Classic Car Watch
Before & After - A Look At Mecum's Dallas Auction (Sept 3-6)

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

October 1, 2014
By Scott Lewis

It is time for another Before & After analysis of a Mecum Classic Car Auction. If you will recall from my previous coverage of the Mecum Indianapolis & Mecum Houston auctions, I look at the cars listed before the auction and predict what they will sell for. I typically look for cars I expect I could afford if I had $15-20K to spend.

The goal is to see if an affordable classic could be purchased at a large auction. For Indianapolis I was looking at high end Chevelles, due to a request form a reader. This month we are back to report on affordable cars. I poured over Mecum's web site looking at cars listed for the Dallas Auction (on the weekend of September 3-6, 2014).

This time I took a slightly different approach. I set a firm budget of $20,000. However, this had to be enough to pay for everything; registration fees, buyer's fees, etc. There would be no going over $20k. Here is quick break down on the fees (assuming a "hammer" price of $15,000):

  • Hammer Price = $15,000
  •  Buyers Fee (8% of $15,000) = $1,200
  •  Sales Tax (6.25% of $16,200 = $1,012.50)
  •  Bidding Registration = $100
  •  Total = $17,312.50

Working backwards with a $20k budget means the most I could bid is $17,300, which brings all fees to $19,951.75.

Similar to the Houston auction I tagged 5 favorites. These are the cars I really want to bid on. The rest are cars I am mildly interested in, and would only bid on if it were a screaming deal. And there are some higher priced cars I am just curious to see how they did.

So let's see what we have from the Dallas auction.

1987 BMW M6 (Lot W46)

- 3.5/256 HP, 5-Speed
- Rare 1987 Shark Nose M
- Believe to be 94,000 original miles
- Original paint
- Clean CarFax

Pre-Auction Notes: I really like this body style. These are hard to pin down on price. I have seen these go for anywhere from as little as $6,000 to over $25K. It is also the first car to go on the block on my list. I would only bid on this car if I thought it was a bargain. I suspect this car will go over the $10K I would be willing to bid.

My Range: $7,000 - $10,000

Results: $10,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: I am a little surprised. I kind of expected this car to go for more. Yet here it is in my bidding range. I still would have passed unless the in person inspection was really nice.

1964 Chevrolet Malibu SS (Lot W55)

- Real SS with authentic 458 VIN code
- 283/195 HP engine
- Muncie 4-speed transmission with reverse lockout
- Ermine White paint with Medium Red interior
- Aftermarket radio/CD player hidden in glove box
- Aftermarket under-dash air conditioner
- Chrome 18x9" wheels and new tires
- Power steering
- HEI ignition
- Factory push button radio and factory SS wheel covers included
- Restoration done by Red Carpet Auto Service

Pre-Auction Notes: This is a pipe dream. A real SS is out of my budget. But with only a 283 engine with less than 200 (gross) horsepower I can hope this will escape the eyes of collectors, and allow a true enthusiast on a budget a chance to snag it.

My Range: Just Curious

Results: Pending

Final Thoughts: I assume "pending" means it did not sell at auction, but it could still be for sale through the auction company. Darn... I will never know.

1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra (Lot W58)

- 302 CI engine
- 4-speed transmission
- Nice interior
- 17" wheels and tires

Pre-Auction Notes: Yea, I know... these are terrible cars. Just remember, as bad as they were they made more 1974 Mustang IIs then they did any year from 1968-1973. Plus I am curious. The car looks wrong with those wheels. I would only buy this if it were a bargain.

My Range: $8,000 - $10,000

Results: $5,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: I am a little surprised this did not go higher. I could see bidding on this. At this price I might be able to come home with two cars. Hmmm. Like this and the 76 Grand Prix below. That would be a weird pair of cars to add to a collection.

