American muscle dominates as 2750 classics go under the hammer

| 3 Feb 2014

Classic American muscle dominated the world's biggest collector car auction when Mecum sold more than 1750 cars over nine days in Florida. And that was with a relatively low sale rate of 64%.

The giant Kissimmee sale raised $65million but the most spectacular statistics were for 1960-'70s American muscle, which was omnipresent at the sale and provided all the top 10 classic prices.

There were 232 Corvettes alone, for example, second top-seller being the Shappley Collection 1968 L88 Convertible that raised $510k.

Only one other Corvette topped half a million bucks, but a 1963 ZO6 tanker came in a $475k, while the much-vaunted sale of the 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR Prototype 'The Real McCoy' was postponed.

None of the Corvette's took top honours, however, with the number one spot going to a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda at $560k.

The Cuda was one of two Plymouth's in the top 10 – the other was the famous Hurst Hemi Under Glass at $300k – but the marque was just outnumbered by the Blue Oval. Some 178 Mustangs and Shelbys were offered including a 1969 Boss Mustang fastback that made $240,000.

Stuttgart led the European sales with 40 of the 60 Porsches selling. Sweetest of then was a 1958 356A 1600 Super Cabrio that made just under $200,000.

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