Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction company, returned to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas Sept. 16-19 with more than 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, and hot rods. The Mecum team had great expectations, especially since last years Dallas auction generated a record $31 million in sales.
“With three auctions in Texas, we always look forward to each return to the state and the energy and momentum that’s helped make the Dallas auction continually one of the largest Mecum Auctions events,” said Dana Mecum, founder and president of Mecum Auctions. Mecum added that their goal is to always, “attract more bidders and spectators from throughout the Southwest region and adjoining states such as Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.”
Featured consignments at last weeks event included a pair of Ford Mustang Fastbacks and a Shelby: a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot S87) and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S105). The Shelby is a 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot S93). Other “main attraction” consignments are a 1969 Dodge Daytona, which is a one-of-one with the option package per the Chrysler Registry report, and a 1970 Plymouth Cuda with just 5,644 original miles.
However, the greatest, and most jaw-dropping vehicle at the always electrifying Mecum Auction, Dallas was a Richard Petty special, a 2015 Mustang GT (lot S148.1) which not only generated an international social media and automotive-world buzz. The ‘Stang was listed as a one-of-a-kind Richard Petty motorsports modified vehicle which included a Roush 2300 Supercharger, with specialized suspension, Petty’s garage branding and a plethora of additional upgrades. During the bidding, ‘The King’ himself presented the vehicle on the block and promoted the PVA organization.
Earlier at the auction Petty re-bough the vehicle from its seller at $205,000. ‘The King’ then turned around and then donated the car to be re-sold later that day at the Mecum event. The second re-sale price achieved was $330,00 dollars (at no reserve) which garnered a total selling price for the day of $535,000 dollars .
“This year’s lineup was very diverse with great examples from nearly every category of collectability,” notes Mecum consignment director Frank Mecum. “Whether you were after a Ford or a Ferrari, the Dallas roster was jam-packed.”
The complete top 10 sales at the Mecum Dallas 2015 auction included (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):
2015 Ford Mustang GT Petty’s Garage (Lot S148.1) at $535,000
1992 Ferrari 512 TR (Lot S222) at $295,000
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S105) at $250,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Bird (Lot S114) at $225,000
1969 Dodge Daytona (Lot S97) at $205,000
1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot S93) at $190,000
2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (Lot S83.1) at $185,000
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight (Lot S120.1) at $160,000
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet (Lot S156) at $157,500
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL Convertible (Lot S162) at $152,500