1946 Lincoln Continental
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J. Omar Landis' 1946 Lincoln Continental features a flat-head V12 engine and just 8,600 miles on the odometer.

Collector-car giant Mecum Auctions is coming to the area for the first time. 

Mecum expects to auction up to 1,000 cars Thursday through Saturday, July 24 to 26, at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg.

Fourteen cars owned by local collector J. Omar Landis will be auctioned consecutively beginning around 11 a.m. Saturday.

The event is open to the public, with broadcast coverage on NBC Sports Network and Esquire.

Consignment director John Kraman says Wisconsin-based Mecum is the world’s largest collector car auction. Until now, Northeast fans had to travel to Florida or Indiana to attend a Mecum auction.

“They’ve been begging and begging for us to come somewhere in the Northeast,” says Kraman, also a commentator/analyst for Mecum’s NBCSN broadcast.

“The pre-auction buzz is immense.”

Cars fetch anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000 at Mecum auctions, Kraman says, with the average price falling in the $40,000 range. Sellers aren’t obligated to part with a car if bidding falls below a “reserve price” known only to the seller and Mecum, he says.

Both sellers and bidders can register online in advance or in person at the event. Bidders must pay $100 for a bidder pass and provide a valid driver’s license and either a bank letter of credit or a $500 authorization on a major credit card.

Gates open daily at 8 a.m, and auctions begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $20; free for children under age 13. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit mecumauctions.com

Mary Beth Schweigert writes for the Lifestyle section of Lancaster Newspapers. She can be reached at mschweigert@lnpnews.com or (717) 291-8757. You can also follow@mbschweigert on Twitter.