HARRISBURG — The cars that rolled through the Farm Show Complex doors on Wednesday were nothing short of stunning both inside and out.

“It’s going to span everything from American cars to import cars: Ferraris, Mercedes-Benz, pre-war classics, we’ll have customs,” said John Kraman, of Mecum Auto Auction.

The auction has everything a car lover could ever want.

“I am thoroughly excited. It’s been a long time coming,” said Gene Kesecker, of West Virginia.

The Mecum Auction has never been held in the Northeast until this year. When Kesecker found out it was within driving distance from his home, he made sure he was going to attend.

“I dropped everything, put it on my schedule. I am staying overnight here and the whole nine yards,” he said.

Some of the most rare and expensive cars around will be auctioned off. Whether you plan on spending big or small, the auction has it all.

“It’s unreal. You have no idea the magnitude of something like this,” Kesecker said.

“A thousand cars coming this weekend, two hundred motorcycles, it’s huge,” Hershey/Harrisburg Visitor Bureau V.P. Sharon Altland said.

Altland is predicting an economic impact of a million dollars a day.

“Just in direct spending we are talking $2 million, and then a total economic impact of about $4 million,” she said.

Inside, Mecum predicts even bigger dollar figures.

“I predict big sales, probably dollar numbers between $15 and $20 million of collector vehicles will be sold this week,” Kraman said.

Officials are hoping Mecum is sold on returning next year.

“We are looking at dates for 2015 and 2016, a minimum of three years to start. We have dates held for them and we are hoping they will return,” Altland said.

The auction opens today and will run through Sunday at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.


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