Mecum tops $12 million
By: Ben Klemenzson
US-based classic car auctioneers Mecum ended the 2011 auction season on a high note, with record sales, consignments and attendance for its Kansas City Auction, December 1-3, 2011, at the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo.
More than 800 vehicles crossed the auction block with a 70% sell-through rate. Total sales topped $12.3 million, which encompasses total hammer sales of more than $11.6 million plus Mecum's low 6% buyer's premium on vehicles.
"This year's grand finale was the largest auction Mecum has ever had in Kansas City, smashing every company record for this event," said president Dana Mecum. "The total sales, cars offered and sold, registered bidders and overall attendance all far exceeded the response in years past."
Mecum's top seller was a rare 4-Speed 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible finished in Gulfstream Aqua with White interior that hammered for $165,000. Additional highlights included a 1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 Six Pack for $122,500 and a well-documented 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 selling at $72,500.
The Kansas City December 2011 Top 10 Vehicle Sales
(all sales reflect hammer prices) were:
1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible (Lot S99) $165,000
1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot S69) $122,500
1967 Ford Mustang Resto Mod (Lot S111) $121,000
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible (Lot S90) $120,000
1956 Ford Thunderbird (Lot S69.1) $90,000
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot S86) $78,500
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S97) $78,000
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Resto Mod (Lot F139) $77,500
1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible (Lot S146) $75,000
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (Lot S63) $72,500
Complete auction results are available to Mecum InfoNet members, which is free to join at www.Mecum.com Mecum InfoNet members can log in to see car-by-car results by visiting the results page.
Up next for Mecum is the massive Kissimmee Auction, January 24-29, 2012 in Kissimmee, Fla. The auction, which will broadcast on Discovery's Velocity network during the 'Mecum Auto Auctions: Muscle Cars & More' show, is open to the general public with tickets available in advance or at the door for just $15 per day. For information about bidder registration or to consign a vehicle, visit www.Mecum.com or call 001 262 275 5050.
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