83.21% Sale Rate. That’s probably all that’s necessary to say about Mecum’s latest iteration of its Houston auction venue.
The overall sale total was modest, but even that is impressive in light of Mecum having held the 2020 Houston sale at a postponed December date, five months ago.
What is important to note is that Mecum (and as observed recently at Branson a weekend later) is situated in the sweet spot of today’s marketplace for collector vehicles with a $33,774 average and $25,300 median (half sold for more, half for less) transaction. The median vehicles are a story in themselves:
- 1975 Corvette
- 1963 Dodge Polara
- 1972 Chevy C10 Custom
- 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner
- 1981 Camaro Z/28
- 1966 Morris Minor 1000 convertible
- 1968 Olds Cutlass S convertible
In terms of sell through rate this is the second-highest Mecum sale ever (not including the No Reserve Salmon Brothers sale in 2012) even if it’s just barely better than the barn burner Kissimmee auction in January which saw 82.84% of the lots offered selling.
The top sale of the week was Lot #S168, a 1968 Dodge Charger Hemi for $231,000, $211,000 hammer; the top bid was Lot #S126, a 1992 Ferrari 512TR at $240,000 hammer. Just 31 of the 703 lots offered were bid to $100,000 or more.
Mecum Houston (and Branson Spring) represent where the collector car market is today.
Here are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
On-site observations and photos are by Andrew Newton. 47 lots are presented, sorted by auction day and lot number.
Lot # T85 1989 Lada 2107 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N XTA210700L0500442; Light Blue/Black cloth; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $8,000 – 1,451/74hp carbureted four, 4-speed, painted steel wheels, Michelin tires, bucket seats, dash clock. – Old partial respray on the front of the car and the front fenders aren’t quite the same shade of blue, while the rear shows lots of light scratches. Sound bumpers. Cracks in the plastic drip rails. Very good interior. The ignition key is on the left (like a 911), but it’s otherwise pretty conventional, un-sporty, and bare in there. Commendably clean engine bay and no signs of major rust underneath. For a car that people here in the States mostly buy as a joke, this Lada is in rather decent shape and would be a great ride for Radwood. – 8 grand is plenty for one of these Russian-built gimmicks, and that this car had a reserve at all was a bit surprising. A Fiat built in Russia is not exactly inspiring in terms of quality although it does have novelty value and might find a remunerative niche rented out to TV and movie productions set in Russia.
Lot # T88 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport 2-Dr. 2-Dr. Hardtop Coupe; S/N 2A38H253127; Green Gold Metallic, Black stripes, black vinyl roof/Dark green vinyl; Enthusiast restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800 – 351/161hp, automatic, Magnum 500 wheels, Radial T/A tires, factory air conditioning, tinted glass, power steering, power front disc brakes, bench seat. – Freshly restored and lightly run engine bay. Paint looks very good from a distance but reveals prep issues up close with a lot of small blisters, particularly on the tail. Clean, tight roof vinyl. New-looking wheels. Very good interior. Tired chrome that looks original and stands out on an otherwise lovely car. An eye-catching Gran Torino that is plenty good enough for what it is. – Later Grand Torinos look great and are more comfortable than most classic muscle cars, but they aren’t particularly fast or particularly valuable. This one has desirable equipment but a seriously dull driveline. The price was surprisingly high and well into excessive country.
Lot # T92 1947 Kaiser Custom 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N K1012005159; Light Blue/Blue cloth; Enthusiast restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,100 – 226/100hp L-head six, column shift 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, windshield visor, Dinsmore compass, bumper overriders. – Showing 12,727 miles that are “believed original”. Unrestored but sound engine with newish plugs and wires. Old but presentable paint. Tired, lightly pitted chrome and brightwork. Erratic panel gaps. Very good, mostly unrestored interior. Just a driver, but there’s nothing wrong with that on an old four-door from the `40s, and when was the last time you even saw one of these? – It was in 2013 when this lump sold at Mecum Kissimmee for $12,720. Henry J. Kaiser may have known how to build cargo ships during WWII, but he didn’t manage to capture the imaginations of Americans even in the years after the war when a new car starved population was buying anything with four wheels to replace the vehicles driven into the ground during the war. As more experienced American manufacturers introduced new and updated models Kaisers and Frazers became irrelevant, particularly when they looked like this boxy lump. A Kaiser-built VC2 Victory Ship didn’t have to be pretty, just effective, but that didn’t apply to automobiles. There is an intriguing background story to tell here about the Henry J. Kaiser leviathan, but not much going for the car itself and this is a reasonable result for it.
Lot # T166 1960 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ25 Soft Top 4×4; S/N 0FJ2521423; Light blue, Beige cloth doors/Gray vinyl; Beige cloth top; Truck restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 – 3,878/105hp 1F engine, 4-speed, hub caps, rear-mounted spare. – Not much early history represented but it has been restored mostly to truck standards. Good older respray. Tight-fitting and clean cloth top but some of it is frayed around the windows. Nearly spotless, freshly painted chassis. Lightly pitted headlight bezels. Very clean engine, with brand new carb. Very good interior with brand new upholstery. Like many vintage FJs, it was brought up from Colombia (where these can still be found as cheap used work trucks) and restored Stateside for sale to a collector. Not better than new, but almost too clean to drive it nowhere but around the neighborhood. – A collector car auction almost wouldn’t be complete without an old FJ40, but a very early FJ25 is another story. Even so, it sold for about what a later FJ40 in this restored condition ordinarily would. In fact, the FJ40 sold one lot later brought the exact same $44,000 final price.
