Mecum sales reach $23.5 million in Dallas

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A 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX was the top auction seller | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions sold 743 cars in four days at its Dallas collector car sale, with a 70 percent sell-through rate and an overall total of $23.5 million.  But the results were down compared with the 2018 Dallas sale, when 839 cars changed hands for a rate of 73 percent and total sales of $30 million, perhaps reflecting the softening collector car market nationwide.

The top 10 sellers for 2019 were all American classics, mostly muscle and sports cars, with a 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX from the Peter Swainson collection heading the list at $253,000 (all reported results include buyer’s fees).

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One of the three 1963 Corvette split-window coupes that were among the top 10 sellers

Slots two and three are occupied by a pair of 1963 Chevrolet Corvette spilt-window-coupes that sold for $242,000 and $231,000. The Corvettes showed two divergent approaches in presentation, the first one a silver-on-red resto mod and the second a restored Bloomington Gold recipient powered by a fuel-injected 327 V8.

Another ’63 Corvette split-window also made the top-seller list, coming in at No. 10 with a sale of $126,500.

The top 10 highest sellers for Mecum’s 2019 Dallas auction were:

1. 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX at $253,000
2. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe at $242,000
3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe at $231,000
4. 1969 Dodge Charger resto mod at $220,000
5. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette resto mod at $220,000
6. 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T at $181,500
7. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Resto Mod at $137,500
8. 1974 Ford Bronco at $137,500
9. 2015 ASVE Shelby Cobra CSX8000 Series at $132,000
10. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe at $126,500

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(All sales include buyer’s fees)

Mecum’s next auction will be in Louisville on  Sept. 20-21 at the Kentucky Exposition Center with 600 vehicles slated to cross the auction block, followed by the Mecum Las Vegas auction slated for Oct. 10-12 with 1,000 vehicles and a selection of investment-grade collectible guitars. For more 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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