2018 Demon tops sales chart at Mecum’s KC auction

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1968 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang leaves the block after selling for $102,300 | Mecum Auctions photos

While cars from the 1950s and ‘60s dominated the top sales list, topping that list at Mecum Auctions’ recent Kansas City collector car sale was a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The car sold for $130,900 (including buyer’s fees) and was one of only two vehicles to be hammered sold for six figures at the sale.

Only 3,000 of the Demons were produced, each with a supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter Hemi V8 pumping out 808 horsepower. The MSRP on those cars was around $85,000.

The top-seller at the Mecum auction wore “menacing black paint, the auction house noted.

Overall, the two-day auction found new owners for 329 vehicles and generated $6.8 million in sales.

Second-highest on the sales list was a highly original 1968 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang convertible, verified as one of only two built with the same options. The car originally was a company-owned vehicle for A.O. Smith, an automotive supplier based in Milwaukee.

1953 Nash-Healey one of only 50 coupes for that model year

Also among the top-5 was what Mecum called a “unique” 1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe. Of 506 Nash Healeys produced from 1951-54, only 50 were 1953 coupes. This one showed only 33,866 miles on its odometer.

Top 10 sales, Mecum Kansas City 2018

  1. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, $130,900
  2. 1968 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang convertible, $102,300
  3. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $84,700
  4. 1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe, $74,250
  5. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $71,500
  6. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $66,000
  7. 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible, $66,000
  8. 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I, $63,250
  9. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $61,050
  10. 1968 Ford Mustang convertible, $60,500
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Mecum’s next auction is scheduled for April 5-7 in Houston. It’s Gone Farmin’ division will be in Davenport, Iowa, those same dates for its 2018 Spring Classic sale.

 

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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.

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