Lot # T189.1 1991 Mazda RX-7 Coupe; S/N JM1FC3525M0904851; Black/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $7,000 – 1,308cc equivalent two-rotor, 160hp, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Michelin tires, factory CD stereo, air conditioning, power windows. – Misrepresented as a Turbo model. Turbo convertibles were not sold in the U.S. Rough looking engine bay with gaudy red hoses and an aftermarket low restriction air filter. A few of the pulleys have surface rust on them. Light oxidation and surface rust underneath, too. Tired paint, especially on the front bumper. There are also plenty of chips, touch ups, and swirl marks. Tired top. Decent interior with solid leather. It may show a relatively low 51,101 miles, but this car hasn’t led a pampered life. It looks like it has spent a lot of time sitting outside, and looks like a late consignment rushed to the sale. – Offered with no reserve but reported not sold at a $7,000 high bid. Either way, that’s an appropriate number for a second gen RX-7 with this level of wear and tear. This same car sold for $6,600 at Worldwide’s Corpus Christi sale in 2019, and it looked cleaner when we saw it then despite having only 115 more miles on the odometer now than it did then. The bid here is reasonable and could have been accepted with satisfaction.
Lot # T233 1988 Chrysler Conquest TSi Hatchback; S/N JJ3CC54N0JZ018369; Red/Tan leather; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400 – 156/188hp turbocharged four, 5-speed, sunroof, cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning, alloy wheels, almost new BFG tires. – Showing just 41,662 miles but doesn’t even look that used. The paint shows some scratches and chips, plus the front bumper is faded, but nothing too bad. Clean, maintained engine bay. Excellent original interior that looks recently detailed. Any of these Diamond Star sports cars are rare. The Mitsubishi-badged Starions are scarce enough but the Chrysler versions are an even more unusual sight, and to see one in such pampered condition as this is special. And as if the rest of this car weren’t `80s enough, the seatbelts have “TURBO” script running all the way down. – Like the second gen Mazda RX-7, the Mitsubishi Starion/Chrysler Conquest twins (aka “Starquests”) aped the looks of the Porsche 944 and added a turbocharger in their top trims. The turbo Starquests are quick and they look good in that ’80s kind of way, and when new they cost less than their competitors. They’re still obscure these days, though. Starquests only lasted one generation so there isn’t much name recognition, plus the Eclipse/Talon and 3000 GT/Stealth that came after made a bigger impact. The field of Japanese performance cars from the ’80s and ’90s that enthusiasts have to choose from is also a crowded one, and very few people kept their Starquest as clean as this one. The Houston bidders recognized it as a special car, and afforded it a top-of-the-market price. It had better luck at Mecum than it did on Bring a Trailer (a more popular venue for modern imports like this), where it was a $22,750 no-sale this February, although it had previously sold for $28,350 on Star quest that platform in 2019.
Lot # F73 1957 Mercury Montclair Convertible; S/N 57SL934542M; White, Copper accent/Red, white, black vinyl; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300 – 368/290hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, cruiser skirts, power steering, power brakes, power top, dual mirrors, Town and Country radio, heat and defrost, correct trunk, spare and spare cover. Lowered 2 inches from stock. – New top and restored top frame done last year. New fuel tank, head gaskets and exhaust two years ago. The chrome is a little tired but not bad. A lot of the body trim looks original. Old paint that has lost a lot of its shine and shows a few touch ups. Imperfect fit on the doors. Older restored engine bay. Very good interior. A basic old restoration with some minor attention more recently. Still a cool casual cruiser. – This is respectable money for a largely original Montclair convertible with a history that suggests it has received attention regularly and never been allowed to go into decline. Respectable money for a respectable car with plenty of eye appeal.
Lot # F82 1957 MG MGA Roadster; S/N HDR4331749; Red/Tan vinyl; Tan top; Enthusiast restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $16,000 – 1,489/72hp, 4-speed, painted wire wheels, tonneau cover, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel. – Grimy engine bay. Rough chrome. Older low budget respray with a huge crack next to the hood. Hammer marks on most of the wheel lobes. Good interior. Erratic fit on the doors and slightly wavy body sides, including a few very shallow dents on the driver’s door. It’s an OK 20-footer, nothing more. – This is a driver-quality car, and driver-quality money is exactly what the Houston bidders offered up for it. This should have been an easy, clean sale.
Lot # F86.1 1953 Ford Customline Country Sedan Station Wagon; S/N A3LW155759; Seafoam Green, Timberlane Green/Brown, light brown vinyl; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,150 – 215/101hp six, column shift 3-speed, hub caps, whitewalls, factory radio. – Good older chrome. Lightly pitted door handles. Good older repaint with light orange peel in spots. The doors stick out slightly at the bottom. Very clean, mostly restored engine bay. Very good interior, including new-looking upholstery and fully redone rear cargo area. A charming rarely seen two-door wagon. – This car sold in Kissimmee three years ago for $22,000, a more realistic result for a six-cylinder Ranch Wagon. Although these cars don’t exactly grow on trees, for nearly 30 grand they could’ve had a V-8.
