Mecum Dallas Results - 2021's Top Ten Most Expensive Sales
Mecum had a strong collector car sale in Dallas this past weekend. Although these are our own preliminary numbers, we believe there haven’t been any changes since we recorded these sales. Overall Mecum sold more than $36,800,000 in Dallas with a very impressive sell-through rate of 86%.
Let’s check out the top ten most expensive cars at Mecum’s Dallas sale.
This Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is in a rather unusual color, almost a lime green that Lamborghini calls “Verde Scandal” but it fits right in with the styling of this all-wheel drive performance machine. Couple with its “Nero Cosmus” interior – with some bright green highlights – and we’ve got the spaceship Lamborghini intended it to be.
The 6.5 L V12 that’s paired with seven-speed semi-automatic transmission has covered fewer than 3,200 miles since new. Of course, new was back in 2019 so if this had five-figure mileage we’d worry about how well it was maintained and how kindly it was driven. But this one, that’s a fair number of miles for a car such as this that’s only a couple years old.
We’re not going to say this was well-bought, as the final price of $660,000 is actually more than its MSRP of roughly $520,000. Of course, when you trick the car out and actually get it out the door with all the options on this example, it’s probably closer to $600,000, but we can’t really say it was well-sold either. Honestly, it’s probably a fair price for this car considering it’s one of only 900 that Lamborghini are going to build.
This 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is about as close to perfect as we’ve ever seen. The Grabber Green paint really catches your attention – normally we see Boss 429s in red or black, rarely green, especially this green. This has all the documentation you could want, along with photos that document the restoration process.
Ford only build 500 Boss 429s for the 1970 model year and there’s no doubt in our minds that this fact helped drive the final price so high. The condition and documentation must have helped too, because the median value for a 1970 Boss 429 is $203,500 – so we have to call this one well-sold, while still congratulating the new owner on a great car.
Mecum estimated that this 1968 Ford Mustang GT500CR 900C Fastback – try saying that five times fast – would sell between $250,000 and $275,000, so well done to the auctioneer and we have to call this one well-sold with a final price of $335,500.
In case you’re confused, no, Ford did not sell a model called the “GT500CR 900C” back in ’68. This car was built by Classic Recreations out of Yukon, Oklahoma. It’s something of a cross between a hotrod Mustang and the sort of Mustang that might be built today – just look at the bodywork on this. But with 770 horsepower and a five-speed manual, we’re sure this will be a blast once the new owner gets it on the road.
More than a decade and nearly half a million dollars went into building this very unique 1956 Chevrolet 210 Custom. It has the style of a 50s-era Chevy with the power and convenience of a modern car, along with a bunch of very slick detail work.
Selling for $253,000, clearly whoever funded this build didn’t make any money on it. But maybe it was the journey, rather than the destination for that person? We hope that the new owner takes it out for a spin every chance available – a car like this is art, but it’s art on wheels that are supposed to moving it down the road!
In 1957 Cadillac was well on their way with the well-known fins that culminated in the 1959 Edorado Biarritz, but this 1957 Edorado Biarritz has some striking fins of its own, albeit not as large as the ones two years later. This particular example is one of just 1,800 built in ’57 and underwent a frame-off, “concours restoration,” which included triple-plating all of the chrome elements of the car.
The 365 cid V8 is the correct, numbers matching one that was originally installed in the car and is paired with an automatic transmission. This particular Eldorado Biarritz has some impressive options including power seats, power windows, power brakes, a power top, and even a power trunk. Not to mention the Autronic Eye – a 50s-era version of automatic headlights.
Selling for a final price of $220,000, this sold for well above the median value of $82,500 and we can understand going above the median price if you absolutely have to own this car – it’s likely the nicest ’57 Eldorado Biarritz you’ll see at an auction. However, if you can live with fewer options or a car that’s more of a driver than a concours-quality car you should be able to find one that’s much closer to the median value. So we’re going to call this one well-sold, while also wishing the new owner lots of fun with their new car!
