Mecum Auctions’ season-opening event concluded with a world-record $217 million in total in sales (90 percent sell-through). The four-day auction, held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, was the first of 10 Mecum shows being covered by MotorTrend in 2022.
In October 2021, the company formed a multi-year alliance with Mecum, to stream and broadcast more than 160 hours of live auction coverage on the MotorTrend+ subscription service and MotorTrend TV.
While hundreds of customs, vintage rides, exotics, and other vehicles are either parked in or en route to new garages now, many sale candidates were passed on. Case in point is this slick Ipanema Brown (an Audi color) 1969 Ford Bronco 3500; a classic by all standards and wickedly customized SUV that closed at $60,000, and unfortunately didn’t sell.
We really appreciate this type of old-meets-new mashup. The current state of this rig is unknown (maybe we’ll see it again at an upcoming Mecum auction), but we’re confident it will be appreciated and enjoyed by whoever ends up buying it.
1969 Ford Bronco 3500
It’s a shame this cool classic didn’t move at Mecum Auctions’ 2022 season opener in Kissimmee, Florida. Granted, the 1969 Ford Bronco 3500’s suspension modifications are very much counterculture, given the off-road-focused updates these rigs typically receive, but we think it still would be a legit rig for showing and cruising on any street.
Dropped in the Weeds
This photo really highlights the changes that will throw almost any Bronco fan for a loop. Why does this classic Ford Bronco look so different? Well, thanks to a custom tubular chassis and air-adjustable suspension system, it is capable of sitting mere millimeters from the ground, as opposed to jacked sky-high for off-road antics. Rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes help simplify maneuvering the little rig.
Clean and Comfortable
This cool cruiser’s cockpit is masterfully engineered with tan leather seating, shifter boot and door panel treatments, a shaved dash, custom gauges, Bluetooth stereo, air-ride control, an ididit tilt steering column, and a woodgrain-billet steering wheel.
A simple 2.5-liter I-4 Ford engine powers the customized 1969 Bronco. The engine is connected to a five-speed manual transmission that shifts easily thanks to a hydraulic clutch.
2022 Mecum Auctions Schedule
Senior Content Producer KJ Jones plans to join the MotorTrend crew at Mecum Auctions, Houston, starting March 31, to bring you a firsthand account of the major auction scene, and the sale activity in one of the biggest pickup markets in the U.S. Stay tuned for that coverage.
Here is the 2022 Mecum Auctions schedule on the MotorTrend+ streaming service and MotorTrend TV:
- January 12-15: Kissimmee, Florida
- January 28-29: Las Vegas, Nevada (Motorcycles)
- March 18-19: Glendale, Arizona
- April 1-2: Houston, Texas
- May 18-21: Indianapolis, Indiana
- June 10-11: Tulsa, Oklahoma
- July 28-30: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- August 19-20: Monterey, California
- September 8-10: Dallas, Texas
- October 14-15: Chicago, Illinois
- November 11-12: Las Vegas, Nevada
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