Mecum Auctions updated the history books recording total sales of $217 million at Mecum Kissimmee 2022, achieved via a 90 percent sell-through rate at Osceola, Florida’s, Heritage Park—the first collector car auction ever to surpass the $200 million mark for a single event.
All 11 days set single-day auction records for the Kissimmee event, with Saturday, January 15, marking Mecum’s highest single-day auction total in company history with $72 million in sales and nine vehicles reaching seven-figure prices.
Of the overall total, $213 million was collected in vehicle-only sales as 2,954 vehicles changed hands—another single live collector car auction record. There was an additional $2.66 million raised via sale of 1, 262 road art items. And Kissimmee 2022 launched the new Mecum/MotorTrend partnership with viewership reaching an all-time Mecum Auctions record.
Leading all sales for the event was the 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype, recognized as the most historically significant Shelby Mustang in the world and driven by Ken Miles to claim its “Flying Mustang” moniker. Selling for $3.75 million, the car held its value with its triumphant return to public market, and it successfully retained its crown as the most valuable Mustang in the world.
Just shy of landing that top seat among high sellers at $3.3 million was a 194-mile 2020 McLaren Speedtail from The Michael Fux Collection that is one of just 106 built.
The 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom built by Sam and George Barris and arguably the most famous custom car of the classic era sold for $2.15 million, while the 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo featured in the film “Bad Boys” (and one of fewer than 350 produced for the U.S. market in 1994) became another leader among top sales at $1.43 million.
The Jerry Brewis Estate Collection of 45 modern supercars amassed more than $12 million in total sales while The Jackie and Gary Runyon Collection of 31 vehicles totaled more than $10.7 million in sales. Included in the latter collection was the 1964 Dragula Munsters Coffin Dragster built by George Barris, which sold for $473,000, and the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe known as the “Vault Find” Corvette, which brought $418,000.
The Gary Thomas Collection of 32 cars, nearly all of which were red iterations of the Ford Mustang, resulted in $5.76 million in sales, with a special-order Race Red 2019 Ford GT showing just 12 miles on the odometer selling for $1.02 million.
The complete top 10 collector car sales:
- 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype at $3,750,000
- 2020 McLaren Speedtail at $3,300,000
- 1992 Ferrari F40 at $2,750,000
- 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing at $2,640,000
- 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom at $2,145,000
- 2016 Pagani Huayra at $2,117,500
- 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at $1,430,000
- 1936 White Model 706 Glacier National Park Tour Bus at $1,430,000
- 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo at $1,430,000
- 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadste at $1,375,000
Up next for Mecum: The world’s largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction slated for this Jan. 25-29 at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Set to feature approximately 1,750 motorcycles on offer, the five-day auction will include offerings from around the globe, highlighted by the Harley-Davidson Heritage Collection of 95 highly collectible vintage models from the celebrated American motorcycle company, all of which will be offered without reserve.
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