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Shelby Snake

A 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold for $2.2 million at the 2019 Mecum Kissimmee auction, which wrapped up Sunday.

Mecum Kissimmee Auction and Osceola Heritage Park, you two have come a long way in 14 years.

The annual car auction kicked off another busy year for the SMG venue, and the auction-slash-art show-slash automobile nirvana experience closed Sunday after providing another year’s worth of experiences for classic and performance car lovers.

Auction numbers are still rolling in, but the highlight of the first week of the event was the sale of a 520-horsepower 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, called a “one-off prototype that was far too expensive to go into series production” by industry website AutoBlog, which gaveled for $2.2 million, the most expensive Ford Mustang ever sold.

Chevrolet was well represented at the auction, with a 1969 Camaro convertible, 1995 Corvette coupe and a 1999 Corvette Convertible — this Lightning McQueen from the “Cars” series — crossing the stage.

But the buzz of the event could be felt just being in the neighborhood of OHP and the Silver Spurs Arena this year.

“We moved the Dodge thrill ride to the center of the property, which attracted a lot of people and added a lot of traction, which provided non-stop patron action from the east end of the property to the west end,” OHP General Manager Robb Larson said. “I even rode the thrill ride this year, and I survived.

The fond farewell to Mecum 2019 didn’t last long — the Sand Dollar Gymnastics championships are this weekend, and February will see the transition into the Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show and the winter Silver Spurs Rodeo.

The annual Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo at the end of March will be coupled with a new concert event, Country Thunder.

“Mecum just kicks off the year so nicely for us,” Larson said.