Mecum Las Vegas Collector Car Auction to Feature 1,000 Consignments

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Following an exceptionally successful inaugural auction last year, Mecum Auctions will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 15-17 with an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more to cross the auction block.

Among the main attractions consigned to date for Mecum Las Vegas 2018 are the 50 blue-chip, investment-grade prewar luxury touring vehicles from The Academy of Art University Collection. Included in the collection are two Talbot-Lagos—a 1938 T120 Roadster (Lot S105) and a 1939 T150-C Coupe (Lot S107)—several Packards, including a 1934 1108 V-12 Sport Phaeton (Lot S125) and a 1934 1104 Super 8 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton (Lot S125.1), a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton (Lot S130.1), a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet (Lot S98), a 1935 Pierce-Arrow Model 1245 Silver Arrow (Lot S93.1), as well as many others from Auburn, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and more.

The Ardell Brown Estate Collection encompasses nearly 140 lots all to be offered at no reserve. The collection includes a lilac 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet (Lot S72) with a professional nut-and-bolt restoration performed by one of the best restorers in America, Lon Kruger of Scottsdale, Arizona; a 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible (Lot S71) that is one of 518 GT500KR Convertibles produced and one of just 43 with a Special Yellow exterior; and a 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Lot S74) that is one of 3,950 produced in 1955, to name a few.

A contrast from and complement to the historic consignments from The Academy of Art University Collection and the Ardell Brown Estate Collection is a 2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 16.4 (Lot S96) that sports Chassis No. 45 and was a 2011 Frankfort Motor Show car.

“Our first-ever collector-car auction in Las Vegas last year established an extremely high standard for quality consignments and strong sales,” Mecum Vice President of Marketing and Presentation Sam Murtaugh said. “Frank Mecum and the consignment team have consigned remarkable collections for this year’s auction including the Academy of Art University Collection and the Ardell Brown Estate, plus other smaller collections and individual consignments from more than 30 states that are sure to result in eager bidding and further strengthen Mecum’s brand presence in Las Vegas and the Southwest.”

Mecum Las Vegas 2018 is open to buyers, sellers and spectators. Bidder registration is available online in advance for $100, $200 after Nov. 14, and includes admission for two to the three auction days. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online after Nov. 14; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission.

Doors open daily at 8 a.m., with the vehicle auction beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17. Mecum Las Vegas 2018 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network a total of 18 hours with five hours of live coverage. A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com.

Persons interested in consigning a vehicle to be auctioned at Mecum Las Vegas 2018 should visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050 for complete details about the consignment process and pricing. Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

$30 Million in Overall Sales Realized at Mecum Dallas 2018

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Mecum Dallas 2018 reached $30 million in overall sales totals as 839 collector cars hammered sold for a 73 percent sell-through rate. The total sales achieved constitute an amazing 34 percent increase over 2017.

The auction’s top 10 sellers list was dominated by Ford’s GT, with four examples claiming their place in the lineup. A 2017 model (Lot S69) with just 626 miles wearing Serial No. 77 came in as the auction’s highest seller at $1.32 million, while two ’06 models (Lots W113and S107) and one 2005 (Lot S104) demanded sales of $258,500, $280,500 and $291,500, respectively. A stunning Bloomington Gold Certified and NCRS Top Flight-winning 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Lot S123) took honors as the auction’s second top seller with a $440,000 sale.

The headlining Leaded Gas Collection sold in its entirety for nearly $1 million in total sales, and the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S23) from the assemblage landed among top sales bringing $214,500. The Sickies Garage Collection offering of a dozen Hot Rods and more also sold in its entirety for overall sales of $348,150.

The complete top 10 collector-car sales at the Mecum Dallas 2018 auction include:

  1. 2017 Ford GT (Lot S69) at $1,320,000

  2. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Lot S123) at $440,000

  3. 2005 Ford GT (Lot S104) at $291,500

  4. 2006 Ford GT (Lot S107) at $280,500

  5. 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster (Lot S154.1) at $277,750

  6. 2006 Ford GT (Lot W113) at $258,500

  7. 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (Lot S136) at $220,000

  8. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S23) at $214,500

  9. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S139) at $203,500

  10. 2001 BMW Z8 Convertible (Lot S114) at $192,500

For access to complete auction results, sign up for the free InfoNet service offered at Mecum.com. Mecum’s next auction will be Chicago 2018 featuring a 1,000-car lineup at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, Oct. 25-27. Following that, Mecum will return to Las Vegas for another 1,000-car auction Nov. 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more details on upcoming auctions, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit Mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.

