Mario Sueiras was 14 years old when he bought a 1939 Ford coupe for $80. As a teenager, he also was repairing motorcycles. But it wasn’t until he was nearly 50 years old that the Guatemalan businessman started collecting and restoring classic vehicles, starting with a 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Sueiras’ collection has grown to more than 100 vehicles, and he’s consigned more than 50 to Mecum Auctions’ collector car sale April 4-6 in Houston.
This will be Sueiras’ second consignment with Mecum. In 2004, he sent more than 20 vehicles to Mecum’s sale on northern California’s Monterey Peninsula. Pleased with the results, and ready to part with even more of his collection, Sueiras’ consignment at Houston ranges in size from a 1968 Vespa 150 Sprint and 193 Messerschmitt KR200 to a 1936 Ford woody wagon and a 1932 LaSalle 345B town coupe.
The consignment offers quite a variety, from microcars to muscle cars — 1964 Pontiac GTO, 1968 Shelby GT350, 1955 Chrysler C-300, 1968 Oldsmobile 442 — and from classics to sports car, including a 1969 Jaguar E-type roadster, 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS, and a 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8.
“Being a collector means having a love for something and acting on that passion for it,” Sueiras told Mecum.
“Patience and absolute attention to detail has been a norm,” he noted of the time and attention he takes while doing each restoration.
Mecum says its auction at the NRG Center in Houston will offer a docket of 1,000 vehicles, including more than 130 motorcycles being offered at no reserve.
Highlights in addition to the Sueiras cars include a restored 1967 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang and 134 motorcycles being offered at no reserve from the Mur the Blur Collection, among them a 1968 Triumph Bonneville and a 1944 Indian Chief.