Mecum Kissimmee: A Car for Every Taste and Budget

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Jan 8, 2019 | All

C4 Corvette Grand Sport, a bona fide future collectible, or a custom VW Jetta pickup? Buick Grand National or Fox-body Mustang? Acura NSX or Dodge Viper? At Mecum’s Kissimmee sale, going onjust outside of Orlandonow through January 13, you can kick the tires on all of them. And while visiting we did.

Aren’t These Auctions Just for the Super Rich?
Nope, as Mecum offers something for nearly every budget! This sale will feature about 3500 cars; Mecum is calling it the largest collector car auction ever. Don’t have millions for their open-top Ford GT Competition Roadster–the only one to have run at Le Mans? Then how about $6050 for a 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE?

Don’t These Auctions Just Offer Old Cars?
Nope. The lots include later-model Porsches, Mustangs, Camaros and more.

Doesn’t It Cost a Lot to Attend?
Nope. It’s $30 per day for spectators. And if you decide that you want to bid, they’ll register you onsite.

Don’t the Cars Have Title Issues?
No. And during our visit we saw how titles and VINs are verified.

Aren’t the Good Cars Sold Early?
No. The top-shelf stuff will be offered this Saturday: the Le Mans GT40, a pair of La Ferraris, a genuine Ford Thunderbolt and a one-of-one Shelby GT500 Super Snake. This GMC Syclone will also cross the block on Saturday.

It’s all Street Cars, Right?
Nope. They already sold a 2007 Ford Mustang prepped for SCCA Touring 3 competition for $9900, for example.

Are Cars That Don’t Sell No Longer Available?
Nope, they’re still offered for sale. Last time we checked, this 1986 Porsche 928 was still on the site and looking for a new owner.

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dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/8/19 5:01 p.m.

Psst.  928 not 926.  I was thinking it was some rare Porsche variant that I have never seen.  I was hugely disappointed.   laugh 

TheOther_WoodBrother Intern
1/8/19 5:53 p.m.

In reply to dean1484 :

I'm glad you caught that one. I can only imagine how awesome a 926 would be like. yes

Nugi Reader
1/8/19 9:27 p.m.

I watched some of this on YT and marveled at $2500 oil cans for almost a solid hour... most empty at that... how cool would it be to have one analyzed at blackstone/etc?


Spitsix GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
1/8/19 10:09 p.m.

Richard and I are heading down Wednesday morning to spend the day. 

Klayfish PowerDork
1/9/19 6:07 a.m.

I passed an open car trailer (odd, I figured it would have been enclosed) on I-75 just yesterday that must have been heading to Mecum.  It had 3 classic cars on it, all with Mecum tags on them. 

The TV schedule sort of sucks, no "primetime".

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/9/19 8:49 a.m.
Spitsix said:

Richard and I are heading down Wednesday morning to spend the day. 

Wave as you pass by. And you guys will have fun--lots and lots to look at. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/10/19 5:13 p.m.

Also, some news from Kissimmee: The Trans Am Kammback has been sold. :(

irish44j MegaDork
1/10/19 5:56 p.m.
dean1484 said:

Psst.  928 not 926.  I was thinking it was some rare Porsche variant that I have never seen.  I was hugely disappointed.   laugh 

lol, ditto

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/10/19 10:49 p.m.

926, 928, whatever it takes. 

Klayfish PowerDork
1/11/19 12:48 p.m.

Working from home yesterday and today.  Such a stark contrast between how Mecum does things and how BJ does things.  Just watched two cars sell for about $250k each.  They rolled up on the block with no real fanfare, were auctioned pretty quick, then on to the next car.  At BJ those cars would have had an introduction song, a speech, 15 minutes of screaming,  and fireworks when the gavel fell.  I like BJ, just quite a difference in how things are done.

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
1/11/19 3:43 p.m.

I was there yesterday, and it's an impressive event they are holding.  The volume of machinery is staggering and as David said---- there's something for nearly everyone.   

I like the oddball stuff, and they had plenty.   From an 85 Cosworth Capri concept, to a Pinto Wagon with something crazy like 2K miles.  Of course there's a ton of muscle cars in attendance, like the 1970 Cutlass SX 455 convertible I was lusting over.  There's also tons of air-cooled Porsches, lots of trucks, and I even saw a Panoz Roadster! 

Lots to see, and plenty to do- even if you aren't a bidder.   If you can make it----it's money well spent! 



Nugi Reader
1/11/19 4:39 p.m.

Watched in envy for a solid few hours earlier, and saw the hammer drop on the super snake.  Wow. 

And yet, I've also seen some great deals over the last dew days for astute buyers. I really should make it out to the next one near me.

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