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).
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
(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.