factory-installed drivetrain.

Of all the wild machines created by Chrysler in the golden age of Detroit muscle, the 1971 Hemi Cuda 4-speed convertible is surely the most fabled. As one of only two 4-speed examples and the only one still powered by its factory-original engine and drivetrain, this 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible could be considered by any measure as the crown jewel of muscle cars.


– Fully restored example of what is arguably the most sought after factory muscle car in the world
– 1 of 2 four-speed examples delivered in the US
– Retains mostly all of its original sheet metal
– Retains its original drivetrain
– Documented with the broadcast sheet
– Original Hemi 426/425 HP V-8
– Original 4-speed transmission
– Two 4-barrel carburetors
– Hurst Pistol Grip shifter
– Power brakes
– Blue with Blue interior and Black top
– Bucket seats
– Goodyear polyglas tires
– 1 of 11 Hemi Cuda Convertibles produced in 1971


Mecum Auctions (2014). Retrieved 11/17/2014 from  Published with permission.

Mecum Auctions Videos: The Tim Wellborn Collection Coming to Kissimmee!

As a collection that has indisputably achieved world-class status among the expansive community of muscle car enthusiasts from around the globe, The Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection will now be offered for sale at Mecum Auctions’ 2015 Kissimmee auction.

Nearly half of this unparalleled collection will cross the block as the headliner of approximately 3,000 classic and collector cars at the world’s largest collector car auction this January 16-25 in Kissimmee, Fla.


List of Cars to be Auctioned in Kissimmee

Excel Format:  Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2015 -Sorted

PDF Format: Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2015




Mecum Auctions (2014)  Kissimmee car auction 2015.  Retrieved November 19, 2014 from

Wellborn Muscle Car Collection. Mecum Car Auctions. (2014)

Texas-Sized Sam Pack Five Star collection achieves impressive 11.5 million at auction

News Release:
November 17, 2013
Source:  Reproduced with permission.

DALLAS, Texas (November 16, 2014) – RM Auctions together with Auctions America reaffirmed its position as the industry leader in private automotive collection sales on the weekend, generating an impressive $11,543,400 in sales with 100 percent of lots sold at its Sam Pack Five Star Collection sale in Dallas, Texas.

The result of more than a decade of dedicated acquisition by respected businessman, Sam Pack, the collection presented a broad range of ownership opportunities for enthusiasts. From a terrific series of fifties and sixties icons, through to a remarkable collection of Detroit muscle, and a superb series of concepts, customs and modern collectibles, the offering was marked by incredible diversity and quality. In total, Saturday’s sale lifted the gavel on 131 vehicles before a packed house. The offering represented just a portion of Mr. Pack’s immense collection, offered in an effort to downsize the group to a more manageable level and allowing him to remain active in the hobby. Impressively, bidders represented eight countries from around the world and 36 states across the U.S.

“We were incredibly honored to have been entrusted by Mr. Pack to handle this sale, and thrilled to continue our strong track record in Texas” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions’ and Auctions America’s West Coast Division. “The results reflect not only a great group of motor cars, but an appreciation for the passion of a true gentleman and collector. Mr. Pack’s unwavering commitment to quality was industry known and wonderfully represented by the offering this weekend. As an owner, he instilled confidence in many of the first time bidders and veteran collectors in attendance, who were more than happy to take home a car of excellent presentation and condition. All in all, it was a fantastic sale with plenty of spirited bidding and numerous lots exceeding expectations.”

Headlining Saturday’s sale and the subject of one of many lively bidding contests, was an iconic 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra. A part of the collection since 2008, the iconic American sports car achieved seven figures, selling for a strong $1,292,500. Another hotly contested lot was the “as-new” 2006 Ford GT, one of 60 Fords that crossed the podium. Featuring delivery mileage only with less than 13 miles on its clock, the GT garnered a fantastic $418,000 – a strong result that reflects the continued popularity and rising values of these late-model collectibles. Additional Fords exceeding pre-sale estimates included a supercharged 1957 Ford Thunderbird “F-Code”, which passed onto its fourth owner for $247,500, and a one-off 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Parnelli Jones Edition, showing just 38.5 miles, which commanded $88,000.

Illustrating the collection’s incredible diversity, a superb series of customs also drew big bids. Tremendous pre-sale interest in the 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe Custom, a stunning creation with 600bhp, translated into an outstanding $253,000 (above estimate), while a 1937 Ford Roadster Oze Custom, described as a street rod for the 21st century, achieved $99,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 – $80,000.

