Mecum realizes $12 million in sales at its inaugural Denver auction

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster sells for $165,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster sells for $165,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ ability to find success in new geographic areas continued last weekend with its inaugural Denver Collector Car Auction, which counted 396 cars sold — at a 66 percent sell-through rate — and overall sales of more than $12 million.

“We were excited to bring the Mecum Auction action to the Denver area, and the reception from nearly 14,000 enthusiasts in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond was overwhelmingly positive,” company founder and president Dana Mecum said in a post-sale news release.

Lamborghini Aventador tops all sales figures in Denver
Lamborghini Aventador tops all sales figures in Denver

“This auction was an excellent inaugural event with strong sales and consignments coming from 27 states. We look forward to finalizing details on our return to the Denver area in 2016.”

In recent years, Mecum, with its sales televised by NBC Sports Group, has ventured successfully such new classic and collector car venues as Seattle; Austin, Texas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and now Denver, where total sales were $12,003,418.

In Denver, the high-dollar sale was $285,000 paid for a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador showing only 8,459 miles on its odometer. Next came a 1962 Airstream trailer, a 40-foot Western Pacific believed to be one of only five of its kind in public possession, and this one restored by Timeless Travel Trailers and selling for $200,000.

Other top-5 sales included a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV, a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop.

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Vintage Airstream shows its value
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The top 10 sales at the Mecum Denver auction were:

1. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador, $285,000
2. 1962 Western Pacific 40′ Airstream, $200,000
3. 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV, $180,000
4. 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, $165,000
5. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop, $160,000
6. 1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback, $150,000
7. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod, $135,000
8. 1967 Porsche 911S Soft Window Targa, $130,000
9. 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge,$115,000
10. 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds, $110,000

(Prices are hammer prices and do not include buyer’s fees.)

Mecum’s next sale is its second annual auction at Harrisburg, where 1,000 cars and trucks, 200 motorcycles, 200 tractors and some 150 signs and other road art are expected to be offered up for bidding.

From Harrisburg, Mecum heads to California for its 600-vehicle, “daytime” auction August 13-15 during Monterey Car Week, which leads up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.