Lot # F111 1972 Chevrolet C10 1/2 Ton Pickup; S/N CCE142S153771; Blue, White/Blue vinyl with matching houndstooth cloth inserts; Truck restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – 402/210hp big-block, automatic, Rally wheels with trim rings, narrow whitewalls, factory air conditioning, pushbutton radio, power steering, power brakes. – Scratched up grille trim. Good paint. Newer chrome. Clean, straight bed. Fully restored and gorgeous underneath. Good gaps. Good interior. The seatbelts are old and smudged and some of the switchgear is old, but it mostly looks fine. Good colors, rare options, and restored to good standards for an old pickup. – Pickups are a constant and good ones bring good prices no matter the economy or the fads. There are always plenty of them at auctions ranging from superficial “lipstick on a pig” cosmetic redoes to thoughtful restorations like this with big block engines. This C10’s combination of features and a thorough restoration mark it as better than most of its counterparts and its price is a very good value.
Lot # F112.1 1955 MG TF 1500 Roadster; S/N HDP467691; Green/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000 – 1,466/63hp, 4-speed, single wing mirror, painted wire wheels, rear-mounted spare, tonneau cover, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel. – Tidy restored engine bay with signs of a small oil leak. Tired chrome. Significant pitting on the left headlight bezel. Good older paint. Clean top. Very clean chassis. Very good interior. The spare wheel has seen better days, but it’s a spare. A lovely weekend driver with no needs and an easy car to like, plus it’s a genuine 1500. – The MG TF was seen as old-fashioned even when it was new, but 60-plus years later that’s all part of the charm. The TF 1500 model makes a whopping 63 hp over the standard 1250cc car’s 57 (10.5% more) and can command a premium of well over 10 percent. Or, in this case, even more of a premium than that. This is another instance of a charming and perfectly good but not great car selling for the kind of money that concours-quality MG TF 1500s typically command. The seller should be very, very happy with this result. The seller may wake up in the morning, check the Hagerty Price Guide and feel remorse.
Lot # F112.2 1952 MG TD Roadster; S/N TD17417; Black, Red grille/Red; Tan cloth top; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400 – 1250/54hp, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, rear-mounted spare, boot cover. – Older restored engine bay and underbody. Sound paint and chrome, but the rear bumper looks older than the front. Decent top that’s faded in a few spots. Very good interior. This is a straightforward, lightly used older restoration that appears to have been done to higher standards than most TDs. – In the MG T-Series family, the TD slots in as the middle child between the TC that started it all and the more developed, more attractive TF. Driver quality TDs can be bought in the mid-teens, but even though this is a very good one, it isn’t a gleaming concours car. It should be, given the price it sold for, but it isn’t. Back in 2015, it brought $31,900 at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction, and if anything T-Series MGs are selling for less these days than they were then. It’s a big win for the seller.
Lot # F112.3 1951 Frazer Manhattan Convertible Sedan; S/N F516B001037; Teal/Black leather; Black top; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 – 226/115hp six, column shift automatic, dual mirrors, wheel covers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio, boot cover, rear ashtray. – Older paint and chrome with a few heavy scratches on the bumpers. Some of the body trim is dull and lightly pitted, and the badge on the nose is cracked. Uneven gaps. Tired upholstery. The dash and gauges are all original, and just about every bit of metal trim inside is pitted. Older restored underneath. Eye-catching despite the significant wear and tear, and good luck finding another `51 Frazer convertible sedan which Mecum says is one of only 130 built in the final year of Frazer production.. – This is not the kind of car you see every day, or ever. The seller represented this one as one of 13 in the country. But rarity doesn’t always translate into dollars. The market for postwar American cars, especially cars from orphan brands like Kaiser-Frazer and cars that need some TLC, has softened. For example, this car sold at Leake Tulsa 2013 for $52,800. The price difference is indicative of the waning interest in owning cars like this, neat as they may be.
Lot # F148 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible; S/N JH27N1B194048; Light Blue, Black side stripes/White vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,250 – 383/300hp, automatic, Magnum wheels, Radial GT tires, power front disc brakes, power steering, power top, factory air conditioning with an aftermarket rotary compressor, pushbutton AM/FM radio, luggage rack. – Clean, barely run engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. Factory gaps. Some discoloration and scuffs to the white upholstery but the interior is mostly very good. A fairly fresh restoration. – Touted by Mecum as “very rare”, but only on the basis of being one of 126 convertibles with this driveline. There were 2,165 Challenger convertibles built in 1971. It brought a “very rare” price however, one that is more than a little excessive by any standard. The color is unusual and might be a special order but that is not clear without seeing the fender tag.
Lot # F153.1 1929 Packard Standard Eight-Series 633 Opera Coupe; S/N 266466; Cream, Orange fenders and accent/Brown cloth; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100 – 319/90hp L-head inline 8, 3-speed, disc wheels, whitewalls, dual sidemount spares, Depress Beam headlights, single Trippe Safety light, goddess of speed mascot, rumble seat, luggage trunk with luggage, side window shades, dash clock. – 1985 AACA National First Prize winner. Long crack in the windshield running from the top left corner to the bottom. Some paint cracks on the roof and imperfect masking on the two-tone parts around the windows. The doors are sagging slightly. Very good interior and wood trim. Tidy underneath but the engine compartment has extensive paint loss and seepage with oil stains on the fan from crankshaft oil leaks. A very old restoration holding up well enough for casual enjoyment but in need of attention. A CCCA “Full Classic” (R). – Offered by Auctions America at Auburn Fall in 2014 where it failed to sell at a reported high bid of $38,000. The price it brought here reflects the age of the restoration, the visible wear, the closed coachwork and the dated colors. On the other hand it is a CCCA Classic Packard with unusual and distinctive coachwork, a significant value in quality and performance for the money.
