Mecum scores nearly $10 million sale in Seattle

A Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger was the top seller in Seattle | Mecum photos
A Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger was the top seller in Seattle | Mecum photos

A 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE led the bidding at Mecum’s collector car auction last weekend in Seattle, where total sales reached $9,517,676.

The restored Plum Crazy Challenger, a true R-code car with four-speed manual transmission, sold for a high bid of $185,000 (sales results do not include auction fees). The second-highest sale was for a modern exotic, a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster that hammered at $170,000.

The much-anticipated sale of five American muscle cars from the John Wickey Collection totaled $630,000, led by a 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR Fastback with 12,160 miles for $165,000, and a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro for $155,000.

Nearly 600 cars crossed the block at Seattle, although the sell-through rate was not available from Mecum.

The top 10 sales for the Mecum Seattle auction were:

1. 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE at $185,000.
2. 1999 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster at $170,000.
3. 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR fastback at $165,000.
4. 2002 BMW Z8 convertible at $165,000.
5. 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro at $155,000.
6. 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T at $150,000.
7. 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback at $142,500.
8. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster at $140,000.
9. 1992 Porsche 964 Turbo S2 at $130,000.
10. 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop at $120,000.

(Sale prices do not include buyer’s fees)

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.