Next up for Mecum, 1,000-collector car auction in Houston

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Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos
Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos

Coinciding with the nearby Houston Auto Show, Mecum Auctions gallops into Houston for a collector car auction April 6-8 at the NRG Arena.  An estimated 1,000 vehicles will be offered, highlighted by a pair of exotic late-model Lamborghinis and the no-reserve sale of 50 cars from a private collection.

The featured Lambos are both 2015 models, a red Huracan LP610 powered by a 5.2-liter, V10 engine with seven-speed automatic transmission, and a black-and-tan Aventador that was custom ordered with such upgrades as a Power Craft exhaust for its 6.5-liter V12 engine, which in stock form catapults the sleek missile to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds.

A custom-ordered 2015 Lamborghini Aventador highlights the modern exotics
A custom-ordered 2015 Lamborghini Aventador highlights the modern exotics

The 50-vehicle LaQuay Automobile Collection includes four matching-numbers American performance icons: a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda and a 1970 Chevelle LS6.

The LaQuay group includes such modern exotics as a 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello, a 2005 Ford GT and a 2002 Shelby Cobra 40th Anniversary.  There are also classic Packards, muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s, more Corvettes and Mustangs, street rods and a diminutive 1952 Crosley fire truck.

Among the rods and custom at the Mecum Houston auction are a couple of primo resto-mods by Jeff Hayes of American Speed Shop. One is a 1967 Corvette with a new 500-horsepower LS3 engine and five-speed automatic transmission and a professionally fabricated chassis with C5 front and C6 rear suspension. The other is the only Camaro resto mod by Hayes, a 1969 model powered by an LS3 hot-cam crate V8 and Tremec five-speed transmission.

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For more information about Mecum’s Houston auction, which also features a selection of Road Art automobilia offered prior to the car sales each day, visit the Mecum 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.