Mecum goes large in Texas


US auction giant Mecum’s first foray into Texas bust the $20m mark after the sale house got more than three-quarters of its 645-strong lot list away at its 6-8 October fixture in Dallas.

The $20.5m total was buoyed by the $562,500 taken for a highly original (including delivery stickers, paint and tyres) 1969 Corvette L88 Coupe (above), one of only three black examples made.

The second-biggest classic earner was a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt (above) – one of 100 lightweight 427cu in-engined Fairlanes built by Ford for its top drag-racing customers – which pulled in an impressive $245,000, while a 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible (below) wasn’t far behind at $217,300.

Other standouts included a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight at $200,000 and a 1955 Porsche Speedster that sold for a healthy $167,000, with a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda hot on its heels at $160,000.

Also impressive were the sale’s fundraising efforts: a customised 2011 Camaro convertible (below) raised $366,000 for Operation Mend, a charity in aid of injured US servicemen. The total was boosted by $13,000-worth of donations from the saleroom audience and a further $10,000 from sale partners Reliable Carriers and Cinema Vehicle Services.

Boss Dana Mecum was delighted with the inaugural event: "The excitement and enthusiasm expressed by everyone who participated was very positive.

"We had nearly 3000 registered bidders, more than 1200 of which were attending a Mecum Auction for the first time!”

Mecum’s next sale is in Kansas City from 1-3 December. See Mecum for more.

Add your comment

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p> <br> <img>
  • You may quote other posts using [quote] tags.

More information about formatting options

You must be logged in to comment
Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.