Mecum Auctions Totals $39-Plus Million in First Arizona Event

  • story by David M. Brown
  • photos by Mecum Auctions & AJ Shipitofsky
  • posted on 03/2019
  • posted in: Newswire

Consignment quality, quantity and diversity combined at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Valley of the Sun collector-car event, March 14–17, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. In four days, 1,300-plus vehicles generated $39-plus million for the Walworth, Wisconsin-based company.

The top three cars were led by a legendary 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible (Lot S101), which brought $1.43 million. One of 12 built and one of only five with the A833 18-spline 4-speed transmission, the classic muscle car also has the optional Super Track Pak, including a 4.10-geared Dana 60 Sure Grip differential, extreme-duty suspension and cooling components and power front disc brakes. Liveried in Plum Crazy, the legendary Mopar packs the 426/425-horse Hemi with a hydraulic cam profile, new for this year.

A 1932 Duesenberg Model J Rollston Torpedo Berline (S123) sold for $880,000. Debuted at the New York Auto Salon on December 1, 1928, the Model J carries an inline-8 designed by the great Fred Duesenberg, displacing 420 cubic inches and producing 265 horses. This J546 is the only Model J by Rollston Coachworks with the Style 342 Torpedo Sedan or Berline body. 


Completing the top three, a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO (S71) attracted $770,000. In two-tone Nero with a Grigio Silverstone Opaco roof, Serial No. 178078 is one of 599 produced and one of just 125 sent to the U.S. The six-liter V-12 engine develops 661 HP and 488 lb-ft of torque connected to a paddle-shifted F1 Superfast six-speed.

“State Farm Stadium was an incredible facility to work with and provides a wonderful foundation for growth,” says Mecum CEO Dave Magers. “We’re also thrilled that the city of Glendale and Mayor Jerry Weiers proved to be natural and valued partners in the promotion of this great event and that our visions for Mecum’s growth in Arizona are in total alignment. We can hardly wait for our 2020 return.”

The top ten cars also included a 1970 Plymouth Superbird (F164), $357,500; 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro (F140), $231,000; 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback (S144), $225,500; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (S80.1), $209,000; 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe (S192.1), $195,250; 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (S110),$187,000; and a 1989 Ferrari Testarossa (S76.1), $181,500.


Following the event, a 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta was sold for $5.5 million.

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