Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, Missouri, December 1-3, 2011
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Mecum Auctions continues to confirm its place at the core of the collector car hobby, assembling a consignment of 839 cars indoors at the Kansas City Convention Center for an early December 2011 three-day Thursday through Saturday sale.
What Mecum is accomplishing is remarkable. It’s the Kruse “something for everyone” model, perfected to a high degree of efficiency and competence that Kruse never approached.
At Kansas City the cars ranged from a beautiful 1909 Ford Model T Tourer to twenty-one late model cars (built in the last five years) that topped out with a 2011 Camaro SS. Two-thirds of the cars that crossed the block sold, bringing a total of $12,230,749 with commission, an average sale of $21,958 and a median of $20,935 (1965 Mustang six fastback, ’66 Chevelle 327 4-speed or ’69 Firebird, take your choice at that price.)
That’s a labor intensive way to generate $12 million in sales, but Mecum achieves it with style, flair, efficiency and good humor. They work the cars on the block, but don’t waste time if the bidders aren’t paying attention.
With this many cars and a wide open consignment policy there is a lot of dross – poorly presented or just plain boring cars – but also plenty of gems that keep the bidders in their seats through long days.
It’s a successful system and business model that Mecum presents again and again throughout the year and across the country.
A few years ago Mecum claimed “Nobody sells more Muscle than Mecum.” Today that slogan has changed to “Nobody sells more cars than Mecum.” There’s a reason and it’s apparent at every Mecum auction.