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WALWORTH, Wis. – May 21, 2015 – The original, largest and best muscle car auction—Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic—brought more than classic American muscle to the auction block May 12-16 with top sales populated by a mix of modern and vintage, foreign and domestic. With 1,404 vehicles offered in total, the variety was well-received by the thousands of bidders in attendance as sales totals reached $42,878,210 with 916 cars hammering sold.
Friday saw 18 low-production and historically meaningful vehicles from the Don Davis Collection cross the auction block with his professionally restored 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F183) gaveling for $1,000,000 and becoming the auction’s number one highest seller. His documented five-speed 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta (Lot F188) came in as a hot second with a high bid of $775,000. Additionally, 10 more vehicles from the Davis’ assemblage sold on the block with two of those also garnering spots among the top 10 sellers.
A total of 30 vehicles from the Rick Baker Ford Collection crossed the auction block on Friday as well in front of an enthusiastic crowd of bidders. His 2005 Ford GT (Lot F221), sporting just 310 original miles and still on the original MSO, gaveled for $380,000. The Danny Hill Collection of full-size high-horsepower muscle cars was right at home in Indianapolis and bidder approval was demonstrated with strong sales including his unrestored 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S142) that hammered at $465,000.
The 1958 Fuelie Collection encompassing one of every color offered that production year electrified the crowd as 100 percent of the Corvettes hammered sold for a total of $1,172,000. The results are a testament to the strength of the C1 Corvette market and the buyer attraction to Bloomington Gold Certified cars.
“As one of the only collector car auctions held in the United States with a truly global reach, our flagship auction again demonstrated strong sales and steady growth,” comments President and Founder Dana Mecum. “The Spring Classic auction brought consignments from 36 states this year and buyers from all over the world increasing sales by more than $2 million over last year.”
Top sales were naturally dominated by muscle, but the range of production years and countries of origin was vast. The complete top 10 sales at the Mecum Indianapolis auction include (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):
- 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F183) at $1,000,000
- 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta (Lot F188) at $775,000
- 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S142) at $465,000
- 2005 Ford GT (Lot F221) at $380,000
- 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot F181) at $355,000
- 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Straman Spider Conversion (Lot S186) at $300,000
- 1978 Ferrari 512 BB Straman Targa Conversion (Lot S184) at $275,000
- 1967 Maserati Ghibli (Lot F195) at $230,000
- 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight (Lot S137) at $220,000
- 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S42) at $185,000
For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, sign up for the free InfoNet service offered at Mecum.com. Mecum’s next classic and collector car auction will be the second-annual Seattleauction June 5-6 with 600 vehicles expected to cross the auction block headlined by the John Wickey Collection of blue-chip muscle cars, a 1969 Corvette L88 and the Roy Cats Lamborghini Collection. June 26-27 will take Mecum to the Colorado Convention Center for its inaugural Denver auction featuring approximately 700 classic and collector cars. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 28 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.