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Grabber Blue Mustang Boss 429 leads Mecum’s Chicago auction


The Ford Mustang Boss 429 hammered for $245,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions sold 435 collector cars in three days during its annual Chicagoland sale in Schaumburg, Illinois, with total sales reaching $10.5 million (not including auction buyer fees).

The auction presented a diverse selection of vehicles, and the list of 10 highest sellers reflects some of that wide range, although dominated by American classics from the ’50s and ’60s. A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Grabber Blue topped the auction at $245,000 (plus buyer fee).

A 1967 Chevy Corvette was second-highest seller

The overall auction total was down from year-ago sales, which hit more than $13 million with 494 cars sold. The 2014 Chicago sale achieved $15.5 million and 580 cars sold.  The sell through rate for the 2016 auction was improved from the past two years, however, at better than 70 percent.

A special feature this year was Blackhawks Day on Friday, with discounts for fans of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, special appearances and interactive games. During Friday’s sale, the team’s namesake charity offered an exclusive Chicago Blackhawks Experience package with an extensive list of VIP items and event passes, which was bid to $10,000.


The top 10 sales for Mecum’s Chicago sale were:

1. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback at $245,000
2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $123,000
3. 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet at $100,000
4. 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom at $90,000
5. 1956 Chevrolet Nomad resto mod at $85,500
6. 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code at $85,000
7. 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T at $80,000
8. 1968 Shelby GT500KR fastback at $77,000
9. 1968 Ford Mustang convertible at $70,000
10. 1966 Shelby GT350H fastback) at $137,500

(Results reflect hammer prices and do not include auction fees)

Mecum’s next collector car auction tales place November 2-5 in Dallas, with 1,000 vehicles expected. For information about Mecum Auctions, visit the website.

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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