Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, Florida, January 15-23, 2016
Once in a while something throws a wrench into the collector car auction calendar. This year it was schedule conflicts that pushed Scottsdale back to the end of January, later by nearly a week than it’s ever been before.
Mecum auctions took the brave, even optimistic, step of moving its monster Kissimmee auction to the week before, concluding on the Saturday when Scottsdale stalwarts begin to assemble in the Valley of the Sun.
From the Kissimmee results, it looks like a schedule made in heaven.
Kissimmee 2016 was, by a margin of 17%, Mecum’s highest grossing Kissimmee sale. Car count remained essentially unchanged but the caliber of the cars on offer, and sold, is apparent from the record average transaction (up 19.6% from last year) and sale total even though the median transaction was just $480 (1.9%) more than last year.
Kissimmee included eight 7-figure cars of which three sold and car after car was solidly into six figures.
When Scottsdale moves back to its regular time, it’s probable Kissimmee will move back to the week after where it has successfully co-existed with the Arizona behemoth since the first Kissimmee sale.
But this year’s Mecum Kissimmee auction shows that, with diligence, effort, skill and organization, timing is less important than the caliber of cars and buyers.
Cars Offered / Sold
2,434 / 1,734
2,332 / 1,740
2,743 / 1,754
2,592 / 1,797
2,158 / 1,564
1,411 / 1,062
1,071 / 701
These results have been cleaned of re-runs; group transactions (boat and trailer, for example) have been treated as one transaction. On-site observations are by Andrew Newton; final edits and comment content is the responsibility of the editor.