The Z8 was produced by BMW between 2000 and 2003, so this is a solid mid-run example. It’s not the rarest car – 5,703 Z8s were built – but it also draws attention on the auction block. We think this one drew some particular attention due to it being a one-owner car with just under 10,000 miles on the odometer.
BMW Z8s have a median value of $179,000, slightly down from the previous year, but not a statistically significant drop in value. Seeing this example sell for a final price of $211,750 doesn’t come as much of a surprise as we can’t recall the last time we saw a one-owner Z8 offered for sale. It seems a fair price for a great car.
Yeah… so what’s an RCR GT40? Well, it’s right there in the name – it’s a replica. In fact, this is one of six 1966 RCR Ford GT40 Replicas built for use in the Ford vs Ferrari movie. This specific car portrayed Dan Gurney’s GT40 at Le Mans and the number 88 William Wonder car for the Daytona scenes.
This car, along with its five siblings, were built to the exact specifications of a 1966 Ford GT40 – really, should we expect any less for a movie about the greatest on-track rivalry between manufacturers we’ve ever seen?
Keeping in mind that this isn’t a real GT40, but it’s still a car you could have fun driving on a track, the final selling price of $203,500 seems reasonable to us. If it was much more we’d say it was well-sold, but there simply isn’t enough data on this specific model of GT40 replica to have a median value. That said, we’re sure that whoever the new owner is, they’ll have a great time behind the wheel of this right-hand drive GT40, replica or not.
It’s not often we cover a modern Rolls Royce, so let’s take a moment to admire the interior of the car and the way it doesn’t even need a sunroof to enjoy the stars. On top of that, there are the rear-hinged doors – what we also refer to as suicide doors – and a beautiful blue and silver exterior finish.
This is a one-owner, 2,200 mile car so it’s pretty close to brand new. The 6.6 L V12 is turbocharged and produces 626 horsepower along with 590 ft/lbs of torque – more than enough to get this heavy machine moving when paired with its eight-speed automatic transmission.
Selling for a final price of $203,500, quite a bit less than the original MSRP, it cost the previous owner roughly $80,000 to own the car and put those 2,200 miles on it. But if you’ve got that kind of money, good on you and we’ll just say that $203,500 seems like a fair price for this 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith with all of the options it has.
This 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro is a very special car. It shows just 3,645 miles and is still wearing the original Daytona Yellow paint from the factory, along with what is claimed to be its original interior. Equipped with the 427 cid V8, producing 425 horsepower, along with an M21 four-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter, there’s no doubt that this would be a very enjoyable car to drive.
But, then we come to the real question about this particular Camaro. If it’s still rocking the factory paint and original interior, and it has fewer than 4,000 miles on it, how much will each mile added end up costing the new owner? That’s tough to say – it would be easier if this only had 365 miles instead of ten times that, but it will affect the value to some extent.
Having said all of that, when looking at all the options this car is equipped with, we’re not surprised to see it sell for a final price of $200,750. Since it’s such a rarity – low mileage, original paint and interior, not to mention the COPO factor, we think the new owner should be happy with what it cost to purchase this Camaro.
This 1999 Shelby Series 1 is CSX 5064, which is claimed to be Carroll Shelby’s personal Series 1 Roadster. He certain has his name all over it, that’s for sure. Carroll purchased the car from its original owner in 2005 and it is one of only 249 examples built by Shelby American.
The Series 1 Roadster is the only car designed from a blank sheet of paper by Carroll Shelby – true, but also surprising when considering how many other cars have his name on them. It’s powered by a 4.0 L V8 – specifically the Oldsmobile L47 V8, an engine which produced about 250 horsepower in its stock configuration. Paired with a six-speed manual, this seems like it would be a fun car to cruise around in, although with so few of them built it’s difficult to really assess its reliability.
This sold for well over the median value of $117,500 – we can at least partly attribute that to the low mileage – only 2,680 miles on the clock – as well as the Carroll Shelby ownership. We’re calling this one well-sold at $189,750.