Mecum Muscles Into Kissimmeee
2017 Brings Another 3000 Classics to Auction

 

 

January, 2017 -- Although the first week of January brings snow and ice to much of the U.S., the buzz in the sunshine state, besides 70 degree temps, is the latest crop of collector cars Mecum brought to Kissimmee, FL. With 3000 cars on the docket, it isn't difficult to understand why this annual event is considered to be the biggest classic and collector-car auction in the world. In sheer numbers, alone, this 10-day auction is one for the record books, but it’s the impressive array of highly desirable classics that makes this a not-to-miss event. Considering the diversity in the lineup, there is truly something for everyone. Imagine, not just one, but nine 1970 Superbirds, plus a 1969 Dodge Daytona, multiple Boss 429 Mustangs, rare Corvettes, a room full of historic drag race cars looking ready to tear up the ¼ mile, and so much more. Adding to the fun, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits stopped by on his 85th birthday to greet the audience, and “The King,” Richard Petty, was also in the house to support Paralyzed Veterans of America by the sale of a special Mustang built at his garage. All the while, the sounds of revving engines and squealing tires were in the background, as the Dodge guys gave thrill rides in Hellcats and Vipers to attendees brave enough to drift around the parking lot – proving again that Mecum Kissimmee is definitely "Where the Cars Are,”

 

Big Dollar Cars

 

The Big Dollar cars at this year’s auction consisted of a combination of legendary classics and cars dressed in rare colors, as well as several exotics. The list included a real deal 1962 Shelby Cobra and a winged warrior 1969 green Hemi Dodge Daytona. Then, there were two rare black drop tops with blue interior, one a 1967 Corvette and another, a 1970 Hemi Cuda. Two of the standout exotics were a McLaren and Maserati, the latter being the highest sale at the Mecum auction. Here are the cars that prompted some exciting bidding wars.



Vehicle Hammer Price
1970 Plymouth 440X6 Cuda Convertible (black w/blue interior) $850K High Bid
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox $450K Sold
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe $310K High Bid
1962 Shelby Cobra Roadster $800K High Bid
2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition $327.5K Sold
1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird $300K High Bid
1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (1 of 2 in Spring Green) $750K High Bid
1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T $575K High Bid
2012 McLaren MP4-12C High Sport $825K High Bid
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (calypso coral w/white interior) $295K Sold
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe High Bid $375K
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (black w/blue interior) $775K Sold
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 $245K Sold
1977 Porsche 934.5/935 IMSA Swap Shop $600K High Bid
1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder $920K Sold

 

 

1970 Plymouth 440X6 Cuda Convertible 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 1962 Shelby Cobra Roadster 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T 2012 McLaren MP4-12C High Sport 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 1977 Porsche 934.5/935 IMSA Swap Shop




Historic Race Cars

 

A big story coming out of Mecum Kissimmee this year was the sale of many cars that ran the top national drag race events back in the day. These are not replicas, but the actual cars that competed for the lowest ET in the ¼ mile. Raced by renowned drivers and supplied straight from the factory by Ford, GM, and Chrysler, these cars had the biggest engines available, with modifications taken to lighten the body as much as possible. Although it’s been more than 50 years since they ruled the strip, these cars are still recognized names from the golden era of drag racing -- “Old Reliable”, Cobra Jet, “Hemi–Honker,” Swiss Cheese, Hauling Hemi, and Thunderbolt. These are the cars that graced the covers of hot rod magazines and became racing legends.

Vehicle Hammer Price
1965 Plymouth Belvedere A/FX Haulin Hemi II $410K High Bid
1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese $430K Sold
1968 Hemi Dodge Dart $140K High Bid
1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 "Old Reliable IV" $525K Sold
1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty "Tonto III" $200K Sold
1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight "Hemi-Honker" $230K Sold
1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight "Daddy Warbucks" $245K Sold
1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight $190K High Bid
1965 Plymouth Belvedere A990 Lightweight $130K Sold
1964 Ford Thunderbolt $160K Sold
1968 Plymouth Barracuda BO29 Super Stock $140K High Bid

 

 

1965 Plymouth Belvedere A/FX Haulin Hemi II 1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese 1968 Hemi Dodge Dart 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 'Old Reliable IV' 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 'Tonto III' 1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight 'Hemi-Honker' 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight 'Daddy Warbucks' 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight' 1965 Plymouth Belvedere A990 Lightweight 1964 Ford Thunderbolt 1968 Plymouth Barracuda BO29 Super Stock


Blue Chip Collectibles

 

With the start of another year for the collector car hobby, this auction provides an opportunity to gauge the market for classic cars. Assembled below is a list of 18 cars sold on different days during the Kissimmee auction. These cars represent "Blue Chip Collectibles" that are believed to be show quality, without being unique to the model in order to avoid an inflated price. It is left to the reader to evaluate the results, since it is recognized that collector car prices are dependent on many factors. There will always be surprises, such as the sale price of the 1970 Cougar XR-7 428 CJ, included in this comparison.

