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Bryan
Hagerty Employee

7 sweet surprises from the Mecum Eddie Vannoy auction

Online auctions are the new normal in the collector car world, but this week Mecum successfully pulled off something of a hybrid—limited number of bidders and guests at a live venue combined with an online platform that opened for bidding four days earlier. Held in North Carolina, the auction featured 83 vehicles (mostly muscle cars and trucks) from construction CEO Eddie Vannoy, along with hundreds of pieces of automobilia and a few motorcycles.

 

Total sales amounted to $7.15M, and there were absolutely no bargains to be found. Of the vehicles with a presale estimate, over 60 percent sold above their high estimate, and Mecum wasn’t exactly stingy with its predictions. While not a huge group of cars, this sale was packed with strong sales and surprises. Here are the ones that surprised us the most.

 

Read the full article on Hagerty.com:

https://www.hagerty.com/media/auctions/7-sweet-surprises-from-the-mecum-eddie-vannoy-auction/

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tadg47
Pit Crew

There must be a lot of people willing to throw money away just to own an older car.  There are many new cars I would rather buy with what was spent on these.  For that $110,00, buy a new C8 which is a much better car.  Tagging anything with "Collector Edition" is for suckers.

Cool-isAmerican
Pit Crew

That 67 Chevelle is just NUTS!!!!!! and I love that era of car - but really??? How much flippin disposal income do these knotheads have anyway?? Sorry but Garage or Trailer Queens just are a waste of time, buy a very nice driver and ENJOY instead.

mwmyers91
Detailer

Gotta say, every vehicle seems like someone was bidding

while laughing gas was filling the room.

Nikrnic
New Driver

Unbelievable 

OnlyMe
Pit Crew

Just another example of auction house attempting to maintain an interest about a hobby that in a lull, what with everything going on around the world. I am certain that many knowledgeable people are
OnlyMe
Pit Crew

That previous quote is from Postie-13, ..I hit reply by mistake.
OnlyMe
Pit Crew

Gezz....I hit ENTER & it posts!@?#....what I trying to say, is that I found evidence of Bring a Trailer using long time posters to hype auction cars. Not shill biding but "shill Hyping"...seems obvious they are fighting any downward thread in market values.
Postie-13
Intermediate Driver

Just another example of auction house attempting to maintain an interest about a hobby that in a lull, what with everything going on around the world. I am certain that many knowledgeable people are aware of the price ranges for collector vehicles,  at any time. This does not make for serious reading; only for humor.

Reality: whatever the buyer wants to offer.

 

JSievers
Advanced Driver

Apparently some collectors are so auction starved they have lost their minds!

ScottC
Intermediate Driver

This is what happens when people with way to much money spend time cut off from the world. When they come out they go absolutely mad.

Cool-isAmerican
Pit Crew

Obviously can't spend on parties,drunken wild women (or men) high dollar food at highend restaurants or much of anything.......guess its time to buy a wild ride so I can go to car shows......oh wait.....can I cancel that bid, there are no car shows!!!!

avideo
Intermediate Driver

The 1996 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe had the rare red leather interior - which is hard to find among 1996 Grand Sports.  Had a good friend in Portland that owned a Grand Sport Convertible with the red interior; and he was constantly asked if he wanted to sell the car. 

bumpsidetreasur
Navigator

The facts are these;

 

We're essentially guaranteed a second term of our great President.

2021 will be the greatest economic year in U.S. History

Collector vehicles, at this point, are one of the most secure and predictable investments. 

 

No reason why the prices shouldn't be astounding. 

ConfuciusRacing
Detailer

Wow, I seem to recall learning the difference between fact and opinion early in my engineering degree in college...I don’t think I saw you bumpsidetresur in that class...

renchero63
Pit Crew

Since your comments concerning the president are up for debate, you sir, should learn to keep your politics off of this site.  Though I will say that the prices paid for these cars indicates too many Trump supporters bid on those cars.

Historian
Detailer

You triggered the butt-hurt folks with TDS!  Best president ever!

3304HL
Pit Crew

Not sure everyone is getting the subtle tongue in cheek aspect of your post...

DT
Advanced Driver

Either 2021 will be a great year for the economy or it will be the worst in history. I suppose either way you will be half right LOL

quicklee
New Driver

It shows there are lots of people with more money than sense. Many of those prices will be unrecoverable in the future, unless they go back to auction, where the buying frenzy will take over again and drive prices of nominal cars to even more unsustainable levels.

husker_boxster
New Driver

Crack is a dangerous thing.

