January 15, 2018 -- Mecum's 10-day auction in Kissimmee, FL wrapped up on Sunday with another full day of fast-paced bidding. Known for its emphasis on muscle cars, Mecum Kissimmee's roster of 3000+ vehicles included classics from Detroit’s Big Three (Ford, MOPAR, and GM), as well as sports cars, vintage trucks, and a large gathering of super exotics. One of the biggest “Mecum Moments” happened with the sale of two rare 1969 COPO Camaro ZL1s, the 18th and 30th built of this legendary quarter-mile demon. Other highlights of the auction were the offering of two original Shelby Cobras, including the last 289-equipped car sold, and a special offering of the first 1970 Challenger and Cuda to roll off the assembly line, both convertibles with 440 3-deuce power plants and the iconic pistol grip 4-speed. Mecum's docket also consisted of a fabulous group of original vintage race cars that graced the covers of leading hot rod magazines back in the day. But, it didn't stop there, as even more star cars crossed the block, including Hemi Cudas, a Hemi Superbird, Boss 429s, a L88 Corvette, Ferraris, and even a late model Bugatti. Bids and sales for several of these cars passed the 7-figure mark.
In addition to the mega auction, there were thousands of Road Art offerings -- including automobilia, petroliana and more, as well as "Dodge Thrill Rides" and live outdoor entertainment. It was party time in the Sunshine State all week.
|John Kraman, Consignment Director for Mecum Auctions and TV Commentator/Analyst for television coverage of Mecum auctions, gave us a preview of this year’s show. He also showcased several of the top muscle cars that crossed the auction block, including a Boss 429 (Lot S132), a Hemi Cuda (Lot F148), a pair of Mopar Pilot 440-6s (Lot F140), and a pair of COPO Camaro ZL1s (Lot T150). They don't get any better than that.|
In the 1960s, during the “Golden Days” of drag racing, factory-looking cars with big engines and lightweight bodies ruled the quarter mile. Winning cars (and drivers) became legends during their championship seasons. Fast forward more than 50 years later, and Mecum assembled a stellar collection of these historically significant race cars - no tributes, just originals. They've been faithfully restored to their glory days, some even featuring paint-brushed lettering, a truly lost art form.
There was a significant increase in the number of Exotic Cars offered at this year's auction in Kissimmee, compared to previous Mecum auctions. It's always interesting to see one of these high-end cars up close and hear the excitement of the audience when they roll down the auction block. Here's a sample of cars that drove the bidding to new heights.
The quality and quantity of vehicles at Mecum Kissimmee 2018 was simply amazing. Here are just a few we chose for our fantasy collection (including, of course, the muscle cars, race cars, and exotics we've already mentioned above).
All sale prices include buyer's commission.