Counting Down to Mecum Dallas 2021

There are a lot of auctions happening for this time of year. We just watched Fall Auburn and this coming weekend we’ll be seeing Mecum in Dallas, Texas. Some of it will be airing in prime time so you should have an opportunity to catch the bidding live. And that prime time slot will really matter when it comes to the prices on the block. A camera in a bidders face is better at getting another bid than all the free drinks the auction has.

There are plenty of cars in Dallas that we’re excited to watch on the block, but four in particular jump out at us and we want to share them now. We’ll cover some additional cars as the week progresses.

This Boss 429 is about the nicest example you’ll be able to find. Anywhere. And it’s on offer at Mecum Dallas 2021. This had a frame-off restoration performed and its history can be traced back to the original dealership that sold it in Minneapolis.

This car won a number of awards including MCA Gold and a Diamond status at the Boss Nationals in Tulsa. It’s equipped with pretty much every option package offered and includes a Marti Report as well as photos that document the entire restoration process.

But what we really like about this is the color. Boss 429s in red are just worn out at this point. But Grabber Green? Oh yeah, this will make all the other Boss 429 owners pay attention. It should be very interesting to see what this brings. Ford only built 500 of them for the 1970 model year and the median price is $203,500, although that price has dropped a fair bit in the past year. Will we see this Boss 429 continue the downward trend pricing trend of this car, or will this one jumpstart the market? We’ll find out on Saturday.

This 1970 Plymouth GTX is equipped with the V-code 440 6 BBL engine, rated at 390 horsepower. That is paired with a four-speed manual transmission rocking a factory-equipped pistol grip shifter.

It’s stunning in the factory-correct red paint and is fresh from a rotisserie restoration, during which the engine, transmission, and differential were all rebuilt to ensure this car runs perfectly.

Only 678 of these were built with this engine and the median value is approaching that of a Hemi GTX – $99,500 for this car vs $110,000 for the Hemi. If this crosses the block at the right time of day, with the cameras in the right spots, we might see this break six figures on Saturday in Dallas.

If all we did was tell you that this is a ’78 Ferrari 308 GTS we could understand if you weren’t overly excited. Sure, they’re cool cars, but they’re not the rarest and it’s not as if we’re talking about the QV model that came out later in the 308’s existence.

But you should get excited about this one. It’s in remarkable condition for a car from 1978, due in part to the 7,200 miles it’s driven, along with known ownership dating back to 1997.

Finished in red, with a red leather interior this looks like it’s fresh from a dealership when it was new. This car includes its toolkit and a spare tire and had a major service completed in August 2021, including belts, so the next owner should have a trouble-free experience after buying this Ferrari.

What’s it going to cost though? The median value for a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS is $46,500 – but we’re not talking about a “median” kind of car here. This should sell decently above that price. The question we should really be asking is how many bidders will be on this car the moment it hits the auction block?

This particular ’69 Camaro Pace Car is equipped with the more desirable 396 cubic inch V8 – it was also available with a 350 cubic inch engine. But whoever bought this originally opted for the most power available.

This isn’t the rarest car we’ve ever seen. Chevrolet built 3,675 Camaro Pace Cars for the 1969 model year. But this one has all the history and documentation you could want, as well as sensibly updated air conditioning.

The median value for this car is around $70,000 and we expect that to be the bottom end of acceptable bids on this car when it hits the block at Mecum’s Dallas event.