Dallas ponies up $22.2 million total sales at Mecum auction

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The 1934 Packard coupe roadster was a top seller | Mecum Auctions

With top sales that swing from modern exotics to pre-war classics to muscle cars and street rods, Mecum Auctions scored more than $22.2 million during four days of bidding last weekend in Dallas.

Of the 865 collector vehicles presented at the annual auction, 610 sold for a 70 percent sell-through rate at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The auction included 10 significant private collections, several offered at no reserve.

“The main-attraction Bruce Church and Kingston collections certainly lived up to their statuses with impressive sales across the board,” Mecum said in a news release. “Four of the Church cars landed among the top 10 sales, and in all, the collection brought more than $2.4 million in hammer sales, with 97 percent of the vehicles in the 33-car collection finding new owners.”

The auction’s highest seller was a supercharged 2005 Ford GT | Mecum Auctions

The Dallas auction’s top seller is a perennial favorite, a 2006 Ford GT coupe with 5.4-liter aluminum V8 boosted to 550 horsepower via an Eaton supercharger, which sold for $270,000 (Mecum results do not include auction fees).

Next up went back 72 years, an elegant 1934 Packard 1101 coupe roadster with rumble seat that hammered at $260,000. Third highest sale returned to the modern exotics, a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at $245,000.

The auction’s top-selling muscle car came next, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird for $215,000, followed by a 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, which sold for $175,000.

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The top 10 sales for the Mecum Dallas auction were:

1. 2006 Ford GT at $270,000
2. 1934 Packard Eight 1101 coupe roadster at $260,000
3. 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at $245,000
4. 1970 Plymouth Superbird at $215,000
5. 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano at $175,000
6. 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro at $175,000
7. 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe street rod at $160,000
8. 1958 Chevrolet Corvette resto mod at $160,000
9. 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe street rod at $150,000
10. 1932 Packard Eight 902 coupe at $150,000

(Mecum results do not include buyer’s premium)

Mecum Aucti0ns’ next collector car sale takes place September 21-23 in Louisville, Kentucky, with 700 vehicles expected. For information, 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.

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