Mecum hits $10.8 million at Austin auction

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Sunbeam Tiger sells for $142,500 to lead more traditional classics
Heritage Edition Ford GT draws highest bids at Mecum's Austin auction | Mecum Auctions photos
Heritage Edition Ford GT draws highest bids at Mecum’s Austin auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions wrapped up its 2015 sales calendar last weekend by posting a near-70 percent sell-through with total two-day sales of $10,876,142 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas.

The high-dollar sale of the auction was a 2006 Ford GT in heritage Gulf racing blue-and-orange colors that sold for $440,000 (hammer price). The car showed only 573 miles on its odometer.

The scene at the sale
The scene at the sale

Another modern collectible, a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Silver Arrow, was next at $245,000.

Then came the more traditional classics — a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger for $142,500, a couple of Chevrolet Corvettes, and a 1950s’ Ford F100 pickup truck.

Top 10 sales, Mecum Austin 2015

1. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, $440,000
2. 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Silver Arrow, $245,000
3. 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Roadster, $142,500
4. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette resto mod, $130,000
5. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe, $130,000
6. 1954 Ford F100 pickup, $120,000
7. 1994 Porsche 911 RS coupe, $115,000
8. 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, $105,000
9. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $102,500
10. 1955 Chevrolet 210 resto-mod $100,000

2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren Silver Arrow brings $245,000
2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren Silver Arrow brings $245,000

Mecum opens its 2016 auction schedule January 7-9 with the 25th annual MidAmerica motorcycle auction in Las Vegas. Then, from January 15-24, it hopes to present 3,000 cars and 1,000 pieces of “road art” for bidding it its annual Kissimmee, Florida, classic car auction.

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Other events on Mecum’s 2016 schedule are:

March 11-12, Kansas City
March 31-April 2, Davenport, Iowa (tractors)
April 14-16, Houston
May 17-22, Indianapolis
June 4, Lapeer, Michigan (tractors)
June 10-11, Chicago (motorcycles)
June 17-18, Portland, Oregon
July 8-9, Denver
July 21-23, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
August 5-6, Shorewood, Illinois (tractors)
August 18-20, Monterey, California
September 8-10, Louisville, Kentucky
October 6-8, Chicago (Schaumburg)
November 2-5, Dallas
November 11-12, Davenport, Iowa (tractors)
November 17-19, Anaheim, California
December 1-3, Kansas City, Missouri

Sunbeam Tiger sells for $142,500 to lead traditional classics
Sunbeam Tiger sells for $142,500 to lead traditional classics
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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.