Mecum Auctions is headed back to Houston in April. It will hold its sixth consecutive Mecum Houston collector-car auction from April 6-8 at NRG Arena. An estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, Corvettes, classics, Hot Rods, Resto Mods will turn heads on the auction block. Oh, and the Houston Auto Show will be setting up shop just across the parking lot at the NRG Center, April 5-9. So great timing all around.
Main auction attractions include a pair of 2015 Lamborghinis. One is a red-with-tan-interior Huracan with a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine and 7-speed automatic transmission. The second is a black-with-tan-interior, custom-ordered Aventador with a Power Craft exhaust upgrade. This pair is complemented by a duo of Resto Mod projects by Jeff Hayes of American Speed Shop: one, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod with a new 500-HP GM LS3 engine that has a 5-speed automatic transmission and a professionally fabricated chassis with C5 front and C6 rear suspension. The other is the first and only Camaro built by Jeff: a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Resto Mod featuring an LS3 hot-cam crate engine and a Tremec 5-speed transmission.
Other featured consignments are from the LaQuay Automobile Collection. More than 50 featured vehicles include a 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello, a 2005 Ford GT with all four options and only 4,000 miles, and a 2002 Shelby Cobra 40th Anniversary which is number five of 40 built. All vehicles will be offered with no reserve.
Among the most significant cars in the collection is a quartet of matching-numbers vehicles: a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, and a 1970 Chevelle LS6. The collection also includes Packards and other classics, muscle cars from the ’60s and ‘70s, eight Corvettes, seven Mustangs, several street rods, and also a 1951 Crosley Fire Truck.
The auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators. Bidder registration is available online in advance for $100, $200 after auction start, and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online once the auction begins; three-day passes are $60. Children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission.
Doors open each day at 8 a.m. with the vehicle auction beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 6 and at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 7-8. Road Art begins 30 minutes prior to vehicles. NBC Sports Network will broadcast portions of live auction coverage all three days of the event; a live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com. Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
San Antonio is also getting in on the collector-car auction action this spring.
Dan Kruse Classics will bring the San Antonio Autorama and Collector Car Auction to the Freeman Expo Hall from March 24-26. The actual classic car auction takes place on March 25.
There will be some star “car power” there, too, of Skidmarks & CNBC’s The Car Chasers fame. Host Jeff Allen will tape his podcast on-site at the show along with KISS-FM co-host Ethan Demetrius. Meggan Bailey will be on hand too. They are also bringing Allen’s 1974 custom Chevrolet Corvette to sell on March 25. It’s the custom build of Kevin Dillion HBO Entourage fame.
Another collection worth noting is the Chip Calcari Collection from Boerne, Texas. Classic muscle cars include a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Two Door Post; a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Two Door Wagon; a 1959 Chevrolet Apache 4×4 Fleetside Pickup; a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 327 Coupe; a 1966 Ford Ranchero Pickup; a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible; a 1968 Dodge Dart GT Convertible; a 1968 Ford Galaxie Country Sedan Wagon; a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback; a 1969 AMC AMX 2DRHT; a 1969 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible and a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible.
We also have to mention the Dr. Don Ellis No Reserve Collection from Salado, Texas. It will feature nine classics including the most influential car of the 20th Century, a 1925 Ford Model T Roadster. It’s one of the most sought after cars today. You can also feast your eyes on a 1929 Ford Model A Roadster; a 1936 Ford Model 68 Sedan; a 1947 Ford Deluxe Coupe; a 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet; a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II; a 1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible; a 1963 Ford Falcon Convertible and a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III.
It’s not all classic cars either. There are hot rods, custom pickups, and motorcycles, too. They include 1978 Hodaka 250 Dual Purpose Sport Bike; a 1928 Ford Model A Hot Road Landau Coupe; a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Two Door Hardtop; a rare 2012 Royal Enfield Moto Bullet Motorcycle; a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible; a 1960 Chevrolet El Camino “Caramba” Custom Pickup and a 2013 Harley Davidson Heritage Soft tail motorcycle. All will sell with no reserve.
If you go, make sure you also check out the 2016 and 2017 Ridler Award winners from the Detroit Autorama: a 1933 Ford “Renaissance Roadster” and a 1939 Oldsmobile Model 60 Convertible “Olds Cool”. They’ll be on display throughout the three-day event.