Hey, Duane here! There is no better car show in this region than the Dana Mecum Spring Classic Auction that just concluded in Indianapolis. With approximately 2000 vehicles present, the sheer variety, wide range from vintage to modern, and comfort of viewing in air-conditioned and tented settings shielded from hot sun and stray rain showers is hard to beat.
Mecum is well worth the cost of admission, even when not in the market to buy. Purchase your ticket in advance, and the savings is significant. Or buy a bidder’s pass and receive a guest pass and repeated entry on all five days. Exercise your step counter as you walk through several buildings and tents to see everything the Mecum Auction offers.
Never attended an auction? Consider Mecum. It happens annually in May at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Just listening to the auctioneer is an experience, and the energy is electrifying regardless of whether you’re spectating, bidding, or selling. I’ve attended the Mecum Auction several times. Last year I focused on selling a car in the auction. This year I attended as Alluring Autos with a multi-day Media Pass.
The Indianapolis Star presented a great article on this year’s centerpiece car up for auction, a one-family 50-year-old blue 1967 Corvette Coupe with only 8533 impeccably documented miles in showroom original condition, Tri-Power 427CI/435-hp engine, and M21 four-speed manual transmission.
1967 Corvette Coupe, sold at $675,000
The prize for most valuable at the auction was the 1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe. Elegantly understated in cream white with dark red leather interior, this classic beauty was even more striking in person.
1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe, unsold with high bid of $3,000,000
My two personal favorites were a 1966 Corvette Convertible 427CI/425-hp with side exhaust in a distinctive, one-year-only Mosport Green color, and a red 1974 DeTomaso Pantera in beautiful original, unrestored condition showing 10,926 miles. If I’d won the lottery, those buyers would have had more competition.
1966 Corvette Convertible, sold at $77,000
1974 DeTomaso Pantera, sold at $105,000
Dodge Thrill Ride
While at Mecum, take a break from walking the show and experience the free Dodge Thrill Ride. It’s a one-lap tire shredding drift course and you’re the passenger, grinning the entire time as your skilled driver rapidly accelerates and drifts the muscle car through multiple hairpin turns. The smell of burnt rubber and intense exhaust notes are prevalent, making you even more motivated to go again. There’s no fear, just wonderment at the driver’s skill sliding through the turns. Very impressive!
Next Sunday we return to blogging weekly about memorable car experiences, and you’ll meet my next car in sequence, a twin-turbo 1994 Toyota Supra. Thanks, and always drive with allure!
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, sold at $220,000
1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible, sold at $160,000
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, sold at $160,000
1958 Oldsmobile 88, sold at $26,500
1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III, sold at $29,000
1970 Jaguar E-Type Series-2, sold at $36,500
1961 Chevrolet Impala SS, unsold with high bid of $57,500
1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2, sold at $55,000
1966 Amphicar Model 770, sold at $55,000
1967 Toyota 2000GT, sold at $750,000
1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440, sold at $70,000
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina Roadster, sold at $180,000