Market: 3000 classics go through the Mecum Kissimmee sale
Nine days of American muscle car heaven, with a few Ferraris thrown in, as Mecum blasts through a remarkable 3000 cars at its amazing Florida auction
Each January, Mecum Auctions aims to steal a bit of the Scottsdale collector-car thunder, by hosting a massive event just before car collectors look to the desert. Volume is the word of order for the Mecum Kissimmee 'Muscle Cars and More' auction.
During this nine-day extravaganza, 3000 machines crossed the auction block in a carnival-like setting. Screaming Hellcat Challengers filled the air with tire smoke and bellowing exhaust, as part of the Dodge SRT Thrill Rides.
The auctioneer’s voice boomed constantly through the P/A system, keeping auction-goers updated on the latest sales. For this year’s event, the Mecum show even featured a rock band lamenting loudly about Jessie’s Girl. Mecum knows how to party, and they turn the volume up to eleven.
With so many cars up for offer, the buyer’s choices abound. Fancy a Japanese- market Nissan Pao, Honda Beat, or Suzuki Cappuccino? Examples of each sold for under $7K. Harboring sentimental feelings for a Fox-body Mustang? A claimed 25,000-mile 1986 Mustang SVO sold for just $11K, and many more Fox-bodies were on offer. With so many choices at hand, even those with modest budgets were bound to find what they were seeking.
Mecum bids itself as 'Muscle Cars and More' and their Kissimmee auction certainly lived up to their claim. Massive big-top tents sheltered a staggering array of altered wheelbase, and factory lightweight, vintage drag race warriors. These machines demanded attention, with gleaming velocity stacks and surly attitudes. For the nostalgic drag race enthusiast, Mecum’s Kissimmee sale delivered in droves. Unfortunately, many of these beasts went unsold, filed under the 'Bid Goes On' category.
True to Mecum’s motto, American muscle was abundant in Kissimmee, allowing the buyer to not only find the right car, but to pick the best example of that car amongst several available.
The exquisite machines from Maranello were abundant in Kissimmee, but due to the nature of the American-centric crowd, most of these offerings went unsold. A notable exception was the 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, which had an auction-high hammer price of $3,410,000.
The sheer size of Mecum’s Kissimmee sale meant that many of the offerings were late model used cars of casual interest. Within the hoards of standard-issue machines, a few notable standouts grabbed our attention. Here’s the hits and misses:
A GMC Typhoon is a special trucklet by its own account. With a turbocharged 4.3-liter engine putting out 280bhp and 369 ft/lb of torque, the Typhoon and its pickup truck sibling the Syclone more or less invented the hot-pickup and suv segment. Limited to only 2200 examples in 1993, these trucks are fun, usable collectibles. This particular truck had genuine movie-star provenance, as it was the personal car of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood. Sold for just $25,300, this GMC was bound to Make your Day...
A few years ago much hoopla was made about the Shelby GT500 Mustang being able to reach the magic 200mph mark. While this figure may have been a bit optimistic, this macho Mustang’s 500bhp engine is sure to impress. For less than new Camry money, this low-mileage Shelby Mustang represents a whole lot of car for very little money. Even with more powerful Mustangs released seemingly every day, the Shelby name will help this pony retain value. It seemed to be a good, long-term deal at a hammer price of $27K.
Late third-generation Camaros have always been the redheaded stepchildren of the pony car world. Overshadowed by the flashy Pontiac Trans Am, the mechanically similar Camaro has languished in the shadow of its cousin. Recently this trend has begun to shift, and very nice Z/ 28s are bringing respectable money – especially for the desirable cowl induction models. This particular car had a real story behind it, as it was just one of three Stage II Yenko Turbo Zs known to exist. The last of the third generation Camaros, and also the last Chevrolet project legendary car builder and racer Don Yenko produced, this Camaro had real appeal. Powered by a turbocharged 350cid V-8, this Yenko shows that even in the early '80s the hot-rodding spirit was alive and well. The $68K hammer price may seem steep, but try to find another Yenko-modified car for less.