 

Day Vehicle Hammer Price Market Value* Comments
Sun (1/8) 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible $137,500 $130,000 428 CI, 4-Speed
Sun (1/8) 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe $53,000 $53,000 327/300 HP, Factory Air
Thursday 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe $122,000 $129,000 327/340 HP, 4-Speed
Thursday 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe $58,000 $93,000 327/300 HP, 4-Speed
Thursday 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 $75,000 $90,000 Original matching numbers 302 CI engine
Thursday 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback $72,000 $72,500 302 CI, 4-Speed
Thursday 1973 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty $63,000 $75,000 455 CI, Automatic
Thursday 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 $80,000 $110,000 Matching numbers 454/450 HP
Friday 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T $55,000 $47,000 383 CI, 4-Speed
Friday 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds $81,000 $82,500 455/380 HP, Two Broadcast Sheets
Friday 2006 Ford GT $280,000 $250,000 1 of 75 in Speed Yellow, All 4 Options
Friday 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition $327,500 $400,000 One Owner with 1,828 Miles
Friday 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback $175,000 $209,000 KK no. 1454, Unrestored
Friday 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda $195,000 $125,000 Highly optioned 1970 AAR Cuda
Saturday 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible $30,000 $29,000 289/225 HP, 4-Speed
Saturday 1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible $150,000 $60,000 428 CI, 4-Speed
Saturday 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE $55,000 $50,000 Date code correct 440 CI engine
Saturday 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T $220,000 $200,000 1 of 3 Hemi Chargers R/T w/ less than 10K miles
* "Target price" for quality show car (#2 rating)

 

 

1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible 1964 Corvette Coupe 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe 1968 Camaro Z28 1970 Mustang Boss 302 1973 Trans Am Super Duty 1970 Chevelle LS6 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 2006 Ford GT 2006 Ford GT Heritage 1969 Mustang Boss 429 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda 1965 Mustang Convertible 1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T SE 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T


Other Sales

 

Here are just a few of the other eye-catching classics we saw during this multi-day show.

 

1957 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pickup Sold for $150,000 1960 Cadillac Convertible Sold for $65,000 1959 Corvette Convertible Sold for $61,000 1959 Ford F100 Pickup Sold for $38,000 1962 Corvette Styling Car Sold for $120,000 1961 Morris Mini-Minor Tow Truck Sold for $40,000 1970 Superbird Sold For $110,000 1981 Trans Am Resto Mod Sold For $25,000 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger Sold for $10,500 1971 Oldsmobile Convertible 442 Clone --  High Bid, $26,000 1971 Mustang Mach 1 429 Cobra Jet Sold for $40,000 1976 Trans Am --  High Bid, $63,000 1971 Hemi Cuda Replica -- High Bid, $48,000 1970 Superbird Sold for $125,000 1970 Cuda 340 Sold for $67,000 1969 Hemi GTX Convertible Sold for $230,000 1969 GTO Judge Sold for $35,000 1966 Dodge Hemi Charger Sold for $70,000 1964 Corvette Sold for $53,000 1964 Amphicar Sold for $52,000 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Convertible Sold for $25,000 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Sold for $24,000 1954 Corvette Sold for $80,000 1946 Chevy Pickup Sold for $36,000 1933 Ford Hot Rod Sold for $46,000


 

 

Memorabilia

 

In addition to a huge number of classics at this year’s auction, Mecum offered hundreds of items of Road Art, including car parts, peddle cars, and many different types of signs. The top sale at Kissimmee was a one-of-a-kind 1948 double-sided neon sign, measuring 96” X 138,” that was built for the Weakley Equipment Company of Memphis, TN. It was reported to have cost a staggering $8,000 new. This animated marvel must have set a record when it hammered down for $100,000 after a hard-fought bidding war.