Rockem
Intermediate Driver

I don't blame the sellers,they want as much as they can get.This kind of fool hardy spending does not help the car hobbist. It's inflated the value to the point that the normal people who just want a cool old car to work on are pushed out of the market. Suddenly all those people out there think that rusted shell in back of there uncle's garage that used to be a Mustang is worth thousands of dollars. News flash IT'S NOT. It's more likely it's not even a parts car.The problem is that person going to tell you that they saw one on tv sell for $70,000. 

Tlambert
Passenger

I totally agree with Rockem’s post. Several VW buses sold for triple digits years ago at auction and the VW community went crazy. Average person now can’t hardly afford a rusty example that will need $10k plus of sheet metal plus the labor to get it nice again. 
And everyone else that has a rusty bus thinks it’s worth $10k as it sits rusted. 
Ive seen some sell for $25k + and wasn’t restored. 

Timbo
Intermediate Driver

The "More money than brains" club members.

BigDog
Pit Crew

I must agree with "rockem"...These auctions like this and the TV shows have just about taken the common man out of the car hobby. Most working stiffs do not have forty to fifty thousand dollars set aside as play money

Maestro1
Instructor

I am a collector of none of these cars. I think they are overpriced and in conformance with the unease and hysteria currently afflicting the country. 

Twc
Passenger

So , the news is great for the previous owner, what do we attribute the high values to , and what will or does it mean to the market overall ? In other words what conclusions if any can be drawn ?

 

JBaguley
Intermediate Driver

With a nod to Forrest Gump, stupid is as stupid does.

5Lenape36
New Driver

Nice wheels at the auction but way beyond the pocket of most car guys I think. 

Really like this web page. It does seem personal, like we were talking over coffee or a beer. Thanks

MST
New Driver

I never liked auctions and wouldn’t buy a car at one. Besides, I’d rather drive the car AND look at it. I’m not a museum curator.

PDCcardude
New Driver

Wow, those guys spent that kind of money for those cars?! What were they smoking, or drinking?! I agree with the other commenter, these dudes were stuck inside for a few months and then went crazy at the auction. Give me a break? The prices on the Blazer and Bronco are just nuts. And the interior of that Magnum station wagon is one of the ugliest things I have ever seen in a car. A bunch of guys (they must be guys!) wasted a lot of money at this auction!!

PaulTravers
Pit Crew

There are those that feel the period of that time. The 67 SS396 took on the same military acronym of the B-52. So did GTO, 442, HEMI, later  Cobra. The period of the Vietnam War took kids or today, dads into war! Means more the symbols of a dynasty than the value of a piece of metal. So to the smart phone intelligence and google masters degree individuals that never experience the 60s, tough **bleep** stupid. I would live it all over again if it was an option. Enjoy your future. Aluminum & plastic sports society! 

Tim
Instructor

I don't know how much the auctioneers spent on free liquor for all of the bidders, but it was money well spent. What are you going to do with an '88 Blazer for $80+ grand? Most of the cars mentioned aren't even <i>desirable</i>.

Eric
Hagerty Employee

that grand sport is a looker

jimliberty
Intermediate Driver

I don't agree with most prior comments. You can't drive money, why not have fun with something that give constant pleasure.    .....Jim.

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Vorrath
Passenger

Wow maybe I will get my money back from my restoration, course I have to want to sell it first!

CJinSD
Instructor

I wonder what my former coworker can get for the low mileage, near pristine , highly optioned '88 4WD Suburban that she paid three grand for three years ago. She did have to buy her own new set of BFG A/T KO3s. 

 

I don't mind people with more money than imagination spending it all on Dutch bulbs, but I do worry that some of the money being squandered is being handed out by the Fed to whoever can least use it. 

brb
Instructor

The Magnum defines bad-assed.  The prices are jaw dropping

5Lenape36
New Driver

Big car auction in Greensboro, NC coming soon. It draws a big crowd with amazing cars.. Oh, oh. that was before the pandemic COVID. They have announced only those selling a car will be admitted. No general admissions. So, 20 -80 people may wander into the cavernous building and look try to sell their cars. It is the death of car shows. The germ warfare attach on America has crippled the economy. Jobs lost from those who design automobiles to those who serve food at an auto show. Will it ever recover?  

Classichondaman
New Driver

The fact that I dislike the colors (mostly black) of these cars may influence my disbelief that people would pay these prices.  The only one that has any appeal to me is the C6 (2013) Corvette, but let's face it.....tastes vary and we should be happy that automotive enthusiasm is alive and well.