Mecum Auctions’ first-ever Louisville classic and collector car auction brought $13.4 million in total sales throughout the three-day event, with 440 vehicles hammering sold Sept. 8-10. Top sellers at the auction were a great reflection of what the Mecum brand is best known for with the 10 highest sale prices achieved almost exclusively by American Muscle and Corvettes.
Each morning, the tone of the auction was set with the help of the Kentucky Derby’s official bugler Steve Buttleman playing the National Anthem, but instead of opening up for horses, he was opening up for horsepower. The energy and enthusiasm of the auction were further enhanced by the Dodge Thrill Rides taking part on-site at the Kentucky Exposition Center as part of a multiyear sponsorship by the company.
The Louisville auction’s top sellers included a host of the vehicles most closely associated with the Mecum name topped by a four-speed 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 convertible that hammered for $280,000. Other top sellers included both vintage and modern muscle with a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback at $255,000 and a 2005 Ford GT at $250,000. A stunning 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod promised the best of both worlds with vintage good looks and modern performance demanding a $200,000 sale price. An especially notable sale was that of a four-speed 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible that gaveled for an outstanding $132,500.
The complete top 10 sales at the Mecum Louisville 2016 auction include (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible (Lot S115) at $280,000
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S118) at $255,000
2005 Ford GT (Lot S147) at $250,000
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot S125) at $200,000
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster (Lot S121.1) at $145,000
1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot S96) at $135,000
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible (Lot S98.1) at $132,500
1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot S96.1) at $112,500
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Fuelie (Lot S97) at $90,000
1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot S159) at $90,000
For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, sign up for the free InfoNet service offered at Mecum.com. Mecum’s next classic and collector car auction will be a 1,000-car offering in Chicagoland at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Oct. 6-8, followed by another 1,000-car auction in Dallas, Nov. 2-5. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.