What better way to bring on the new year than with the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2019. Each year the Mecum Auction attracts thousands of cars to the Kissimmee area, just down the road from Orlando and Disney World.
For 2019, the cars stretched wider than ever, with nearly 3,500 cars coming across the auction blocks. We had the privilege to hold backstage passes to the Mecum Auction Kissimmee, and we thought we’d share some of our experience.
Mecum Auction Kissimmee Top 5 Sold
The Mecum Auction allows sellers to place a Reserve on their vehicles. This helps ensure their $100,000 car doesn’t get sold for $100. With that being said, we’re bringing you the Top 5 cars that sold, and the Top 5 bids (didn’t meet reserve). Mecum titles the latter as: “the bid goes on.” More on those later, let’s see the ones that Sold, Sold, Sold!
#1 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari $3.3M
They say this is the car so good, they had to name it twice. With nearly 1,000 horsepower on tap, this should please any lead-footed gearhead.
- 418 original miles
- 6.3/949 HP hybrid drive V-12 engine
- Special-order Rosso Fuoco paint
- F1-inspired HY-KERS Kinetic Energy Recovery System
- Factory-rated top speed of 217 MPH
- F1 7-speed dual clutch gearbox
- Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes
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#2 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake $2.2M
The Super Snake was another of Carol Shelby’s ingenious concoctions with Ford. This particular car was 1 of 1, as it was never produced. Goodyear used the Super Snake in a marketing campaign for their new Goodyear Thunderbolt tires.
Carol Shelby himself drove the Super Snake for 500 continuous miles on a test track. The average speed during the test was more than 140 mph. The Mecum Auction Kissimmee was going crazy as the price soared past at a million dollars. The hammer came down at $2M, with the auction premium tacking on the other $200K (10%).
- 1 of 1 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
- GT40 Mk II 427 all-aluminum engine, built specifically for this car
- The Super Snake drove 500 miles at an average of 142 MPH and retained 97% of the original tire tread
- This prototype was sold in August 1967 for $5,000
#3 1969 L88 Corvette Pair – Coupe and Convertible $990,000
The L88 designation stands out to anyone with GM-blood running through their veins. These were 427 cubic-inch engines with aluminum heads. The claimed 430 horsepower is laughable.
While the L88 did make 430hp at 5,200 rpm, as GM claimed, it was somewhat short of the peak. The high-overlap cam, 12.5:1 compression, and open plenum allowed the L88 to reach peak power at 6,500 rpm. True recreations and dyno results put the actual power in the 550hp range.
One owner had the privilege of bringing home two of these 1969 L88 Corvettes. Both wear Tuxedo Black on the exterior and black interior. One Corvette goes topless as a convertible, and the other a coupe.
- 2 1969 L88 Corvettes
- 1 Coupe and 1 Convertible
- Just over 2,000 original miles on the Coupe
- L88 427/430 HP V-8 engine
- Aluminum cylinder heads
- M22 4-speed transmission
#4 1930 Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton $935,000
#5 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1 $495,000
Mecum Auction Kissimmee wasn’t short on muscle, that’s for sure. Several COPO (Central Office Production Order) Camaros crossed the blocks bringing in some staggering numbers. This beautiful and highly-documented ZL1 is number 15 of just 69 made in 1969. The all-aluminum 427 in the small Camaro wrapper made for a perfect drag-racing recipe.
The Bid Goes On… Top 5
While the Mecum Auction Kissimmee did sell more than 2,300 cars, there were still more than a thousand cars that didn’t meet their reserve price. Mecum Auctions labels these as “The Bid Goes On” and sellers still have the chance to barter deals with prospecting buyers. Below are the top 5 Bids which didn’t meet their reserve.
#1 1965 Ford GT Roadster $10M
#2 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta $6.1M
#3 Corvettes from the GM Styling Department $1.7M
#4 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra $1.5M
#5 1992 Ferrari F40 $750,000
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