Lot # F153.6 1932 Plymouth PA Coupe; S/N PB57787; Green, Black fenders/Brown cloth; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $32,000 – 196/56hp four, 3-speed, painted wire wheels with hub caps, wide whitewalls, rear-mounted spare, radiator mascot, suicide doors, full wood dash and window trim (originally woodgrain), dome courtesy light, rear window shade, rumble seat. – AACA National Senior and AACA Preservation award. Mostly good older paint but has some orange peel on the hood and roof. Tires look older. Good chrome. Clean engine and chassis. Very good interior. An older body-off restoration of a seldom seen Plymouth that would stand out on a field of Fords. – Sold for $38,500 at Mecum Indy 2017 and unusual enough that it should at least have held its value over the past four years. The consignor was appropriately disappointed by the reported high bid here.
Lot # F155 1990 Porsche 928 S4 Coupe; S/N WP0JB2929LS860423; Marine Blue/Silk Gray leather; Unrestored original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $29,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $31,900 – 4,957/316hp, automatic, sunroof, rear spoiler, Fuzion tires, rear air conditioning, later JVC stereo. – Represented with special order paint and 93,000 miles. Belt, transmission, and brake service 2000 miles ago. Very clean engine for the miles. Well-kept paint with some inevitable chips on the nose and light scratches on the roof. Very good leather, but the dash and controls all look their age. Very much a used 928, but a well-kept one. – And this price reflects both of those qualities. It was a $17,500 no-sale at Mecum Dallas back in 2019, but this is a much more realistic number and is consistent with other recent 928 prices.
Lot # F180 1972 Jeep Commando Station Wagon 4×4; S/N J2F87FVA07913; Red, White top/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,100 – 258/110hp six, 4-speed, bucket seats, floor shift. – Represented with recent service including new carb, valves, and plugs as well as a rebuilt cylinder head. Tired paint and chrome, and the front bumper is dinged up. The white top shows masking errors and runs in several places. Decent original interior. Tired wheels. Grubby engine bay and frame, but no cause for concern. Never restored and has only gotten intermittent attention, but it’s mostly solid. – This Jeep Commando (the “Jeepster” moniker disappeared after 1971) was a $9,500 no-sale at Branson Fall in 2018, then a $7,000 no-sale at Mecum Kansas City in 2019, but it had better luck in Houston, going to a new home at a fair price for a fixable casual cruiser and riding along on the Bronco wave.
Lot # F190.1 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFUA13A4F58065; White/Red leather; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200 – 2,927/230hp, 5-speed, Hankook tires, Momo steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning, aftermarket head unit stereo. – Last belt service in 2019. Dull bumper plastic and signal lenses. Decent older repaint with several chips and a few touch ups throughout. Grimy engine bay, especially by Ferrari standards. Sound upholstery, but the switchgear is worn and the clock is extremely cloudy. Showing 64,299 miles, although a well-maintained 308 will go well beyond 100k. Not a great car, but at least it has interesting colors going for it. Back when 308s were relatively cheap ways into Ferrari ownership, a lot of them looked like this one, decent but used. – This car sold on Bring a Trailer two years ago for $42,000, a somewhat modest but reasonable number given the issues. This result, on the other hand, is a tad expensive and the sweet spot would have been somewhere in the middle.
Lot # F200 1969 Ford Torino Cobra SportsRoof; S/N 9H46R217821; Candyapple Red/Black vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000 – 428/335hp Cobra Jet, 4-speed, added Drag Pack, Radial T/A tires, Ram Air hood, hood pins, power brakes and steering, bucket seats, Hurst shifter, factory FM radio, added amp, water temp and oil pressure gauges under the dash. – Marti Report and build sheet documented, represented as the original engine. Restored in 2006. Good paint and chrome with some light detail scratching. Straight body with decent gaps. Tidy, lightly used underneath. A straightforward, solid restoration only showing light age. – Sold at Mecum Indy in 2010 for $41,340, then sold there again in 2017 for $47,300. The odometer shows only 376 more miles than in 2017 and it is in essentially the same condition. Torinos haven’t exactly become the next hot thing since then, so this result is definitely on the expensive side although reflecting the current environment’s free-spending atmosphere for quality cars.
Lot # S22 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Collector Edition Convertible; S/N 2G2FV32G222127135; Sunfire Yellow, Black graphics/Black leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100 – 346/325hp, 6-speed, Hurst shifter, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, factory CD stereo. – Represented as one of 432 Collector Edition convertibles with a manual and with 4,385 actual miles. Still looks like a new car. – Cynics will tell you that terms like “collector edition” are pure marketing gimmickry, but in the car world people tend to take such things seriously. Not everyone kept their Collector Edition Trans Am locked away, but many people did, recognizing it as a limited production model from the Firebird’s very last year. And with the WS6 performance and handling package, it wasn’t just about flashy paint. This example ticks the right boxes, especially with the 6-speed, and commanded an appropriately healthy price.
