Mecum Kicks Off 2018 with $96.6m in Kissimmee

Mecum Auctions’ annual collector-car auction in Kissimmee, Florida, has long held the title of “world’s largest,” and this year’s auction again raised the bar, taking the collector-car auction market to new heights. Demonstrating $10 million in growth over last year’s auction, Mecum Kissimmee 2018 saw 2,208 vehicles hammer sold from Jan. 5-14 for overall sales totals of $96.6 million—a number still on the rise as sales continue to be finalized in Mecum’s Bid Goes On department. With an unprecedented total of 3,023 vehicles crossing the auction block, the sell-through rate reached an impressive 73% throughout the 10-day event.

Topping all sales at the 2018 auction was the one-of-120 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari (Lot S110) that commanded a $3.41 million sale, followed by the 150-mile 2016 Ferrari F12tdf (Lot S113) from the Michael Fux Collection that demanded $1.32 million. With this year’s auction featuring two dozen private collections from many well-known and respected collectors, Fux’s collection of more than 30 highly desirable classic and collector vehicles served as a headlining offering. In total, Fux’s collection brought more than $6.54 million in sales. Following his F12tdf, the next singular vehicle offering from Fux to make the auction’s top 10 list was another exotic donning the prancing horse emblem: a 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta (Lot S111) that sold for $726,000.

Unique, multi-vehicle offerings were an additional highlight at this year’s auction, and two such sales landed among the top five, including Fux’s Mercedes-Benz AMG Black Series Quartet (Lot S118) that sold for more than $1 million. The other top-selling multi-vehicle offering was that of two 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s (Lot T150) that brought $1.21 million.

In addition to the extraordinary sales results, Kissimmee 2018 raised the bar in entertainment with the first-ever Mecum culinary cook-off for celebrity chefs, as well as live music, drum lines, live variety entertainers, many sponsor education sessions and much more, further expanding on the event’s festival-like atmosphere.

“Kissimmee 2018 proved to be another year of exceptional growth in overall sales totals, individual sales prices and exceeding the milestone achievement of consigning more than 3,000 cars,” commented Consignment Director Frank Mecum. “We’re proud to continue to hold the world’s largest collector-car auction in Florida, and we are excited to raise the bar once again in 2019.”

The complete top 10 sales at the Mecum Kissimmee 2018 auction include:

  1. 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari (Lot S110) at $3,410,000
  2. 2016 Ferrari F12tdf (Lot S113) at $1,320,000
  3. The 1969 Camaro ZL1 Offering (Lot T150) at $1,210,000
  4. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Black Series Quartet (Lot S118) at $1,001,000
  5. 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta (Lot S111) at $726,000
  6. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot S144) at $583,000
  7. 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (Lot S116.1) at $495,000
  8. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06/N03 (Lot S140.1) at $456,500
  9. 2011 Porsche GT3 RS (Lot S54) at $434,500
  10. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (Lot S207) at $346,500