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Goals met, and then some, by Mecum at its Kissimmee auction


Dana Mecum had at least two goals for his annual Kissimmee collector car auction: To surpass both the 3,000-vehicle mark on the auction docket and to post sales of $100 million.

Depending on your frame of reference, both of those goals were met — and then some.

Mecum paraded 3,023 vehicles across the block during its 10-day event, and a whopping 73 percent of them went home to new owners. And with some post-block transactions still to be consummated, the auction can report $96.6 million in sales.

A year ago, Mecum offered some 2,700 vehicles and posted sales of $86 million.

While that $96.6 million figure appears to fall just shy of the $100 million mark, unlike most auction companies, Mecum does not include buyer’s fees in its sales reports, so in more typical collector car auction terms, the Kissimmee 2018 sales total more likely would be around $105 million, give or take a few hundred thousand.

, Goals met, and then some, by Mecum at its Kissimmee auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
The auction’s big numbers included bidders and spectators, here watching a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette work its across the block

“Kissimmee 2018 proved to be another year of exceptional growth in overall sales totals, individual sales prices and exceeding the milestone achievement of consigning more than 3,000 cars,” consignment director Frank Mecum was quoted in the company’s news release.

“We’re proud to continue to hold the world’s largest collector-car auction in Florida, and we are excited to raise the bar once again in 2019.”

The top-seller at the sale was a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, one of only 120 produced, that went to a high-bid of $3.41 million. A 2016 Ferrari F12tdf with only 150 miles on its odometer brought $1.32 million.

The next-highest sales were multiple cars offered as a single lot — a pair of ZL1 1969 Chevrolet Camaros going together for $1.2 million and a quartet of Mercedes-Benz AMG Black Series cars selling for $1.001 million. The F12tdf and AMG Black cars were part of the impressive Michael Fux Collection offered on the auction docket. Also from that collection was the No. 5 seller — a 2915 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta that brought $726,000.

Fux sent 30 cars across the block and they sold for a combined $6.54 million.

, Goals met, and then some, by Mecum at its Kissimmee auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
2-for-1-bid 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 tandem tops $1 million on the block

Top-10 sales, Mecum Kissimmee auction 2018

  1. 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, $3,410,000
  2. 2016 Ferrari F12tdf, $1,320,000
  3. Pair of 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s, $1,210,000
  4. Mercedes-Benz AMG Black Series quartet, $1,001,000
  5. 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta, $726,000
  6. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $583,000
  7. 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, $495,000
  8. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z067/no3, $456,500
  9. 2011 Porsche GT3 RS, $434,500
  10. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, $346,500

(Prices reported do not include buyer’s fee.)

Mecum’s next auction is its annual Las Vegas motorcycle sale, scheduled for January 23-27. Its next collector car auction is scheduled for February 16-17 at Pomona, California.

, Goals met, and then some, by Mecum at its Kissimmee auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
Sun sets on Mecum’s hugely successful 2018 auction in Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park

Larry Edsall
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.


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