1968 Chevrolet Impala (Lot W68)

- 327 CI, Automatic
- Numbers matching original car
- New paint
- New seat cover
- Same as it came from the factory
- 132,000 miles, was redone at 100,000 miles bottom to top
- Factory air conditioning still works
- AM radio still works

Pre-Auction Notes: This seems like it could be one of those cars that are just too plain to fetch big money. It reminds me of the Biscaynes with big blocks that fetch tons of money. Could this car fly under the radar and sell for an affordable price? Of course, I would make a cool project car out of this and eventually have it look like a stripper Biscayne. I suspect this car could be had for under $17.3K, but I don't like it that much. I am capping my bid for this at $12k.

My Range: $10,000 - $12,000

Results: $12,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Just a touch over what I would have bid. Depending on the condition person I could see buying this car.

1968 Ford Mustang (Lot W77)

- Matching numbers 289 CI C-code engine
- Automatic transmission
- Believed to be 70,900 miles
- Power steering
- Royal Maroon with original Black interior

Pre-Auction Notes: I am a sucker for 65-68 Mustangs. Coupes are all my budget will allow. From the last couple of auctions I have looked at I don't think I will be able to get this car. It will probably sell for around $20K give or take a couple grand. I also don't like it enough to tag it as a favorite, and won't bid my maximum on it.

My Range: $10,000 - $14,000

Results: High Bid $10,000

Final Thoughts: So... it seems I was about right... but it did not sell.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot W85)

- Almost everything from the firewall forward has been replaced
- Chromed 454 CI engine
- 4-speed transmission
- Edelbrock 800 carburetor
- New plugs, new wires and new alternator
- New brake master cylinder
- Red paint with Black interior

Pre-Auction Notes: I love C3 Corvettes. I don't think I could find decent chrome bumper car (68-72) under $20k. But a 73 with 1 chrome bumper? I have to wonder. I am sure the 454 - 4 speed combination will skyrocket this past my budget, so I am not planning on it. I just want to know what it sells for.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $12,750 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: I am stunned. Even though I was just curious, I would have bid on this car at this price. Unless the condition was poor or something.

1991 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot W91)

- 1 of 163 automatics built with Z07 adjustable suspension
- Repainted original color four years ago
- New interior six years ago
- Recently repaired air conditioning
- 3 year old ZR1 wheels
- Garage kept
- Driven on weekends only
- Clean CarFax

Pre-Auction Notes: I only mildly like the C4 Corvettes. But the adjustable suspension intrigues me, so I just want to know how this cars does. I would bid on it if it were a bargain. We don't know the mileage (we would get that at the auction), but considering that I could get a 90-92 Corvette with under 100k miles all day long on AutoTrader for $9-12K, I can't see spending a lot on this car for that one cool option.

My Range: $9,000 - $12,000 (Just Curious!)

Results: $7,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Again... stunned. This was likely a bargain and might have got me to bid on it... especially if I had already bid on the Mustang II above.

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Lot W95)

- 6.8/400 HP engine
- Ekstensive Metalworks Air Ride suspension
- Wilwood drilled and slotted rotors
- Dakota Digital gauges
- Custom Mercedes Gunmetal paint with Ghost racing stripes
- Matching powder-coated wheels
- New upholstery
- Custom console with navigation
- Alpine sound system
- Air conditioning

Pre-Auction Notes: I love the 1st Gen Monte Carlo. This car is too high end to fit in my budget. And I don't like it a ton. The wheels don't go well with the car, and the dash... well I could live with the digital part, I don't like the black. Where's the original fake wood grain dash?

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: High Bid $17,000

Final Thoughts: This would have been right at the top of my budget. And it didn't sell. I figured with the equipment in it the seller would want at least $20k. In this case though, I think the market adjusted his expectations.

1967 Chevrolet Caprice (Lot W109)

- 396 CI
- Automatic

Pre-Auction Notes: Another Biscayne wanna-be. Why no description? I like it. Granted, I am not in the market for this type of car, so it would have to sell pretty cheap to get me to skip waiting for a favorite below. I suspect this will go for $18-$22k, but I won't go that high. The big block and what looks like 16k miles will drive the price up.

My Range: $10,000 - $14,000

Results: Not On Site Anymore

Final Thoughts: This car must have been removed from the auction.

