Mecum gears up for second annual Austin auction

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The unrestored 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda at the Mecum auction has just over 16,000 miles on its odometer | Mecum photos
The unrestored 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda at the Mecum auction has just over 16,000 miles on its odometer | Mecum photos

More than 30 desirable examples of American muscle cars, sports cars and ’55-’57 Chevys from a Texas collection highlight Mecum Auctions’ second annual Austin, Texas, sale of some 600 collector cars on December 11-12.

The Tony and Dawn Lehoski collection includes such performance cars as a four-speed 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T, a 1968 Shelby GT500KR fastback, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, an unrestored survivor 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda and a 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” from the 2005 Dukes of Hazard movie.

A 427 V8 powers this 1968 Corvette offered at the Mecum auction
A 427 V8 powers this 1968 Corvette offered at the Mecum auction

Another movie car being offered at the auction is the 1986 Buick Grand National that was driven by actor Vin Diesel in the opening scene of Fast and Furious 4.

Mecum returns to Austin after an inaugural auction a year ago that resulted in nearly $14.7 million in sales and a 70 percent sell-through rate for 660 vehicles crossing the block during the two-day sale.

The auction this weekend takes place at the Austin Convention Center.

For more on Mecum’s Austin sale, see the auction website.

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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.