On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Mecum Auctions rolls back into the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for its sixth-annual collector car auction, offering close to 1,000 vehicles for sale, including cars from six prominent, private collections.
Although it is often difficult to guarantee the sale of an automobile, even a sought-after classic, more than 90 percent of the vehicles that make up one of those private collections—an assemblage of 130 vehicles owned by Ron MacWhorter—are certain to exchange hands, as 120 of them will be offered with no reserve. A few standouts include a 1937 Ford Coupe street rod, a 1939 Buick Century Sport Phaeton and a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that represents MacWhorter’s passion for Chevrolet’s iconic sports car. In fact, MacWhorter will offer more than a dozen Corvettes for sale over the four-day event, including classics from the mid-to-late ’50s and ’60s, as well as modern-day examples from the early 2000s.
As is typical for Mecum, a slew of traditional American muscle cars will also cross the block. Noteworthy examples include a 1969 Dodge Daytona with only 16,000 miles on its odometer; an unrestored 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda equipped with a four-speed transmission; and a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30, which is also being sold in its original condition and features a 370-hp Rocket V-8 engine.
Classic and contemporary European sports cars will also be well represented in Dallas. Porsche enthusiasts will fawn over a 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO—one of only 11 examples built—as well as a 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 4.0, which was constructed specifically for the Brumos Racing team and sports a 450 hp flat-six engine.
Collectors with an affinity for Prancing Horses will no doubt have their sights set on a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, which earned the Ferrari Concours Platinum Award in 1998, while enthusiasts of other Italian marques will likely raise their paddles when a 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder crosses the block.
In 2015, Mecum hammered down 699 vehicles during its four-day Dallas event (held during the middle of September), bringing in US $24,809,893 in sales. The top lot, a 2015 Ford Mustang GT built by Petty’s Garage—the namesake enterprise for NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty—sold for US $535,000, with all proceeds benefiting a charity for paralyzed veterans.
With more than 100 cars being offered at no reserve from one private collection alone, it’s not unrealistic to think that Mecum might exceed the success that it enjoyed in Dallas one year ago.
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.