American Rarities Highlight RM Auctions' $11 Million Hershey Sale

 Darin Schnabel © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

Darin Schnabel © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.


HERSHEY, Pennsylvania (13 October 2018) – RM Auctions returned to Hershey this week (11-12 October) for the company’s 12th annual sale coinciding with the Antique Automobile Club of America’s renowned Eastern Division Fall Meet. RM Auctions achieved an overall total of $10,999,096 across two evenings of spirited bidding at the Hershey Lodge, with a strong 94 percent of all lots sold.

Collectors and enthusiasts poured in from the swap meet field to the auction venue to view the nearly 150 motor cars and plentiful memorabilia on offer, with bidders hailing from 19 countries and 45 states across the U.S. Energy and interest were high across both Thursday and Friday evening sessions, with the top sale being the 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster. Offered with well-known, fascinating ownership history, elegantly presented, and authentically restored with a correct Fleetwood body, the Cadillac sold for a final $495,000, surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $400,000 - $450,000. The top three sellers also included a one-of-35 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin, which reached a final $357,500, and a 1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Sedan by Dietrich, one of just 25 examples built in its beautiful semi-custom style, which exceeded estimate at $286,000 (est. $225k/$275k).

“Hershey remains one of our favorite venues to return to, year after year,” said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Group, following the sale. “Following days spent with collectors exhibiting true interest and passion for the hobby, we saw solid total results and an exceptional sell-through rate. On both Thursday and Friday, numerous individual lots of various categories achieved final prices well above their high estimate, demonstrating the very real interest in truly rare or exceptionally historic American motor cars.”

These stand-out individual results extended from memorabilia, through to the pair of the motorcycles on offer, as well as several automobiles. Kicking off Thursday sales on a strong note, the 1948 Playboy A48 Convertible, an unusual and very rare American post-war microcar, nearly doubled its high estimate at $132,000 (est. $55k/$75k), while just moments later an award-winning 1912 Baker Electric Model W Runabout, formerly of the Harrah and Raymond Carr Collections, sold to a new home for $192,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $85,000 - $100,000. Another electric vehicle, the 1917 Milburn Electric Model 27 Brougham, offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection without reserve, also drew significant interest, reaching a final $63,250 (est. $25k/$35k). Later on Thursday, an exceptional 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible, the 1960 Mexican International Auto Show car with a mere 22,000 original miles, ignited a furious competition between a bidder in the room and on the phone, eventually bringing $209,000 (est. $130k/$150k). 

On Friday evening, the auction again began with excitement as a 1912 Marion Model 33 Bobcat, a very rare and highly desirable survivor, sold for $132,000, soaring past its estimate of $60,000 - $90,000, closely followed by a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Fuel-Injected’ 283/283, which brought a final $159,500 after an extended bidding battle (est. $80k/120k). Finally, it was the one-off 1911 American Eagle Touring which saw perhaps the longest contest of the auction, with multiple bidders in the room and on the phone seeking to add this early piece of Detroit automotive history to their collection. The car was sold for a final $242,000, tripling its high estimate (est. $50k/$80k).

RM Auctions Hershey Top Ten Sales

  1. 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster: $495,000

  2. 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria: $357,500

  3. 1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Sedan: $286,000

  4. 1936 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster: $269,500

  5. 1936 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria: $247,500

  6. 1911 American Eagle Touring: $242,000

  7. 1932 Marmon Sixteen Close-Coupled Sedan: $225,000

  8. 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-B-2 Seven-Passenger Touring: $220,000

  9. 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible: $209,000

  10. 1935 Cadillac V-12 Two-Passenger Coupe: $203,500

Next up, the RM Sotheby’s Group heads to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia, for the company’s highly anticipated exclusive, single-marque Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction on 27 October. RM Sotheby’s will bring a curated selection of 64 of the world’s most valuable and sought-after Porsche models, along with 60 lots of Porsche memorabilia, parts, and collectibles, to the home of Porsche Cars North America for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend. The complete digital catalogue for the Porsche sale is now available at rmsothebys.com.