Two Ferraris — an F40 supercar and a classic 275 GTB/4 — were the top of 13 million-dollar auction results at the Mecum Kissimmee 2023 sale.
Mecum started the American collector car auction year in style by selling more than a dozen cars for over a million dollars in addition to over 3,000 further cars at more affordable prices. The top results were for classic European sportscars frequently seen at auctions: Ferrari F40, Ferrari 275 GTB/4, BMW 507 Roadster, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, and Ferrari 330 GTS. The million-dollar results also include American muscle and racing cars including two 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytonas, a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible, and a 1968 Eagle Offenhauser Indy Car. The auction also included the first million-dollar result of the year for a Ford GT.
Mecum Kissimmee Sale 2023
Mecum’s Kissimmee 2023 collector car auction: 4 to 15 January 2023 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, USA. Over 4,000 cars, 40 motorcycles, around 1200 items of art and memorabilia, as well as a Lockheed Jetstar plane that once belonged to Elvis Presley are on sale.
In 2023, Mecum earned $234 million at Kissimmee — the first time an auction achieved over $200 two years running. A record 3,180 cars were sold
In 2022, Mecum earned a single-event sales record of $217 million in sales over 11 days. This figure included the $72 million Mecum earned on the final Saturday — a single-day record for the company. Vehicle-only earnings were $213 million with 2,954 vehicles sold — a sell-through rate of 90%.
In 2021, Mecum sold just over 2,000 cars in its Kissimmee sale to earn $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. In 2020, Mecum earned $105.1 million with 2,140 vehicles changing hands throughout the 11-day auction.
Top Results at Mecum Kissimmee 2023 Collector Car Auction
The top results* at the Mecum Kissimmee 2023 collector car auction in Florida USA were:
|2||1967||Ferrari 275 GTB/4||2,970,000|
|3||1959||BMW 507 Roadster||1,760,000|
|4||1955||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing||1,650,000|
|5||1967||Ferrari 330 GTS||1,595,000|
|6||1969||Dodge Hemi Daytona||1,430,000|
|7||1966||Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster||1,430,000|
|8||1969||Dodge Hemi Daytona NASCAR||1,430,000|
|9||1970||Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible||1,100,000|
|10||1968||Eagle Offenhauser Indy Car||1,100,000|
|11||2005||Porsche Carrera GT||1,072,500|
|13||1961||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster||1,045,000|
*NOTE: based on unpublished results with further top results and post-hammer deals still possible on the final day of the auction. Check the final results at Mecum.com.
Million-Dollar Cars at Mecum Kissimmee 2023 Sale
While most of the world’s top classic car auctioneers are still gearing up for the annual Scottsdale sales in Arizona, Mecum was already earning in Florida. At least 13 cars sold for over a million dollars and these top results were an interesting mix of modern supercars, mid-century European classics, as well as American muscle and racing cars.
A 1922 Ferrari F40 was the most expensive car sold at the Mecum Kissimmee 2023 sale when it achieved $3,135,000. At least three F40s sold for more at auctions in 2022, including the model record 1990 Ferrari F40 for $3,965,000 at Gooding Pebble Beach 2022, but five sold for less.
The second highest result was just below $3 million for a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4. A further 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider Conversion failed to sell with highest bids of $2.9 million. The latter confirmed that cutting a Ferrari Berlinetta’s roof off doesn’t necessarily increase the value even if the original roof is included in the sale.
Three classic European sportscars popular with collectors and frequently seen at auctions sold as could be expected: a 1959 BMW 507 Roadster, a 1967 Ferrari GTS, and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (somewhat below the overoptimistic $2.5 million pre-sale estimate). A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL sold for just over a million while $1.4 million was not enough to buy a fully restored 1957 Roadster.
A 2005 Porsche Carrera GT sold for $1,072,500 — less than any of the nine that sold in 2022 (although several failed to attract million-dollar bids too) but still well above what the Carrera GTs sold for three years ago.
An 18-mile 2020 Ford GT became the first of the model to sell for over a million dollars in 2023. A 334-mile 2020 Ford GT Mark II just missed the million-dollar mark — this was a track car with only 8 hours of recorded usage. At least 17 Ford GTs sold for over a million dollars in 2020 and expect many more to trade hands in 2023.
Top Muscle Cars Soldat Mecum Kissimmee 2023 Auction
The ten top muscle cars sales at Mecum Kissimmee 2023 were:
- 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (Lot F142) at $1,430,000
- 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona NASCAR (Lot S125) at $1,430,000
- 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible (Lot F111) at $1,100,000
- 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird (Lot T141.1) at $852,500
- 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (Lot T141) at $825,000
- 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird (Lot F145.1) at $742,500
- 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible (Lot S111) at $572,000
- 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird (Lot F146.1) at $561,000
- 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T Sunroof (Lot F146) at $550,000
- 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible (Lot S126) at $550,000
Several American muscle cars and racing cars sold for over a million including two Dodge Hemi Daytonas and a rare 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible. Several similar MOPAR and wing cars sold for above half a million dollars.
The 1968 Eagle Offenhauser Indy Car driven by Dan Gurney to a second-place finish at the 1968 Indianapolis 500 sold for top estimate $1,100,000.
Top Cars NOT Sold at Mecum Kissimmee Sale 2023
A few of the top cars not sold at Mecum Kissimmee 2023 collector car auction with reported highest bids were:
|Year||Car||Highest Bid ($)|
|1959||Porsche 718 RSK Center Seat||HB 3,200,000|
|2003||Ferrari Enzo||HB 3,100,000|
|1967||Ferrari 275 GTB/4||HB 2,900,000|
|1967||Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider Conversion||HB 2,900,000|
|1958||Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’||HB 2,200,000|
|1967||Ford GT40||HB 1,300,000|
The highest unsuccessful bids at the Mecum Kissimmee 2023 sale were for the 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Centerseat (estimate: $3,500,000 – $4,000,000) and the 7,334-mile, Argento Nurburgring silver 2003 Ferrari Enzo (estimate $3,500,000 – $3,700,000). Although both were near lower estimates, given the way the market developed in 2022, the vendors were probably not wrong to expect stronger results.