Eye Candy: Mecum auction at Indy

Mecum’s Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds reached a total of nearly $43 million in collector-car sales, with 916 of the 1,404 vehicles offered.

Mecum’s Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds reached a total of nearly $43 million in collector-car sales, with 916 of the 1,404 vehicles offered finding new owners. The auction, held May 12-16, gained $2 million over last year’s Indianapolis sale, according to Mecum.

The top-selling vehicle, a restored 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra from the Don Davis collection, reached the $1 million mark on the block (Mecum sales results do not include auction fees).  The second highest sale at the auction also came from the 18-car Don Davis collection, a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, with a sale price of $775,000.

Thirty vehicles from the Rick Baker Ford Collection went to auction as well, among them a  2005 Ford GT with 310 original miles that sold for $380,000. The Danny Hill Collection also had strong results, including an unrestored 1969 Ford Mustang 429 fastback that went for $465,000.

All eight of the Corvettes in the 1958 Fuelie Collection, which included a Corvette in each color offered during that production year, sold for a total of $1,172,000.

“The Spring Classic auction brought consignments from 36 states this year and buyers from all over the world, increasing sales by more than $2 million over last year,” said auction president and founder Dana Mecum.

The top 10 sales of the Mecum Indianapolis auction were:

  1. 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at $1,000,000
  2. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta at $775,000
  3. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback at $465,000
  4. 2005 Ford GT at $380,000
  5. 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Fastback at $355,000
  6. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Straman Spider Conversion at $300,000
  7. 1978 Ferrari 512 BB Straman Targa Conversion at $275,000
  8. 1967 Maserati Ghibli) at $230,000
  9. 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight at $220,000
  10. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback at $185,000

(Sales results do not include the buyers’ fees)

Photography by Michael Trace

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