Now in its 32nd year, Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction is slated to make its grand annual return to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis this May 14-19. Considered a “bucket-list” must for enthusiasts across the U.S. and from dozens of foreign countries, the Indy auction today boasts a 2,000-car lineup spread out over six auction days, and this year’s roster is among the most significant and compelling to come out of the event’s 32-year history.
Main attraction consignments include four Shelby Cobras from The Steven Juliano Estate Collection, all of which exist as best-of-breed examples. Likely the most authentic and correct Cobras in the world, the selection includes a 1967 427 S/C Roadster (Lot F128), a 1964 289 Roadster (Lot F132), a 1966 427 Roadster (Lot F136) and a 1965 Factory Stage III 289 Dragonsnake (Lot F140). Other offerings from the collection include a group of cars used in Plymouth’s Rapid Transit System Caravan traveling road show, a one-of-11 1963 Cheetah Race Car (Lot F138) and nearly 2,000 items of Road Art® primarily composed of Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth promotional items and awards from the 1960s and 1970s. A selection of the Road Art® will be offered via Mecum’s all-new timed online auction platform at ontime.mecum.com.
Famed restoration artists Amos and Justin Minter will offer a selection of cars at the Indy auction as well, including nine desirable F-Code 1957 Ford Thunderbirds, two E-Code versions and more. A selection of iconic American muscle cars from the Canada-based Zandee Collection will also join the Indy lineup, as will an array of classic ‘50s favorites from The Vintage Dream Car Collection; and the well-known Waterford Collection will return to the Indy stage this May with another assemblage of investment-grade Shelbys and Mustangs.
Other featured offerings slated to cross the Mecum auction block include a well-documented 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible (Lot F120), the only 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T factory-equipped with a sunroof (Lot F143), a 1971 440 Six Pack Plymouth Cuda Convertible (Lot F142), a 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro (Lot S127) and a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach (Lot S155) with 999 miles, to name just a few.
The auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators. Bidder registration is available online in advance for $100, $200 after May 13, and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online after May 13. Children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Doors open each day at 8 a.m. with the vehicle auction beginning daily at 10 a.m.; Road Art® will be sold on a separate auction block daily Tuesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 18, beginning at 9 a.m. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the auction for a total of 23.5 hours including 14 hours of live auction coverage of the event; a live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com.