Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 Final Gavel …
Some came to the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 for the opportunity to buy top level muscle cars while others came here just to witness the much heralded event. “I want to be able to say I was there,” one collector told us. So as the final gavel fell we collectively agree that we have just experienced the most spectacular event of its kind in the collector car kingdom. Among the collectors who took part in the Mecum Auction sale here in Kissimmee, Florida there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this was the greatest muscle car show of all time. More important, there is a sense here that finally collectors are seeing prices return to pre-recession levels like those before 2008, especially on top quality Mopar muscle cars. Of the top ten sales here Friday and Saturday, seven were Mopars.
The Friday sale was “Prime Time” for Mopar collectors. Just as expected, the two top sales at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 on Friday were the yellow 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible which sold for $2,675,000 and the white 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible sold for $2,300,000. Prime Time Friday here in Kissimmee at the Mecum Auction brought a record sale. Top collectors from all over the country were on hand. One of our Cars On Line Dealer Network classic car dealers told us he had sold 53 cars here this week. Here are some of the top sales for Friday:
A rare 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker was the top sale of the day on Saturday here at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 as the biggest muscle car show in history convened. The Corvette was one of only 63 built by Chevrolet in ’63 and was originally equipped with an over-sized gas tank for racing. It sold for $710,000. This particular “tanker” has achieved Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame status and is highly desirable to Corvette collectors. And, inspite of strong winds and overcast skies here in Kissimmee, collectors came in big numbers to appreciate the historic sale.
Here are some of the top cars in the Prime Time Saturday sale:
Of all the mighty Mopar muscle cars, fabulous ’50s classics and incredible exotics featured here, ironically a 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (shown in the photo at the top of the page) captured the second highest sale price on Saturday at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016. It sold early Saturday afternoon for $387,500. The exotic luxury car is part of the Black Series for AMG, and is said to have only 1,800 miles.
It was unseasonably cold and windy here at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 on Saturday, but the wind and overcast skies did not keep collector car buyers from packing the Osceola Heritage Park. Buyers and spectators were in high spirits following a record breaking Friday sale, and they all knew that some of the best cars were still to come.
On Thursday at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 a 1962 Resto Mod Corvette sold for $135,000, topping a lineup of heavy metal muscle cars, the kind we expected to see here in Kissimmee. These were among the more “blue collar” muscle cars at the show. The top quality cars were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, by and large.
While Thursday was a stellar moment in the history of the Kissimmee Auction held annually here in central Florida, it was just a warmup for the huge day we were looking forward to on Friday. As part of the premier Muscle Car Sale of the year, Cars On Line.com was here to cover the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016.
Everybody has been talking about it since late fall of 2015. This is the one collector car auction you could not to miss for 2016. This Mecum Auction is so big it is creating a buzz in the collector car market just when Wall Street and the stock market are teetering. Investors who are pulling their money out of the stock market may be eyeing up these choice collector cars as a more hands-on way to invest their money. Dana Mecum has pulled a rabbit out of his cap just when the classic car hobby needed it the most.
The Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 drew some of the top muscle cars in the country. And with them came the top muscle car buyers. Many of the buyers for big collections were on-hand to cherry pick those rare Mopars, early Trans Ams and Boss 9’s which have been advertised for sale here in Kissimmee. The selection was amazing. There were over 3,000 cars scheduled to cross the auction block during the week long auction show and sale.
From what we were hearing from the top Mopar collectors in the country, many indicated that this was the place to be. The reason is because Dana Mecum had put together the best muscle car auction docket in history. There has never been anything like it.
A recent Mecum press release also noted that there would be seven Boss 429 Mustangs crossing the auction block. We know that two of the eight 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Convertibles produced from the factory were in the sale. And we counted six 1970 Chevelle LS6 454/450 hp cars in the sale, one being a rare convertible. There were also a good selection of hot 1950’s classics, street rods and customs as well as vintage classics.
Portions of the auction were broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. TV Schedule (NBCSN, unless noted otherwise): Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7:30-11 p.m. (Same Day Delay) and 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Next Day Delay); Friday, Jan. 22 from noon-6:30 p.m. (Live) and 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (NDD); Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4:30-10 p.m. (SDD); Sunday, Jan. 24 from 5-11 p.m. (Delay); Special NBC broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 2-3 p.m. You may be able to catch the replays of these sales during coming weeks on NBCSN.