“Big Oly,” Parnelli Jones’s iconic Ford Bronco off-road racer, has stolen much of the attention surrounding Dana Mecum’s 34th Original Spring Classic in Indianapolis.
Not without good reason, as the Baja 1000-winning Bronco is considered to be the first off-road supercar and “the single most-significant Bronco-inspired vehicle ever built,” according to Mecum.
But there are many other “main attraction” stars among the expected 2,500 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles that will be auctioned May 14-22 by Mecum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.
Mecum’s signature auction is big in all directions. Besides the sheer number of auction vehicles overall, there are 27 private collections consigned that together include 500 vehicles, with about 425 of them to be offered at no reserve.
Among those Mecum consignments is the Class of ’71 Collection, comprised of four great Mopars: a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible that is one of just 12 produced in 1971 and one of three equipped with the factory A833 4-speed manual transmission; a 1971 Plymouth Cuda convertible, one of only five V-Code Cuda convertibles produced in 1971 with a factory 4-speed and one of just three V-Code 4-speed Cuda Convertibles with the factory shaker hood; a 4-speed 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda with just 25,200 miles; and a clean unrestored 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T coupe.
Six highly original. award-winning Chevy Corvettes, all of them red with red interiors, make up the Dr. Mark Davis Collection, several of them holding Bloomington Gold Benchmark certification. The earliest is one of just three 1958 Corvettes to have secured the NCRS Bowtie award.
A 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible in the collection is the lowest-mileage 427 Corvette from that model year known to exist, with just 11,400 miles on its odometer.
Gene Hetland’s Deuceheaven Collection includes 20 variations of the 1932 Ford: restored, original, street rodded and in one case, just the assembled chassis and flathead V8 drivetrain in showcase condition. Also in the collection is a number of pieces of memorabilia and Road Art dedicated to the landmark ’32 Ford.
Among the most-prized cars is a 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Street Rod “Triple Nickel” with a great back story of 35 years of personal modifications. The rod was featured in Hot Rod magazine and shown at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.
Other main attraction offerings to be auctioned by Mecum in Indianapolis include:
• 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria
• 1931 Cadillac Series 452A V-16 Coach Sill Convertible Coupe
• 2020 Ford GT MkII wearing one-off Ken Miles livery and driven just 15 miles
• 1964 Cooper Monaco Type 61 sport racer
• A 1965 Shelby GT350R fastback that took part in the original Cobra Caravan
Besides Big Oly, other items from Parnelli Jones’ personal collection include a 1974 Parnelli VP &-4 Formula race car, a 1927 Ford T-bucket track roadster, two Saleen Mustangs and a trove of Road Art.
For more information about Mecum’s Indy sale, including breakout looks at all the private collections, visit the auction website.