As Mecum Auctions’ flagship event in Kissimmee, Fla., approaches, anticipation and excitement builds, and for good reason—after all, this is no ordinary Mecum sale. Spread out over 10 days (from Friday, Jan. 6 to Sunday, Jan. 15) the auction will see more than 3,000 vehicles offered for sale.
With so many collector cars crossing the block over that period of time, Block Chaser has broken up the auction preview into three parts, helping you to keep track of all the notable cars that will roll onto Mecum’s center stage at Osceola Heritage Park. Here is our first three days of coverage:
The first three days of Mecum’s Kissimmee auction, which feature an eclectic mix of vehicles that range from ’30s street rods to modern exotics and excessively powered classic American muscle cars, are a microcosm of the auction as a whole.
The auction kicks off on Friday, Jan. 6, with a docket of vehicles that includes an eye-catching purple-and-coral painted 1937 Pontiac Coupe street rod with only 33,400 miles on its odometer, and a 1990 Porsche 911 Targa, one of only 158 produced for the U.S. market that year, that is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and a 3.6-liter engine.
Seven Corvettes will be offered, ranging from a 1965 convertible to a 2010 coupe. Those ’Vettes are a precursor of things to come, since Mecum will offer more than 150 examples over the course of the 10-day event.
Saturday delivers a similarly diverse selection of vehicles for sale; however, the underlying theme for many of them is unmitigated power and speed. Noteworthy cars crossing the block include a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split window coupe with factory air conditioning—a feature that has propelled similar examples to values in excess of US $80,000—a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback powered by a 427 cubic-inch engine; and a 1973 DeTomaso Pantera that boasts its original 351 cubic-inch engine.
A trio of high-performance modern sports cars will also cross the block. From the 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello to the 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Hennessey HPE600, all three are likely to draw added attention because of to their six-speed, manual transmissions. (This analysis explains the value manual gearboxes can bring to modern sports cars and supercars.)
The first Sunday of this massive Mecum auction features a number of attractive vehicles from the late ’20s and ’30s, including a custom-built 1927 Ford T-Bucket, a three-speed 1930 Ford Model A Deluxe roadster complete with its original 201 cubic-inch engine, and a chopped and channeled 1935 Ford pickup. However, the star attractions are the 72 no-reserve lots that comprise Bobby Williams’ private collection—the first of eight complete or partial collections that will cross the block during Mecum’s 10-day event.
According to a Mecum Auctions press release promoting the sale, Williams began acquiring cars more than two decades ago and is selling his entire collection now simply because he has run out of storage space. The collection is noteworthy for the fact every car and truck remains in its original condition.
Williams’ assemblage of vehicles spans an entire century of automotive history, beginning with a 1907 Cadillac Model K Runabout and concluding with a 2008 Ford Mustang Roush Stage 3 Blackjack. Other standout vehicles include a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster and two 1970 Plymouth Superbirds—one painted white and the other painted orange.
Although the 79-year-old is parting ways with the entirety of his collection, he’s not walking away from the hobby. “My storage is just full, and it’s just time,” Williams said in a press release. “I’ll start over again, though. I’m a collector; it’s what I do.”
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.