Overall sales for Mecum’s 10th annual Houston collector car auction achieved a 43 percent boost over December’s results in the Texas city, hitting a total of $21 million (results include auction fees) and an 86 percent sell-through rate for the 726 vehicles offered during the 3-day event.
Leading the charge was a 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T with an auction-topping sale of $231,000. The hardtop is one of just 264 Hemi Charger R/Ts produced in 1968 with an automatic transmission, and the only known automatic example produced in Dark Blue Metallic.
The Charger was followed by two late-model Mercedes-Benz camper vans, which reflected what the auction company called “the rising interest in living in a more mobile and minimalistic fashion.” Selling for $181,500 was a rugged custom 2016 example named “Bruce Banner,” with a more-luxurious 2019 Sprinter model going for $176,000.
Six out of the 10 top-selling vehicles at the auction were built since 2015, including two Corvettes, a 2019 ZR1 that went for $165,000 and a 2021 Z51 convertible at $140,250. A 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon sold for $143,000 and a 2015 Ferrari California T also hit $143,000.
The top 10 sales for the Houston 2021 auction were:
1. 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T at $231,000
2. 2016 Mercedes-Benz custom camper van at $181,500
3. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at $176,000
4. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible at $165,000
5. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S cabriolet at $148,500
6. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at $143,000
7. 2015 Ferrari California T at $143,000
8. 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 convertible at $140,250
9. 1972 Intermeccanica Spyder at $137,500
10. 1967 Chevrolet Chevy II hardtop at $132,000
(All results include auction fees)
Mecums holds its 30th annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle auction in Las Vegas from April 28 to May 1, with 1,750 bikes expected. The 34th annual Original Spring Classic takes place May 14-22 in Indianapolis, which will include among about 2,500 vehicles the personal collection of Parnelli Jones and his famed, Baja 1000-winning 1969 Ford Bronco known as “Big Oly.”
For more information, visit the Mecum website.