After 12 days of auction frenzy, Mecum’s 2023 Kissimmee auction has set a new record with a final sales tally of $234m. The sum breaks the standing record of $217m set at last year’s Kissimmee auction. The sale now makes Kissimmee the first auction to have achieved more than $200m in sales for two consecutive years.
In addition to the impressive dollar amounts, the 2023 event included a record 4,000 vehicles consigned, leading to 3,180 vehicles sold — also a new record. A staggering 45 private collections were offered in Kissimmee, making up in $90m of the sales total. One of which was the Chuck Cocoma Judge & GTO Ram Air IV Collection comprised of nine vehicles that sold for a combined $2.6m and was led by a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible at $1.1m.
Also grabbing headlines prior to the auction was the Gary & Kathy Edwards Wing Car & Mopar Collection made up of 15 vehicles. Every car in the group sold for six-figures, and four broke the half-million-dollar mark. The collection realized $7m in total, with a 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona leading the pack at $1.43m, landing in a three-way tie for the sixth highest sale of the event.
Thirteen vehicles sold for over $1m during the almost two-week period. The top sales offer a snapshot of the variety of vehicles presented in Kissimmee, including muscle cars, European sports cars and track-only machines. Topping the list were two of Maranello’s finest — a 1992 Ferrari F40 at $3,135,000 and a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 at $2,970,000 — both of which were finished in the ever-popular Rosso Corsa.
Three other European models rounded out the top five sales. They were a 1959 BMW 507 Roadster that sold for $1,760,000, a stealthy black 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing at $1,650,000 and a third Rosso Corsa Ferrari — a 1967 330 GTS — that traded hands for $1,595,000. The BMW 507, Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and 330 GTS were all part of the Rick Grant III Estate Collection.
The second half of the top ten was an all-American group and included a three-way tie. The trio was comprised of the forementioned Hemi Daytona from the Wing Car & Mopar Collection, and another Winged Warrior — a real-deal 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona NASCAR driven by Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison. The legend inspected the car personally, verifying its authenticity in a handwritten letter from November 10, 1999. The third member of the group was a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster converted to competition-spec in 1981. Each of the machines sold for $1,430,000.
Just behind was another tie, including the GTO Jude Ram Air IV Convertible from the Chuck Cocoma Collection and a race-winning 1968 Eagle Offenhauser Indy Car. Dan Gurney drove the Eagle to three Indy Car race wins in 1968 and finished second at the 1968 Indianapolis 500 behind the wheel of the car. The two iconic American rides each sold for $1.1m.