Mecum Houston 2023 – Top Ten

Mecum will return to Houston April 13-15 to offer 1,000 vehicles for sale. A large collection from the Horton Classic Car Museum will cross the block, many of which are noted as requiring mechanical inspection and some basic service due to being part of a long-term museum display. That work may include fuel systems, brakes, batteries, pretty much anything that should be maintained regularly. That’s not to say that they’re all going to be in bad condition, but it’s worth noting before bidding on them. Having said that, some of the cars from the Horton Classic Car Museum are quite fetching and we can’t resist including them in our list of the Top Ten lots we’re most excited to see in Houston.

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was a rare and special model that combined high performance and stunning design. It was one of the first production cars to feature a fuel-injected engine, a heavy-duty suspension, and a large fuel tank for endurance racing. Only 199 examples of the Z06 were produced in 1963, making it one of the most sought-after Corvettes ever. The Z06 was powered by a matching numbers RF suffix fuel-injected 327/360 HP V-8 engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The car had sintered metallic power brakes with dual master cylinder and finned drums, as well as turbine-style knock-off wheels and finned aluminum valve covers. The Z06 was available in several colors, but one of the most elegant choices was Saddle Tan with matching Saddle interior. The car also had a Delco AM/FM pushbutton radio, a dash clock, tinted glass, and a split rear window that was unique to the 1963 model year. The Z06 was a formidable competitor on the race track, winning several events and championships in the hands of skilled drivers. The Z06 is also listed in the Z06 Survey, a registry of surviving examples of this rare and legendary Corvette.

If you are looking for a rare and powerful classic car, you might be interested in this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro that is 1 of 311 L89 Camaros produced for that year. This car features a matching numbers JJ-suffix 396/375 HP V-8 engine with aluminum cylinder heads, a M22 4-speed manual transmission, and a 4.10 ratio Positraction rear end. It also has power brakes with front discs for smooth stopping. The exterior is Fathom Green with white side stripes, a black vinyl roof, front and rear spoilers, and dual chrome mirrors. The interior is black standard with bucket seats with headrests, a pushbutton radio, a rear seat speaker, soft Ray tinted glass, and door edge guards. This car was built the second week of January, 1969 and sold new at Schultz Chevrolet in Hanover, Pennsylvania. It comes with the owner’s manual, a copy of the original invoice and shipper, and a lot of history and appeal. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of muscle car legend.

The 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV was one of the most powerful and rare muscle cars of its time. It featured a matching numbers 400/370 HP V-8 engine with round-port heads, a high-rise aluminum intake, and a special camshaft that gave it a distinctive sound and performance. The engine was paired with a matching numbers TH400 automatic transmission and a matching numbers 3.90 Positraction rear end, making it a formidable drag racer. The car also had power steering and power brakes for better handling and stopping.

The exterior of the car was painted in Code 19 Starlight Black, a sleek and sinister color that contrasted with the Dark Saddle interior. The interior had bucket seats and a center console, as well as an in-dash tachometer, an AM/FM radio with an 8-track player, and rally gauges. The car also had Rally II wheels with trim rings and Firestone Wide Oval tires, adding to its sporty appearance. The car came with PHS documentation, proving its authenticity and originality.

The 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV was a rare and desirable muscle car that combined style and performance in a stunning package. Only 302 Ram Air IV GTOs were produced in 1970 with a 4-speed manual transmission, and even fewer with an automatic. This car was a true exception to the rule, and a collector’s dream.

The 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 was one of the most powerful and rare muscle cars ever made. It had a 429/375 HP V-8 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission and a unique semi-hemispherical cylinder head design. Only 859 units were produced in 1969, each with a KK number to identify them. This particular Boss 429 has the KK no. 1689 and comes with a build sheet, a Marti Report and two Eminger shippers to verify its authenticity. It is painted in Royal Maroon with Black interior and has many features such as power front disc brakes, power steering, knit vinyl high-back bucket seats with center console, woodgrain dash and interior trim, Philco pushbutton radio, color-keyed racing mirrors with remote driver’s side, chrome Magnum 500 wheels with Goodyear Polyglas GT tires, tinted glass, front spoiler, dual exhaust and smog equipment. This is a stunning example of a legendary Mustang that is sure to impress any collector or enthusiast.

This 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS was restored to look like an LS6 model. The car has a powerful 454/450 HP LS6 V-8 engine with aluminum heads and a 4-barrel carburetor. It has a column shifted M40 automatic transmission and a 12-bolt Positraction rear axle. The car is painted in Forest Green with White sport stripes and has a Green interior. It has a bench seat, power windows and locks, tilt steering column and dealer-installed air conditioning. It also has F41 suspension, power steering, power front disc brakes and a functional cowl induction hood. The car has been professionally restored and has 12,000 miles since completion.

