The Mecum Auctions company is a world leader of collector and vintage car, antique motorcycle, and road art sales. The company has specialized in auctions for 28 years. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin. Each year they continue to expand their annual events to bring buyers and sellers together. The 2015 Mecum Kissimmee Auction kicked off the company’s new year. It begins a 22-auction schedule that takes a cross country odyssey that ends in Austin, Texas, on December 20. The highlight of this year’s Kissimmee event was Saturday when rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis took the center stage to sell his 1959 Harley Davidson FLH motorcycle. Lewis has owned this bike since new. The hammer fell at $300,000 as he played his signature song “Great Balls of Fire” on a piano to the appreciative crowd.
Corvettes have always played a big role at Mecum and this year at Kissimmee was no exception. A total of 287 Corvettes were offered and 59 percent (169) were sold. In contrast, last year 318 Corvettes were offered and 68 percent sold (216). So we saw a slight decline in the number of Corvettes offered and sold, even the top price paid. The highest price went to a rare black big-tank 1964 Corvette (S164) that sold for $415,000. The highest number of Corvettes offered by generation were C2 and C3. But only 56 percent of them sold. Total sales for this 10-day event, including Corvettes, was $68,801,987. An amazing 74 percent of the 2,404 cars offered were sold. So clearly non-Corvette brands were changing hands at a higher pace. A couple of noteworthy Corvettes did not sell. One was Mickey Thompson’s personal ’63 Z06 fuel-injected coupe. It was estimated to sell for $725,000-850,000 but was only bid up to $575,000. So the white coupe was added to “The Bid Goes On” collection. Another noteworthy Corvette that did not sell was a Jetstream Blue ’09 Callaway Cars modified Z06 with 3,000 miles on its clock. It also joined “The Bid Goes On” collection when the bids stopped at $50,000, which did not meet the owner’s reserve. On the positive side, we inspected a very clean, well-maintained ’04 Millennium Yellow Z06 C5 with 97,460 miles that sold for $16,500. Another interesting sale was a black ’15 base C7 Corvette coupe with 200 miles on it that sold for $52,000.
Roger Judski, owner of Roger’s Corvette Center in Maitland, Florida, has amassed a large collection of prime Corvettes. He offered nine of his low-mileage collectables for sale at Kissimmee. Here is the Judski list of what was offered and what sold.
- 1978 Corvette Pace Car (S120), L82 four-speed with 13 miles, sold for $68,000.
- 1988 Challenge racer (S121), 1 of 56 built with 5,334 miles, sold for $45,000.
- 1988 35th Anniversary Corvette (S122), 9 miles, sold for $38,000.
- 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette (S123), 5 miles, sold for $40,000.
- 1994 Corvette Brickyard Pace Car (S124), sold for $26,000.
- 1995 Corvette ZR-1 (S125), 1 of 448 built with 1,826 miles, sold for $45,000.
- 1996 Corvette Collector Edition (S126), 2,885 miles, did not sell. High bid was $27,000.
- 1996 Corvette Grand Sport convertible (S127), red/black interior and 1,944 miles, did not sell. High bid was $60,000.
- 2007 Corvette Z06 (S129), 1 of 399 Ron Fellows edition with 1,720 miles, did not sell. High bid was $52,000.
Here’s a breakdown by generation of the Corvettes that were offered and sold at this year’s auction.
Remember, with Mecum offering so many auctions in different parts of the country it is easy to sell or buy the Corvette of your dreams. Mecum makes it easy for you to register, shop, and buy a Corvette. You can browse Mecum’s helpful website mecum.com to find out where the cars are.
|Model Years||# of Lots||# Sold||Percentage||Lot #, Low Sale Price||Lot #, High Sale Price|
|1953 to 1962||33||21||64||W174, $22,500||S188, $155,000|
|1963 to 1967||80||45||56||T134, $31,500||S164, $415,000|
|1968 to 1982||81||45||56||T321, $6,750||S206.1, $150,000|
|1984 to 1996||48||32||67||U80, $4,000||F237, $72,000|
|1997 to 2004||23||15||65||J82, $10,500||S119, $68,000|
|2005 to 2013||21||9||43||U55, $17,000||T102, $48,000|
|2014 to 2015||1||1||100||N/A||K74, $52,000|