May 12, 2018

Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction Rolls Into Indianapolis

Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction Rolls Into Indianapolis

If, like me, you sit home on weekends watching classic car auctions in places like Scottsdale, Amelia Island, and Monterey while wishing you could see big-buck rides roll across the block in person, there’s good news.  Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic auction rolls into the Indiana State Fairgrounds May 15-20.  Over 2,000 vehicles will cross the block.

Mecum primarily focuses on American muscle cars and classics.  There will be Corvettes, Chevelles, Mustangs, Camaros, Chargers, Challengers, Thunderbirds, Camaros, and Buick Gran Sports of virtually every year and vintage.  Beyond muscle cars, look for cars as diverse as a V12-powered 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836 Sport Coupe, 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe Woody Wagon, 1973 Volkswagen Thing, and 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.  Ferrari will be represented by a 731 horsepower 2014 F12 Berlinetta and 1973 365 GTB/4 Daytona.  There will even be custom hot rods and Chris Craft wooden boats.

Per usual, several large personal collections will be presented.  The Keith Busse Corvette Pace Car Collection includes 16 cars from the 1978 pace car through recent years while The Reggie Jackson Collection, offered by the major league superstar, includes 17 cars ranging from a 1957 Chevy to 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible.  The Harold Messner collection focuses on vintage MOPAR steel while The Matt Wagoner collection offers four stunning Buick Gran Sports.  Other collections focus on Mustangs, mid-year Corvettes, and California sun & surf cars.  There are many, many, many more collections beyond these.

I attended the auction a couple of years ago and even had the chance to ride across the block in a red Corvette.  It’s a lot of fun to see it in person. What you do not see on television is building after building full of cars.  Looking for a 1960s Corvette?  There won’t just be one – there will be more than you’ve ever seen.  Want a Chevelle?  Which model and year?  It will likely be there.  Mustangs?  Put on your walking shoes.  The auction is a place where enthusiasts can spend a day just looking at cars and serious collectors can buy the best.  Many cars will go for under $15,000, so there’s something for almost everybody.

If you want to attend the action, here’s what you should know.  Advance tickets cost $20 per person, per day.  Once the auction begins, prices rise to $30 per person, per day.  Children 12 years and younger enter free.  If you wish to stay longer, over 200 campground sites are available for $30/day (with electrical/water hook-ups) or $20/day (no hook-ups).  Whether you stay for a few hours, or for the entire event, you’ll see more cars in one place than you ever thought possible.  Gates open daily at 7:30 a.m.

Storm Forward!

Photo credit:  Jason Brant, courtesy of Mecum Auctions

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