1967 Ford Galaxie XL Convertible (Lot W128)

- 289/200 HP engine
- 3-speed transmission
- Power convertible top
- Air conditioning
- Paint code M2041 Lime Gold
- Original AM radio
- Deluxe wheel covers
- New tires

Pre-Auction Notes: Story time... I test drove a car almost exactly like this when I was looking for my first car. Same body style, same color, and a convertible. Though the car I drove had an automatic and I don't think it had A/C. Ahh... this car's A/C looks aftermarket. At least the compressor is. I am very curious how much this will go for. It looks very nice in the photos. I suspect it will go for more than my range for it.

My Range: $10,000 - $14,000

Results: $12,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: I was right on the money with this car. A little surprising. I thought it might go higher. This would make a great classic convertible cruiser. Good buy.

1973 Plymouth Duster (Lot W134)

- Paint by Show Image Customs of Tulsa, OK
- FJ5 Sublime Green
- 360 CI engine
- TorqueFlite automatic transmission
- 8 3/4 Sure Grip
- 13,000 miles on performance engine rebuild
- 8,000 miles on performance transmission rebuild
- Interior completely redone
- Interior wrapped in sound deadener products
- In-dash Auto Meter gauges
- Alpine, Ocala and JL Audio sound system with custom sub enclosure

Pre-Auction Notes: Dusters are supposed to be the last of the affordable Mopars. These are getting harder and harder to pin down on if they will be affordable or not. I suspect this will go over $20K. I personally don't think it is worth that.

My Range: $12,000 - $14,000

Results: High Bid $12,500

Final Thoughts: See... it should have sold for this, but Mopars people think everything should be pricey. Not so in this case.

1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula (Lot W140)

- PHS documentation
- 54,000 mile car
- Other than what appears to be a partial repaint and replacement
     of a few wearable items, the balance of the car including interior has
     survived for 44 years
- Factory features include:
- Power steering
- Power disc brakes
- Factory air conditioning
- Power windows
- 350 CI V-8

Pre-Auction Notes: A Formula... but with a 350 and not the 400. Could that get the price affordable? I doubt it. I suspect this will shoot way past my range and budget. But I have to know.

My Range: $12,000 - $15,000

Results: $14,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Right in my price range. I have to say... even though this is not one of my favorites... I think I might had bid and won this car at this price.

1972 Buick GS (Lot W141)

- 350 CI, Automatic
- Purchased from the original owner
- Believed to be 31,000 miles
- Original New Jersey title
- Original window sticker
- Factory air conditioning
- Bucket seat with floor shift
- Front disc brakes
- Gauge package
- Rally wheels

Pre-Auction Notes: Like the Formula 350 Firebird above... we hope having only a 350 will keep this car affordable. Probably not. I suspect it will get pretty close to $20k, give or take a couple grand.

My Range: $12,000 - $15,000

Results: $18,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: As expected... too rich for my blood.

1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Lot W158)

- Comprehensive restoration
- Pontiac 400 CI engine with performance upgrades
- Turbo 350 transmission with shift kit
- 3.73 Positraction rear end
- Hurst T-Tops
- Honeycomb wheels
- Electric exhaust cutouts
- Upgraded stereo system with subwoofers

Pre-Auction Notes: No chance. I just want to know what it goes for.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $18,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Actually... not bad. Just a tad out of my budget, but promising for a future decision.

1976 Pontiac Grand Prix (Lot W161)

- One owner car
- Matching numbers 350 CI engine
- Automatic transmission
- Red with White top
- Red interior
- Stored in garage since new
- Original dealer window sticker
- Dealer installed CB radio

Pre-Auction Notes: Story time... I basically learned to drive on this car. My mom had a 1976 Grand Prix. In the years from 1980 - 1986 I put more miles on that Grand Prix than all the other cars I drove during those years... combined. So there is a huge nostalgia for this car. Now... my mother absolutely, 100% hated the color red. So I have to make this favorite #5 just for that (those who no me know why). My mom's car was triple black. I hate the huge ass bumpers. I have to wonder if a custom body shop could cut them down and rechrome them and make them look cool (like 72). Although I tagged this as a favorite, I would still only bid if it was a bargain. The car basically sucks. It weighs around 4500 pounds and only has the super weak 350 engine (like my mom's car did). If it had a 400 I would bid higher. As it is this car is only a nostalgia thing for me. There is no performance potential in it like a nice 70-72 model J with a 400 or 455.

