Mecum hits $7.6 million at Louisville sale

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A 1968 Shelby GT500 fastback was the top seller in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos

Iconic American classics of the 1950s and ’60s, plus a modern British exotic, led the bidding last weekend during Mecum’s collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky. Overall sales came to $7.6 million with 310 vehicles going to new owners in the three-day event.

The results were led by a 1968 Shelby GT500 fastback that hammered at $90,500 (Mecum results do not include auction fees), followed by a 2007 Bentley Continental coupe at $80,000.

The 1964 Studebaker Avanti was converted to R3 specs

Chevrolets filled the next four top-seller slots, with a 1968 Camaro RS Z28 hitting $77,500, a 1963 Corvette split-window coupe for $75,000, a 1957 Bel Air convertible also at $75,000 and a 1969 Corvette 427 coupe at $74,000.

A 1964 Studebaker Avanti R2 landed among the top sellers, at $68,000, bolstering the rising values for this previously underappreciated classic.

The top-10 sellers for Mecum’s Louisville auction were:

1. 1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback at $90,500
2. 2007 Bentley Continental at $80,000
3. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28 at $77,500
4. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe at $75,000
5. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible at $75,000
6. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe at $74,000
7. 2016 Ram 2500 SLT Pickup at $71,000
8. 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air at $70,000
9. 1964 Studebaker Avanti R2 at $68,000
10. 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Lot at $68,000

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(Mecum results do not include buyer fees)

Mecum Auctions travels next to Chicago on October 5-7 at the Schaumburg Convention Center with an anticipated 1,000 vehicles crossing the block. For information, visit the Mecum website.

 

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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.

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