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Mecum readies Dallas auction with prime big-block muscle


The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 has been restored to perfection, Mecum says | Mecum photos

More than 1,000 collector cars are rolling in for Mecum’s fifth annual Dallas auction from September 16-19, featuring a big-block selection that includes a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 454 and a 1969 Dodge Daytona 440.

The 1953 Corvette is one of two Bloomington Gold ‘survivors’

The Mecum auction at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas also features rare sports cars, such as a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette that is one of just two first-year Vettes to earn Bloomington Gold Survivor status, and exotics that include a fully restored 1985 Lamborghini Countach 5000S. Classics, customs, resto-mods and modern exotics round out the docket.

The Mustang Boss 429 fastback is one of 857 built to homologate Ford’s “semi-hemi” V8 engine designed for NASCAR racing, as well as offering big-block fans with what Roy Lunn of GT40 fame described as a “really just a hairy, crazy road machine.”

To install the huge V8 engines, these Boss Mustangs were altered by Kar Kraft with lowered front suspensions and other changes and fitted with four-speed manual transmissions, 3.91:1 rear axle with Traction-Lok, dual exhaust, functional hood scoop and front spoiler, competition suspension, engine oil cooler, trunk-mounted 85-amp battery, power steering, power front disc brakes and a three-quarter-inch rear anti-sway bar.

The Chevelle LS6 is powered by a high-performance 454 V8

Two other special Mustangs in the Dallas auction are a 1969 Boss 302 fastback and a 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback.

Another primo big block is the Chevelle LS6 coupe, the culmination of GM’s muscle-car development with a 454 cid solid-lifter V8 engine conservatively rated at 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, with a four-speed “Rock Crusher” manual transmission. Mecum describes this Chevelle as a restored numbers-matching car fitted with a 4.10 rear for quick getaways.

Besides the desirable NASCAR-style Dodge Daytona with its towering wing, 440 cid V8 and four-speed manual transmission, another Mopar offered by Mecum is an ultra-low mileage 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, showing just 5,644 miles and powered by the 440 cid V8 with six-pack carburetion and automatic transmission.

Lamborghini Countach was a trendsetting exotic

For fans of ’80s exotic sports cars, nothing comes close to the wild, groundbreaking Lamborghini Countach. This restored example of a late 5000S, one of just 321 produced between 1982 and 1985, is powered by the mighty Lambo V12 fitted with six side-draft Weber carburetors.

The 2014 Mecum auction in Dallas, one of three Texas sales by the auction company, garnered hammer sales of more than $31 million with 766 vehicles sold for a 66 percent sell-through rate. Top seller was a 1969 Corvette L88 coupe that went for more than $680,000.

“With three auctions in Texas, we look forward to each return to the state and the energy and momentum that’s helped make the Dallas auction one of the largest Mecum Auctions’ events,” Dana Mecum, founder and president of Mecum Auctions, said in a news release.

The 2015 auction opens with an automobilia sale on Wednesday, with collector cars crossing the block Thursday, Friday and Saturday. NBC Sports Network will broadcast 18 hours of auction coverage with live streaming of the entire auction on www.mecum.com.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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 SPEED.com, 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.

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