If you’ve spent any time here in Kissimmee over the years, you’ve probably heard the word Mecum. But, unless you’re in the know, you may not be sure exactly what Mecum is and why it’s one of the most exciting events of the year. Luckily for you, we’re here to help. Here’s everything you need to know about Mecum — an annual event that is sure to get your engine revving!
First Things First, What is Mecum?
The Mecum Auctions Company is the world leader in collector and vintage cars and motorcycles. For more than 30 years, Mecum has been specializing in the sale of collector cars and motorcycles for everybody. At Mecum Auctions, you’ll find everything from entry-level classics for the new collector to unbelievable investment-grade, vintage vehicles and antique motorcycles. Of course, there’s also plenty of memorabilia, including rare signs, car parts, and personal items. You may even find relics from the farm — including incredible tractors.
Every year, Mecum Auctions offers more than 20,000 lots at multiple auctions around the country. That’s a whole lot of cool classic vehicles! And their Kissimmee event is always something special. In fact, Mecum’s Kissimmee event is the world’s largest collector car auction. The 11-day event features an estimated 3,500 vehicles and the ceaseless high-energy of Mecum Auctions action. But that’s not all! There are also daily Road Art selections, the Mecum Midway of food, exhibitors, live entertainment, and the Dodge Thrill Ride.
So, whether you’re a casual car aficionado or serious about adding a new toy to your garage, the Kissimmee Mecum Auctions is sure to have something for you.
When is Mecum Kissimmee 2022?
Mecum Kissimmee 2022 runs from Jan. 6-16, 2022.
Just How Classic Are These Classic Cars?
Real classic. Think all-timer, jaw-dropping, iconic-piece-of-car-culture-history classic. For example, a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster was sold at the auction in Kissimmee last year. But not just any Shelby 427 Cobra. This one was once owned by Carroll Shelby himself! This vehicle was one of only five 427 Cobras finished in charcoal grey, and it was restored back to its original 1965 specifications and condition before auction. This vehicle has been described as one of the most beautiful ever constructed, and somebody out there certainly agrees — it sold for $5.94 million (yes, million) at Mecum’s 2021 Kissimmee Auction.
And as for 2022? Well, it’s shaping up to be an absolutely amazing year for car lovers. One of the main attractions for 2022 is undoubtedly the 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom. This iconic custom car — arguably the most famous of the classic era — was built by Sam and George Barris for Bob Hirohata. This car has quite a history. Over the years, it’s been everything from a movie star (in the film Running Wild with Mamie Van Doren) to a Concours d’Elegance First in Class winner. It’s been displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and was even added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in 2017.
There’s also another rare Shelby, the 1965 Shelby Factory Stage III 289 Cobra Dragonsnake (one of only five ever produced), a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, and modern marvels like the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition, and the 2017 McLaren 570S. Oh, and there’s also our personal favorite — the 1964 Dragula Munsters Coffin Dragster, built for the May 1965 episode of The Munsters, “Hot Rod Herman”. Maybe the Dragula will show up one day outside Mortem Manner in Old Town Kissimmee!
Tell Me More About the Road Art
Over the years, Road Art has become a staple of Mecum Auctions. Road Art is Mecum’s all-encompassing term for memorabilia that collectors might enjoy as decor in their garage, bar, home, or barn – basically, anywhere you like to show off your love of collecting. And while Road Art items often have ties to car culture, the things you’ll see here are not exclusively automotive related.
That said, much of the Road Art up for auction in 2022 will complement the car collections crossing the block throughout the event. Highlights include the Jeff Mauk Collection, which features everything from classic car parts to a fire suit worn by Dale Earnhardt Sr. in the 1996 Daytona 500.
Road Art will be kicking off every day of Mecum Kissimmee 2022 with 60 lots, but on Monday, Jan. 10, the cars will pump the brakes and Road Art will take center stage. On Road Art Monday, Mecum is slated to run 800 lots of Road Art. This particular day offers everyone the opportunity to take away something from Mecum if you’re not ready to buy a vehicle.
All This Excitement Has Me Feeling Hungry! Is There Food to Fuel the Fun?
Absolutely! Every year, the Mecum Kissimmee Auction has plenty of tasty food vendors on hand to satisfy any craving — and this year is no exception. Jimmy Bear’s BBQ, The Crepe Company, and Gloria's All American Grill have already been announced, with many more on the way. You’re sure to have a full tank (and stomach) when you stop for a bite to eat.
How Do I Make a Bid?
Ooooh, looks like we’ve got a collector here! Making a bid on the car of your dreams is easy and convenient. In fact, there are three different ways to do it. You can bid online, over the telephone, or in person. This is great, as it means you won’t miss out if you’re busy on the day the auction you’re interested in is set to take place. You can learn more and register to bid here.
Mecum, Here We Come! Are Tickets Available?
Yes! And best of all, they’re very affordable. In fact, advance tickets are $20 per person, per day. Once the event begins, tickets are $30 per person, per day. Those 12 and under receive complimentary admission — so it’s great for the whole family!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!