Mecum Indy auction reaches $13.4 million with 85 percent sold

Lamborghini leads pack of mostly vintage American sports and performance cars

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A 2018 Lamborghini Huracan driven just 1,986 miles was the top seller | Mecum photos

Led by a modern exotic from Italy, Mecum’s Fall Special in-person collector car auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis reached $13.4 million in total sales with 543 vehicles sold at an 85 percent sales rate. 

The top seller, a nearly new 2018 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 in bold Arancio Borealis orange with just 1,986 miles on its odometer, sold for $187,000 (all results include auction fees).  After that, the high rollers were mostly vintage examples of American style and performance, with 10 private collections highlighting the auction. 

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The 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro coupe is a highly sought-after muscle car

The Lambo was followed by a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro with factory performance enhancements that sold for $165,000.  Following that came a pro-touring, frame-off restored 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible for $154,000, a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe for $151,250, and a 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E for $132,000.

Among the private collections were Ben and Karen’s Collection with nine vehicles changing hands for a total of $457,600, and Mike’s Camaro Collection reaching $446,050 in sales as six of the seven vehicles were sold.

The 1963 Corvette split-window coupe on the auction block

The 3-day Indy auction was held under strict coronavirus restrictions that emphasized mark wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing, according to Mecum, which has held a number of live auctions in recent months with similar precautions to inhibit spread of the virus.

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The top 10 collector car sales at the Indy Fall Special auction were:

1. 2018 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 at $187,000

2. 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro at $165,000

3. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible at $154,000

4. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split window coupe at $151,250

5. 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E at $132,000

6. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS pro touring at $126,500

7. 1971 Ford Bronco at $115,500

8. 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 at $110,000

9. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette coupe at $104,500

10. 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Centennial Edition at $102,300

(All sales results include auction fees)

Mecum’s next live auction event will be in Las Vegas, slated for November 13-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center with about 600 vehicles on offer.  For information, visit Mecum’s website.

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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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