If you are looking for a rare and powerful muscle car, you might be interested in this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. This hardtop coupe is one of only 368 that were equipped with a 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine and a 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission. It also has the A32 Super Performance Axle Package, which gives it better handling and traction. The car has power brakes, a Shaker hood, and a rear spoiler for improved aerodynamics. The exterior is painted in K5 Burnt Orange with Black hockey stripes, and the interior features Black bucket seats with a center console. The car also has a Rallye gauge cluster, a Multiplex radio with dual rear seat speakers, Elastomeric bumpers, a manual 6-way adjustable seat, dual chrome mirrors with driver’s side remote, Rallye wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires, and fog lights. The car comes with a laminated reproduction window sticker and a Chrysler Registry fender tag breakdown. It was sold new at Regal Chrysler Plymouth in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a stunning example of a classic Hemi Cuda that will surely turn heads wherever you go.

This 1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible has been restored as an R/T replica with many features. The 1970 Dodge Challenger offered a range of engines from a Slant Six to a 426 HEMI V8. The R/T was the performance model that came with a heavy-duty suspension, dual exhaust, and R/T badges. The convertible was a rare option that only 4,293 buyers chose in 1970.

This car started life as a factory 318 Challenger Convertible that has been comprehensively restored as an R/T replica by Concourse Body Works. It has 10,000 miles since restoration in 2008. It features a 383 CI V-8 engine with a 10.5:1 compression ratio, a 509 camshaft, a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and an A-833 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst pistol grip shifter. It also has a new wiring harness and MSD electronic ignition system, TTI headers and H-pipe exhaust with Hooker Aero Chamber mufflers, QTM electric cutouts, and a 3.54 ratio 8.75 inch Sure-Grip differential. It has power steering and brakes, and it is painted in High Impact PR3 TorRed, which was originally F8 Dark Green. It has been professionally resprayed with 3 coats of clear and has original sheet metal.

The car has a white interior with power-operated white convertible top with glass rear window. It has dual hood scoops and hood pins, chrome gas cap, rocker trim panels and luggage rack, chrome dual exhaust tips that exit through the rear valance, white bumblebee stripe, original windshield, re-chromed front and rear bumpers with bumperettes, and dual side mirrors. It has a new trunk mat, BF Goodrich spare tire and original jack. It has front and rear sway bars and rear air shocks. It has restored chassis with gloss black powdercoated suspension parts. It has white Chrysler 200 bucket and rear seats with white woodgrain door panels and black carpet. It has an S83 refurbished rim-blow steering wheel, Rallye wood grain instrument cluster, Alpine AM/FM/CD-POD radio with 2 rear kicker speakers, black Challenger R/T floor mats, uncracked black dashboard, factory heater, and Cragar 15-inch wheels with BF Goodrich tires. It is garage kept.

If you’re looking for a classic truck that combines style, performance and comfort, look no further than this 1970 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Pickup. This stunning vehicle has won multiple ISCA awards for its impeccable engine and interior, both of which have been professionally restored to their original glory. Under the hood, you’ll find a powerful Chevrolet 350/350 HP V-8 engine with a new Edelbrock carburetor and a smooth TH400 automatic transmission. The exterior is painted in a sleek Tuxedo Black that contrasts beautifully with the new deluxe Red interior. The cab and dash are also painted in Gloss Black for a uniform look. The truck features new glass, gaskets, weather strips, sill plates and trim, as well as updated air conditioning, tilt steering column, retro-look stereo and power brakes and steering. The dashboard boasts new optional gauges, including a tachometer and a vacuum meter. This is a truck that will turn heads wherever you go, so don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of automotive history!

The 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster was the first model of America’s Sports Car, and only 300 units were produced that year. They are highly desirable collector cars and this one has won several awards, including the NCRS Top Flight and the Duntov Mark of Excellence. It features a 235/150 HP Blue Flame Six engine with Carter carburetors, a Powerglide automatic transmission, and a Polo White exterior with Red interior and Black soft top. It also has a pushbutton radio, courtesy under-dash lights, red wheels with chrome wheel covers, and Firestone wide Whitewall tires. The odometer reads 93,037 miles, but this 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster is still a stunning example of automotive history.

If you’re looking for a classic car that combines style, speed, and history, you might want to check out the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. This was the first year for the 327/360 HP Rochester fuel-injected V-8 engine, which gave it a boost of power and performance. It also had a high lift camshaft and a 4-speed manual transmission for more control and fun. The 1962 Corvette was available in Tuxedo Black, which looked sleek and elegant with the matching hardtop, black interior, and black soft top. It also had a 4.56 ratio rear end, an AM pushbutton radio, a heater with defrost, black steel wheels with polished center caps, and bright rocker panel trim. The original owner’s guide and the original 1962 Texas Black license plate are nice touches that add to the authenticity and value of this car. The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette is a rare and beautiful example of American automotive history that you don’t want to miss.