Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” sold for a model record $3,740,000 as the top result at the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 sale.
Mecum had a good start to 2020 by earning $130 million from three sales in January 2020. While other auctioneers were still preparing for the Scottsdale 2020 auctions, Mecum already sold over 2,000 cars at Kissimmee in Florida including Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” sold for a record $3,740,000. Mecum further sold over 1,500 motorcycles in Las Vegas.
Mecum Kissimmee 2020 Auction
Mecum’s Kissimmee 2020 collector car auction, held Jan. 2-12, 2020, saw overall sales skyrocket to $105.1 million with 2,140 vehicles changing hands throughout the 11-day auction.
The top ten results at Mecum Kissimmee 2020:
- 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” (Lot F150) at $3,740,000
- 2019 McLaren Senna (Lot S113) at $1,430,000
- 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Lot S111) at $1,430,000
- 2015 McLaren P1 (Lot S159) at $1,089,000
- 1967 Ford Mustang “Eleanor”® (Lot S135) at $852,500
- 1968 Challenger 2 Streamliner (Lot S130) at $561,000
- 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (Lot S192) at $544,500
- 1932 Duesenberg Model J Tourster (Lot T170.1) at $522,500
- 1966 Superformance Ford GT40 MkII (Lot S203) at $484,000
- 1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot F178) at $440,000
1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt”
The 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” set a new model record when it sold for $3,740,000 at the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 collector car auction. This result, around $3.7 million higher than Hagerty lists for a similar car in concourse condition, is all due to this car being driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie “Bullitt”. It was the most expensive used car sold at public auction during January 2020.
After the production of the movie, the Mustang was sold on without premium. It was in the possession of the Kieran family since 1974. The Mustang was used as a daily driver but was garaged since 1980. The Mustang has around 65,000 miles on the clock and, although running, is in a rusty condition.
A 1970 Porsche 917K used on the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans, similarly sold for a marque-record $14,080,000 – almost $4 million more than the second-most-expensive Porsche, the Le-Mans-winning 1982 Porsche 956. The Ford marque record of $11,000,000 is for a 1968 Ford GT40 Lightweight used as a camera car for the same McQueen Le Mans movie, although the Ford had some racing history too.
Further Steve McQueen-linked cars will be on sale in 2020 including the 1967 Con-Ferr Buggy Meyers Manx driven by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair at the Bonhams Amelia Island 2020 classic car auction.
Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction 2020
The 29th annual Las Vegas vintage and antique motorcycle auction this year achieved $22.6 million in overall sales as 1,540 motorcycles hammered sold for an excellent 90% sell-through rate. Held Jan. 21-26 at the South Point Hotel and Casino, the auction was topped by the sales of two of Brough Superior’s best: a 1922 Mark 1 90 Bore (Lot F166.1) that sold for $308,000 and a 1930 SS100 (Lot S141) that brought $239,250.
The top ten results at Mecum Las Vegas 2020 were:
- 1922 Brough Superior Mark 1 90 Bore (Lot F166.1) at $308,000
- 1930 Brough Superior SS100 (Lot S141) at $239,250
- 1956 Harley-Davidson Indian Larry Grease Monkey (Lot S181) at $220,000
- 1940 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead (Lot F189) at $220,000
- 1916 Militaire Four Cylinder (Lot F88) at $214,500
- 1974 Ducati 750SS (Lot S257) at $198,000
- 1934 Harley-Davidson CAC Speedway (Lot F188) at $181,500
- 2004 Indian Larry Chain Of Mystery (Lot S182) at $165,000
- 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (Lot F202) at $143,000
- 1924 Patria Ace-Henderson (Lot S104) at $137,500