Mecum’s “Houston 2016” auction comes to the modern facilities of the NRG Center from April 14 to April 16. The convention center is a part of the versatile 350-acre NRG Park, which also includes NRG Arena, NRG Stadium and NRG Astrodome. Organizers expect more than one thousand collector vehicles to roll in and out of the center during this popular event.
2016 Mecum Auction in Houston
The featured lots at the big April event include a number of rare Fords and Chevys from the 60s and 70s, like a Bloomington Gold-certified 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker. This Sebring Silver example is one of only 199 Z06 split-window coupes from the 1963 model year. It is also one of just 63 equipped at the factory with the RPO N03 36-gallon fuel tank. Noted Z06 historian Eric Gill called this Corvette “one of the finer-quality Z06 restorations” he had ever seen.
Three 1950s classics are listed among the featured lots: a white 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster, a yellow 1955 Thunderbird convertible and a black 1958 Corvette convertible. Mustang enthusiasts will want to check out a 1970 Boss 429 Fastback, one of only 52 produced in classic Grabber Green. A 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible will also come up for bids. This red ragtop with GT equipment is powered by a big 428 CI 4V Cobra Jet V-8.
Also featured is an exotic coupe of far more recent vintage: a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren that is one of just 141 produced. Its supercharged, 24-valve, 5.5L V-8 is a hand-built, all-aluminum engine capable of generating 617 horsepower. Mercedes claims a 3.8-second time for the zero-to-60 scamper and a top speed of 208 mph.
Recap of Mecum Houston 2015
Last year, the Houston event attracted some of the rarest vehicles offered at Mecum’s various auctions. As a result, some of the highest winning bids were submitted at Houston 2015. Nine vehicles sold for $200,000 or more, including a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton that went for half a million dollars. A 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird was not far behind at $480,000. Two 1969 Ford Boss 429 Fastbacks also cracked the top ten. Two century-old classics, a 1906 Packard S Touring and a 1910 Peerless Model 27, attracted prodigious winning bids of $300,000 and $275,000 respectively.
Watching the Auction
Those that cannot attend Mecum’s event at the NRG Center can catch the action live on NBCSN. The broadcast runs from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. on both April 14 and April 15. On April 16, the auction is broadcast live from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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