May, 2016 -- Mecum is known for the quantity of classic cars they bring to their auctions, which includes a impressive number of world-class muscle cars. The Spring Classic in Indy, which is in its 29th year, continued that tradition by assembling big names, such as Yenko, Cuda, L88, Boss, Hemi, COPO, and Shelby. Topping the leaderboard at this year's event was a pair of Carroll Shelby's Cobras, a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster CSX3295 and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster CSX2271, each selling for seven figures. Over five days of spirited bidding, Mecum netted over $50 million in an auction that featured a dozen private collections and 1,500 vehicles in total. There were a lot of great stories at the 2016 Mecum Spring Classic, such as a special gathering of 1971 Mach 1s and Bosses, and a guest appearance by the Stock Car King – Richard Petty. Here are some of the most memorable moments.
A pair of Cobras took top high sales honors, each netting seven figures. A first-year Shelby GT350 and one of the Mopar greats, a Hemi Cuda, was also in this elite group.
Kirt Fryer brought two Boss 351s and three Mach 1 429s to the auction this year. It was a parade of the Long Nose Mustangs, as the five cars crossed the auction block one after the other. Sale prices ranged from $58,000 to $105,000, with the Grabber Blue Boss 351 netting the highest price. It’s good to see these Long Noses getting some serious attention.
In addition to the Top Four Sales cars, there were plenty of other “Go Fast” vehicles on the docket. Here are more of the cars that made this auction a muscle car bonanza.
With more than 1,500 vehicles in the auction, it wasn’t hard to find some great classics. Here are some of the eye-catching cars that topped our list.
Richard Petty was in the house to help sell a 2015 Mustang GT, prepared by Richard’s Garage. Proceeds from the sale, $120,000, went to Victory Junction, a purpose-built camp for kids with special needs.
Note that all prices are hammer prices, without the buyers’ commission.
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