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Mecum Auction features rare HEMI Cuda and Banacek AMX

by Bill Cawthon on

Mecum Auction will be offering more than 750 vehicles at its upcoming St. Charles Auction, where collectors will have a chance to bid on more than 750 vehicles ranging from rare muscle and vintage cars to hot rods and exotics. The event is scheduled for this weekend, Oct. 1-4, 2009, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.

Among the cars going up for bids is a 1970 Plymouth HEMI Cuda. This car, one of only 284 built that year, is even more special as it is unrestored with an all-matching-numbers drivetrain and just 42,000 miles on the odometer. Another noteworthy heritage car is the 1969 AMC AMX-400 the George Barris custom-built for the TV show “Banacek” starring the late George Peppard. The car is a modified AMX 390 automatic with a 315 HP V8 engine as well as extensive styling modifications.

The St. Charles Auction is open to the general public with tickets available at the door for $10. There is time for attendees to pre-register to bid on the impressive lineup of cars and to be part of a live television audience. Consignment, Bidder, event and accommodation information is available online at or by calling (815) 568-8888.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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