Two Ford sports cars, old and new, tie as top sellers at Mecum auction

Live Las Vegas sale reaches $13 million with 73 percent of the offerings sold

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The 1957 Shelby GT500 is powered by a 428 Police Interceptor engine | Mecum photos

In a classic case of vintage vs modern, a pair of performance Fords – a 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback and a 2006 Ford GT – tied for highest sellers at Mecum’s Las Vegas auction held last weekend.

Each of the desirable sports cars went for $253,000 (all results include auction fees) in the 2-day event that resulted in a $13 million total with 316 vehicles going to new owners for a 73 percent sell-through rate.

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The Ford GT in all-black livery

The Shelby is a matching-numbers car powered by a dual-quad 428 Police Interceptor engine, while the GT presented as nearly new, having been driven just 9,581-miles.

The third and fourth top sellers, a 1967 Ferrari P4 replica and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT500CR fastback, also tied at $225,500.  Fifth in the standings was another modern collector car, a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador, sold for $192,500.

There was also a pre-war classic among the top-10 sellers, a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I convertible sedan that sold at $154,000.

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1967 Ferrari P4 replica

There were 431 vehicles offered during the live, in-person auction, which was held under current pandemic restrictions of limited crowd size, social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitizing.  Much of the bidding was done online.

Among the highlights of the auction, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, was the Flintrock Collection, which included the Ford GT and Ferrarti P4 replica, and which resulted in a 100 percent sell-through for a total of $825,000.

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The top-10 highest sales for the Mecum Las Vegas auction were:

1. 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback at $253,000

2. 2006 Ford GT at $253,000

3. 1967 Ferrari P4 replica at $225,500

4. 1968 Ford Mustang GT500CR fastback at $225,500

5. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 at $192,500

6. 1966 Shelby GT350H fastback t $176,000

7. 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible at $165,000

8. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette resto mod at $165,000

9. 2015 Nissan GTR Nismo at $156,750

10. 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I convertible sedan at $154,000

(All results include auction fees)

Next up for Mecum is its live auction November 20-21 at the Kansas City Convention Center, with 600 vehicles expected.  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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