Primo classic, muscle-car collections featured at Mecum’s Dallas auction

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1934 Packard Eight 1101 Coupe Roadster in Bruce Church collection | Mecum Auctions

The 33-car Bruce Church collection of pre-war classic cars (and a handful of more-modern cars) highlights the seventh annual Mecum Auctions sale in Dallas. One thousand muscle cars, classics, rods, customs and exotics are expected for the auction at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center from September 6-9.

A Wilkesboro, North Carolina, businessman who died in 2016, Church’s 35 years of collecting will be reflected in the Dallas auction by an enviable group of restored collector cars from 1929 through 1940 and several street rods built from cars of the same era.

Featured among the Church cars are “several comprehensively restored CCCA Full Classic and AACA Senior award-winning Packards, among them a 1934 Packard Eight 1101 Coupe Roadster that was displayed at the Boca Raton Concours in 2011 and a 1932 Packard Eight 902 Coupe,” according to a Mecum news release.

The 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 from the Matt Wagoner collection

A number of classic Fords in original and street-rodded condition are also available from the Church collection, including a 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible and a 1934 Ford Deluxe Phaeton.

The Dallas auction also will feature cars from a few other standout collections, such as that of Matt Wagoner that boasts four spectacular examples of premier GM muscle cars: : a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6, 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30, 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV and a 1970 Buick GS Stage 1.

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Some of the collections to be auctioned in Dallas are offered entirely without reserves, including the Kingston collection of 21 American muscle cars and modern supercars, 17 cars from the estate of Freddie “Mack” Widmer and 11 vehicles from the James Hoyo collection.

Mecum Auctions announced last week that the Dallas auction would proceed as planned despite the devastating flooding in Houston and nearby Gulf Coast areas. The Dallas area was not hit by Hurricane Harvey.

For information about Mecum’s Dallas sale, 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.

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