As you may know, I like to buy Land Rovers to add to my collection and future automobile museum. Last year, I went to Mecum in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, it was a blast. I purchased some automobilia. This year, to kick things off, I flew down to Kissimmee (Orlando) to attend the 2020 event. It’s claimed to be the largest car auction in the United States and I believe it.
I had 3 cars I wanted to bid on: 1973 Land Rover Santana, 1978 Land Rover Range Rover Classic, and a 2006 Range Rover Autobiography. I didn’t win any. But, I made really good connections.
- Even if you don’t buy anything and only enter on the $20 attendee pass, it’s the nicest “car show” you might see. I was around cars well over $1M, frequently.
- You can stay an entire day and not get board. Between the live entertainment, vendors, endless rows of cars, the auction, lively food court, you’ll find something to entertain yourself.
- Deals were available early in the week.
- It’s well organized and doesn’t feel crowded
- You will notice many people attend just to participate in the event, not bid. They are not permitted to the main bidding area.
- While deals could be found, it was generally on cars that were more common. I found reserves placed high ($30,000 on a Santana) on 2 vehicles I planned to bid on.
- Parking sucks. It poured down rain on Saturday and you park in a grassy field. It was a wet mud pit leaving. I did not wear shoes planning for this.
- Like any auction, it’s loud in the bidding area, if you intend to stay for much of the day.
Please enjoy my random photos below and the videos I took at the event.