Record results as Mecum Indy sale totals $70.4 million

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A 1967 Shelby 427 SC Cobra roadster was the top-selling car at the Indy sale | Mecum Auctions photos

A pair of multi-million-dollar Shelby Cobras topped Mecum Auction’s 32nd Original Spring Classic collector car sale, which set an all-time-high total of $70.4 million last week in Indianapolis.

The best-selling roadsters, both from the acclaimed Steven Juliano estate collection, were a 1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra that sold for $2.86 million, followed by a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra that hit $2.42 million (all results include auction fees).

Four other auction cars also soared into the seven figures among the 1,189 vehicles sold.  The third-highest seller was a modern exotic, a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach at $1.98 million, while a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible tied at $1.98 million.  Next came another Shelby Cobra, a 1964 289 roadster, for $1.76 million, and a 1971 Plymouth Cuda convertible at $1.55 million. 

Just one modern exotic hit the top-10 sales, a 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach

A pre-war motorcycle made a rare appearance among the top-10 collector vehicles, a 1940 Crocker “Big Tank” Big Twin, which sold for $550,000 to claim the No. 9 spot.

The auction’s top sales were dominated by the Cobras and Mopar muscle cars from the Juliano collection.  Display engines from the collection also did well, including two Hemi V8s and a 440cid 6-barrel selling between $159,300 and $218,500.

The Road Art automobilia sales realized strong results overall, according to Mecum. 

Top 10 sales, Mecum Indianapolis 2019

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1. 1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Roadster (Lot F128) at $2,860,000
2. 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F136) at $2,420,000
3. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach (Lot S155) at $1,980,000
4. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible (Lot F120) at $1,980,000
5. 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster (Lot F132) at $1,760,000
6. 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible (Lot F142) at $1,155,000
7. 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Sunroof (Lot F143) at $660,000
8. 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (Lot F177) at $577,500
9. 1940 Crocker ‘Big Tank’ Big Twin (Lot S124.1) at $550,000
10. 2016 Norwood 330 P4 Replica (Lot S252) at $467,500

(Result include auction fees)

Mecum’s next auction is scheduled for June 21-22 at Portland, Oregon, where 600 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected. 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. Here’s a perfect example, you can’t take it with you. We are all going to check out. That’s why I bought a replica Cobra, from this site no less,I’ve wanted one for over 30 years 😃

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