Kissimmee Auction

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.

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.


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.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster
Sold for $2,500,000

• The First L88 Corvette, and only Tuxedo Black 1967 L88 Convertible built
• Campaigned by Tony DeLorenzo and Jerry Thompson in 1967
• Sponsored by Owens-Corning and Hanley Dawson Chevrolet
• 2nd Place at the 1967 Daytona Beach SCCA Runoffs
• Protect-O-Plate with Al Grenning affirmation
• Bloomington Gold certified in 1984
• Naber Brothers restoration
• Multiple Bloomington Gold Special Collection appearances in 1985, 1988 and 1992
• Multiple NCRS Top Flight awards in 1984 and 1985
• MCACN Triple Diamond award in 2010
• NCRS American Heritage award in 2013

1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster
Sold for $5,940,000

• Carroll Shelby's personal 427 Cobra since new until his passing
• Purchased from Shelby's estate in 2016
• One of only five 427 Cobras originally finished in Charcoal Gray
• Ground-up concours restoration completed in 2019 to exacting 1965 specifications completed by renowned Cobra restorers Legendary Motorcar Company
• Original body and chassis
• Aluminum head 427 side oiler engine with dual 4-barrel carburetors
• Toploader 4-speed manual transmission
• Sunburst knock-off wheels
• Detailed history listed in the Shelby Registry 

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.

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster
Sold for $1,375,000

• Invoiced to Shelby American on October 11, 1966, and first sold through Marshall Motor Co. in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
• Purchased by Jim Inglese of Inglese Induction Systems in 1978 from the second owner
• Cosmetic restoration administered by Geoff Howard/Accurate Restorations in Danbury, CT with S/C modifications including flares, hood scoop, side pipes and comp fuel cap added
• 1st Place in the popular vote 427 Cobra Class in 1987's SAAC-12 meet in Charlotte, NC
• The lone 427 Cobra to participate in the inaugural 'Cobras in the Mountains Tour' in 2004
• Featured on the cover of 'American Supercars', and road tested in April 1981 issue of Car and Driver
• Recently restored in 4/18 to original as-delivered spec by the Cobra Experience

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Sold for $1,567,500

• Completed on August 13, 1956, and originally owned by the Prince of Salm Salm and special-ordered in Graphite Gray with Blue plaid interior
• Purchased in 1961 by Dr. J Theodore Luros, a neurosurgeon from Indianapolis, Indiana
• Refinished in optional Strawberry Red Metallic, code DB543 during Luros' ownership. 
• Cosmetic and mechanical restoration completed by marque specialist R.Koniczek of Rudi & Co. 
• Recent cosmetic refresh completed in its original Graphite Grey
• Retains original belly pans
• Matching numbers fuel injected 2,996cc OHC straight 6-cylinder engine with dry sump lubrication

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Sold for $1,210,000

• Extensive nut and bolt concours restoration completed to factory specs by marque experts at Hjeltness Restoration in Escondido, California
• Displayed at the 2013 Carmel Mission Concours
• Second in class at 2014 Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance, award not included
• Mercedes-Benz Classic Zertifikat included
• Restored in factory correct Silver Gray Metallic with Red leather interior
• 2,996cc engine, Bosch fuel injection, 4-speed manual, 4-corner independent suspension
• 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
• Becker Mexico radio with Hirschman antenna, Black soft top
• Sealed beam lighting units with separate parking light, Books and brochure, Rare original jack 

 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS
Sold for $1,347,500

• S/N 07967
• 1 of only 200 produced over a two year span
• Previously owned by a former Skip Barber Midwest series physician from 1983-2019
• Extensive restoration completed in 2020
• Detailed undercarriage
• Body stripped to bare metal and finished Rosso Corsa base/clear paint
• Pininfarina design
• 3.3L Colombo V-12 engine
• Three Weber twin-choke carburetors
• Ansa exhaust system

2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition
Sold for $990,000

• The '67 Heritage Edition was designed to commemorate the first and only all-American team to win Le Mans consisting of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt
• Mid-mounted Twin turbocharged and intercooled 3.5L/647 HP DOHC 24-valve EcoBoost engine
• Titanium exhaust, $10,000 option
• 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds; Top speed of 216 MPH
• 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters
• Active aerodynamics with deployable rear wing and air brake
• Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes
• Race Red painted-on White stripes and Frozen White no. 1 hood and door graphics
• Carbon fiber passenger shell and body panels
• Carbon fiber monocoque with integrated steel roll cage and aluminum substructure
• Exterior gloss carbon fiber trim option

1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini
Sold for $1,182,500

• Giotto Bizzarrini built 20 Iso Grifo A3C race cars with the rare Drogo riveted alloy body
• Lightweight aluminum Drogo riveted body designed and built by Carrozzeria Sport Cars Modena
• Completed in late 1964 and delivered new to Auto Becker in Germany in January 1965
• Owned by race car driver Pierre de Siebenthal from the 1970s to 1993
• Sold in 1993 to former Bizzarrini factory manager Salvatore Diomante
• 5.3L engine with 400 HP
• 2012-2013 comprehensive ground-up restoration by Autocostruzioni Torino, Italy
• 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
• Documented and backed by certificate of conformity 

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster
Sold for $935,000

• Invoiced to Hellertown Motors in Hellertown, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1965
• Originally ordered with Class A accessories including WSW tires, landau hardtop, side curtains and luggage rack (uninstalled)
• Shipped to Pennsylvania via TWA air-freight and delivered to it's original owner, Dennis Richmond on April 16, 1965
• Purchased by third owner in 1968 and was in his care for the next 50 years
• Extensive nut and bolt restoration to like original condition completed in 2020
• Factory correct Wimbledon White with Black interior
• 289 CI V-8 engine
• Aluminum intake and hollow-letter Cobra valve covers

1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible
Sold for $962,500

• 1 of 17 6 BBL Cuda Convertibles produced in 1971
• 1 of 12 6 BBL Automatic Cuda Convertibles produced in 1971
• Formerly part of the Steven Juliano Collection
• 21,026 miles
• Documented with the original broadcast sheet
• Extensive restoration completed with original and NOS parts
• Original sheet metal
• Original drivetrain
• 440 6 BBL engine