Car Stuff Podcast: Mecum Auctions, 2021 Acura TLX, Mini Cooper SE

Car Stuff Podcast: Mecum Auctions, 2021 Acura TLX, Mini Cooper SE
2021 Acura TLX Type S (Image courtesy of Acura)

On this week’s Consumer Guide Automotive Car Stuff Podcast, I geek out a little bit over the fact that Acura brought its Type S Concept to life in the form of the all-new 2021 Acura TLX. Sure there are some differences, but the shape is there — as are some of the cool design elements.

We also discussed the all-electric Mini Cooper SE, which Damon loved. But I’m still skeptical about spending $38K on a commuter car that will only have 100 miles of range. Damon makes a good case that it’s fun to drive (which will deplete the range even faster) and that most people won’t drive more than 100 miles in a day. But in my mind, a car like this only works if you have a second car, and you truly rarely push beyond 80 miles in a day. Plus, you’re going to want a Level 2 home charger — otherwise it’ll take 24 hours to bring the battery back to 100%.

Our guest this week was John Kraman, lead TV commentator/analyst for Mecum Auctions, who discusses how the company will begin hosting live events again in the COVID Era. Plus we take a deep dive into one of their Featured Lots for the July 10-18 Indianapolis auction — a 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible, which is an unrestored model. What’s more interesting is that the same auction will also feature a restored version of the same make/model. 

Kraman anticipates the unrestored model will go for at least $500k, while the restored version will clear $1M.

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