Over 3,000 cars were up for auction just a short ride from your author’s abode at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The event started on January 6 and ran through January 15 and we stopped in on Friday the 13th to try our luck at finding some cool Blue Oval hardware.
“It’s the best car show you can go to,” my dad said earlier in the month. He was telling me I needed to check out the auction action.
Your scribe has been to a few car shows and auctions in his day, I might be a bit jaded, but I decided to take his advice and check out the nearby proceedings to see what kind of Fords were up for sale. As it turns out, there were a huge number of Fords on the block ranging from rare classics to the latest Ford Performance machines.
As I traversed the giant Osceola Heritage Park, I dodged rain between tents and electric scooters propelling people who knew these cars from their youth while taking in the scents of unburned fuel from cars starting up to move into position. I had to say it was pretty great car show that gives you perspective on just how much these machines meant the generations that grew up with them.
Besides the usual single-car auctions, this year’s Kissimmee event featured a double shot of rare vintage race cars courtesy of two large collections for sale.
“Drag racing enthusiasts have lots to look forward to at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee 2017 classic and collector-car auction,” said Mecum before the event. “Some of the most significant early muscle cars and vintage drag cars ever publicly offered—hailing from the collections of Don Fezell and Jackie and Gary Runyon—will make their mark by crossing the auction block among the headlining vehicles of more than 3,000 cars at the world’s largest collector-car auction in the Sunshine State…”
It was pretty awesome to be in the presence of all the vintage racing iron and modern muscle. Beyond the cars, however, there was even a good deal of automotive memorabilia up for sale as well.
In all, it was definitely worth the trip and if you want to see what the Mecum Auctions are all about, the Wisconsin-based company hosts them all over the country. The next stop on the Mecum tour is in Las Vegas on January 25 and you can peep the full schedule here.
Until then, keep reading to see some of the great cars we spotted in Kissimmee…