Mecum Auctions Dallas Going On Now Through September 7
Car Pro | September 5, 2019
1969 Dodge Daytona. Lot F136. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Mecum Auctions is back in Dallas this week and with it comes a number of impressive collections and memorability.
From North Texas, The Henry Lewis Collection
Most people have heard the phrase “I’ll meet you at 2 in the morning if I know you’re coming.” That was the promise of Chevy Dealer Henry Lewis of Canton. Mr. Lewis sold his dealership and is now selling 28 of his prized possessions:
It’s sometimes said that the best things come in pairs, and the same is true for The Double Trouble Collection. When it came to collecting cars, the family behind this selection had one criterion that couldn’t be beat: when in doubt, buy them both. And, as you can see by the resulting assemblage, that is exactly what they did.
Each of the 22 lots can be viewed as one part of a fairly obvious and complementary pairing. Available at no reserve, this collection features a variety that will make it nearly impossible for bidders to select just one for purchase, and with so many pairs available, they won’t have to. From Chevrolets to Fords to Toyotas, The Double Trouble Collection has both vintage and modern makes and models with plenty of power on tap.
When it comes to picking just one, the choice can be as simple as selecting red over blue paint, or more difficult, like deciding between a convertible and a coupe. Either way, the options are there. No matter the decision, each individual car has its own noteworthy attributes. For instance, the 1991 Chevrolet K1500 Pickup comes with only 9,143 miles on the odometer, and of the two frame-off restored Chevrolet Camaro Z28s, choices include a 1968 model in Butternut Yellow or a ’71 in Classic Copper. There are even two GTOs in the mix, with the slick Burgundy 1970 Ram Air IV existing as one of just 627 produced.
Decisions can be difficult, and with a collection of such desirable drivers like this one, the stakes are raised even higher. Since you’ll be seeing double at the Mecum Dallas 2019 auction, make sure to take one of these beauties home. And, if you have trouble deciding, you can always just purchase both.
This summer has been hot, but the economy is hotter. And that is a primary reason why oil contractor Tommy Cronk is selling some of his best American performance cars at the upcoming Mecum Dallas event. Cronk, whose actual business is laying cross-country pipelines up to 24 inches in size, has decided that with business booming, something needed to give; therefore, now is the time to let some of the machinery in his collection go.
“My business is happening right now, and frankly, I am spending a lot of time managing it,” Cronk explained. “It was time to sell some cars. Not everything; I’ve picked out what I think should do well, and I’ve still got some cars I’m having restored. I’ve always loved these cars.”
Starting with a classic ’32 Ford pickup, Cronk has built many Rods and completed many restorations over the past half-century. In fact, he still uses the same Fuelie 283 CI Chevrolet engine from a project in high school reinstalled in a ’51 Chevrolet tribute, and he retains a penchant for special Chevrolet engine combinations to this day. His automobile preferences, in general, are widely encompassing, and his varied collection reflects his diverse interests. While many of the cars being offered are competition focused, there are several pre-1970 Bowtie bruisers as well.
“Well, as a kid and in my 20s, I always liked to go to drag races but never did much racing myself. The drivers of the old Super Stocks and FX cars were the guts and glory back then. I thought it would be neat to own them, so I have a little bit of everything. The lightweight Mopars, the Hemi and Max Wedge cars, were always interesting and won a lot, so I own a few of them as well.”
Additionally stocked with four low-mileage and modern American supercars, the Tommy Cronk Collection presents an opportunity for fans of all kinds of world-class performance cars to secure one of their own, so don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the summer heat while reaping the collectible benefits of a hot economy this September in Dallas.