My Range: $5,000 - $7,500

Results: $11,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Nostalgia only goes so far. I could not see bidding this high on this car. It would have to have a 400 to get me over $8,000.

2002 Ford Thunderbird (Lot T73)

- Thunderbird Blue paint and interior trim
- Convertible with matching hardtop
- 18,150 miles
- Texas car since new

Pre-Auction Notes: I have a friend with a car just like this. This is the color I will get a T-Bird in some day. Teal with the two-tone teal interior!!! This car should break my budget. With the low miles this car could break the $20K barrier. I am mostly just curious.

My Range: $14,000 - $16,000

Results: $22,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: I kind of suspected it would go a bit high with the low mileage.

1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary (Lot T85)

- Matching numbers L48 350/185 HP engine
- 4-speed transmission
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Factory air conditioning
- Polished alloy wheels
- B2Z Silver Anniversary
- Rare Red leather interior
- Rare low option car
- Believed to be 38,000 actual miles
- Previous owner for 26 years

Pre-Auction Notes: If it had the silver interior I would bid on it. I suspect this will go sailing past my budget with the 4 speed and low miles (even if it does not have the L-82).

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $14,000; Buyer's Fee: $1,120; Sales Tax: $925; Bidding Reg: $100

Final Price: $16,165

Final Thoughts: I am pleasantly surprised. In fact... had I been there... I could see myself buying this car at this price.

1977 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot T100)

- Matching numbers 350/210 HP L82 engine
- 4-speed transmission
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Factory air conditioning
- AM/FM radio with 8-Track player
- Tilt/telescopic steering column
- Power windows
- Aluminum wheels
- T-Tops
- Last owner for 14 years
- Believed to be 46,000 actual miles

Pre-Auction Notes: Again, I suspect the L-82 & 4-speed to take this right out of my budget. But I have to know.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $17,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Interesting. Just $200 over my budget. Would I have whipped out a credit card for that last $200?

1967 Pontiac Firebird (Lot T111)

- Believed to be 98,000 miles
- 4-barrel overhead valve six cylinder engine
- Factory 3-speed floor shifter and console
- Limited slip rear end
- Factory traction bars
- Original sheet metal
- Power steering
- Original interior
- Air conditioning
- No rust or floor pan work
- Front dual piston disc brakes
- Aluminum finned rear brake drums
- Rally II wheels
- Correct redline tires

Pre-Auction Notes: I love the Sprint 6 in these cars. A/C is a huge plus. This would have been a bargain car 10-15 years ago. But as the high performance cars get higher and higher in price, it elevates these cars. I suspect it will go over my budget pretty fast. But I can hope. So much so I will tag this as favorite #2.

My Range: $14,000 - $17,300

Results: $19,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: As expected... this one went past my budget.

1966 Ford Mustang (Lot T117)

- Believed to be 58,000 original miles
- 289 CI 2-barrel
- 3-speed automatic
- Factory air conditioning
- Original interior
- No rust

Pre-Auction Notes: Favorite #1: This would have been a totally plain used car from 1968-whenever. Now it is probably going to cost more than I can afford. But I am tagging it as a favorite. It is my favorite car of all the cars listed here. I would love a car like this for simple cruising to Cars & Coffee events, and just all my weekend driving. Some day I will get one, but would it be at this Mecum auction?

My Range: $14,000 - $17,300

Results: $15,500; Buyer's Fee: $1,240; Sales Tax: $1,046; Bidding Reg: $100

Final Price: $17,886

Final Thoughts: I am amazed... and my faith in getting an afford, nice Mustang as been restored. I would have bought this car had I made it this far.

