First Mecum Collector Car Auction in Austin Starts Friday

On Friday and Saturday of this week, Mecum Auctions will host its first Austin, Texas collector car auction with about 600 collector cars going across the block. Most of these are a consignment list of American muscle, classics, hot rods, and resto mods. The fun begins on Friday, December 12 and runs through Saturday, the 13th.

The auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $20 per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Bidder registration is $100 and includes admission for two for both auction days. Doors open each day at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning at 10 a.m. Portions of the Mecum Austin Auction will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network with a live stream of the entire auction presented at


Main attractions include a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible owned by Mercury Astronaut Gus Grissom.


Another attraction is a 1967 Ford Mustang that is one of just three “Eleanor” versions used in the 2000 remake Gone in 60 Seconds.


Finally, a show-stopper is a 1969 Corvette L88 Coupe.

Two full collections are also going to be offered throughout the two-day event with the Kisber Vintage Trucks Collection going across the block on Saturday and the Butch Cooley Collection of 25 classic Chevrolets appearing on both auction days.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at