Mecum Indy 2022 - Breaking Records
Mecum sold a total of $126.5 million at their 35th Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last week. That number continues Mecum’s trend of setting new records at their events this year, 18% more than last year’s Spring Classic that set the previous record of $107 million.
Over the course of the nine day event 81% of the 2,504 vehicles offered were sold, with a sell-through rate of more than 90% when accounting for all offerings – including automobilia.
Most Expensive Cars
Two of the cars from the Ray Evernham Collection reached the top ten sales at the 2022 Spring Classic, the first of which was the most expensive car sold across the entire auction. Driven by Mario Andretti previously, the 1965 Brawner Hawk Ford “Dean Van Lines Special” Indy Car set the benchmark at $2.2 million, having come to the block with no reserve.
A three-way tie for the second most expensive lot was made between a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, another of Ray Evernham’s race car collection – the 1969 Eagle Weslake Ford “Santa Ana” Indy Car – and a collection of 18 Corvettes sold as one lot that comprised the Dr. Richard Foster Corvette Pace Car Collection. All three lots sold for $1.375 million.
The most expensive muscle car sold by Mecum at the Spring Classic was a 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona with its original engine and factory-equipped four-speed transmission in very appropriate looking green exterior finish. The Daytona sold for $1.32 million.
Three Ford GTs took 6th – 8th spot on the top ten most expensive cars. A 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series with just under 1,300 miles sold for $1.21 million, placing it in 6th place. The other two Ford GTs, both 2020 model year examples – one a 2020 Ford GT MkII, number 12 of 45, the other a 2020 Ford GT with only 15 miles under its tires and the personal car of Parnell Jones – tied with the 2019 example, also selling for $1.21 million.
The 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra with a factory-equipped automatic transmission went for $1.1 million, making it the 9th most expensive car of the sale, while a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR2 Convertible – one of only 2 ZR2 Convertibles built for the ’71 model year finished off the top ten list by selling for $962,500.
Mecum’s next auction will take place in Tulsa June 9-11 and is expected to feature nearly 1,000 collector cars on offer.