Mecum Kissimmee 2023 | Classic Motorsports’ favorite lots of the sale

Photography by David S. Wallens

Is 4000 a lot? Well, it depends. If you only have 12 days to auction off 4000 cars–then yeah, that’s a lot.

Such is the case for Mecum’s 2023 Kissimmee auction, which started on January 4 and runs until January 15 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

We took the opportunity to peruse the lots to see what sort of desirable cars we could find. Perhaps not surprisingly, we weren’t disappointed.

1967 ASA 1000GT Coupe: A baby vintage Ferrari (kinda) at a baby vintage Ferrari price (kinda). Looked like an older restoration with the right amount of patina. Beat the estimate and sold at $74,800.

1953 M3 TD: Presented well and sold at $38,500, right at the high side of the estimate.

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL: Do we like the wire wheels? Sold at $62,700. It had an automatic.

1957 BMW 503 Coupe: Needs completion but came with a carload of parts. Sold at $66,000.

1934 Bentley 3.5 Liter Three-Position Drophead Coupe: Stunning in real life and, even without TV coverage that day, a six-figure sale at $121,000.

1965 Shelby Stage III Cobra 289 Dragonsnake: One of five Dragsonsnake cars built. The estimate is $1.5 to $1.7 million. Any guesses what it will actually bring?

1965 Shelby GT350: Billed as having just three owners since new and never offered via public sale. Number-matching engine, diff, transmission and more.

1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty: Yes, with the 455 but also with the automatic. Bonus points for a white interior?

1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega: Only 2295 miles from new. Keep preserving it or drive it?

1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro: Just 753 miles on the odometer with those likely recording in quarter-mile increments. Unrestored and well preserved.

1966 Shelby GT350H: Converted from rental specs to race specs for the 1967-’68 seasons.

1970 Mazda Cosmo: Said to come from one of Japan’s largest rotary collections.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/10/23 12:20 p.m.

I think that Pontiac features my favorite use of "Super Duty" ever. I'll take it with the auto, too.

For some reason, automatics in old-school muscle cars just make sense in my head.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/10/23 10:14 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

All the torque. 

DonnieS2000 None
1/11/23 4:46 a.m.

I was at the Mecum auction in Kissimmee (1/6/23) watching Honda's S2000 finally get it's proper recognition as a true roadster built to compete reliably.    I owned a '02 S2000 so I know what it's capable of on the road or track!!   Your latest issue focused on this fine Japanese roadster showing latest sales.  



David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/11/23 9:48 a.m.

In reply to DonnieS2000 :

The Honda S2000 is a terrific car–we had one as a project car back in 2004–and the collector world has taken notice. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/11/23 9:50 a.m.

And sort of related, earlier this week I heard from a reader: Why don't you write about the Chrysler Crossfire.

I saw one at Mecum. I crossed the street in front of it. Odd coincidence? 

So I went and checked the auction roster. Mecum shows 15 or so Crossfires for sale in Kissimmee. That's more than I would have expected. 

Tomwas1 New Reader
1/11/23 12:01 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Had a gorgeous silver blue 04 Auto last year. One lady owner with 17k miles. Sold it with 22k... Great driver, great handling and attracts a lot of attention and compliments... Sold it and bought an e30 and e46 5 sp convertibles... They're both gone and now have a 99 m3 convertible along with my three other cars... I see mecum is selling a 63 s22 comet.. Just got one last September exactly like my first car at 17... 

Tomwas1 New Reader
1/11/23 12:07 p.m.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/24/23 9:10 a.m.

So next year will be 20 years since the Crossfire's first model year. 

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