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Mecum Auction/Indianapolis; May 17th-21st – Preview

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In 1988, a small family group with a love of classic cars gathered around Dana Mecum’s dining room table in order to have their first car auction at the airport in Rockford, Illinois. Today, this company has expanded to the largest and most prestigious classic car auction in the nation. May’s auction in Indianapolis on May 17-21 brings Mecum home to the city where his father raced professionally and where he raced semi-pro in the IMSA series. It is a welcome homecoming with some real classic gems to discover.

 

Featured Shelbies for Sale

There are a number of classic cars of different levels of quality and rarity on the block. Of special note is a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. This 4-speed is number 271 of 453 street cars produced, has been professionally restored, and is estimated to go for between $800,000 and one million dollars. Another Shelby, a 1967 427 Cobra Roadster, is also up for sale. This one-of-a-kind from the Joe McMurray collection includes the original invoice and owner’s manual, and is estimated to go for between 1.1 million and 1.3 million dollars.

 

Indiana Royalty for Sale

A third featured car of a more vintage era is the 1907 Stoddard-Dayton Model K Runabout. This classic 3-speed was the epitome of turn-of-the-century luxury vehicles. This car is royalty in the city of Indianapolis, as it was the first ever make of car to win an auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and was the very first make of pace car used by the speedway as well. This white-walled model is expected to go for between $200,000 and $250,000.

 

Multi-Concours Winner

Finally, the 1969 Chevy Yenko Camaro for sale boasts four consecutive Chevy VetteFest Concours Gold awards. This car was the creation of a maverick Chevy salesman, Don Yenko, who converted a series of camaros to the corvette L72 427 CI engine in order to help it to compete with the hemis and big block mustangs of the day. This conversion was so popular that it got attention at chevrolet, and eventually inspired a factory conversion under Yenko’s guidance.

 

 

For those who don’t live close enough or cannot attend the auction in person, the event can be viewed on NBCSN.

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