Mecum does $16.7 million at third annual Harrisburg sale

The scene at the sale in Harrisburg | Mecum Auctions photos
The scene at the sale in Harrisburg | Mecum Auctions photos

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 427 fastback hammered sold for $220,000 to top all sales at Mecum Auctions’ third annual auction last weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

While the sell-through rate remained strong at 70 percent, sales totaled $16.7 million, down from $21 million in 2014 and $20.5 million a years ago. Sales totals do not include buyer’s fees, which figure to bump all those numbers by some 10 percent.

1970 Boss 429 Ford Mustang tops all sellers at $220,000
1970 Boss 429 Ford Mustang tops all sellers at $220,000

“For the third straight year, with a huge standing room only crowd for all three days, Mecum once again had a rousing auction that guarantees our return in 2017,” said John Kraman, consignment director for Mecum Auctions.

“The Top Ten sales were all in excess of $100,000 each, with American performance cars showing exceptional results. The energy and enthusiasm of the entire event shows the passion for both collector car fans and Mecum in the North East market.”

Top 10 sales, Mecum Auctions Harrisburg 2016

  1. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $220,000
  2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $160,000
  3. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $125,000
  4. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette couple, $120,000
  5. 1968 Ford Shelby GT350 fastback, $110,000
  6. 2015 Ford Shelby GT350, $110,000
  7. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible, $105,000
  8. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6, $105,000
  9. 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, $102,500
  10. 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Motion Manta Ray GT, $100,000
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(Hammer prices do not include buyer’s premium.)

Mecum’s next sale is August 18-20 when it stages “The Daytime Auction” in Monterey, California.

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, 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.