American muscle dominates as 2750 classics go under the hammer


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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Chris Martin

Nuts !


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