Mecum Kissimmee 2020 Movie Star Cars and a Whole Lot More
Mecum kicked off the classic car event season with their 11-day extravaganza in Kissimmee, FL. You can always count on there being an abundance of muscle cars and other highly desirable collectibles up for auction, particularly when Mecum’s roster consisted of 3,500 vehicles. Included in this year’s sale were four iconic movie star cars and a spectacular group of legendary drag vehicles that anyone would want in their dream garage. It sure was an exciting ride, as the ultimate chase car and many more classics took center stage.
Movie Star Cars
If you were asked to name your favorite movie star cars, chances are “Bullitt,” “Eleanor,” ,” and “Christine” would be near the top of your list. In each of their movies, these cars became celebrities in their own right and part of our enduring car culture. Adding to this iconic trio is a new star car from the movie “Ford vs. Ferrari” – Ford GT40. It was lights, cameras, Action, as each of these crossed the auction stage at Mecum. These “real deal” movie star cars (not replicas) were for sale at this year’s Kissimmee auction. It couldn’t have been any better for car or movie buffs.
- 1968 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt Mustang in “Bullitt”
- 1967 Ford Mustang “Eleanor” in “Gone in 60 Seconds”
- 1958 Plymouth Fury in “Christine”
- 1966 Ford GT40 MkII in “Ford V Ferrari”
These “real deal” movie star cars (not replicas) were for sale at this year’s Kissimmee auction. It couldn’t have been any better for car or movie buffs.
John Kraman Gives Preview of Movie Star Cars
Sold! Sold! Sold! and The Bid Goes On…
Three out of the four movie star cars sold at Mecum Kissimmee. The “Bullitt” Mustang sold for $3,740,000, the hero car from “Ford V Ferrari” sold for $484,000, and the hero car in “Gone in 60 Seconds” sold for $852,000. The 1958 Plymouth Fury from the Movie “Christine” received a high bid of $275,000.
1968 Challenger 2 Streamliner
In 2018, Danny Thompson set a new record at Bonneville Flats in his Challenger 2 (C2) Streamliner, making it the fastest piston-powered, wheel-driven car in the world. His two-way average was 448.757 MPH, which is comparable to traveling the length of two football fields in one second. Having captured the world record, he decided to retire C2 in style, by adding it to the list of Main Attractions at Mecum Kissimmee. The sale of the Streamliner was one of the special events of the auction, selling at $561,000.
Mecum is known for attracting a large number of Corvettes to their events. This year, almost 300 crossed the auction block. One of the super star Vettes was a 1967 L88 convertible. To say it is rare is an understatement. With only 20 of these examples produced in 1967, it is always a newsworthy event when one comes up for auction. With the addition of original straight axial fuelies, split windows, ZO6s, and some stellar resto mods, the auction was a virtual “Vette Fest.” Here are some of the Corvettes at Mecum Kissimmee 2020, including their selling prices or highest bids.
Loud noises and fast cars at drag strips always leave quite an impression, but seeing a vehicle pop a wheelie, running the full length of the strip, creates an unforgettable memory. This is what the legendary “Little Red Wagon” and “Hemi Under Glass” did for many of us. This year at Mecum Kissimmee, you got an opportunity to own a piece of dragster history, since these two famous drag cars crossed Mecum’s auction stage. Here are some of the race cars, including their selling prices or highest bids.
The cars consigned to Mecum have evolved to include more Exotics each year. This year these ultra-high-end sports cars included Ferraris, McLarens, Porsches, Mercedes-Benz, and even one of the 3rd generation Ford GTs. Combining light-weight carbon fiber body parts, race-tuned suspensions, and an abundance of power, they are barely street legal. Here are some of the super cars, including their selling prices or highest bids.
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Imperial Crown Convertibles – Future Looking Collection
Five Imperial Crown Convertibles from 1957 – 1961 were offered as one Lot at Mecum Kissimme. Developed by Virgil Exner, he adopted tail fins and lowered the roofline to make the cars look sleeker, smoother and more aggressive. These Imperials didn’t sell as one lot – perhaps there were too many cars for one person’s garage. Nevertheless, I’m sure you will agree, they are something special. Who knows, we might see them again at another Mecum auction.
Other Eyecatching Cars
Mecum Kissimmee’s full roster of automotive beauties makes it very difficult to pull out only a few, but here some of our favorite pieces of eye candy, including their selling price or highest bid.
Note: All selling prices include buyer’s commission.
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Gallery Expo Cars
Mecum held a special display of cars at their Kissimmee 2020 auction which were offered for inspection and direct purchase. These cars included high-end custom builds, prototypes, and European classics. Click here for a look at this premiere vehicles. Note that the 1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept Car has been listed as “Sold.”