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Mecum boasts strong sales results for Houston collector car auction

86 percent of the vehicles sold for a total of $21 million

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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.

Mecum boasts strong sales results for  Houston collector car auction
‘Bruce Banner’ is the name given to the custom Mercedes adventure truck

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.

Bob Golfen
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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