1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible (T156)

- Eliminator replica
- 351/250 HP Windsor V-8 engine
- Automatic transmission
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Air conditioning
- New Robbins power top
- Refinished in Eliminator White with correct style graphics
- Flat Black hood scoop
- Flat Black rear spoiler
- Vintage style Torq Thrust wheels
- BF Goodrich radial TA tires
- Rim Blow steering wheel
- Bucket seats
- Full console

Pre-Auction Notes: This is past my favorite Mustang. It could make a consolation prize if I didn't buy something before now. I still suspect I can't afford it.

My Range: $12,000 - $16,000

Results: High Bid $23,000

Final Thoughts: I was right... I could not afford it. But I also think the seller missed an opportunity here. It should have sold.

1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (Lot T161)

- 350/185 HP, 4-Speed
- Z28 with 55,853 original miles
- Factory build sheet
- Original warranty booklet
- Matching numbers 350 motor
- 4-speed transmission
- 3.73 rear axle gears
- Power brakes
- Power steering
- Tachometer and gauges
- Original interior bucket seats and console
- New base/clear coat paint and correct striping
- BF Goodrich TA radial tires
- Tilt wheel
- Owner history from new
- Built in Van Nuys, California
- Z28 with original documentation

Pre-Auction Notes: These were "it" when I was in high school. And because of that and the 4 speed and the low mileage I doubt I could afford it on the budget set here. Plus it does not have A/C. I suspect it will reach $20k, maybe a little more.

My Range: $12,000 - $15,000

Results: $18,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: It did not go quite as high as I expected... but still higher than I would bid on it.

1979 Pontiac Trans Am (Lot T164)

- Factory 4-speed transmission
- 4.9L engine
- Only 1,532 4.9L 4-speed cars were produced in 1979
- Factory air conditioning
- Factory power steering
- WS6 handling package
- Factory T-tops
- Original working AM/FM 8-track stereo
- Original build sheet
- 4-wheel power disc brakes

Pre-Auction Notes: Late 70's Trans Ams are definitely out of my budget in nice condition. But... this is a 4.9, not a 6.6 Liter or a T/A 6.6. That could bring the price down to within my budget. I also like the 79 better than the 77-78 from the original Smokey and the Bandit movie. I want this car, so much so I am going to tag this car as favorite #3. If you look close at the pictures you will see that the hood scoop has the T/A 6.6 decals. Shame, shame, shame. That means we have to at least add a really nice Magnaflow exhaust to this car so it sounds like it has a 6.6.

My Range: $14,000 - $17,300

Results: $27,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Holy Crap!!! I saw other Trans Ams with 6.6 engines that went for less than this one. This must have been in pristine condition to fetch this much.

1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (Lot T200)

- Matching numbers
- LT1 5.7/275 HP V-8 engine
- Automatic transmission
- Believed to be 84,738 miles
- Original factory hot rod

Pre-Auction Notes: My baby! I bought one of these new and I sold it to pay for XMas one year (it had not been running for about a year at the time I sold it). I will get one of these someday... preferably in this color. Though I can't see paying a lot for it. The mileage is decent, but not really low. This car should be able to be had for under $10K. But you never know since I am not at the auction to inspect the car.

My Range: $8,000 - $11,000

Results: $7,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Sold!!! Oops... I would have already bought the Mustang above. Next time.

1983 Oldsmobile Hurst Edition (Lot T221)

- Rare Anniversary Edition
- 5.0L V-8 engine
- Automatic transmission
- Believed to be 42,000 miles
- Two-tone Black and Silver
- Maroon cloth interior
- Lighting Rod factory shifter

Pre-Auction Notes: Some day I may get one of these. Not today. This is the color combination I prefer. I just want to see how it will do. I like the mileage.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $12,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Sweet! If I was in the market for this car I would have bought it.

1997 Lexus ES300 (Lot T238)

- Believed to be 60,884 miles
- Leather interior
- New tires
- Automatic transmission

Pre-Auction Notes: If you read my May 2014 Car Corner or Classic Watch columns, you know I want one of these. Under 61K miles is nice. This should sell for around $8,000.

My Range: $5,000 - $7,000 (any more and I will shop AutoTrader)

Results: $7,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Wow... was I close or what.

