Three things jumped out as special early in the afternoon session Thursday at KCI Auto Auction.
First off, a tall man wearing a U.S. Marshals Service badge around his neck stood behind the auctioneer. He didn’t smile much.
Second, a car that ran on racing fuel and had a parachute sticking out the back came down the line. The Mustang Cobra Jet probably would be great in rush hour, except it wasn’t street legal.
Finally, there was what the auctioneer called “the star of the show.” It was a dark gray 2006 Ford GT, 6-speed, just 4,521 miles, didn’t sit much higher than the back of a couch but went for more than most houses: $285,000.
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That’s not including the 6 percent buy fee. That’s $17,100 — right, you could probably get yourself a pretty good car for that.
Suffice to say, this was a special sale. And that’s without any mention of the exotic fleet being the ex-property of an Overland Park man who admitted to embezzling more than $4 million from his employer.
Items up for bid included a 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, 2015 Porsche 911, 2009 Mosler MT900S and 2012 McLaren MP4-12C. And a whole bunch of Ducati motorcycles, including a bright red Desmosedici that went for $47,500.
The marshals seized the vehicles from Thomas Hauk, who pleaded guilty in December to stealing the money from Assured Management Co., a financial services company affiliated with professional golfer Tom Watson.
That’s why vehicles of the financially loaded and curious filled the parking lot and lined Congress Avenue in both directions from the auction house near Kansas City International Airport.
Before bidding started, people wandered in the cool of a cloudy day to inspect the cars.
One man said it was a display of greed and hopefully the money would go back to the right people. A woman said she was going to keep a tight grip on her husband’s bidding arm.
Rory Perrodin, who teaches automotive technology at Metropolitan Community College-Longview, had driven up in his 2006 Pontiac Vibe. He loves that car.
“I don’t know if I can fit in this thing,” he said as he crawled into the Ford GT, which is basically a race car that’s been modified.
“This is probably the fastest car you can buy for under $400,000.”
He had his eye on a 2014 blue Corvette. If things worked out just right …
Josh Buterin, owner of Country Hill Motors in Merriam, gave a close look at the Mosler. He figured he could get his money back through resale.
“Of course, that’s after I drive it awhile,” he said.
The first car to sell was a white 2015 BMW X6. It went for $87,000 to an online bidder.
A 2015 GMC Sierra diesel pickup brought $56,000.
And that Corvette that Perrodin wanted? Somebody wanted it more than he did. It went for $54,500.
Oh well, like he said, he loves his Pontiac Vibe.
Donald Bradley: 816-234-4182