Top Ten Muscle Cars at Mecum Houston 2022

This 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge is equipped with a 400 cid, 366 horsepower Ram Air III V8 paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Although the Judge was originally planned as a no-frills muscle car, it ended up being more expensive and arguably more of a genuine muscle car than originally envisioned. The Judge option added $332.07 to the price of a ’69 GTO. This example at Mecum’s Houston sale is one of 6,725 built for the 1969 model year.

Mecum’s estimate is $75,000 – $100,000 and this will sell as it’s going up with no reserve. The median price of a ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge is $78,000, within the auction estimate, albeit at the lower end. We’ll have to wait until Saturday to find out how much this one costs, but we think it will end up closer to the lower end of the auction estimate based on what we’ve observed in the market lately.

Mecum expects this 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 to sell between $75,000 and $100,000. Considering the median value of this car is around $77,000 that seems entirely reasonable and it won’t surprise us if the bidding ends in the mid-$80,000 range. Another car with no reserve, this is going home with a new owner on Saturday.

This particular Boss 302 is equipped with options that are so popular many people think they were standard on all Boss 302s, but were actually extras including the shaker hood, rear spoiler, rear window slats, and Magnum 500 wheels. The AM/FM radio was an extra $214.00 when new – a pretty rich price considering the base Boss 302 had an MSRP of $3,720.00

This is quite the muscle car! It’s equipped with a nitrous system and upgraded brakes, not to mention the $15,000 air suspension. The 6.2L V8 is supercharged and can reach up to 950 horsepower with nitrous and race fuel. If this pulls up next to you at a stop light, just let it go.

It can be difficult to put a price on a custom car like this, especially one that is both so new and also not exactly new being a 2018 model year example. But the custom interior definitely pops and it seems to have every option anyone could want. Our biggest concern is the mileage.

Sure, it only has 2,192 miles, but considering the modifications made to the car we have to assume that most of those miles were driven a quarter mile at a time. We’ve seen other 2018 ZL1 Camaros for sale that are in the mid-$50,000 range, although those are stock and have the mileage one would expect for a car from that year.

We expect this to get a lot of attention when it’s on the block and likely a lot of bids, but we would urge anyone looking at this not to overspend on it. Sure, it has more than $100,000 in modifications, but that low mileage still gives us pause. But we’ll find out what it’ll take to buy this on Friday.

Dodge built 1,268 Super Bees equipped with the 440 Six Pack engine for 1970 and this is a great example that is crossing the block on Saturday at Mecum’s Houston sale. Only 599 of the hard top Super Bees with the 440 Six Pack were equipped with a four-speed manual from the factory, so this is already a pretty rare car for the year.

Featuring power brakes, a pistol grip shifter, dual exhaust, and classic Dark Burnt Orange paint with a white vinyl top, we expect this to grab some decent attention before it his the block. It’ selling with no reserve and the auction estimate is $60,000 – $80,000 which is reasonable as the median value for this car with this engine is $74,500 so we don’t expect there to be any problem getting the bids within Mecum’s estimate.

Mecum hasn’t provided an estimate on this ’63 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible but we’ve been seeing these change hands for roughly half the cost of a 1970 Super Bee, so somewhere around $30,000 – $40,000 seems like it would be a good deal for all involved.

This particular Galaxie 500XL is a rare R-code example with the 427 cid V8 that produces 425 horsepower driving the wheels through a four-speed synchromesh transmission. It includes photos and receipts that cover its restoration so it appears to be the right choice for a collector who really wants to buy a Galaxy 500XL.

This Plymouth GTX stuns in its Limelight Green finish and sports a marching numbers 440 cid V8. It’s equipped with a Torqueflite automatic transmission and underwent a thorough restoration by noted expert Bob Romig. The median value for a 1970 Plymouth GTX is around $45,000, but it won’t surprise us to see this one sell for more considering the sporty and eye-catching exterior.

This is a pretty rare car, one of just 697 Trans Ams built for the 1969 model year. Mecum estimates this will sell for $100,000 – $120,000 and that’s very much in line with the median value of $113,000. With no reserve this should easily sell within the auction estimate.

The 1970 Ford Torino Cobra is a somewhat rare model with only 7,675 built with the 429 cid Cobra Jet Ram Air V8. This particular Torino Cobra is one of 502 that were built with the same paint and trim options. It includes a Deluxe Marti Report and is a genuine factory J-code example. It also wears a shaker scoop on its hood and has disc brakes along with a four-speed manual transmission.

The median value of a 1970 Ford Torino Cobra 429 is $48,500, but we’ll be very disappointed if the bidding doesn’t exceed that. As this car has a reserve the seller clearly expects a certain amount for it and that’s understandable from looking at the orange exterior with the black hood and black interior. If, for whatever reason the bidding doesn’t reach hit the reserve, we’d suggest that the seller stay firm on the number. But we also expect that Mecum Houston is the right venue to sell this muscle car so we’ll be quite surprised if it doesn’t have a new owner by the time the auction ends.

In our opinion the 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 is right on the crest of the muscle car wave. There are some obvious styling choices made that were carried over into the lesser desirable Mustangs of the mid-to-late 70s, but that’s not to say the car isn’t attractive. In fact, this specific one was finished in a very fetching Grabber Yellow at the factory, the same color it wears today.

This is a particularly nice Boss 351 with a matching numbers R-code engine and a four-speed manual transmission. It’s one of 131 built that year with the Grabber Yellow paint and the same trim code. It features power steering and power front disc brakes that will make it a very enjoyable driver, although the numerous factory markings still present on the undercarriage make the decision to drive the car extensively somewhat questionable.

The median value for a 1970 Boss 351 is $69,500 and that seems to be right in line with Mecum’s estimate of $70,000 – $90,000. While this is selling with no reserve, we expect it will cost the new owner closer to $80,000 than $70,000 to bring it home. We’ll find out what it’s worth on Saturday.

This matching numbers ’69 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pace Car Edition features some desirable options such as power steering, power brakes, and a power convertible top. The 396 cid V8 produces 350 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, which is channeled through a Muncie four-speed manual transmission.

The convertible version of the Camaro RS/SS Pace Car is more common than the hardtop version, but there were still only 3,675 built when accounting for all engine options. As this was the last of the first-generation Camaros many collectors find this to be the most desirable year.

The median value of this car is around $89,000 and because of that it’s no surprise to us that this one has a reserve on it, especially when looking at the quality of the paint and the interior as a whole. We expect this to hammer somewhere in the mid-$80,000 range on Saturday at Mecum Houston.