Lot # S45 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 2-Dr. Hardtop Coupe; S/N JH23J0B296549; Go Mango, Black stripes, black hood, black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800 – 340/290hp Six Pack, 4-speed with Hurst pistol grip shifter, side exhaust, Rallye wheels, Radial T/A tires, power steering, power disc brakes, rear spoiler, fiberglass hood with scoop, factory radio. – Replacement engine. Very clean underneath. Good older paint. Lightly scratched window frames. Factory gaps. Good, mostly restored interior. A few large scratches and cracks on the rear spoiler. More than good enough to have fun with and attract attention. – The Challenger T/A was Chrysler’s answer to the Camaro Z/28 and Mustang Boss 302 in the SCCA Trans Am series, and although the Dodge wasn’t as successful on the track, the road cars carry similar values on the classic pony car market. This one was appropriately discounted for its replacement engine to a realistic price, just as it did at Leake Dallas back in 2017 when it also sold for $52,800.
Lot # S45.1 1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible; S/N 616W01016; Garnet Red/Metallic red leather; Black top; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $47,000 – 394/330hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, boot cover, power steering, power brakes, power windows, buckets and console, power driver’s seat, tach, WonderBar radio. – Very good fully restored engine. Very good, relatively recent paint and chrome. Very small dent in the left trim strip running down the side of the car. Some of the badges also have light pitting. Imperfect gaps. Excellent interior other than significant wrinkling to the leather front and back. Small flaws that take little away from the dazzling looks of this `61 Starfire. – This car sold for $80,300 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011, back when its restoration was fresher. It was then a $50,000 no-sale at Mecum Las Vegas 2018 and went back to Vegas the next year to another $50,000 no-sale and attracted a bid of only $32,000 at Mecum Las Vegas six months ago. The owner can keep chasing that 2011 price but they aren’t likely to get it. The car isn’t getting any shinier and Oldsmobiles aren’t getting any pricier although even with that qualification this is a bottom-feeder offer although it may look pretty good at Indy or another later auction.
Lot # S57 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds 2-Dr. Hardtop Coupe; S/N 3J57U2M209491; White, Firefrost Gold, white half vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $45,000 – 455/275hp, automatic, Radial T/A tires, W-25 ram air hood, W-45 option with air conditioning, bucket seats, Hurst dual gate shifter, later Kenwood cassette stereo, extensive collection of factory manuals. – Partially restored engine bay. Clean wheels and tires. Good but older paint and chrome and the Hurst decals have dirt around their edges. Several chips at the back of the driver’s door, probably from banging into something. Slightly discolored roof vinyl. The interior smells faintly of cigarettes, even through a face mask. By 1972 the Olds 4-4-2 didn’t quite have the teeth it did in earlier years, but this car certainly still looks the part in Hurst colors and still has enough power to have fun with. – This car sold for $20,350 at RM Fall Auburn 2010, and Cutlasses haven’t exactly doubled in value over the past decade. This reported high bid was huge for a driver-quality car that smells like cigarettes.
Lot # S58.1 1991 GMC Syclone 1/2 Ton Pickup; S/N 1GDCT14ZXM8801105; Black/Black cloth piped in red; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800 – 262/280hp turbocharged V-6, automatic, alloy wheels, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette stereo. – Represented as 19,824 miles from new and they weren’t accumulated in quarter-mile increments. The paint shows mild age but no major flaws, and the plastic body pieces are all in remarkably good shape. The interior is similarly clean. Only the faded plastic mirrors betray this babied and little used Syclone’s true age. – Thanks to their famous Ferrari 348-beating turbocharged performance, the GMC Syclone and its Typhoon cousin have been on collectors’ radar for several years, and their values shot up before the wider surge in the vintage trucks and SUV market that we are in the middle of right now. Syclone/Typhoon prices plateaued in 2016 and have steadied since. The price on this one is quite strong (lower-mile examples have sold for less) but it isn’t outrageous.
Lot # S78 1966 Porsche 912 Race Car; S/N 453155; Yellow/Black; Competition restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200 – Lightened flywheel, external oil cooler, high compression pistons, black Fuchs wheels up front, Goodyear slicks, full cage, RSR-style rear coilover suspension, Koni adjustable shocks and front struts, fiberglass hood, fenders, quarters, bumpers, and engine cover, Lexan windshield, AutoMeter tach. – Gloppy, orange peeled paint with cracks on the tail. Fully stripped interior. It’s a thoroughly used but not tired SCCA race car. There isn’t much left of the 912 that left Stuttgart back in 1966, but it looks like a lot of fun at a much lower price than the equivalent 911, which is almost too valuable to race in anger anyway. – It’s unusual to think of a 4-cylinder 912 as a race car when the 911 has such a high profile and long record of success both internationally and within the U.S., but in truth in various classes across U.S. vintage racing when developed as this example has been it is competitive without being scary fast. This is a lot of fun for an already started vintage racing season and couldn’t come close to being duplicated for the price it brought here.
Lot # S79 1987 Buick Regal Grand National Coupe; S/N 1G4GJ1170HP438402; Black/Black, gray cloth; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 – 231/245hp turbocharged V-6, automatic, Radial T/A tires, T-tops, factory radio, radar detector, air conditioning, power steering and brakes. – Showing 21,710 believable miles. Original paint with light general dullness to the finish and water spots. Crack in the left front wheel cap. Chip behind the driver’s door. Sound interior with wear that matches the mileage. A clean, usable Grand National with impressively low miles. Ideal for someone who wants a GN to drive and enjoy. – It’s surprising how expensive these turbo sleepers have gotten relative to other American performance cars from the era, but they keep on selling for prices similar to this. It’s a spot-on number for the use and mileage. With their turbo V-6 power derived from Buick’s turbo Indycar engine development the GN was in the late 80’s desert an oasis of performance. Not for everyone, and many were preserved like this example with little use but even with so many good examples around they have held their value well.
