Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

Meet the Industry: John Kraman of Mecum Auctions

Original article from Old Cars’ January 16, 2016 issue Kraman enjoys ringside seat This year, Mecum Auctions will have seen around 15,000+ vehicles cross its auction block over the course of 13 auctions across the country. With an average of more than 1,000 vehicles per auction, John Kraman, Mecum Auctions’ consignment...

Wildcat spotted in the wild

A rare Wisconsin winter sighting I brake for Buick Wildcats, especially ‘64s, even when it will make me late for work. Such as today.   The Wildcat that sent me into a quick right turn really gave me goose bumps, because it was the same body style and colors as the...

$20K for an ’80s Caprice? Mecum says ‘Maybe’

4 Low-Mile 1980s Caprices to Cross Mecum Kissimmee Auction Block I thought I was the king of ’80s Caprices; it turns out I am just the court jester, at best. Among the 3500 lots that Mecum Auctions will sell at its giant Kissimmee sale in January 2019 are four low-mileage 1980s...

1956 GMC Bluegrass Runabout from GM Motorama re-discovered

Uncovering artifacts from the 1956 GMC ‘Bluegrass Runabout’ pickup truck show vehicle  There aren’t many concepts cars and show cars left to rediscover. Most were well-photographed and documented in newspaper articles of the day, and then in books and magazines of today. Yet we found one more. While cruising old GM...

Inside the Olds Rocket Circle fraternity

The Oldsmobile Rocket Circle customer appreciation program Those “Rocket Circle” ornaments on the dashboards of ‘50s Oldsmobiles are more than just another chrome trinket on a flashy ‘50s machine. General Motors’ Oldsmobile division formed the “Oldsmobile Rocket Circle” for the 1956 model year as a type of customer appreciation program. Included...

1953 Skylark prices flying north

VanDerBrink Auctions to sell rare 1953 Buick Skylark convertible project 1953 Buick Skylarks have had a pretty wild time on the auction block in the last six months. On Nov. 4, 2017, we reported that a blue 1953 Skylark deep into No. 5 territory and loaded with raccoon excrement, rust and...

Dean Martin’s 1966 Ford Thunderbird heads to auction

GWS Auctions to offer multiple celebrity cars in ‘Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction’ Dean Martin’s candy apple red 1966 Ford Thunderbird coupe will go up for auction during GWS Auctions’ “Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction: Collectibles from the Megastars of Entertainment” on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. online at gwsauctions.com.  ...