California was once the mecca of fearless hot rods, and was a champion of all things liberal and laid-back. Now, the center has moved mightily away to all parts of the nation where things aren’t so liberal and some of the hot rods are ferocious, and most metro areas have at least one custom-car building emporium within spitting distance. Such proliferation naturally attracts a wider, broader customer base, and a lot of those buyers are apt to not be hands-on hot rodders themselves. They want one of them, though, maybe to add a schizoid streak to their polished collection.
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Everybody knows all the pace-setting January collector car auction action happens in Arizona, right?
Not quite -- on the other side of the country, Mecum’s annual Kissimmee, Florida sale exerts a gravitational pull of its own; for its 2017 sale, the Wisconsin-based auction house has drawn a whopping 3,000 vehicles (plus road art and other memorabilia) to Osceola Heritage park.
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The Lake Area Chamber, which organizes the event, encourages participants to sign-up early, as registration is limited to the first 1,000 entries. The 29th Annual event will take place May 5-7, 2017 at the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip.
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Ford began selling the Mustang in China in early 2015, and it is a niche vehicle, selling at a rate of about 3,000 cars a year. Still, that makes the Mustang, which starts at 399,800 yuan ($57,670) the top-seller in a sporty car segment against more expensive vehicles like the Audi TT and the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Mustang last year outsold the Chevrolet Camaro from General Motors Co by nearly 15 to one.
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