January is an excellent time to semi-hibernate. The holidays are over, it’s violently cold in parts of the country, and everyone is trying to figure out how to navigate the new year with as little drama as possible. Car auction houses do not hibernate. In fact, January kicks off a busy winter auction season with events that dot the warm southern landscape from Florida to the southwest. Mecum recently announced the lineup for its 2023 Kissimmee auction in Florida, and the lineup contains one lot that will surprise even the most jaded auction buyers.
The Kissimmee 2023 auctions will feature a stunning 4,000 vehicles following founder Dana Mecum’s declaration that the event would set records for its size. Included in the massive catalog are more than 30 private collections with over 530 vehicles, most of which will be offered with no reserve.
Mecum is no stranger to record-setting auction sales numbers, and with some of the cars on the list for 2023, we could see new records emerging from the event. A 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Centerseat will cross the auction block. The car commanded multimillion-dollar auction sums years ago, so it’s likely to bring even more money now.
Other classics include a 1959 BMW 507 Roadster, a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster, and dozens of motorcycles. There’s also a category for road art, which covers neon signs, vintage fuel pumps, and antique automotive toys.
All of that is great, but it’s the standard auction stuff. Expensive cars and rare motorcycles aren’t anything out of the norm. However, Mecum has one auction lot that is sure to shock: A 1962 Lockheed 1329 Jetstar owned by Elvis Presley. The King purchased the jet in late 1976 for $840,000, and it’s every bit the gaudy flying palace you’d expect. The exterior is finished in red with silver accents, while the interior contains acres of red velvet upholstery, wood paneling, and seating for ten.