Diverse Mecum auction in Denver hits $11.4 million in sales

A 1960 VW 23-window bus was the second-highest seller in Denver | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1960 VW 23-window bus was the second-highest seller in Denver | Mecum Auctions photos

In case you needed evidence that Mecum brings a diverse selection of collector cars to its auctions, just take a look at the five top sellers from the Denver sale last weekend.

The highest sale was that of a modern exotic, a 2016 Ferrari California T convertible sold for $165,000 (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). The Ferrari was followed by a vintage vehicle from the opposite end of the spectrum, a 1960 Volkswagen 23-window Samba microbus that went for $120,000.

A 2016 Ferrari California convertible T took the top spot
A 2016 Ferrari California convertible T took the top spot

Next came a pair of wild cards, continuation Shelby 427 Cobras dated 1965 and 1964 that sold for $115,000 and $110,000, respectively. Then a high-performance 1968 Ford Mustang fastback custom sold for $95,000.

The next five included two vintage Chevrolet Corvettes and a Chevelle LS6 coupe, more typical of popular collector cars at auction. But there were also a 1994 Land Rover Defender at $86,000, and a restored and updated 1936 Autocar vehicle hauler, which sold for $86,000.

Quite a mixed bag of top sales from what Mecum calls “the eclectic mix of cars.”

The Denver auction resulted in total sales of $11.4 million (not including fees), with 411 vehicles sold out of 591 offered for a respectable 70 percent sell-through rate.

The top-10 vehicle sales for the Denver auction were:

1. 2016 Ferrari California T convertible at $165,000
2. 1960 Volkswagen 23-window Samba bus at $120,000
3. 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX4000 Series at $115,000
4. 1964 Shelby Cobra CSX7000 Series 50th Anniversary at $110,000
5. 1968 Ford Mustang fastback at $95,000
6. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $89,000
7. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 at $87,500
8. 1936 Autocar car hauler at $86,000
9. 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 at $86,000
10. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $85,000

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(Sales results do not include auction fees)

Mecum’s next auction takes place August 3-5 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with an anticipated 1,000 vehicles, followed by Mecum’s Daytime Auction in Monterey, California, on August 16-19 with 600 vehicles expected, included a lineup of vintage motorcycles. For information, visit the Mecum website.

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.


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