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 preview of the final three days:
Despite the fact it’s bigger, lasts longer and is packed with more tantalizing vehicles than any of the company’s other events during the year, Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee sale adheres to the same cardinal rule that dictates every Mecum auction: The most prestigious and valuable cars will cross the block last.
So even though Mecum’s final three days in Kissimmee will witness more than 700 vehicles offered for sale—a number equal to the entirety of some Mecum auctions during other times of the year—it’s important to note the auction’s marquee automobiles are not crossing the block exclusively on Saturday. In fact, more of Mecum’s headlining vehicles will be offered for sale the day before.
On Friday, the first of 14 “main attraction” vehicles is up for sale in the form of a 1970 Plymouth Cuda convertible, one of only 17 built that year and one of only two known to exist with multiple carburetors and a black-and-blue color scheme. The late-era American muscle car has logged only 8,160 miles and is estimated to sell for at least US $1,000,000.
Another Friday lot expected to break the seven-figure mark is a 1962 Shelby Cobra roadster, also known as The Lance Reventlow Cobra. Reventlow, the car’s original owner, ordered it with a unique combination of options that include sway bars, a competition ignition system, roll bar and racing tires, as well as bumper guards, sun visors and wind wings.
Mecum estimates a 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona—one of two known to be painted in F6 Spring Green Metallic—could also surpass the US $1,000,000 mark. In addition to its rare paint scheme, the car is noteworthy for being one of only 70 built with a Chrysler 426/425 hp Hemi V-8 engine and dual carburetors, as well as being one of less than 40 that still exist.
The last car to cross the block on Friday that Mecum believes could exceed US $1,000,000 is a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C High Sport, one of only 10 made and a modern supercar -- all the more special given it’s been driven only 203 miles. Not only is it dripping with carbon-fiber accents and components, including a one-piece chassis and engine package, it is also the only High Sport to be painted in F1 Vodafone Racing Team colors.
If potentially lucrative sales figures define many of the cars to be sold on Friday, then rare and one-of-a-kind treasures may well be the theme of Mecum’s Saturday docket. Those in attendance (or watching the live video stream) will witness more than 40 vehicles from the private collection of Don Fezell cross the block. Fezell, an accomplished drag racer himself, focused his collecting on historically significant drag-racing door cars, as well as muscle cars in their original condition.
Noteworthy cars within this collection that will be offered for sale include a 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 “Old Reliable IV,” the winningest Z11 drag racer in history; and a 1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight “Hemi-Honker,” the first Hemi to be sold to the public in 1964 and a car that set a quarter-mile Super Stock record that May.
Three desirable Mustangs will also have their time in the spotlight on Saturday, including a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback, one of only four in existence in a rare coral-and-white color scheme; a 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight “Daddy Warbucks,” so named because it was built for Ford drag-racer Phil “Daddy Warbucks” Bonner; and another 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight, raced by “Wild” Bill Ireland and believed to have only 423 miles on the odometer.
Additionally, a 1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback, built on the first day of production, will cross the block Saturday, as will a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which remains in its original condition, earning the Bloomington Gold Benchmark award in 2013.
On Sunday, eight Porsches will cross the block, four of which were last-minute consignments. While those late-addition vehicles include two 930 Turbo Carreras, a 930 Turbo Cabriolet and a 911S—all built during the 1970s and ’80s—the two star Porsches of the day share a connection to a prominent Florida racing team.
The first, a 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 4.0 Brumos Edition, is one of five limited-production coupes built for the Brumos Racing team, which first began racing Porsche vehicles during the late ’50s when it became an authorized dealership for the German sports cars. The second, a 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS B59 Edition, was built by Brumos Racing to commemorate its president’s fifth and final win at the Daytona 24 Hours race in 1991. The car, autographed by Brumos Racing president Hurley Haywood, has logged only 84 miles.
Near the end of the day on Sunday, another intriguing vehicle will cross the block, one that last sold in 2015 for US $925,000. The vehicle in question, a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, is a rare left-hand drive example resorted by Marque Experts that was also a part of Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in 2016, although at that time it received a high bid of US $750,000 and failed to meet its reserve. The owner, no doubt, is hoping for a better result this time around; however, only time will tell if the car—offered near the end of the final day of a 10-day event—will entice the right collectors to stick around for its time on the block.
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.