It was not a quiet weekend for Houston’s Reliant Center as Mecum Auctions brought the sounds of revving engines and falling hammers echoing through the venue packed with collector vehicles and car enthusiasts from across the nation. The three-day auction held April 4-6 saw 1,034 cars cross the block and nearly 200 pieces of Road Art and memorabilia. With a sell-through rate of 72 percent, auction sales reached a $25.1m total.
The cars were the stars filling the Reliant Center to capacity with an incredible “something for everyone” mix of muscle cars, classics, hot rods and more. Discovery’s Velocity Network broadcast the auction action live all three days as a total of 738 cars exchanged hands.
Hammering at $220,000 and garnering the top sale was a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S134) with its original drivetrain and interior. The local-to-Texas restoration is a low-mile and extensively documented example of its breed, one of only 499 built and a one-owner vehicle for the past 20 years – all coveted features that helped drive the desirability of this already revered muscle car. Bringing a $197,500 sale and grabbing the second seat on the top 10 sales list was an extremely rare-production Cadillac, a 1931 V-12 Roadster (Lot S159.1) complete with accessory trunk and rumble seat complementing its distinguished vintage flair.
The complete top 10 sales for Mecum’s second annual Houston auction (buyer’s premium included):
1. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S134) at $235,400
2. 1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadster (Lot S159.1) at $197,500
3. 1954 Buick Skylark (Lot S130) at $149,800
4. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot S227) at $144,450
5. 2009 Dodge Challenger (Lot S258) at $139,100
6. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot F190) at $133,750
6. 1972 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS (Lot S254) at $133,750
8. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe (Lot F233) at $130,540
9. 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot F203) at $115,025
10. 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot S251) at $114,490
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Not only was Houston a marked success, but Mecum proved once again that two auctions in one weekend isn’t too much for the world leader in collector car and Road Art sales. As more than 1,000 cars crossed the block in Houston, nearly 200 tractors simultaneously went under the hammer at the Spring Gone Farmin’ Vintage Tractor Auction in Davenport, Iowa, April 5-6 achieving an astonishing 98% sell-through rate. Full results for the tractor auction are also available via the Mecum InfoNet.
The gavel never rests for long in Mecum hands. In just weeks the next event will be held in Kansas City, MO, April 25-27, followed by Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic this May 14-19 in Indianapolis. To consign a vehicle or to pre-register to bid at one of Mecum Auctions’ upcoming events, visit www.Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.