1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona
1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona

The Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction will be held January 16-25 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The ten-day Kissimmee sale will see more than 3,000 vehicles and hundreds of automotive memorabilia items cross the block in Florida at the world’s largest collector car auction.

The Wellborn Muscle Car Museum Collection will be among the offerings at the Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction. Nearly half of Tim Wellborn’s muscle car collection will cross the block in Florida, headlined by the 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (Est. $800,000 – $1,000,000) that’s the lowest-mile original engine 4-speed Hemi Daytona documented to exist. Formerly part of the Otis Chandler Collection, the Daytona was displayed at Amelia Island in 2006 and St. John’s in 2014.

Mecum Auctions’ President and Founder Dana Mecum said, “We’ve undoubtedly had some truly amazing collections cross our block through the years, but this group probably tops all of them. Kissimmee will bring with it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for buyers looking to acquire these extremely rare and highly sought-after muscle cars.”

Wellborn’s 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger RT, formerly owned by Mopar collector Steve Segal and NFL Linebacker Kevin Greene, is one of 63 built in the model’s final year of production with the Hemi engine and also one of very few equipped with the rare code-M51 power sunroof option (Est. $450,000 – $550,000).

The 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger 500 (Est. $125,000 – $175,000) is most highly optioned Charger 500 known to exist. This 44,175 original example has been part of the Wellborn Collection since 2004.

The 1971 Dodge Hemi Super Bee was the test car for the December 1970 Motor Trend cover story and was also featured in the April 1971 issue of Popular Hot Rodding (Est. $175,000 – $225,000). The original owner read the Motor Trend article then went to Swift Dodge in Sacramento and told them he wanted the actual car in the magazine. After several months of follow up, Chrysler agreed to sell the PR car.

While Hemi-powered machines are a predominant theme, the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum Collection also features many other examples including:

  • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback, Unrestored and highly documented example with 4,770 original miles (Est. $450,000 – $550,000)
  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6, Unrestored Triple Black LS6, original build sheet, warranty transfer from 1972, Protect-O-Plate and owner’s manual, 33,610 original miles (Est. $125,000 – $175,000)
  • 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1, Documented with the original build sheet and title history, 1 of 118 GSX Stage 1 4-speed cars produced (Est. $175,000 – $225,000)
  • 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, Ex-Burt Reynolds, 15,881 original miles (Est. $75,000 – $100,000)
  • 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda, Highest optioned example known, ex-Otis Chandler and Carlos Monteverde (Est. $110,000 – $130,000)
  • 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator, Super Drag Pak and Eliminator options, Marti report (Est. $100,000 – $125,000)
  • 1966 Ford CS500 Shelby Racing Support Truck, 1 of 6 trucks built for use by the Shelby American racing team in 1966, SAAC first place prize in September 2007 (Est. $60,000 – $90,000)

Beyond the Wellborn Collection, the line-up at the Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2015 sale offers everything from muscle cars to 1950s-era cars as well as vintage racers, European sports and exotics and a great selection of Corvettes.

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Est. $725,000 – $850,000) on offer was Mickey Thompson’s personal ZO6. Previously known to be “The Sears/Allstate Tire Test Car”, the Corvette was also used as the advertising model for Mickey Thompson mag wheels. Also crossing the block will be a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Tanker Coupe that’s one of two documented examples equipped similarly to a 1963 Z06. This Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame inductee and Special Collection participant was stored in a hand built plywood crate by the previous owner for 17 years (Est. $400,000 – $500,000).

The 1965 Shelby GT350 on offer at Mecum’s 2015 Kissimmee sale is one of the earliest production street-spec cars built, one of very few two digit serial number Shelby GT350 Fastbacks known to exist. The car resided in southern California for its first 40 years, passing through a chain of owners including Reggie Jackson (Est. $400,000 – $500,000).

The one-owner, unrestored and original 1971 Challenger Hemi R/T with 1,871 miles is well documented and accompanied with the original window sticker, order sheet, consumer information sheet, loan agreement, owner’s manual, payment checks to Hendryx Motor Company, Scat Pack Club and Dodge Owners Club ID cards as well as copies of the broadcast sheet, MSO and title application (Est. $450,000 – $550,000).

Additional Mecum Kissimmee 2015 consignments include:

  • 1972 Lola T310 Can-Am, Driven by David Hobbs in the 1972 Can-Am season (Est. $550,000 – $750,000)
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Nova, one of fewer than ten Yenko SC427 Novas known to exist, Best of Class 2012 Ault Park Concours (Est. $400,000 – $500,000)
  • 1965 Ford Mustang Drag Racer, Motion Mustang known as the “Hugger Mugger” was sponsored by Motion Performance (Est. $150,000 – $200,000)
  • 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Roadster, Rotisserie restoration completed in 2014 (Est. $90,000 – $115,000)
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Styling Car, Mrs. Harley J. Earl’s Pink Pearl Corvette, known ownership since new, current owner purchased the car in 1976 (Est. $375,000 – $500,000)
  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible, Ray Allen’s Super Stock Championship Drag Car, undefeated in 1970 season (Est. $500,000 – $600,000)

The Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $20 per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Bidder registration is $100 and includes admission for two for all 10 auction days. Doors open each day at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19 will be a Road Art-exclusive auction and will begin at 11 a.m. A full 24 hours of the Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network with a live stream of the entire auction presented at Mecum.com.

Mecum Kissimmee 2015 Auction – Schedule of Events

January 16-25, 2015
Osceola Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Admission: $20 per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Auction: Vehicles begin daily at 10 a.m. with the exception of Monday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. when Road Art will be auctioned. Road Art also will be auctioned at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24.
TV Schedule (NBC Sports Network): Thursday, Jan. 22 from noon-5 p.m. (Live) and from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Same Day Delay), Friday, Jan. 23 from noon-5 p.m. (Live), Saturday, Jan. 24 from 4-7 p.m. (Live), Sunday, Jan. 25 from 2-3 p.m. (Same Day Delay) and 9-11:30 p.m. (Same Day Delay), and on Monday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Delay). The “Mecum Dealmakers” episode for the Mecum Kissimmee Auction will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on a date and time to be announced. (All Times Eastern)

For additional information, visit Mecum.com.

[Source: Mecum Auctions]