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.
Ford L9000 for sale. Year 1975. Engine volume 9320,00 cm³. The car with an automatic transmission. The condition of a car is excellent, no rust. Accident free. All parts are original. Location Poland. For more information, please write on my e-mail.
Cobra by DAX This absolutely stunning Cobra is as new with only 398 miles since SVA/IVA registration on the 01/09/2016 Finished in superb Titanium silver with Ghost le-mans stripes. Beautifully detailed with Chrome lifter jacks front and rear, Clear indicator lenses, P700 Head lamps, Cobra badges, Stainless steel wipers, Smoked sun visors, Wind deflectors, Large Aston Le-mans fuel filler inset
1959 MG A 1500 ROADSTER JUST TOTALLY RESTORED MARQUE MG MODEL A 1500 ROADSTER YEAR 1959 PRICE EURO On request CHASSIS N. HDK4360697 ENGINE 15GD-U-H7543 CAPACITY 1488cc KM SHOWN 1100 OWNERS 1 from restoration HOMOLOGATIONS ASI GOLD PLATE INTERIOR Black leather with red piping OUTSIDE RED SOFT TOP BLACK MECHANICALS TOTALLY RESTORED BODYWORKS TOTALLY RESTORED PAINTWORKS TOTALLY REST
1967 JAGUAR MK2 3.800 SALOON WITH POWER STEERING AND AIR CONDITIONING MARQUE JAGUAR MODEL MK2 3.800 SALOON YEAR 1967 PRICE EURO 38.800 CHASSIS N. 224441DN ENGINE LC4021-8 CAPACITY 3.800 cc KM SHOWN 7500 OWNERS 5 HOMOLOGATIONS ASI TARGA ORO- FIVA- CSAI INTERIOR ORIGINAL FACTORY TAN CONNOLLY LEATHER OUTSIDE OLD ENGLISH WHITE MECHANICALS VERY GOOD AND RELIABLE BODYWORKS VERY GOOD ORIG
1967 FIAT 2300 S COUPE Recently restored MARQUE FIAT MODEL 2300 S COUPE YEAR 1967 PRICE EURO 39.800 CHASSIS N. 203586 ENGINE 114B006 CAPACITY 2279cc KM SHOWN 93.000 INTERIOR Original in red vinyl OUTSIDE Dark grey MECHANICALS Very good and reliable, totally serviced and overhauled BODYWORKS Totally restored from the bare metal PAINTWORKS Totally resprayed CHROMES Very beautiful, par
VERY RARE , TOTALLY RESTORED 1952 FIAT 500C FURGONCINO MARQUE FIAT MODEL 500 C FURGONCINO YEAR 1952 PRICE EURO ON APLICATION CHASSIS N. 327346 CAPACITY 569cc KM SHOWN HOMOLOGATIONS CERTIFICATO DI RILEVANZA STORICA ASI INTERIOR BROWN VYNIL OUTSIDE COFFE&MILK MECHANICALS TOTALLY RESTORED BODYWORKS TOTALLY RESTORED PAINTWORKS TOTALLY RESTORED NOTE Original registration plates, all the
1968 ALFA ROMEO GT JUNIOR 1300 SCALINO MARQUE ALFA ROMEO MODEL GT JUNIOR 1300 SCALINO YEAR 1968 PRICE EURO 29.800 CHASSIS N. AR 1220753 ENGINE AR00530- E3463 KM SHOWN 89.600 HOMOLOGATIONS ASI GOLD PLATE-FIVA INTERIOR BLACK VINYL OUTSIDE BIANCOSPINO WHITE MECHANICALS VERY GOOD PAINTWORKS GOOD CHROMES ORIGINAL NOTE Original italian car, always very well maintained and preserved as a co
1966 FIAT 1500 COUPE’ PININFARINA -3 OWNERS ONLY MARQUE FIAT MODEL 1500 COUPE’ PININFARINA YEAR 1966 PRICE EURO 26.800 CHASSIS N. 118K- 044912 ENGINE 465197 - TIPO 115c005 CAPACITY 1481cc KM SHOWN 30.000 OWNERS 3 HOMOLOGATIONS REGISTRO FIAT INTERIOR BEIGE LEATHER OUTSIDE RED MECHANICALS VERY GOOD BODYWORKS VERY GOOD PAINTWORKS NICE CHROMES GOOD ORIGINAL NOTE Very original car,
Only 1450 were produced, approximately 75-90 cars exist today. So it is rare to find one of these. It has a 390 Motor, Jetaway Transmission and Rochester Carb. Here is some of the restoration that was performed: 1. Paint - stripped to bare metal and painted Alpine White. 2. Transmission rebuilt by and carb resealed. 3. Brake system replaced and alignment performed. 4. Chrome, stainless,
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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