Five spectacular pieces of Mopar magic from the collection of Tony D’Agostino will cross the block in January during Mecum’s signature collector car auction in Kissimmee, Florida, where an estimated 3,500 vehicles will be offered during the 11-day event.
D’Agostino, owner of Tony’s Parts in Harrington, Delaware, grew up with Mopar performance. His dad and brother collected the muscle car classics, and his dad, who raced a Max Wedge-powered drag racer in the 1960s, still owns examples of Dodge and Plymouth performance cars, along with his sons.
The D’Agostino Mopars that have been consigned for Kissimmee as Tony D’Agostino “thins the herd” are:
A 1966 Plymouth Hemi Satellite, described as an unrestored time capsule with just 6,000 miles on the odometer. Well-documented and originally owned by jeweler Jesse James, the hardtop is powered by its original 426cid Hemi and 3-speed automatic.
A 1969 Dodge Daytona in fully restored condition, powered by the 385-horsepower 440 cid RB-series Wedge, a multiple-award-winning example of the NASCAR-homologated winged warrior, with its original broadcast sheet.
A 1970 Plymouth Cuda convertible in Vitamin C Orange paint, with a high-revving 340cid V8 and 4-speed manual transmission, shifted via a Pistol Grip. Less than 57,000 miles show on the odometer.
A 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible in well-preserved original condition, with a 383cid V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.
A 1970 Plymouth Superbird in highly original unrestored condition with its correct 440cid Super Commando V8 and 3-speed automatic. Full documentation from its first sale as a new car, with receipts, broadcast sheets and other paperwork.
The story of D’Agostino’s introduction to Mopar muscle describes the roots of his successful parts business.
“D’Agostino got his first car in 1977; a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible that he still owns today,” according to Mecum’s catalog. “As was true of most driving-age youth of the era, he spent considerable time customizing and working on his Road Runner, and he did so by purchasing a 1970 GTX to use for parts exchange.
“Once he’d harvested all he needed from the donor car, D’Agostino sold the remaining parts and found that in doing so, he was able to recoup the money he’d invested. The process served as the inspiration for a part-time business, one that proved so successful that it slowly morphed into a full-time career and independent company.”
For more information about Mecum’s Kissimmee sale, visit the auction website.