1964 Studebaker Avanti R2 (Lot T253)

- Believed to be 6,542 miles
- Automatic on floor

Pre-Auction Notes: Got to love that old school Paxton Supercharger! This is going to be an expensive car. I just want to know what it sells for.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $50,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Yep... expensive.

1967 Ford Mustang (Lot T302)

- Original 289 CI engine
- Automatic transmission
- Repainted original Candy Apple Red
- Original bucket seats with console
- New aftermarket air conditioning
- New aluminum radiator
- Dual exhaust
- 14" tires with Cragar SS wheels
- Factory hubcaps

Pre-Auction Notes: There is no reason this car should not be affordable. It's just a plain Mustang and not even original. But Mecum and Mustangs never seem to work out with me. We'll see how this one does.

My Range: $12,000 - $15,000

Results: Pending

Final Thoughts: And we'll never know.

1968 Pontiac Firebird (Lot F10)

- Original 350 CI engine
- Original Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission
- Magnaflow dual exhaust
- Believed to be 42,300 miles
- Cover car of Paddock Firebird Catalog P6F1
- Rare strato bench seat
- Title history from new
- Protect-O-Plate
- Original body broadcast sheet
- One repaint of Meridian Turquoise in 1995
- Original splatter paint in trunk
- Black vinyl top
- Dealer key chain
- Dealer license plate bracket

Pre-Auction Notes: Way too nice.. which means way too pricey. But I have to know what it sells for.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: High Bid $27,000

Final Thoughts: Not surprised.

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (Lot F21)

- Highly original
- 35,806 miles
- LT4 engine
- 6 Speed
- #459 of 1,000 built
- 1 of 217 made with Torch Red interior
- 1 of 91 with F45 suspension
- Car is near perfect

Pre-Auction Notes: This is the Corvette to get if you want a C4. I have seen these at affordable prices. With so little mileage I suspect this will soar past my budget pretty quickly.

My Range: $15,000 - $17,300

Results: High Bid $24,000

Final Thoughts: Not surprised.

1965 Ford Mustang (Lot F23)

- 289 CI engine
- Automatic
- 39,000 actual miles
- Rotisserie restoration
- Red oxide floor pans
- HiPo exhaust manifolds
- OEM trumpet exhaust
- Vintage Air
- Power steering
- Steel-styled wheels
- Center console
- Rangoon Red with Red interior
- Restoration photos

Pre-Auction Notes: We have a true conundrum here. This is just a plain Mustang coupe. It should be very affordable. But it had a "rotisserie restoration." That's expensive. And the mileage... is that since new? But it also is not stock. Aftermarket A/C and trumpet exhaust (which went on the GT). So is it affordable or not? I really have no idea. I would bid on it, but suspect it will go our of my price range.

My Range: $14,000 - $17,300

Results: $26,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Yea, that rotisserie restoration brought in the bucks.

1966 Chevrolet Resto Mod Pickup (Lot F53)

- Frame-off restoration
- 5.3 Gen III LS engine
- 4160E automatic transmission
- DH1 Billet valve cover and coil covers
- Pacesetter ceramic coated long tube headers
- Stainless Magnaflow mufflers
- EFI fuel system
- Aftermarket under dash air conditioning
- Power brakes
- Front disc brakes
- CPP drop spindles
- CPP rear drop kit
- CPP trac locator
- Coker paint matched wheel
- Coker wide whites
- Stained wood bed
- New bench seat
- New Gunmetal carpet
- Sony sound system

Pre-Auction Notes: Curious only! Not my cup of tea... but I have to know.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $39,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Ouch!

1965 Ford Mustang (Lot F76)

- 289 CI engine
- C-code car
- C4 automatic transmission
- Bright White paint
- New standard Black interior
- 14" five spoke Cragar wheels
- Dunlop tires

Pre-Auction Notes: Here we go again. There is nothing special about this Mustang. But Mecum & Mustangs... I just don't get them. This car should be my #1 favorite. But I can't do it because I suspect if I waited this late into the auction for this car I would be outbid... for no damn good reason.

