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Our Road Trip to the 22nd Annual Mecum Spring Classic Auction started out as usual... drive to the nearest feeding
establishment that offers a Good Breakfast and Coffee. Once that was
accomplished we drove north. The Mecum
Auction was held at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds again this
year. Before experiencing any Auction Action we took a detour via
the Spring Hoosier Auto Show and Swap Meet being held at the Marion County
Fairgrounds. It is located on the west side of Indy, not far from
the Mecum Auction. The Fall Meet is much larger, but the Spring Meet still
3-4 hours to see it all. I purchased a couple items for my cars and
snagged some parts and collectibles for resale. You never know
what you will find on that table or tarp in the next row... that is
what keeps swap meets interesting.
With the new treasures loaded into the trunk and back seat we were
off to the Mecum Auction. My
soon reminded me it was time to eat again. We decided to get closer
to the auction before stopping for lunch. As I was
driving, half looking for Food and half looking for the Auction site,
the gated entrance to the State Fairgrounds was suddenly right in front of me. I
panicked, I began fantasizing about all of the great cars that were
to be auctioned off that day, I forgot all about eating and immediately whipped the car into
the Fairgrounds driveway following the Mecum Auction signs. We
parked and took a
courtesy tram to the front doors of the Auction Arena.
Several nice collector cars graced the Auction
entrance. There was no shortage of 2010 Camaros and New Challengers
parked throughout the Preferred Parking areas.
We purchased our $10 General Admission tickets and walked into the
Large banners hung from the ceiling depicting some of the most historically
significant Muscle Car ever built. A large collection of Neon
advertising signs, hundreds of feet long, lined two walls awaiting
their turns to be offered for sale. A special display of Shelby
built cars was assembled in the Auction Arena. The selection and
quality of Shelby American Automobiles was extremely
impressive to say the least. Winning Bids for some of these cars
give some insight as to just how significant these Cobra's, GT40's
and Shelby Mustangs were. A one of a kind 1967 Shelby GT500 (EX500)
convertible was hammered sold at $800,000. A 1966 427 S/C Guardsman
Blue Cobra garnered a winning bid of $1,165,000 which happened to be
the highest winning bid cast during this event. CSX 2121, a 289
Cobra was a no sale with a bid of $525,000. The Rick Kopec 1965
Essex Wire Shelby Mustang was bid to $500,000, it too was a no sale.
The 1964 Cooper Monaco King Cobra did sell for $600,000. The Star of
this years show was Daytona Cobra CSX 2601. It managed a bid of
$6,800,000 but that was not enough to meet the sellers reserve.
Pre-auction estimates for this
car ran as high as $12,000,000. This particular Daytona Cobra was one of six built. It has won
more races that any of the other 5 cars. CSX
2601 has been fully restored to it's former number 26 Reims livery.
In 1965 Bob
Bondurant and Jo Schesseer captured the coveted FIA GT
World Manufacturers Championship for the United States and Carroll Shelby
in this car. Two more 427 Cobra's (red ones) sold at that magic
$1,000,000 mark. As a past SAAC (Shelby American Automobile Club) member
it was like a religious experience seeing all of those beautiful Shelby
built cars gathered in one place. Being a devout
follower of Auburn-Cordism I was able to fight these temptations.
My wife reminded me that not having any money made the fight that
After fending off the Shelby Demons I realized that I had forgotten
to get something to eat. That hardly ever happens. It did not
take long for my keen Survival Senses to kick it. I saw a sign that
read FOOD... Wow, another near Death
Experience avoided. With renewed energy we walked the remainder of
the cars that were awaiting their chance to sell in this 5 day
auction. Ohio's Bob McDorman, Chevrolet Dealer and Collector, had
fourteen cars consigned. The Duntov
'55 Corvette "Test Mule" was one of the more exciting cars that he
offered for sale. It sold for $310,000. A rare 1969 L88 Corvette in Fathom Green
was a No Sale at $425,000. The car was showing an original 12,167
documented miles. Some of the other Historical Chevy's offered
included the prototype 1965 Z16 SS Chevelle which I believed
belonged to Dana Mecum. Unlike the 201
production cars this one was built on a non-convertible frame. The
Camaro Cherokee was a welcome sight. I had read about it but had
never had the opportunity to see it. The Cherokee was a Bill
Mitchell GM Styling Car. It started out as a 1967 Camaro RS/SS
Convertible. It was pulled from the Norwood assembly line and Bill
Mitchell took it from there. At this time I do not know if the car
sold or not.
You can go to www.mecum.com to gather all of the auction results.
Take the time to sign up as a Mecum Infonet Member, it cost nothing
but it allows you to gather all of the auction results not normally published on their website. Plan on spending some time on this site.
There's a lot of interesting information and fantastic photo's of
upcoming and past auction cars.
After close to 9 hours of looking at auction cars and combing the
swap meet earlier that day it was time to
hit the Road Back to Reality.
still had about 2 1/2 hours of driving ahead of me. Guess what... We
needed more food. We were told about a unique dining and shopping
area not far from the Fairgrounds, Broad Ripple Village. We
tried a little Mexican
Cantina known as La Jolla. It seemed to be quite popular from the
crowd at the door. There was still
some outdoor seating available which was just fine with us. The El Foodo' and
Margarita's were El Goodo'. With appetites satisfied one more time
we were traveling south on Keystone Avenue looking for I-65 south. Checking out the sights along the
way a local bar caught my eye with it's special roof top display.
Mounted on the front of the Bar was an Auburn Speedster, rather a
right hand slice of one. After a quick 180 degree "Bat Turn" we had
the car turned around and heading back to the Bar. It looked like
the red Speedster had been there for sometime. From the ground my
best guess would be an
Elegant Motors 856 car. I took a few pictures,
unfortunately skipped the Happy Hour and was on the Road again.
Be sure to check out our 5 pages of
Mecum Auction Photo's