How to experience rare museum finds for just $30

Photography by David S. Wallens

Mecum sent some 4200 cars across the auction block during its recent Kissimmee sale. If you’re not in the market, maybe think of these events as a stacked car show–and all for just a $30 admission.

We saw plenty of seven-figure machines plus cars rarely seen outside of private collections, all for the price of dinner. Here are some of our favorites.

1959 Porsche 718 RSK: Just one of supposedly six center-seat examples built and with a first-place finish at the Leopoldville Grand Prix in the Belgian Congo. More recently, a winner at The Amelia. Unsold at $3.2 million.

1967 Ford GT40 MK IV: This was one of the four chassis uncompleted when FIA announced new rules for 1968, so it was instead sold and converted to open-top Can-Am specs where it was driven by Peter Revson, Jack Brabham, George Follmer, David Hobbs and Vic Elford, with John Cannon. The car has since been converted back to original GT40 specs. Unsold at $1.3 million.

1992 Ferrari F40: The sale’s top price fell on this F40 which, as of now, sold for a market-correct $3,135,000.

2015 Ruf RT12R: One of just two of the 13 examples built with rear-wheel drive. Only 290 miles to date, and formerly shown at The Petersen. Sold at $792,000.

1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona: Mecum sent a bunch of Daytonas and Superbirds across the block with this one fetching the highest price– $1,430,000. Why the premium? A true one-of-one as thanks to the color plus the Hemi and four-speed box. Formerly owned by comedian David Spade and NFL star Kevin Greene.

2005 Porsche Carrera GT: These were million-dollars cars up until late 2021. Now double that for a top example. This one shows a top bid of an even million as it went unsold.

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Dragonsnake: Sure, you’ve probably seen a few real Cobras before, but what about one of the five Dragonsnakes and the only one fitted with the Stage III package’s quadruple-Weber setup? The estimate was $1.5 to $1.7, with this one unsold at $1,050,000.

1968 Eagle: Driven by Dan Gurney to second place at the 1968 Indy 500 plus two wins that year at Mosport and one more at Riverside. Mike Mosley led the 1972 Indy 500 in this car until a crash. Sold at $1.1 million.

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary: In top, top condition, this should be a $700,000 sale. This one just topped that price at $715,000. What made it special? Just 102 miles from new.

1984 Lola T800: How about the actual car driven by Mario Andretti to his fourth and final Indy title? Usually you only see cars like this at museums or maybe The Amelia show field. Unsold at $350,000.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/20/23 10:17 a.m.

And I took a friend to Mecum this year. He had never been and wanted to go.

He was very much like, "I have never seen one of these in person before." So, definitely enjoyed the experience. 

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