Highlights of the Mecum’s Kissimmee 2019 auction include a 1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster and a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta.
The Mecum’s Kissimmee auction will span 11 days early January 2019 and with 3,500 vehicles on offer claim to be the largest collector car auction in the world. Lead cars for the sale include a 1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster – the only GT Roadster to have raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. The sale will also include the first used Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta offered for sale at public auction.
Mecum Kissimmee, Florida, Collector Car Auction 2019
Mecum claims its Kissimmee auction in Florida is the largest collector car auction in the world. While most of the car auctioning world is still preparing for the annual Scottsdale, Arizona, classic car auction week in mid-January, Mecum will already be selling in Florida. Mecum’s Kissimmee auction is scheduled for January 3 to 13, 2019 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, USA.
The massive Mecum Kissimmee auction event covers more than 60 acres and feature at least two dozen private collections, 3,000 items of Road Art, the Mecum Midway of food, exhibitors and various live entertainment acts on the Midway stage, the Dodge Thrill Ride, and, of course, the ceaseless high-energy Mecum auction action.
The Mecum Kissimmee 2019 auction is expected to attract around 100,000 spectators, 10,000 bidders and over $100 million in sales.
Headline Cars at Mecum Kissimmee 2019
The Mecum Kissimmee 2019 auction lineup includes countless headline-worthy offerings spanning everything from the only 1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster to race at Le Mans (Lot S138) to two LaFerraris, one of which is an ultra-exclusive Aperta edition (Lot S113).
Other racing and automotive pop-culture icons slated to cross the block include Benny Parsons’ 1973 NASCAR Cup Champion car (Lot S111) and the 1932 Ford McMullen Roadster (Lot S107) from the cover of “Hot Rod” magazine, and America’s Sports Car is represented in spades by such greats as the Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell Corvette Styling Cars originally from the GM Styling Department (Lot S180) and no fewer than three of the ever-elusive L88s (Lot F151 and F251).
1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster
The 1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster on offer at the Mecum Kissimmee 2019 auction is the only GT Roadster with Le Mans racing experience. It is one of five built by Ford and one of only two to have survived. It was raced by Ford of France with Maurice Trintignant and Guy Ligier as drivers. Unfortunately, gearbox problems forced retirement after only eleven laps.
The restored car finished 2nd in Class at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – beaten only by the 1966 Le Mans Winner.
Ferrari LaFerrari and Aperta at Mecum Kissimmee 2019
Two LaFerraris owned by Michael Fux will be on offer at the Mecum Kissimmee 2019 collector auction:
The 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is the more interesting car. Only 210 were made and this will be the first “used” Aperta on offer at public auction. The last Aperta produced was sold new for charity for just over $10 million at the RM Sotheby’s Maranello 2017 sale. Another used Aperta will be on offer a few days after the Kissimmee sale at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona 2019 sale – this car has 1,500 miles on the clock compared to the 174 delivery miles on the LaFerrari Aperta at Mecum’s Kissimmee 2019. Both auction houses have the same $6,500,000 – 8,500,000 estimate for the LaFerrari Apertas.
The 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari has only 418 miles on the odometer and comes with a pre-auction estimate of $3,500,000 – $4,000,000. These cars generally sell for between $3 and $5 million although sellers have rejected bids well within this range at Mecum sales in 2017 and 2018.