Somewhere around 2,000 cars are expected to cross the block at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic collector car auction May 14-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Many of the best of those vehicles will be offered from 18 private collections, but none likely more amazing than those from the Steven Juliano Estate Collection.
Consider this impressive lineup, all from the same collection:
• A quartet of Shelby Cobras that Mecum Auctions considers to be “likely the most authentic and correct Cobras in the world,” including a 1967 427 S/C roadster that is one of 27 produced, a 1964 289 roadster that Mecum says is the only Stage III 289 street Cobra built, an “impressively original” 1966 427 roadster, and a 1965 Stage III 289 Dragonsnake that not only is just 1 of 5 factory-built Dragonsnakes but the only Stage III example.
Each of those cars has a pre-auction estimated value of at least $1.75 million.
But wait, there’s more… much more:
• A trio of cars used by Plymouth’s famed Rapid Transit System muscle car caravan in the early 1970s, and each of them exotic in both paint and powertrain, including the 1970 Plymouth Duster (discovered in 1995, abandoned in a parking lot in Detroit), the 1970 Hemi Road Runner in Candy gold with Pearl White roof and 4-inch flared wheels, and the unrestored 1971 “Chicken Head” Road Runner, in Orange Candy-over-Pearl and White Pearl and with only 1,300 miles on its odometer.
• A 1963 Cheetah race car, the fourth of the 11 built and still in original condition
• Additional cars from the Juliano collection going to Indy include a 1975 Opel Manta, 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Mod Top and a 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger concept car.
• Nearly 2,000 items of Road Art, primarily Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth promotional items from the 1960s and ‘70s, some of which will be auctioned in Indy and some of it going to Mecum’s new timed online auction program.
In addition to the Juliano Estate Collection, two other cars formerly owned by Juliano will be on the Indianapolis docket. They are a 1 of 17 1971 Plymouth Cuda convertible V-code with a 440cid 6-barrel and the only 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T with a factory sunroof.
Juliano sold the cars to Dana Mecum in the months before his death in 2018 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.
“When the Juliano family entrusted Mecum Auctions to sell his cherished estate, Dana felt it was the appropriate time to offer these cars to the public as well and add to the celebration of Juliano’s life and his respect for restoration authenticity,” according to the Mecum Monthly magazine.