Mecum Kissimmee 2023 Specialty Lots
A large event like the one Mecum holds in Kissimmee attracts a lot of national (and international) attention. In addition to offering a venue for highly collectible vehicles, it also provides a stage to sell some very unique items. Here are some of the out-of-ordinary lots that were on the docket for this year’s sale.
1956 Mercury XM Turnpike Cruiser Concept Car
The XM-Turnpike Cruiser was debuted by FoMoCo’s Mercury division at the 1956 Cleveland auto show, then appeared at the Detroit, Chicago and New York auto shows. It also paced the Daytona Beach Grand National Race on Feb. 17, 1957. The XM-Turnpike Cruiser’s last public appearance was the 1957 Grand National Race, so very few people have ever seen the car in person since then. This concept car reached a high bid of $350,000 but didn’t meet the reserve. So, the bid goes on…
Elvis Presley’s 1962 Lockheed 1329 JetStar
This JetStar is one of several private jets owned by Elvis Presley, with two currently on display at Graceland. Inside, the cabin features wood paneling and red velvet upholstery with gold-finish hardware. it wasn’t onsite for the sale but instead, it is at the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, New Mexico, where it has been for close to 40 years. It sold at Mecum Kissimmee for $286,000.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette COPO L88 Convertible
This 1969 Chevrolet Corvette COPO L88 Convertible is the only one known to exist. Its racing career spanned several seasons in IMSA, SCCA, and SVRA competitions, including entries at the world-famous Daytona and Sebring race tracks. Drivers included Charlie Koninsky, Lamar Mann, Rick Thompkins, Buddy Sherk, Sam Fillingham, R.V. Shulnburg, and Dave Heinz. This COPO L88 reached a high bid of $175,000 but didn’t reach the reserve. The bid goes on….
2021 Bronco First Edition
All proceeds from the sale of this Chip Foose-customized 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition were donated to benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation. With the sale, Gary’s Foundation, which supports our nation’s defenders, veterans, and first responders, brought in $350,000.
1964 Lamborghini 2R
Before Lamborghini began building supercars like the Countach, the company produced tractors. At the Kissimmee auction, four Lamborghini tractors were offered for sale. The 1964 2R model shown below had been completely restored to like-new condition, including the bright orange and blue company colors. Here was a chance to own a Lambo for a lot less than the street version ones. It sold for $59,850.
Note: Auction Prices include sales commission.