Mecum’s Second Glendale Auction Generates $28.9 Million

  • story by David M. Brown
  • posted on 03/2020
  • posted in: Newswire

Of 1,210 vehicles offered, nearly 70 percent were sold during Mecum’s second annual auction, March 11–14, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Total sales were strong at $28.9 million.

The event offered a large selection of hot rods, customs, resto mods, muscle cars, exotics, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, classics, Japanese imports and today’s supercars.

Leading all sales at $1.1 million was a 2017 Ford GT Competition Series (Lot S117) with just 270 miles. Serial No. 67 was owned by Sebastien Bourdais, GTE class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, and is one of the three remaining Ford GT Competition Series. Its mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve Ecoboost V-6 produces 647 horsepower and 550 ft/lbs of torque and tops out at 216 mph.

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Second was a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (Lot S134) with 151 miles, $385,000; its 5.4-liter engine generates 617 horses. The third was an unrestored 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible (Lot S115), $330,000.

Completing the top ten: a 1933 Auburn 12-165 Convertible Sedan (Lot S79.1), one of seven existing, $275,000; a 4-Speed 1971 McLaren M8E/F Can-Am Racer (Lot S145.1), $236,500; 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S99), $220,000; a meticulously restored-to-812 specs 1936 Cord 810 Convertible Coupe, $209,000; 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S171.1), $192,500; 1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible (Lot S90.1); $181,500; and a 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro (Lot F175), one of 201 produced, $173,250.

Private-collection sales were also robust. The 15 cars in the Glen Richardson Collection brought $413,600, led by a 1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Lot F120) at $47,300.


Road Art generated $626,279 with 235 of the total 278 items sold. At the top was a 1950s Imperial Single-Sided Porcelain Neon (Lot Z529), $25,960. Others included the 1950 Texaco Single-Sided Porcelain Neon (Lot Z516.1), $10,030, and a Champion Horse Kiddie Ride (Lot Z528), $9,440.

“Our second year in Glendale was extremely successful despite monsoon-like rains and the growing health concerns emerging around the world. The improvements we made for this year’s event were well received and set the stage for future success,” says Sam Murtaugh, vice president, Marketing and Presentation, for the Walworth, Wisconsin-based company. “Everyone at Mecum is looking forward to returning to the Valley of the Sun in 2021.”

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