Mecum's Harrisburg auction realizes $31 million in sales

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Sox & Martin

(August 8, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum’s recent auction in Harrisburg, Pa., held July 31-Aug. 3 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, saw overall sales totals exceed $31.1 million as more than 70% of all 1,301 offered vehicles hammered sold. The solid lineup of rare and desirable collector cars helped propel Harrisburg 2019 sales to a more than $7 million increase over 2018 for an astonishing 30% one-year growth in revenue.

Populated almost entirely by vehicles from the headlining Todd Werner Collection of vintage race cars, the top 10 sellers list includes a heavy concentration of iron from both Plymouth and Dodge.

The highest-selling car proved to be the 1970 AHRA GT1 World Championship-winning 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda in its distinctive red, white and blue Sox & Martin livery, which sold for $429,000. The close runner-up was the 1971 NASCAR Grand National Championship Winner, the 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Richard Petty NASCAR, which collected a total of $412,500.

More than a dozen private collections were offered in Harrisburg, and all garnered lots of attention with sales to match. The Todd Werner Collection saw a full 95% of the 43-car collection hammer sold in Harrisburg, while The Skook Collection, The Jerry Lyndon Corvette Collection, The Champaign Auto Collection and the Special Early Bird Offering all achieved 100% sell-through rates and combined sales totals in the millions.

2005 Ford GT

Highlighted by their six-figure sales and positions in the top 10, other significant vehicles to note include the modern, supercharged 2005 Ford GT that brought $324,500 and a SAAC Concours Division-winning 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback that achieved a $275,000 sale.

Road Art offerings in Harrisburg were nearly as plentiful as the cars, and total sales of the more than 1,000 available items reached nearly $1.5 million. The Road Art segment sales were topped by a rare and desirable Wayne 491-F Greek Roman Column 5-gallon gas pump restored in Polly Gas livery that sold for $29,500, followed closely by an 11-foot 1940s or ‘50s Ford Dealership double-sided porcelain sign that brought $28,320.

The complete top 10 collector-car sales at the Mecum Harrisburg 2019 auction include:

    1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Sox & Martin Drag Car at $429,000
    1971 Plymouth Road Runner Richard Petty NASCAR at $412,500
    2005 Ford GT at $324,500
    1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback at $275,000
    1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro at $258,500
    1965 Plymouth Belvedere A/FX Sox & Martin “Paper Tiger Too” at $220,000
    1968 Plymouth Barracuda B029 Sox & Martin “Boycott” at $220,000
    1964 Dodge 330 Hemi-Charger Dick Landy A/FX at $220,000
    1968 Dodge Dart LO23 Dick Landy Super Stock at $220,000
    1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda at $214,500