March 18-20 will see Mecum Auctions internet hosting its third annual public sale on the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The 2021 Mecum Glendale public sale can have an anticipated 1,200-car lineup with the spotlight of the occasion being Steve Todhunter’s magnificent assortment of 20 autos.

Function autos of the gathering embrace seven low-mileage, beautiful Ferraris, a 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Collection, and a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra FAM that was beforehand a part of the late actor, Paul Walker’s assortment. 

Todhunter is not only a traditional automobile collector, he has an eye fixed for evolution. His assortment consists of the horsepower heavyweights from the golden period of muscle vehicles, the rarest Mopar machine examples, and Ferraris. Todhunter’s alternative for sturdy and highly effective machines has adopted a path of improvement centered on high quality over amount. As a substitute of accumulating vehicles to develop his assortment when it comes to quantity, Todhunter constantly raised the bar of his collector vehicles when it comes to rarity and desirability. 

Along with the Steve Todhunter assortment, one other spotlight of the public sale is the Napa Valley Assortment, which is able to characteristic a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, being one in every of solely 1580 produced, and a 1966 Chevrolet Yenko Stinger Stage II.

Right here’s a take a look at a number of featured vehicles on supply on the 2021 Mecum Glendale public sale.

1965 Shelby 427 Cobra FAM

Estimate: $275,000 – $325,000

A real Shelby Cobra is already a particularly uncommon vehicle, however this CSX1000 collection 427 units the bar increased as this instance is one in every of solely two that had been made out of a deliberate manufacturing of solely 10 “FAM” version. 

The instance was personally commissioned by Carroll Shelby and was one of many 14-car group that AC Motor Holdings (previously AC Automobiles) produced, the designation of the instance well-known to any Shelby historical past buff.  

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The instance was beforehand within the possession of the late actor Paul Walker from “Quick and Livid.” It sports activities a hand-rolled aluminum physique made by AC craftsmen and proudly shows particular “FAM 427 Particular Version” badges as a substitute of the same old “Cobra” and “Shelby 427 SC” emblems.

The CSX1010 has a matching-numbers Shelby 427 FE aluminum V8 engine with a Tremec TKO600 5-speed handbook transmission. It is supplied to SC specification, full with all-independent coil-spring suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, distant engine oil cooler, Wilwood brakes with Shelby calipers, a high-capacity aluminum radiator that’s cooled by twin “pusher” electrical followers, and a Shelby differential cowl.  

1965 Shelby 427 Cobra FAM

The instance additionally has a black-painted roll bar with matching aspect exhaust, “Tripod” headlights, black-painted fast jacks, and Goodyear Eagle tires on the Halibrand-style 15-inch 6-spoke pin drive wheels.

The SC theme can be seen inside the customized cockpit with specs’ sprint format and Carroll Shelby Signature gauges organized together with Lucas-style management knobs and toggle switches. Additionally inside the inside is a Ford T-bar shifter, a 15-inch unique model wood-rimmed steering wheel, heavy-duty competitors lap belts, and customized Shelby carpeting.  

interior of 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra FAM

Being one in every of solely two Shelby Cobra 427 FAM editions made, the CSX1000 is a good piece of Cobra historical past. 

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Collection 

Estimate: $450,000 – $500,000

Solely 132 items of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Collection had been ever produced, and out of the 132, solely 5 items got the Hearth Opal Crimson end. The instance is among the 5, making it probably the most unique vehicles to sport the three-pointed star.

After Mercedes-AMG developed the first SLS GT from the bottom up, it turned an immediate traditional as a consequence of its flashy gullwing design and efficiency deserving of the unique 300SL that impressed it.

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
side of 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

The instance being provided has traveled simply 2,326 miles. It comes outfitted with a light-weight polished AMG solid aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and huge carbon-ceramic disc brakes.

The inside is trimmed in black Alcantara leather-based with purple accents and the cockpit is designed to give attention to the driving expertise. It comprises the AMG Efficiency steering wheel, tailor-made controls, and snug-fitting heated bucket seats.

interior of 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

2016 Ferrari F12tdf 

Estimate: $900,000 – $1,000,000

Solely 799 Ferrari F12tdf had been produced worldwide, with this particular instance initially owned by Roger Penske, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Staff Penske proprietor. 

The instance is offered in a beautiful Rosso Corsa end matched with a purple and black inside. Behind the 20-inch alloys with Pirelli P-Zero tires are red-painted brake calipers finishing the entire look.

2016 Ferrari F12tdf
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The previous Penske-owned instance has even improved on the already spectacular efficiency with the extra choices amounting to nearly $55,000. The usual engine filter field cowl was changed with carbon fiber, in addition to the under-door covers, exterior trim, vents, rear diffuser, intakes, headlight, and fog lamp enclosures.  