Lot # S83.4 1967 Plymouth GTX Convertible; S/N RS27L77202106; Yellow/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700 – 440/375hp, automatic, power steering, Magnum wheels, red line tires, bucket seats, console, pushbutton AM radio. – Nearly spotless engine bay with a correct replacement 440. Very good older paint and chrome. Even gaps and panel fit. New top and frame. New seats and carpets. Original dash, console, and shifter. Restored underbody. A handsome GTX and a rare convertible. – This is Hemi hardtop money for a Super Commando convertible with a replacement engine, hardly an apples-to-apples substitution and expensive for what it is and the age of the restoration.
Lot # S91.1 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Coupe; S/N WP0AF2A9XGS492585; Voodoo Blue/Black; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $170,000 – 3,996/500hp, PDK automanual, paint to sample finish, black painted wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. – Represented with 5,700 miles, and a few of them may have been on the track. A few tiny scuffs and rock chips on the nose and front lip, but otherwise as clean as you’d expect. – It’s still one of the quickest cars on the road, but this is a previous generation GT3 RS. Such track-oriented Porsches do tend to hold their value well and this one’s special order paint makes it a standout, but the reported high bid wasn’t off the original $178,000 base price. 170 grand was worth considering even if it wasn’t quite enough to make the deal.
Lot # S107.1 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe; S/N WDDAJ76F35M000361; Silver/Red leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $230,000 – 5,439/617hp supercharged V-8, 5-speed automanual, turbine wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport tires. – Represented with 4,912 miles and still looks practically new, as most of these still do. – Despite a cost of nearly half a million dollars when new, these McLaren SLRs have hovered at roughly half that for quite some time now. This same example, for instance, sold for $238,700 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale way back in 2015 and there is no indication of renewed interest in them among a plethora of later AMG and McLaren models with better design and more power.
Lot # S108 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet; S/N 154195; White/Black; Black top; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $105,000 – 1582/75hp, 4-speed, chrome wheels, Nexen tires, Blaupunkt pushbutton AM/FM radio. – Good but not show quality recent paint. Most of the body trim pieces don’t quite fit evenly. Reasonably tidy older restored engine bay with correct replacement engine, and clean underbody. Good interior with newer upholstery. Engine service last year but otherwise no history or documentation represented. Not a prime collector car but a satisfying driver. – This 356 sold at Motostalgia’s Houston auction in 2014 for $93,500 and then made a string of Mecum appearances throughout the Lone Star State, with a $110,000 no-sale at Dallas 2014, another $110,000 no-sale at Austin 2014, and a $107,500 no-sale at Houston 2015. Since then it has gotten fresh paint and new upholstery with just 57 more miles showing than in 2014. In today’s 356 market this $105,000 bid is more than reasonable for an imperfect car with a replacement engine.
Lot # S111 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2-Dr. 2-Dr. Hardtop Coupe; S/N 2V87X3N143123; Buccaneer Red, Trans Am graphics/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $120,000 – 455/310hp Super Duty, automatic, honeycomb wheels, Goodyear Steelgard tires, power steering, power front disc brakes, Safe-T-Track, rear spoiler, rear defrost, console, Formula steering wheel, older Alpine cassette stereo. Comes with PHS documentation as well as original bill of sale, title, and 1977 lien release. – Represented with 53,430 original miles and as a two-owner car. Unrestored engine bay, but it has been consistently maintained and regularly cleaned up. If the paint is original it looks fantastic and free of any major flaws. Slightly dry weather stripping. Very lightly worn switchgear but the original interior is excellent for the age and miles. Pampered since new and far too good to restore. – This Super Duty Trans Am is worth more than the reported high bid before taking its originality into account, even with the automatic.
Lot # S113 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe; S/N 1ZVHT88S875300278; Vista Blue, White stripes/Black leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $44,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $48,400 – 330/500hp supercharged V-8, 6-speed, fog lamps. – 237 miles. Looks showroom fresh. – And when it actually was showroom fresh in 2007, the window sticker read $44,315. 2007 marked the return of the GT500 for the first time since the 1970s. Newer GT500s are quicker and objectively better cars than these earlier live axle Shelbys, but they’re still no slouch in the speed department and they have more of a direct connection to Shelby, since the man himself gave it his blessing. They’ll likely be quite collectible in the future, and the buyer here seems to believe they already are, considering the price they paid.
Lot # S114.1 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S114507; Engine # 7174507V0315HE; Tuxedo Black/Black leather; Black top; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000 – 327/300hp, 4-speed, turbine wheels, red line tires, power brakes, tinted windshield. – Represented as matching numbers. Dull, scratched original chrome. Old paint with cracks near the headlight doors and below the windshield. Erratic door fit. Faded badge on the rear. Mostly restored and lightly used underneath. Small dents in the glovebox cover. Lightly faded gauges. Lightly wrinkled seats. A driver, decent but unspectacular in both equipment and condition. – And for an unspectacular driver, the reported high bid was surprisingly generous. If there was actual money there, it should have sealed the deal emphatically, and should have been loose and selling at no more than $55,000.
Lot # S126 1992 Ferrari 512 TR Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFLG40A4N0092599; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $240,000 – 4,942/428hp, 5-speed, P Zero tires. – Represented with a belt service last month, 4,524 miles from new and one owner. There is a light but long scratch on the roof and a small chip on the tail, but otherwise this car doesn’t look like it’s even three years old, let alone 30. – The 512 TR is almost as desirable at the later 512 M and the reported high bid here includes an appropriate premium for originality, history, mileage, fresh belt service and outstanding condition.
