Jan. 18, 2022 – Mecum Auctions kicked off the year in Kissimmee, Florida, by rewriting history with total sales at Mecum Kissimmee 2022 reaching $217 million, courtesy of an astounding 90% sell-through rate achieved during the world’s largest collector car auction at Osceola Heritage Park. The record-setting auction claims title as the first collector car auction ever to surpass $200 million in sales for a single event. What has long been known as the world’s largest continues to be the world’s most successful as well, highlighted by:
- $217 million in sales—the highest total ever achieved at a single collector car auction
- All 11 days recording single-day auction records for the Kissimmee event
- A 90% overall sell-through rate—the highest overall percentage ever recorded for the Kissimmee event
- Saturday, Jan. 15 marking Mecum’s highest single-day auction total in company history with $72 million in sales and nine vehicles reaching seven-figure prices
- A total of 13 vehicles achieving seven-figure sale prices
- More than $213 million in vehicle-only sales with 2,954 vehicles changing hands—the most ever sold at a single live collector car auction
- $2.66 million in Road Art sales with 1,262 items changing hands
- The successful launch of the new Mecum and MotorTrend partnership with viewership reaching an all-time record for Mecum Auctions
Leading all sales for the event was the 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype (Lot S160)—recognized as the most historically significant Shelby Mustang in the world and driven by Ken Miles to claim its “Flying Mustang” moniker. Selling for $3.75 million, the car proved to hold its value with its triumphant return to public market, and it successfully retained its crown as the most valuable mustang in the world. Just shy of landing that top seat among high sellers at $3.3 million was a 194-mile 2020 McLaren Speedtail (Lot S146) from The Michael Fux Collection that is one of just 106 built.
Main attractions took center stage and exceeded expectations, highlighted, perhaps most notably, by the 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom (Lot S152)—the iconic custom built by Sam and George Barris and arguably the most famous custom car of the classic era—which sold for $2.15 million. The 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo (Lot S164) that was featured in the film “Bad Boys” and is one of fewer than 350 produced for the U.S. market in 1994 became another leader among top sales at $1.43 million.
The Jerry Brewis Estate Collection of 45 modern supercars amassed more than $12 million in total sales. Among the leading sellers was a trio of Ford GTs: a 2018 Heritage Edition (Lot S245) showing just 7 miles that sold for $1.32 million, a 2006 black-on-black model (Lot S255) that sold for $550,000, and a 2005 (Lot S254.1) with just 255 miles that sold for $495,000. Other top sales from the Brewis collection included a 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster (Lot S253) with just 161 miles that brought $737,000, and three cars that sold for $440,000 each: a 2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster (Lot S248), a 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster (Lot S247) and a 2017 McLaren 570S (Lot S250).
The Jackie and Gary Runyon Collection of 31 vehicles totaled more than $10.7 million in sales with a 2016 Pagani Huayra (Lot S115) topping the list. One of just 100 produced and showing just 725 miles, the car sold for $2.12 million. The Runyon’s 1936 White Model 706 Glacier National Park Tour Bus (Lot S132), famous for driving tourists up Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, sold for $1.43 million. Also included in the collection was the 1964 Dragula Munsters Coffin Dragster (Lot S130) built by George Barris, which sold for $473,000, and the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot S113) known as the “Vault Find” Corvette, which brought $418,000.
The Gary Thomas Collection of 32 cars, nearly all of which were red iterations of the Ford Mustang, resulted in $5.76 million in sales, with a special-order Race Red 2019 Ford GT (Lot F181) showing just 12 miles on the odometer selling for $1.02 million, and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot F183) that wears KK No. 1893 selling for $407,000.
The complete top 10 collector car sales at Mecum Kissimmee 2022 include:
- 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype (Lot S160) at $3,750,000
- 2020 McLaren Speedtail (Lot S146) at $3,300,000
- 1992 Ferrari F40 (Lot S150) at $2,750,000
- 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (Lot S162) at $2,640,000
- 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom (Lot S152) at $2,145,000
- 2016 Pagani Huayra (Lot S115) at $2,117,500
- 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F171.1) at $1,430,000
- 1936 White Model 706 Glacier National Park Tour Bus (Lot S132) at $1,430,000
- 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo (Lot S164) at $1,430,000
- 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (Lot F143) at $1,375,000