Carroll Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra sold for $5,940,000 to top the results at the Mecum’s 2021 Kissimmee and Muscle Car City collector car auctions in Florida, USA.
Mecum had a strong start to the 2021 collector car auction year with top earnings at the annual Kissimmee 2021 sale. While the traditional Scottsdale 2021 sales scaled down, even the smaller Kissimmee 2021 sale gave Mecum record earnings. The top result was $5,940,000 paid for Carroll Shelby’s personal 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra. Seven cars sold for over a million dollar each at Kissimmee 2021.
Mecum Kissimmee Auction 2021 Results
Mecum Auctions had a super start to the auction year in 2021 by earning $141.2 million at two mega auctions in Florida, USA. For 10 straight days at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, Mecum put on a spectacle of automotive entertainment, sending 2,030 collector cars home with new buyers for 89% sell-through of the total number of cars offered.
Less than a week later, Mecum took the auction action just 2.5 hours southwest to Punta Gorda, where the company auctioned the Muscle Car City Museum collection at no reserve, sending 200 more collector cars into the hands of eager enthusiasts bidding both on-site and from the comfort of home.
Mecum Kissimmee 2021 collector car auction was held January 7-16, 2021, and saw total overall sales reach $122.8 million — the highest single-auction total ever achieved in Mecum’s 34-year history. It was a remarkable single-auction total and a result rarely seen outside the annual Monterey and Scottsdale auctions.
Top-Ten Results at the Mecum Kissimmee Classic Car Auction 2021
The top ten results at the Mecum Kissimmee collector car auction in 2021 were:
- 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F145) at $5,940,000
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster (Lot MG5) at $2,500,000
- 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (Lot S137) at $1,567,500
- 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot S161) at $1,375,000
- 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS (Lot F164) at $1,347,500
- 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (Lot S146) at $1,210,000
- 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini (Lot S231) at $1,182,500
- 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition (Lot S134) at $990,000
- 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible (Lot F161) at $962,500
- 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster (Lot S170) at $935,000
Million-Dollar Cars at Mecum Kissimmee 2021
The top result at the Mecum Kissimmee classic car auction 2021 was $5,940,000 paid for Carroll Shelby’s personal 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra, CSX3178 (Lot F145). Carroll Shelby owned this Cobra from new until it was sold by his estate in 2016.
How much does the Carroll Shelby provenance add to the value? Another 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, CSX3318 (Lot S161) sold in the same auction for $1,375,00. This was exactly what CSX3178 was bought for at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2016 sale. It has since been restored to factory specification but even so, the extra $4.5 million is not down to condition only.
The second-most-expensive car sold at Kissimmee 2021 was a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster (Lot MG5) offered from the special exhibition Mecum Gallery collection that brought $2.5 million.
The other four cars selling for more than a million-dollar were the kind of cars normally seen at auctions by RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, or Gooding and at prices normally seen at those auctioneers too: a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sold for $1,567,500, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster for $1,210,000, a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS for $1,347,500, and a 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini achieved $1,182,500.
Private collections were another auction highlight with more than two dozen on the docket and some of the finest assemblages bringing in top dollar. The headlining Larry Carrell Collection saw all 32 of the vehicles within hammer sold for a total of $3.14 million, while the headlining Michael Fux Collection also achieved a 100% sell-through and $852,500 in total overall sales. The Marshall Goldman Collection was another especially notable group that reached $2.42 million as all 23 cars hammered sold, and the Aaronson Estate Collection brought $1.06 million.
Top Results at Mecum Muscle Car City Collection
Mecum kept the Florida auction action going strong with the offering of the Muscle Car City Collection in Punta Gorda held the following weekend, Jan. 22-23, 2021. The collection auction saw all 200 vehicles and all Road Art and memorabilia offered hammer sold for total overall sales of $18.4 million. Top-selling cars included a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot B40) that sold for $368,500, a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro (Lot A12) that sold for $297,000 and a 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Resto Mod (Lot A54) that brought $253,000.
The complete top 10 collector-car sales at the Muscle Car City Collection auction included:
- 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot B40) at $368,500
- 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro (Lot A12) at $297,000
- 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Resto Mod (Lot A54) at $253,000
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Resto Mod (Lot B26) at $231,000
- 1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible (Lot A56) at $220,000
- 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible (Lot B61) at $214,500
- 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro (Lot A11) at $209,000
- 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot B23) at $209,000
- 1965 Chevrolet C10 Pickup (Lot A77) at $198,000
- 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z16 (Lot A39) at $187,000
Mecum’s next car auctions are Glendale in March and Houston in April.