The seats are lined in Alcantara, in addition to the headliner and the boot. The rear shelf and bench trim are additionally completed in carbon fiber.  

interior of 2016 Ferrari F12tdf

1966 Chevrolet Yenko Stinger Stage II 

Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000

The supertuned Camaros, Novas, and Chevelles by Don Yenko are all fashionable, however not many individuals would know that with out the 100 Corvair-based stingers that Yenko and his crew inbuilt December 1965 for SCCA racing, all these different vehicles wouldn’t exist.  

1966 Chevrolet Yenko Stinger Stage II

The instance, with Yenko Serial No. YS-050 was bought new at Yenko  Chevrolet, and it’s the fiftieth of these first 100. The Stinger has been given a whole and thorough mechanical and beauty restoration to return it to its unique situation when it rolled out of Yenko’s Store in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, round 55 years in the past. 

Yenko’s frustration on the racetrack is what created the Stinger. Yenko was a championship-winner Corvette racer, and by 1965 he claimed:

“I obtained bored with wanting on the rear bumper of Mark Donohue’s Mustang. The one manner I might keep loyal to Chevrolet was to construct my very own automobile.” 

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The instance has solely had two homeowners from new. It’s outfitted with the Stage II engine that is ready to generate 190 HP. That is made potential due to its high-performance camshaft, heavy-duty valve springs, 10:1 compression heads, exhaust headers, and 4 carburetors.  

In 1966, to make it eligible for D/Manufacturing racing, SCCA required 100 Stingers to be produced. Yenko’s group was capable of accomplish the herculean job in only a month. A little bit greater than two dozen extra items had been made, making it the rarest of the Yenko constructed machines. 

interior of 1966 Chevrolet Yenko Stinger Stage II

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 

Estimate: $400,000 – $500,000

One in every of 1,580 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 produced, this instance is the embodiment of the adjustments in Porsche’s method to racing after the extremely profitable 917 program, which had been restricted to the North American Can-Am collection after the FIA for worldwide competitors outlawed it.  

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

By then, the 911 had already cemented its status as a sports activities and rally competitors winner, being hailed as the best dual-purpose sports activities automobile. Via the Nineteen Sixties, Porsche had more and more positioned their racing status on a collection of prototypes whose intention was to compete for the assorted Worldwide Championships of the FIA. It was a marketing campaign that resulted within the highly effective 917 in Sports activities Prototype and Can-Am configuration. 

In March 1972, Rico Steinemann stepped down as head of Porsche and Ernst Fuhrmann took over. Throughout this time, the gross sales for 911 had been declining. Fuhrmann nevertheless had a two-pronged plan to reverse the development: he dramatically lowered the astronomical prices they had been incurring with the turbocharged Can-Am 917, and assemble future racing credentials utilizing the automobile that was universally and simply identifiable as a Porsche – the 911.  

Fuhrmann described this system as:

“an attention-grabbing journey. Now we’re going to keep nearer to manufacturing vehicles.”  

They already had all that they wanted to create a profitable Porsche 911 GT racer, all that was required can be to include right into a manufacturing 911 all the weather wanted to homologate it for FIA Group 4 competitors. Fuhrmann gave the duty to 33-year-old engineer Norbert Singer as he had beforehand performed a pivotal function within the improvement of the 917, making it one of many biggest race vehicles in historical past. 

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The very first thing that Singer did was to cut back the load of the 911 to focus on Group 4 rules. The usual sheet metal physique panels used (1.0 and 1.25mm thickness) had been changed with .7 or .8mm inventory.

The inside was one other excellent spot for lowering weight. The manufacturing facility carpet and sound insulation had been changed by rubber sheeting, the rear seat was eliminated, whereas thinly padded Recaro racing bucket seats with easy handbook adjusters changed the entrance seats. 

After lowering all of the pointless weight, Singer’s consideration shifted to the automobile’s dealing with. For the primary time on a manufacturing Porsche, light-weight Bilstein gas-pressurized shock absorbers had been used.

A very powerful a part of the Carrera RS is the bigger 2.7-liter flat-6 engine with a displacement of which permitted it to be elevated underneath FIA guidelines to the subsequent class dimension of three.0L

interior of Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

Nearly 50 years after it was first launched, the Carrera RS 2.7 remains to be probably the most sought-after Porsches made, each of their light-weight and touring variants. It was the automobile that catapulted the Porsche 911 platform to dominate the world of motorsport.

The instance has been documented since new with solely 5 homeowners, and it has been underneath the care of its present proprietor for 20 years.  

Additional info concerning the autos of the 2021 Mecum Glendale Public sale might be discovered on Mecum’s web site.

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