Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, January 24-29, 2012
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
This was the largest collector car auction in history.
Its 2,158 cars and boats across the auction block were within a shout of the total cars that had crossed the block in Arizona the week before in seven separate auctions taking up sixteen separate auction sessions.
In addition to the permanent exhibit halls there were ten acres of tents and more acres of open-air displays.
Mecum Auctions’ team put on a masterful display of organization and efficiency, moving cars across the block steadily and without delay. The sale rate shows conclusively that they were more than effective at motivating bidders and consignors quickly and efficiently.
All that is significant, even important, but without good cars it’s pointless, and there were good cars, sound cars and even many great cars in every row of every tent and field. These numbers are representative:
- There were 313 Corvettes – Mecum had 346 at its Bloomington Gold all-Corvette auction in June;
- There were 138 Mustangs, both Fords and Shelbys;
- 129 Pontiac Trans Ams – that’s like two an hour crossing the block;
- 36 Oldsmobile 4-4-2s;
- 47 Pontiac GTOs.
In order to report some semblance of a cross-section of the cars at a consignment auction like this I walk down a row of cars in the preview until something catches my eye. Then I walk around the area selecting nearby cars that add to the information in my report; generally cars in stock or near stock configuration so their results inform the values of similar cars. In Kissimmee there were so many consignments with those characteristics that I could select six, eight, ten, even twelve at a whack, often including cars that are rarely seen, particularly at auctions.
It was car guy nirvana.
And while many cars in Scottsdale were customs, in Kissimmee the modified cars were few and far between.
Mecum says their May sale in Indianapolis which last year had 1,951 cars is shaping up to outdo Kissimmee.
It’s amazing. It’s overwhelming.
A note on lot numbers: Mecum uses daily lot numbers as follows: G is Tuesday, W is Wednesday, T is Thursday, F is Friday, S is Saturday and U is Sunday. They had to extend the hours in Kissimmee so added more groups: H, I, J and K were respectively early lots on Wednesday through Saturday. As I said, it’s overwhelming.
Mecum Kissimmee 2012 – Auction Report