Mecum reports righteous sale in Southern California

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Once again, a modern Ford GT sports coupe led the bidding at a Mecum auction, this time a red-and-white 2005 example that hammered for $270,000 at the Anaheim, California, sale. Mecum achieved total sales from its fourth annual Southern California auction of $13,853,225 as 416 cars went to new owners.

The second-highest seller was one of the stars of the auction, a rare factory-supercharged 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code, one of just 211 produced and fully restored to original, that sold for $185,000 (Mecum results do not include auction fees). Finished in bronze paint and upholstery, the T-bird features a 300-horsepower V8 boosted by a McCullough/Paxton supercharger.

Following the Thunderbird were a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $170,000; a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS, $162,500; and a 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider that tied with a 2013 Bentley Continental GTC Mulliner Edition at $145,000. Other notable sales included a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/400, $130,000, and a 1963 Volkswagen 23-window microbus that showed the sustaining values of these little vans (especially in Southern California) with a sale of $125,000.

The top 10 sales for the Mecum Anaheim auction were:

1. 2005 Ford GT at $270,000
2. 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code at $185,000
3. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback at $170,000
4. 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS  at $162,500
5. 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider at $145,000
6. 2013 Bentley Continental GTC Mulliner Edition at $145,000
7. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $130,000
8. 1963 Volkswagen 23 -window bus at $125,000
9. 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible at $122,500
10. 1956 Chevrolet Nomad resto-mod at $115,000

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(Results do not include auction fees)

Mecum returns to Austin, Texas, on December 11-12 for its second annual auction at the Austin Convention Center with 600 vehicles expected to cross the block.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.