2018 Mecum Kissimmee Florida (Auction Preview)

Highlights of the Mecum Kissimmee 2018 collector car auction include a Bugatti Chiron, a La Ferrari, two Ferrari F12tdfs, two Shelby Cobras and a Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster.

2018 Bugatti Chiron
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Mecum will kick off the 2018 collector car auction year by offering around 3,000 vehicles at the Kissimmee sale in Florida, USA, in early January 2018. While Mecum sells anything automotive from road art to American muscle car racers, some of the top million-dollar-plus cars on offer at Kissimmee could just as easily fit in the catalogues of the world’s top auction houses two weeks later in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2018 Bugatti Chiron will be the second of the model in a month to reach an auction with only delivery miles on the clock. Three nearly new very low-mileage Ferraris will also be on offer: a Ferrari LaFerrari and two Ferrari F12tdf models. Top classical cars include a 1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SL and two Shelby Cobra roadsters.

Mecum Kissimmee 2018 Collector Car Auctions

While most of the world’s largest car auctioneers are gearing up to start the classic car auction year in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mecum will already be earning money at its annual Kissimmee sale in Florida, USA.

The Mecum Kissimmee auction will be held from 5 to 14 January 2018 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, USA. On offer will be around 3,000 lots that include not only collectors cars but also motorcycles, airplanes, boats, and road art.

Million-Dollar Cars at Mecum Kissimmee 2018

Some of the cars expecting to sell for more than a million dollar at Mecum Kissimmee 2018 collector car sale include:

2018 Bugatti Chiron

2018 Bugatti Chiron
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A surprise late announcement for the Mecum Kissimmee 2017 sale is a two-tone black and blue 2018 Bugatti Chiron. This will be the second Chiron offered at auction within a month with only 249 delivery miles.

The first Bugatti Chiron ever offered at public auction sold for $3,772,500 at the RM Sotheby’s New York 2017 auction. This car was an unregistered US specification car.

The base price for a Bugatti Chiron is around $3 million without options. If this car achieved a similar result to the first Chiron sold at auction, the gains to the owner will percentage wise be quite a lot less than some of the nearly new Ferraris are achieving.

A European specification Bugatti Chiron is due to be offered by RM Sotheby’s in Paris in February 2018.

2015 Ferrari LaFerrari

Yellow 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
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Mecum will offer a yellow 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, estimate $3,400,000 – $3,800,000, at the Mecum Kissimmee sale 2018. This car is one of 120 produced for the US market and comes with only 317 miles on the clock.

Since 2016, at least five used LaFerraris have sold at auction with results ranging from $3.4 to $5.2 million. Apart from the 500th LaFerrari sold in a charity auction for $7 million by RM Sotheby’s, Mecum generally had the highest results for LaFerraris including an unsuccessful $4 million bid.

Two Ferrari F12tdf Cars at Mecum Kissimmee 2018

Yellow 2016 Ferrari F12tdf
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Ferrari F12tdf (Tour de France) cars are the latest modern Ferraris to achieve million-dollar results at auction and at vastly higher prices than paid new by the first owners. A Ferrari F12tdf retailed new for around $500,000 although few seem to leave the factory without around $100,000 in fitted options. Production is limited to 699 cars.

Since Mecum sold a 2017 Ferrari F12tdf with 84 miles on the clock for $1,375,000 at Monterey 2017, RM Sotheby’s also sold an F12tdf for $1,105,000 and will offer a bespoke light blue with racing stripes version with 200 miles at Arizona 2018.

However, two Ferrari F12tdf cars will be on offer at Mecum Kissimmee 2018:

  • A yellow 2016 Ferrari F12tdf, estimate $1,200,000 – $1,300,000, comes with only 150 miles on the clock,
  • A red 2017 Ferrrai F12tdf, estimate $1,150,000 – $1,350,000, is in comparison well run-in with 1,157 miles on the clock.

Two Shelby 289 Cobras at Mecum Kissimmee 2018

1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster
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Shelby 289 Cobras are amongst the most-popular and most-expensive American sport cars from the 1960s. The 289 Cobra generally sells for around a million dollar with only minor fluctuations in results achieved.

Two Shelby Cobras will be on offer at Mecum Kissimmee 2018 with at least two further available during Scottsdale later in the month:

  • The 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra, chassis CSX2588, estimate $1,250,000 – $1,500,000 (announced reserve $1,100,000), is the more interesting vehicle. This Shelby was the penultimate 289 Cobra produced and the last one sold to the public. It was the last Cobra Roadster fitted in factory with a 4-speed manual gearbox. This Cobra retained it original chassis, body, engine and drivetrain and is finished in the original color scheme of Rouge Iris (maroon).
  • The 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra, chassis CSX2549, estimate $1,000,000 – $1,250,000 (announced reserve of $950,000), is one of only 20 Cobras fitted with the C4 automatic transmission by the factory. The car sold for $950,000 (hammer price) at the Mecum Monterey 2016 sale.

1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster

Red 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
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The 1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster, estimate $1,100,000 – $1,350,000 (announced reserve $975,000), at Mecum Kissimmee 2018 is finished in its original striking color of Fire Engine Red. It was originally delivered to Caracas and remained in Venezuela until 2014. It is matching numbers car with original chassis, body, engine, transmission and differential.

Buyers not keen on a red version may try going for one of the seven Mercedes Benz 300 SLs on offer at the Scottsdale 2018 auctions.