Mecum live Eddie Vannoy auction reaches results of $15 million

Sale of about 100 collector cars and 3,000 pieces of Road Art exceeds expectations

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The Eddie Vannoy Collection museum comprised thousands of items | Mecum photos

The on-site auction of the Eddie Vannoy Collection of collector cars and automobilia in Jefferson, North Carolina, was the first live auction by Mecum Auctions since the pandemic lockdown in March, although much of the bidding was conducted online or over the phone.

The auction of the museum collection held June 26-30 resulted in $15 million sales, according to a Mecum news release, “a number that significantly exceeded pre-auction expectations.”  Auction results include buyer fees.

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A 1969 Dodge Daytona was the highest seller at the auction

“Nearly 100 classic and collector cars and a total of more than 3,000 Road Art items from the museum crossed the auction block and hammered sold during the five-day live auction event,’ Mecum said in the release.

The top sale was $231,000 for a 1969 Dodge Daytona with a towering wing and a 440 Magnum V8 engine.  The second-place sale was an unusual entry, a 1941 Kenworth fire truck, one of just five produced and the only known example remaining, that went for $209,000.

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The 1941 Kenworth fire truck is believed to be the last one extant

The top 10 collector car sale at the Eddie Vannoy auction were:

1. 1969 Dodge Daytona, $231,000

2. 1941 Kenworth fire truck, $209,000

3. 1970 Plymouth Superbird, $203,500

4. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod, $200,750

5. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, $187,000

6. 1971 Plymouth Cuda Resto Mod, $187,000

7. 1941 Dodge Power Wagon, $176,000

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8. 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, $143,000

9. 1970 Buick GSX, $140,800

10. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $140,250

The top 10 Road Art results were:

1. Canadian Twin Visible Gas Pump, $59,000

2. Sohio Gas Neon Rotating Sign Display, $48,380

3. Sinclair Service Station Display, $47,200

4. Ford Double-Sided Porcelain Neon and A1 Pylon, $42,480

5. Antique Winchester Model 1873 Deluxe Rifle, $41,300

6. Texaco Service Station Gas Pump Island, $40,120

7. Sinclair Service Station Gas Pump Island, $37,760

8. Gulf Oil Service Station Gas Pump Island, $36,580

9. National A38 Flying A Service Station Gas Pump Island, $35,400

10. 1920s Wayne Roman Column Visible Gas Pump, $35,400

Mecum is gearing up for its 33rd annual Original Spring Classic in Indianapolis, the first of the company’s annual events that is returning to a normal live auction, to be held July 10-18 at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds.

For more 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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