Lot # S127 1978 GMC K1500 Jimmy High Sierra Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N TKL188Z517683; White/Burgundy; Truck restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – 350/165hp, column shift automatic, All Terrain T/A tires, power windows, cruise control, bucket seats, console, air conditioning, factory radio. – One repaint with some masking errors and runs, particularly below the windshield and on the roof. Decent chrome. The engine has been either fully rebuilt and restored or replaced with a new but correct 350. Restored underneath with new or restored suspension, painted frame, and new exhaust. The upholstery looks newer but the dash and gauges are original and faded. A solid Jimmy restored to high enough standards for what it is, and it isn’t too nice to drive on the ranch or take off road. – It’s no secret that there has been a lot of heat in the market for vintage trucks and SUVs. Some C/K Chevy Blazers and GMC Jimmys have more than doubled in value over the past 10 years and it would be a stretch to call 20 grand for this Jimmy “cheap,” but in a world of six-figure Bronco builds and similarly outrageous prices for clean Grand Wagoneers and Land Cruisers, it can be easy to forget that big auctions like this also offer perfectly good classic trucks for enthusiasts on a budget.
Lot # S128.1 2003 Ferrari 456M GTA Coupe 2+2, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFWL50A830129925; Grigio Titanio/Dark gray leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $47,000 – 5,747/442hp, automatic, Continental tires, original Becker stereo, clear bra on nose. – From the final year of 456 production. Represented as 16,158 believable miles. There is a small scuff on the right front wheel as well as a small scratch on the tail, and the driver’s seat shows very light wear. Otherwise, this car could pass for a 456 with a tenth of the mileage. – They’ll never be blue chip cars on account of their common automatics (without paddles) and four seats, but 456s have been creeping up in price. This reported high bid is used car money, and the car is better than that. It made sense to hold out.
Lot # S137.1 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Convertible; S/N 632M47942; White/Red vinyl; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100 – 394/280hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, factory radio, dash clock. – Decent older paint. Tired chrome and brightwork. Slightly erratic panel fit. Good interior. Tidy underneath. Never fully restored but taken care of and enjoyed regularly. A good driver. – This is an appropriate price for a Dynamic 88 convertible but it illustrates a persistent distinction between the Chevrolets that were accessible to young people in the Fifties and Sixties and GM’s higher-priced counterparts. Chevys are worth more than comparable Oldsmobiles, often a lot more. It would take high $30’s to buy even the most basic ’63 Impala convertible in comparable condition. The price here is appropriate but is an intrinsic value for style, luxury and performance.
Lot # S140.2 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible; S/N 3H15U165529; Wimbledon White/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Enthusiast restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $32,000 – 170/101hp six, floor shift 4-speed, wire wheel covers, whitewalls, factory air conditioning, factory radio, bucket seats, console. – Clean engine bay and underbody. Good older repaint. Mostly original and aged brightwork. Wrinkled but clean top with new top frame. Very good interior. The passenger’s door is very hard to close. A neat little driver in an unusual configuration. Not a particularly valuable configuration, but rare. – A six-cylinder Falcon Futura, even a convertible, is usually an entry-level classic. If there was money remotely close to this reported high bid, it should have been happily taken.
Lot # S141 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 25719; Rosso Corsa, Black roof panels/Tan leather; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000 – 2,927/255hp, Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Cromodora wheels, Pirelli tires, Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, Borletti air conditioning, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Showing 14,490 miles but not pampered like most Ferraris. Dull wheels with curb scrapes and cloudy caps. Good bumpers. Tired, heavily cracked and crazed paint. Road dirt underneath. Significant wear in the driver’s seat. Supposedly had a major service 100 miles ago, but this is a rough-looking 308 that likely still has more to be fixed under the surface. – The Houston bidders seem to have focused all their attention on this car’s more desirable Weber carbs, low mileage and recent service, paying little attention to the fact that it looks tired up close. There is no representation that the odometer reading is original and this price could have bought a significantly cleaner 308 with a more clear history. The result is an expensive car.
Lot # S142 1950 Packard Eight Station Sedan; S/N 23935304; Arizona Beige, Wood/Brown vinyl, cloth; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800 – 288/135hp inline eight, column shift 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, fender skirts, pushbutton radio, amber fog lights. – Fully restored 15 years and 2,000 miles ago. Two large chips in the hood and long scrape on the right front fender but mostly very good paint and chrome. The varnish on the wood is coming up and cracking in a few places, and some of the wood panels don’t fit flush with the body. Very clean underneath and very good interior. Uneven gaps, but they’re rarely perfect on these cars. Forgivable flaws given the age, but you wouldn’t put this car in a serious show and expect to take home a trophy. – The station sedan is a rare oddball from Packard’s immediate postwar years. Neither a true sedan nor a full woody station wagon, it mostly uses wood panels that are simply fixed to the doors, although the rear hatch is full wood. It was discontinued when Packard’s restyled 1951 line was introduced. This is a realistic price for a solid one. It’s also quite a bit of car for the money since, according to the invoices, the restoration cost well into six figures but still has life left in it. There is just time left before driving season to give the wood framing and panels the sanding and revarnish they need, a basic recurring maintenance cost that is part of owning a woodie.
