Mecum rolling into Dallas with four-day, 1,000-vehicle auction

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A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions
A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions photos

With a contingent of around 1,000 vehicles ranging from farm tractors to muscle cars, Mecum’s sixth annual Dallas auction seems to fulfill the “something for everyone” credo that animates its nationwide sales.

The auction starts Wednesday with the sale of 130 cars from the Ron Whorter Collection, most of them at no reserve. The Ruidoso, New Mexico, real-estate developer has compiled an enviable trove of desirable cars that heavily favors Chevrolet Corvettes but also includes some fantastic street rods, muscle cars and American classics, including pre-war models.

A 1937 Ford coupe street rid from the Whorter collection
A 1937 Ford coupe street rod from the Whorter collection

Corvettes offered from the collection include those from model years 1954, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1978, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Some of the most-interesting cars offered at no reserve include an expressive 1937 Ford coupe street rod, a 1960 Corvette powered by a 283 cid V8 with dual four-barrel carbs and a 4-speed manual, and a rare original 1939 Buick Century convertible.

The sale of the Whorter collection will be followed Wednesday by bidding on a wide selection of Road Art automobilia, and then three more days of collection car auctioneering.

A year ago, a three-day Dallas auction reached nearly $25 million, not including auction fees.

Among the other highlights in Dallas this year are a 1968 Chevy Yenko Camaro RS/SS; a 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo, one of just 11 produced and showing just 7,000 kilometers; a concours-winning 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona; a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, unrestored with just 36,000 miles; a 1969 Dodge Daytona with just 16,000 miles; and a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, the only-known example painted Argyle Blue.

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During the sale Saturday, a group of restored farm tractors from the T.W. Glosser estate will cross the block, most of them at no reserve.

The Dallas auction takes place Wednesday through November 5 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. For more information, visit 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.