Mecum tops $20.5 million at second annual Harrisburg sale

1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible sells for high bid of $190,000 | Mecum photos
1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible sells for high bid of $190,000 | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions returned to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for its second annual classic and collector car auction last weekend and reported $20,566,598 in sales of classic cars, motorcycles, farm tractors and items of road art.

“The excitement over collector cars and the Mecum auction action in the Northeast is readily apparent,” Dana Mecum, Mecum Auctions founder and president, saidin a post-sale news release. “It was great to see that the crowds and bidder enthusiasm at this year’s Harrisburg auction easily rivaled that of our inaugural event in 2014.”

That inaugural Harrisburg auction last year posted total sales of $21 million.

Strong attendance at Harrisburg auction
Strong attendance again this year at Harrisburg auction

The sell-through rate this year was 67 percent, nearly matching the 70 percent figure from a year ago.

The high-dollar sale of the auction was the $190,000 paid for a 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible, one of only 518 such cars produced.

A 1931 Bugatti Royale replica with a carbon-fiber body and fenders brought $147,500, with a pair of Chevrolet Corvettes — a 1967 coupe and a 1957 convertible — next on the top 10 list at $138,000 and $132,000, respectively. Sales figures are hammer prices.

Top 10 sales, Mecum Harrisburg auction:

  1. 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible, $190,000
  2. 1931 Bugatti Royale replica, $147,500
  3. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $138,000
  4. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $132,000
  5. 1957 Ford Thunderbird, $127,500
  6. 1968 Shelby GT500KR fastback, $120,000
  7. 1941 Packard 110 station wagon, $120,000
  8. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $115,000
  9. 2015 Ford Mustang Stage 2, $102,500
  10. 1970 Shelby GT500 fastback, $94,000

(Figures are hammer — high bid — figures and do not include buyer’s fees.)

Mecum and the NBC Sports Network that covers its sales live now move to Monterey, California, for the annual “Daytime Auction” from August 13-15. Some 600 vehicles are on the docket for that sale during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week.

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