My Range: $12,000 - $15,000

Results: High Bid $15,000

Final Thoughts: What? It should have sold for this.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe (Lot F133)

- 1970 Camaro 2nd generation
- Factory air conditioning
- Automatic transmission
- Tune port V-8
- New paint strips
- New tires with Z28 wheels
- Modern drivetrain with classic style

Pre-Auction Notes: Another problem. Plain 2nd Gen Camaros should be affordable. But this one got a "later" model fuel injected motor. Granted, this motor went out of production in Camaros in 1992. So it's not like it has an LS motor, which would be really cool. So I really have no idea what this should go for. I suspect it would be a bargain, but I have been wrong before.

My Range: $14,000 - $16,000

Results: $16,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: Nice price. I like it.

1980 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (F134)

- L48 350/190 HP engine
- Automatic transmission
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Factory air conditioning
- AM/FM radio
- Tilt/telescopic steering column
- Power windows
- Power door locks
- Leather seats
- Mirrored glass T-Tops
- Polished aluminum wheels

Pre-Auction Notes: We are late into the auction now (at least for potentially affordable cars). So why not. This should be an affordable C3 Corvette. I don't see anything special in its description or the photos. Just a clean Corvette. It should be a nice consolation price to the cars above if they go too high. And since I only have 4 favorites above... this is going to be favorite #4.

My Range: $9,000 - $12,000

Results: $19,500 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: What?!? I have no idea why this would go for so much.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot S48)

- 350 CI V-8 engine
- Automatic transmission
- Aluminum wheels
- Glass T-Tops
- BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires
- Beige with Camel leather interior
- Power steering and brakes
- Power windows and locks
- Power mirrors and seat
- CB radio

Pre-Auction Notes: Oh look, another consolation car. Another plain, but nice late C3 Corvette. Not as nice as the black one above, but nothing wrong as far as I can tell. Oh, and we had to wait until the last day of the auction for this one.

My Range: $8,000 - $11,000

Results: $12,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: A tad high, but reasonable.

1986 Buick Grand National (Lot S66)

- A real Buick Grand National
- Intercooled 3.8 SFI V-6 turbocharged engine
- Automatic transmission, T-Tops
- Power windows, locks, tilt, cruise and air conditioning
- Bucket seats with factory console
- Believed to be 9,000 original mile
- It has always been garaged kept, meticulously maintained,
     adult owned and driven its entire life
- A very solid car

Pre-Auction Notes: I like these, and they can be had for affordable money some times. But one with 9k miles. This is expected to go for good money. I would guess $40-50K. It's not a GNX, otherwise it would be even higher.

My Range: Just Curious!

Results: $29,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: A bargain!

1972 Pontiac Firebird Esprit (Lot S76)

- Orange exterior
- Brown interior
- 350 CI 4-barrel engine
- Automatic transmission
- Rust free
- White vinyl top
- New tires

Pre-Auction Notes: I have to wonder here. This is a plain Firebird. Not a Formula or Trans Am. It even has a non-stock Formula hood. Yet Mecum put it on Saturday so you would expect it to be a high priced item. Am I missing something here. I don't even like the color combination that much. I can't imaging that this will actually sell in my price range, but I also don't know why. Maybe it is super nice or something. An inspection should help, which I can't do. It is a no reserve car as well. Which also makes me wonder.

My Range: $12,000 - $15,000

Results: $16,000 (hammer price)

Final Thoughts: No comment.

1973 Opel GT (Lot S153)

- Comprehensive restoration
- Getrag 5-speed upgrade
- Weber carburetor
- New paint
- Upgraded low comp hydraulic lifters
- New interior
- Original engine

Pre-Auction Notes: When I saw this car I initially assumed our last consolation car. These are still affordable. Then I read "comprehensive restoration" and start to wonder. Mecum also saved it for Saturday, so they must expect a lot from it. But really... these cars are supposed to be affordable. If I was there I would bid. But I don't think I would get it. Just a feeling.

My Range: $10,000 - $15,000

Results: Not On Site Anymore

Final Thoughts: This car must have been removed from the auction.


So... there are two cars I would have bid on for sure at this auction. I priced those two cars down to the exact dollar to buy them. Yes... you can still get affordable, nice cars at a large auction.

2017... I'll be there.