Las Vegas — The Mecum Auction returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center last Thursday thought Saturday. An estimated 1,000 vehicles were sold during the three-day auction. Most of those went to the highest bidder with no reserve price!
Here are the top-selling vehicles from Saturday: 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 78-4 Ultimae sold for $770,000; 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 3LZ Coupe sold for $264,000; 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback sold for $258,500; 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 sold for $231,000; 2006 Hummer H1 sold for $231,000.
One of the most famous vehicles being auctioned off was this 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback with custom “Gone in 60 Seconds” logo embroidered seats. It also features Genuine Eleanor® certification paperwork, Eleanor® body VIN plate and emblems issued by Gone in 60 Seconds LLC. Under the hood is a Professionally rebuilt engine by Waynes Engines of Riverside, California. It sold for $258,500 on Saturday afternoon.
The winning bidder also received a 30-inch by 40-inch professionally assembled “Gone in 60 Seconds” framed presentation of the official movie poster along with authentic signed photos of lead cast members Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.
I spoke with veteran Bill Burnett about his 1970 Ford Bronco Sport on Veteran’s Day.
“I was in the Marines from 1961-65 and I was in the Navy in 1966 over at North Vietnam,” he said. “I was a DOD lieutenant commander for Douglas Aircraft.”
His 1970 Bronco was auctioned with no reserve price. It features a V8 engine upgraded in 1995 with only 13,000 miles on that rebuilt engine. Burnett told me more about the SUV and why he chose to sell it.
“I’ve had it in Washington since 2016 and it’s been in a garage ever since then,“ Burnett said. “I kind of kept it for my son and he’s gone now. I bought a Cobra at Glendale and was going to sell this the next day but it didn’t go up for what I wanted to sell it for so I brought it home. Its never been scratched, dented or rusted.”
Another featured vehicle was a 1971 Chevy Camaro Z28 that won the 2021 Goodguys Muscle Machine of the Year. It was displayed at the 2019 SEMA Show at the Mothers Wax booth. Under the hood is a custom-built Chevrolet Performance 454 CI LSX fuel injected V8 engine rated at 720 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.
Also auctioned was a 1958 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup. It was 1 of 1,405 Cameos produced in 1958, the rarest and final year for this model. Under the hood is a Thriftmaster 235 CI inline 6-cylinder engine. Its hand-painted bed rails commemorating the 1958 Detroit Auto Show.
“There’s a lot of excitement here, we’ve seen a couple of cars go for upwards of $60,000,” said attendee Taylor Atkins from Las Vegas. “My dad is a bidder here, he is looking to walk away with an El Camino. He’s from Ventura. He’s traveled all the way out here and we’re just enjoying the show. You see everything go across the block.”
Another featured vehicle was a 2023 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1. It is the 1 of 1,200 Edition 1s produced and has only 278 miles on the odometer! it features a range of 329 miles and offers Crabwalk diagonal 4-wheel steering.
“I’m a muscle car guy so I love all of the old Camaros, Corvettes,” said Sonny Smith from Las Vegas. “There’s such beautiful cars here this year. It’s exciting to see what they go for. A Domino’s Pizza car just went by. I think it went for $35,000.”
There was also road art auctioned off including neon signs, antique gas pumps and much more! A 1948 Martin and Schwartz Model 80 Gas Pump was converted into a Tesla Charger.
“I like some of the old Corvettes,” said attendee Joe from Henderson. “Actually, I like a lot of brands. I don’t have any particular one that I would hold over the others.”
Another road art item auctioned was a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Eleanor Couch. The custom seating has silver stitching and is embroidered with the correct “Gone in 60 seconds” logo
Next up: The Mecum Auction heads to Kansas City (Nov. 30-Dec. 2) and Kissimmee, Florida (Jan. 2-14). It returns to Las Vegas for the Motorcycle Auction (Jan. 24-27).
For more info about Mecum Auctions, visit their official website at www.mecum.com.