The McColman Collection: Vintage Trucks and Muscle Cars to Ignite Mecum Glendale 2024

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In the vibrant city of Glendale, a unique assembly of automotive history is set to captivate enthusiasts and collectors at the Glendale 2024 event. Among the meticulously curated exhibits, The McColman Collection stands out, showcasing a remarkable array of vintage trucks and muscle cars. This smaller, yet profoundly captivating collection, embodies the spirit of American automotive heritage, featuring vehicles that have not only shaped the landscape of the country’s roadways but have also etched their mark in the hearts of car aficionados worldwide. Each vehicle within The McColman Collection tells a story of innovation, power, and the relentless pursuit of automotive excellence, promising attendees an intimate glimpse into the golden era of motoring. Check out these highlights.

1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

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Set to take the stage at Glendale 2024, Lot R550, a 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer, is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship and performance enhancement. This Blazer underwent a comprehensive nut and bolt rotisserie restoration in 2021, emerging as a masterpiece of automotive restoration artistry. It boasts a striking two-tone Olive Mint Green and Frost White base/clear paint job, accentuated by new, factory-style front, rear, and side moldings, encapsulating its classic charm with a modern twist.

Under the hood, this vehicle hides a modern marvel—an aluminum 5.3L V-8 engine, capable of producing 525 HP, thanks to a polished aluminum Whipple supercharger. The engine’s power is further enhanced by an upgraded cold air intake, custom ceramic-coated headers, and billet Chevrolet valve covers with hidden coil pack adapter plates. Cooling is managed by a new Northern 4-core radiator with overflow, ensuring performance is maintained even under demanding conditions.

Transmission duties are handled by a 4L65 automatic transmission with overdrive, complemented by 4-wheel drive capability. The Blazer’s underpinnings received equal attention, with frame components sandblasted and painted with Endura plastic paint for durability. A BDS front suspension with a steering stabilizer and a 4-inch lift, along with new heavy-duty driveshafts, a new Dana 44 front end, and a 12 bolt rear end with 4.10 gears, ensure that this Blazer is as capable off-road as it is on the road.

Rounding out its impressive spec list are power steering with a quick ratio steering box and power brakes with front discs, enhancing the driving experience and control. This 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is not just a vehicle; it’s a marvel of restoration, performance, and style, ready to captivate attendees at Glendale 2024. See it here.

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback

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Set to captivate enthusiasts at Glendale 2024, Lot R551, a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback, epitomizes the pinnacle of muscle car performance and style. This factory R-Code Super Cobra Jet Mustang Mach 1, equipped with the highly coveted Drag Pack, stands as a monument to American automotive prowess. Distinguished by its very rare and striking Calypso Coral exterior paired with a Vermillion interior, this Mach 1 is a standout piece of automotive history, boasting a comprehensive rotisserie restoration that has returned it to its former glory.

At the heart of this beast lies a formidable 428 CI V-8 engine with Ram Air, delivering exhilarating power and performance that’s complemented by a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. This powertrain, combined with a 3.91 Traction-Lok rear end, ensures that this Mach 1 delivers on the promise of unmatched speed and handling that the Super Cobra Jet name implies.

Driving dynamics are enhanced by power steering and power brakes with front discs, ensuring that this muscle car is as manageable as it is powerful. The Mach 1’s aggressive stance is accentuated by front and rear spoilers, a Shaker hood, and rear window slats, elements that not only enhance its performance but also contribute to its iconic aesthetic.

This 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback is more than just a car; it’s a piece of automotive art that represents the zenith of muscle car engineering and design. With its rare color combination, comprehensive restoration, and high-performance specifications, it is poised to be a highlight at Glendale 2024, appealing to collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate the legacy and allure of classic American muscle. See it here.

1972 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

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Destined to be a showstopper at Glendale 2024, Lot R553 showcases a meticulously restored 1972 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible, a true embodiment of classic American luxury and muscle. This remarkable vehicle has undergone a comprehensive frame-on restoration, ensuring that every detail, from its sleek lines to its roaring engine, is presented in impeccable condition. At its heart lies the original, matching numbers 350 CI V-8 engine, a testament to its authenticity and performance heritage, paired with a smooth automatic transmission for a driving experience that’s both exhilarating and effortless.

Enhanced with power steering and power brakes with front discs, this Oldsmobile 442 Convertible combines performance with unparalleled driving comfort. The addition of factory air conditioning, a rare and coveted feature, ensures that every ride is as comfortable as it is thrilling, regardless of the weather. The power convertible top and power windows add a layer of convenience and luxury, making this classic muscle car a joy to drive and experience.

Beyond its mechanical prowess, this 1972 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible is a visual treat, with its iconic design and convertible top offering the perfect blend of style and open-air freedom. This vehicle is not just a car; it’s a piece of automotive history, ready to make its mark once again at Glendale 2024. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a classic car enthusiast, this Oldsmobile 442 Convertible represents an exceptional opportunity to own a piece of American muscle car legacy. See it here.

1967 Pontiac GTO Royal Bobcat

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At Glendale 2024, Lot R558, the spotlight shines on a legendary 1967 Pontiac GTO Royal Bobcat, a muscle car that not only embodies the spirit of American performance but also carries a significant piece of automotive history. This true matching numbers Royal Bobcat GTO, originally delivered to Royal Pontiac in Royal Oak, Michigan, represents the pinnacle of Pontiac’s engineering and a storied legacy of speed.

This GTO’s provenance is underscored by its warranty booklet with Protect-O-Plate and owner’s manual, both signed by Jim Wangers, the godfather of the GTO. Further enhancing its historical significance, the glovebox door boasts the signature of Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, another icon of Pontiac’s drag racing heritage. Accompanying this vehicle are PHS documents, a reproduction data card, a window sticker, and photos of Jim Wangers, Milt Schornack, and Arnie Beswick signing the documentation, alongside Bobcat history books that delve into the lore of this exceptional model.

Under the hood, the GTO houses an HO 400 CI V-8 engine, marking 1967 as the inaugural year for this powerhouse in the GTO lineup. The car has undergone a comprehensive restoration, ensuring that every aspect, from performance to aesthetics, meets the highest standards of excellence. The Royal Bobcat package enhances this GTO’s prowess, featuring thinner copper head gaskets, a distributor recurve, carburetor re-jetting, and a Royal Bobcat hydraulic valve adjustment with correct nuts, all contributing to its unparalleled performance.

Equipped with a Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, Saf-T-Track differential, power steering, and power brakes with front discs, this 1967 Pontiac GTO Royal Bobcat not only stands as a testament to Pontiac’s racing dominance but also as a marvel of restoration and preservation. As it goes under the hammer at Glendale 2024, this GTO offers collectors and enthusiasts a rare opportunity to own a piece of automotive history, documented and celebrated by the legends who made Pontiac a household name in performance. See it here.

Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry is an accomplished automotive journalist with a genuine passion for cars and a talent for storytelling. His expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of the automotive world, including classic cars, cutting-edge technology, and industry trends. Shawn's writing is characterized by a deep understanding of automotive engineering and design.

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