2016 Mecum Spring Classic Indy Features Muscle and So Much More


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.


Top Four Sales


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.


1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster CSX3295 Sold for $1.1 Million 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster CSX2271 Sold for $1 Million 1965 Shelby GT350 Sold for $500,000 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Sold for $425,000
Kirt Fryer’s 1971 Mustang Collection


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.


Kirt Fryer 1971 Mustangs Collection 1971 Boss 351 Sold for $105,000 1971 Boss 351 Sold for $87,000 1971 Mach 1 429 Sold for $86,000 1971 Mach 1 429 Sold for $69,000 1971 Mach 1 429 Sold for $58,000
Other Great Muscle Cars


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.


1967 Shelby Paxton Supercharged Sold for $285,000 1969 Boss 429 Sold for $260,000 1969 Yenko Camaro Sold for $260,000 1969 Yenko Camaro Sold for $225,000 1970 Superbird Sold for $170,000 1970 Ford Boss 302 Kar Kraft Trans Am Racer Sold for $125,000 1970 Buick GSX Sold for $80,000 1969 COPO Camaro Z11 Reached High Bid of $600,000 1969 L88 Corvette Reached High Bid of $500,000 1971 GTO Judge Convertible Reached High Bid of $220,000
Other Eye-catching Cars


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.


1937 Ford Hi-Boy 1957 Cadillac Biarritz 1957 Corvette 1957 Thunderbird F-Bird 1958 Chevy Camaro 1958 Sunliner 1961 Plymouth Fury Cross Ram 4 Speed 1963 Corvette Z06 Fuelie 1969 Trans Am 1970 AAR Cuda 1971 Hemi Cuda Recreation 2005 Ford GT 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Vol. 9 Blue Oval Stangs
Richard Petty Garage Mustang GT Charity Car


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.


2015 Mustang GT        

Note that all prices are hammer prices, without the buyers’ commission.




Scenes from the 29th Mecum Spring Classic in Indianapolis





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