Millions at Mecum
Success at Houston Auction
Larry Jewett - April 10, 2013 09:55 AM
This 1970 Boss 429 topped all sellers at $220,000
1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadster
1954 Buick Skylark
1959 Corvette Restomod
2009 Dodge Challenger
1967 Corvette Coupe
1972 Camaro RS/SS
1958 Corvette convertible
1970 Plymouth Superbird
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 $25,062,931 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 740 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 $185,000 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 include (all sales reflect hammer prices):
1. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S134) at $220,000
2. 1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadster (Lot S159.1) at $185,000
3. 1954 Buick Skylark (Lot S130) at $140,000
4. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot S227) at $135,000
5. 2009 Dodge Challenger (Lot S258) at $130,000
6. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot F190) at $125,000
7. 1972 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS (Lot S254) at $125,000
8. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe (Lot F233) at $122,000
9. 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot F203) at $107,500
10. 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot S251) at $107,000
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The gavel never rests for long in Mecum hands and 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.