Lincoln tops sales at Mecum

| 7 Sep 2012

More than $5.2million passed hands at Mecum’s Dallas sale, in the US on Wednesday, with a 1956 Lincoln Premiere topping the sale, for classic car fans.

The American classic sold for $152,500 – second only to a Ford GT supercar – thanks to a ground-up restoration. One of only 2447 built, the big convertible came from the Hallbrook Collection and sported 15 AACA, LCOC and concours awards.

It was powered by a 368cu in V8 engine through a Turbo-Drive transmission and featured luxuries such as air-con and a powered droptop.

An even rarer 1938 Lincoln K went for the same price as its stablemate. One of only nine Lincoln Ks with a semi-collapsible convertible roof, the car featured Coachwork by Brunn & Company, a 414cu in 160bhp V12 and a three-speed manual ’box.

Taking fourth slot was the kind of car we’ve come to expect from Mecum – a Triple Crown Award-winning 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. It had covered only 21,780 miles, was powered by a 427cu in, 400bhp engine and had notable features such as side exhausts and rally wheels. It sold for $138,000.

It was an impressive day for Mecum, recording an 85% sale-through rate – selling 82 vehicles in the process.

Fifth-placed sale went to a Bentley Continental GT ($112,000), with the following four sales (pictured in order) going to American greats such as a 1928 Cadillac Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton ($107,500), a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe ($100,000), a 1930 Lincoln Model L Sport Phaeton ($100,000) and 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Hardtop ($97,500).

Completing the top ten was a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Roadster ($90,000).

The auction continues on until Saturday with more than 1100 lots set to cross the block, you can watch the action unfold live on Mecum’s website, here.