Other notable sales included:

• a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS NASCAR, campaigned by Jeff Gordon in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, fuelled one of the most intense battles of the day. Roaring onto the auction stage to applause from the audience, it shattered its pre-sale estimate at a healthy $165,000.

• Highlighting the collection’s unique group of concepts was a 2005 Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin Concept, unveiled at the 2005 New York Auto Show, which tripled its pre-sale estimate at $173,250. A bold, one-of-a-kind 2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept, shown at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, also surpassed pre-sale expectations at $129,500.

Full proceeds from the sale of the collection’s 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 ($126,500), along with part proceeds from event admission, will be donated to Holy Angels, a residential and training campus for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“When I made the decision to pare down my collection, a lot of people asked me who I was going to use. Without hesitation, I said RM Auctions / Auctions America. In my opinion, they are the best in the business,” said Sam Pack. “I chose them based on years of respect and trust, and a relationship built on interacting with them as both a buyer and a seller. From their organization and process to their follow through and execution, the level of service they provide is unmatched. They are incredibly client-focused, and the fact that this weekend’s sale represented their 30th private collection in 35 years of business, speaks volumes.”

Sam Pack Collection Top 10 sales:

Lot 188 – 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra $1,292,500

Lot 158 – 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra $880,000

Lot 156 – 2006 Ford GT $418,000

Lot 187 -1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Roadster $341,000

Lot 153 -1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible $280,500

Lot 172 -1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe Custom $253,000

Lot 200 -1957 Ford Thunderbird ‘F-Code’ $247,500

Lot 201 -1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Alloy Continuation $225,500

Lot 205 -1932 Packard Eight Coupe Roadster $209,000

Lot 183 -2005 Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin Concept $173,250

The Sam Pack Five Star Collection rounded out a record year for RM Auctions. Auctions America will conclude its 2014 calendar of events this week, November 21, with its debut BidAnywhere collector car sale held exclusively online at

For full results from the Sam Pack Five Star Collection or to view upcoming RM Auctions’ events, please visit Upcoming Auctions America events can be found online at

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*Results are listed is USD and include 10 percent buyer’s premium

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. Celebrating 35 years in the collector car hobby in 2014, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction, and their restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events. For further information and to view the company’s 2015 roster of events, please visit, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

About Auctions America

Founded in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time car specialists, who offer more than 180 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Burbank, California. In addition, the company is an auction house of choice for the sale of private and estate collections. In 2014, Auctions America entered a multi-year agreement with the Sports Emmy Award-Winning NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) to provide exclusive live television coverage of its US-based collector car auctions, helping deliver the Auctions America experience to more than 80 million homes across the country. To learn more about Auctions America, visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.

Transitioning soldiers equipped to become GM automotive technicians


  • Unique training provided on-base at Fort Hood; next class underway
  • 12-week course includes classroom, online and hands-on training
  • Participants also receive career counseling, job placement services

FORT HOOD, Texas — The U.S. Army, General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) hosted a graduation ceremony Tuesday for the first Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program class.


General Motors: Shifting Gears Program


Created from a multi-year partnership between the two companies and the Army, the 12-week, on-base program empowers transitioning soldiers with the skills required to secure careers as service technicians nationwide at GM dealerships nationwide.

Twenty-three soldiers received their certification as GM technicians during the ceremony. Shifting Gears equips soldiers with technical expertise and experiential training, building on core Army disciplines to provide students with invaluable self-management and problem-solving skills.

Shifting Gears is part of the Army’s Soldier for Life support program, helping soldiers reintegrate into their communities after leaving the Army. Upon successful course completion and program graduation, veterans receive career counseling, job-placement recommendations and employment assistance from Army Soldier for Life centers, and access to available GM technician employment opportunities through GM’s authorized dealer network.

“GM has supported our nation’s military for more than 100 years. Along with our thousands of employees who have served in the military, we’re eager to provide opportunity and advocate for these transitioning soldiers,” said GM Global Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett. “They offer such skill, ability and experience – and they’re going to be valued employees for our dealer partners.”

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

About GM Military Support

With thousands of military veteran employees, General Motors’ support for the United States armed forces spans generations. Today, Chevrolet assists Cell Phones for Soldiers, Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a variety of employment and grassroots initiatives, and is the Official Vehicle of the Army-Navy game. The GM Military Discount program offers discounts on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for active duty, reserves, retirees, veterans (within one year of separation) and spouses of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard. GM proudly participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative aimed at finding meaningful employment for veterans transitioning to civilian life.


General Motors News. (2014)  First ‘Shifting Gears’ Technician Training Class Graduates: Transitioning soldiers equipped to become GM automotive technicians.  Retrieved 11/4/2014 from: