Resto-mods popular with bidders at Mecum’s Denver auction

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650-horsepower 1970 Plymouth Barracuda is high-dollar seller | Mecum Auctions photo

Mecum Auctions posted $10 million in sales with a 75 percent sell-through rate at its recent collector car sale in Denver, where the top-seller was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible that brought $181,500.

Prices reported include buyer’s fee.

The ’70 ‘Cuda wore Plum Crazy Pearl paint and was powered by a 528cid, 650-horsepower aluminum Gen 2 Indy Hemi V8 linked to a race-prepped 727 automatic transmission. 

’68 Ford Mustang packs a 650-horsepower punch

Resto-mod muscle proved popular with bidders as a 1968 Ford Mustang brought $143,000 thanks in part to a restoration that included the insertion of a 427cid, 650-horsepower Dart V8 and 5-speed Tremec manual shifter.

Muscle did well at the sale, but the No. 3 seller was a 1966 Volkswagen 21-window Samba bus that sold for $118,250.

Top 10 sales, Mecum Denver 2018

21-window VW sells well
  1. 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible, $181,500
  2. 1968 Ford Mustang, $143,000
  3. 1966 Volkswagen 21-Window Samba bus, $118,250
  4. 1957 Ford Ranchero E-Code, $110,000
  5. 1969 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang, $107,250
  6. 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air resto-mod, $106,700
  7. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $99,000
  8. 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, $95,700
  9. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $90,200
  10. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28, $86,900

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Mecum’s next auction is scheduled for June 22-23 in Portland, Oregon.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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