Millage: 56000 (WARRANTED) FSH HPI CLEAR JUST BEEN SERVICED. 3 OWNERS FROM NEW NO RUST Next MOT due 25/06/2018, Air-Conditioning (Automatic), Cruise Control, Parking Aid (Rear), Alarm, Alloy Wheels (17in), Computer, Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Air conditioning, CD Player, Electric windows, 3x3 point rear seat belts, Electric door mirrors, Chi
Immaculate, low mileage W220 S-Class. Very rare now in this condition. 1 family owned before me. Full Mercedes-Benz main dealer service history as follows: 11/2006 4903m 02/2008 6983m 02/2009 8180m 02/2011 10,439m 02/2012 10,942m 05/2014 11,814 m 05/2016 19,192m 05/2017 22,451m 06/2018 28,762m All MOT’s present, no advisories, ever! 2 sets of keys, all manuals, documents an
[[email protected]](/cdn-cgi/l/email- protection#ef9c9b9a8e9d9b9f838e9b9bd9ddaf868c83809a8bc18c8082). or p ex with classic car ,American or Hot Rod my 2002 Indian Chief. Only up due to injury. Beautiful condition and showing less then 3000 miles with mot’s to substantiate this .Comes with original duel seat and fishtail exhaust and more parts, all paperwork from new with owner delivery pack an
Range Rover Classic full leather interior in Green. A good opportunity to restore to original complete and drives well. The engine sounds amazing however we suspect the head gasket will need to be done. Can quote for transport nationwide or further. Payment by bank transfer or cash on collection. £1700. I`ve also a 1994 absolutely Imaculate RR Classic £5750. 07453 129544
PRICE IS NEGOTIABLE Features & Description JAGUAR XJ6 3.0 AUTOMATIC Petrol with Reverse Camera Low Mileage 65,552 miles recorded which is supported by MoT and Service History. Powerfold Mirrors, CD Autochanger, Electrically Adjustable Heated Front Seats, SAT NAV but no UK MAP CD Enhanced Features includes: Front and Rear Parking Sensors, rear/reverse camera, interior and front camera DVR, sola
1995 Range Rover 300tdi from Spain, left-hand drive, unrestored, imported and sold by original owner Originally bought in 1995 by my mother from the Range Rover dealer in Madrid. We still have the original import documents dated 12 Jan 1995. It was purchased and registered in February 1995. 246K miles, mostly acquired on long commutes by highway to Barcelona (approx. 160km per day), plus
Clean reliable car becoming very hard to come by these T5`s with manual gearbox and under 100k. Usual refinements ie, leather, heated seats, AC, cruise control. New Mot. Great condition throughout. Excellent engine, gearbox and clutch. New tyres all round. Appreciating classic. Brake vacuum leak hence price. Does not affect drivability of car. Brakes work as they should. Drivers window does n
Range Rover Vogue Classic 3.9 V8 (1993). American compliant model. Aspen Silver. 82,500 miles. (132,500 km). FULL LAND ROVER SERVICE HISTORY. (Original European Vehicle) Non catalytic converter model. Manual transmission. Original Bill of Sale. Two sets of keys. Rust-free. No off-road use. ORIGINAL, UNMODIFIED, UNMOLESTED, AND UN-RESTORED
S8 Quattro Sport 360 BHP Navigation-Plus Manual. Concessionaire maintained, garage kept, non-smoker’s fastidiously cared-for S8 D2 360BHP 6-speed manual. Original, immaculate, faultless, full specification with all correct manuals, keys, etc. Fully documented mileage. 85,300 miles. (136,500km.) Uiterst zeldzaam D2 360 model met 6 manuele versnellingen. Voor het eerst geregistreerd in febr
2001 B model. Low mileage for year 94560 miles. 2600cc V6 petrol engine. Manual 5-speed gearbox. Metallic green. Top of the range CDX spec includes electric windows, full beige leather seats and head restraints, front and side airbags, 5 seat belts, wood trim, rear reading lamp, door lamps, headlamp washer, glass electric sunroof with deflector, sunvisors with illuminated mirrors, heated wing mirr
They say variety is the spice of life. They also say money can’t buy taste. The 1980 Buehrig Carriage-Roof neo-classic presented for sale at Mecum Kissimmee was a good example of each of these mantras. While the quality of construction was impressive, this stretched, mutilated, C3 Corvette-based special was a sight to behold. Guaranteed to inspire awe, or create nausea, this interesting creation is certain to gather a crowd. Financed by Richard Kughn of Lionel model train fame, and designed by Gordon Buehrig who worked with the Auburn-Duesenberg-Cord companies, this Buehrig had genuine provenance. It was also understandably rare, with only three produced. Considering the cost to build this oddity, we can understand why it was a 'Bid Goes On' refugee at $35K. We also have to stand in amazement at it’s designer’s vision, or lack thereof.
It may seem like old news today, but when the Viper GTS was launched in 1996, it created an international sensation. Like the Cobra Daytona Coupes they were inspired by, these Vipers took on the world and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998. Loud, brutish, and bodacious, the '96 Viper GTS was one of the most outrageous vehicles ever unleashed to the American public. With genuine Shelby and Le Mans heritage, it is hard to see how this 11,000-mile example wasn’t a great value. With only 1166 produced in the introductory year for the GTS, we’d call this well bought at just $59,400.
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