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Show must go on for collector car auction at Dallas Convention Center

Show must go on for collector car auction at Dallas Convention Center

1934 Packard Coupe Roadster
Auction items will include this 1934 Packard Coupe Roadster. Mecum

A massive classic car auction will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, the first major event since the city set up a shelter operation there following Hurricane Harvey.

Mecum Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction company, will host its annual event from September 6-9, with an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, hot rods, resto mods, and more, all set to cross the auction block.

This is the seventh year Mecum Auctions has come to Dallas. But it's the first year it will share the facility with hurricane evacuees. Mecum generously released 225,000 square feet of its leased space to help the city with its Hurricane Harvey shelter operations. Move over cars, we got cots coming in!

In a statement, organizers stated that the auction would go on, but that "our hearts go out to all of those recently impacted by the disastrous flooding experienced in and around East and Central Texas."

Bruce Church Collection
One of the biggest consignments will be the Bruce Church Collection, containing 33 vehicles amassed over 35 years, including a fleet of high-quality prewar classics, several street rods, and a few modern vehicles. Bruce Church was co-owner of a lumber company in North Carolina, and known to be both a fastidious collector as well as generous with the display of his collection; he died in 2016.

Highlights include several award-winning Packards, among them a 1934 Packard Eight 1101 Coupe Roadster and a 1932 Packard Eight 902 Coupe.

Matt Wagoner Collection
Another featured collection is the Matt Wagoner Collection, which includes a quartet of muscle cars from General Motors: a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6, an Oldsmobile 442 W-30, a Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV, and a 1970 Buick GS Stage 1. These are considered to be at the top of the pecking order in terms of desirability, embodying everything that was great about GM's contributions to the classic muscle-car era.

Wagoner owns Muscle Motors and More, a Kansas company that sells cars that have been restored and are primarily from the Midwest.

Mecum Dallas 2017 is open to buyers, sellers, and spectators. General admission tickets are available online for $20 per day, or $30 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

Doors open daily at 8 am with the auction action beginning on September 6 at 1 pm, and then on September 7-9 at 10 am. Mecum Dallas 2017 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network for 20 hours, including 12 hours of live coverage. A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at www.mecum.com.