Lot # S146.1 1996 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 Convertible; S/N 1FALP45X9TF224932; White, Black graphics/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,400 – 4.6L Modular V8, aftermarket intake, Saleen wheels and body kit, Alpine stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – Grimy engine bay other than new plugs/wires and a new alternator. Decent original paint with a few scratches and chips that are unavoidable on a car driven 86,336 miles. Heavy scrapes and dings on the front wheels. Heavy wear to the steering wheel and the dash top looks a little faded but the seats look fantastic given the mileage. Never the most desirable Saleen Mustang to begin with, and this car has been used as intended and at this point is a bit worn out. – 1996 was the first year for the Saleen S281, and although it looks the part with the body kit and does have suspension upgrades, it only came with the standard Modular V-8 from the regular Mustang GT. This one sold for $9,350 in Kissimmee last year then sold again there this year for $15,400. That it brought so much again only a few months later is surprising, especially given all the wear and tear. There are plenty of ways to get more Mustang for your money than this, but two consecutive sales at the same amount support the car’s collector appeal.
Lot # S157 1974 Aston Martin V8 Coupe; S/N V811161RCA; White/Red leather; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000 – RHD. 5,341/406hp, Weber carburetors, ZF 5-speed, alloy wheels, Cooper Cobra tires, fog lights, LED headlights (originals included), RS Williams clutch, air conditioning. – UK market car. Restoration work done by the owner in the 1990s. Imported here in 2013 and consistently maintained since. Good paint and chrome but there are a few tiny dents in the front bumper and the right fog light is turned in at a slight angle. The wheels could stand to be restored. Good but used older restored interior with some tired switchgear and flat seats. Light road wear underneath. Not perfect, but a rare and rather early V8 Aston with the desirable 5-speed, and it’s hard not to be attracted to these British muscle cars. – It’s not surprising that this obviously cherished AMV8 didn’t sell at the reported high bid, but somewhat disappointing that Mecum’s “Bid Goes On” crew couldn’t put a deal together if both the buyer and the seller were serious.
Lot # S158 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0EB0935HS70137; Guards Red/Black leather with red stitching; Black cloth top; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $120,000 – 3,299/300hp, 4-speed, black Fuchs wheels, Bridgestone Potenza tires, snorkely brake light, later white face VDO gauges, aftermarket aluminum handbrake, digital radio with large screen in the dash, clear bra on the nose. – Represented as a factory slant nose but the fenders are fiberglass so it is more likely an aftermarket conversion. Slightly dirty top. Some chips and light scuffs on the whale tail. Tired, possibly original paint. Clean wheels that look newer. Decent interior, but the carpets are worn, not to mention incorrect bits like later seats and a big screen in the dash that just doesn’t look right on a 34-year-old car. – Despite the inconsistent presentation, wear, tear and deviations to the interior from the way it was delivered, the Houston bidders put up a reasonable number for this 930 cab. Bidders in Dallas put up the exact same number two years ago. It could have gone to a new home at this price and probably should have.
Lot # S168 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop Coupe; S/N XS29J8B379317; Dark Blue Metallic/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $231,000 – 426/425hp Hemi, automatic, Sure Grip, power steering, power front disc brakes, tinted windshield, bumblebee stripe delete, hub caps, red line tires, Tic-Toc-Tach, bucket seats, 8-track, aftermarket water temp and oil pressure gauges under the dash, Certi-Card documented. – Very clean engine bay housing the original Hemi and TorqueFlite automatic. It has never been restored but was always consistently maintained. The car was, however, cosmetically restored in 1992. There are no major flaws but the paint is starting to show its age, as is the interior. It’s a commendably original, genuine, honest Hemi R/T. And with the dark paint, stripe delete and steel wheels, it’s quite the sleeper. – There’s nothing sleepy about this price, however. It was the most expensive car in Houston this year. It deserved its distinction, but the price is still generous for an automatic Hemi and contains a meaningful premium for originality.
Lot # S170 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible; S/N 1G1Y53D91K5801503; Sebring Orange/Black; Black cloth top; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000 – 376/755hp supercharged V-8, paddle shift automatic. Equipped with the ZTK Performance Package, which adds a higher rear wing, carbon front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and different magnetic ride control settings. – 810 miles and like new. – Now that C8s are in the showrooms and out on the roads (there were also three C8s in this auction), it will be interesting to see what happens with C7s. On one hand they’re yesterday’s model, used cars, obsolete. On the other hand they’re the last front-engined Corvettes, the last Corvettes to come with a manual, and still some of the quickest cars on the road for the money. So far there certainly hasn’t been a fire sale on C7s. They’re holding their value well, especially the high-performance variants like the range-topping ZR1. The final price on this one is probably a little bit more than it cost new.
Lot # S180 1999 BMW M Coupe; S/N WBSCM9338XLC60467; Blue/Black leather; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $40,000 – 3152/240hp S52 engine, 5-speed, sunroof. – Showing 27,042 miles and serviced at Enthusiast Auto Group (EAG) in Ohio back in 2019. A few chips and dings on the nose and a small scrape on the left front fender. Two small chips above the left side air vent. Very good interior. It is one of the less powerful early M Coupes (the 315-hp S54-powered version came in 2001), but this is a good lightly used clown shoe with lots of enjoyment left in it. – These fast, funky-looking M3-powered hatchbacks were cult cars for a long time but over the past three years have become a regular sight at big collector car auctions like this. Clean examples of the later versions have sold for well over 50 grand, but this is a perfectly reasonable offer on a lightly used early car.