Mecum Spring Classic
Indy Auction Approaches
Larry Jewett - May 03, 2012 01:15 PM
F113 1951 Chevy Pickup
The frame has been modified to accept 1989 to 1996 Corvette suspension front and rear. It has a new LS2 engine and new 4L70E transmission with a 3.73 rear axle Dana 36. Other features include Street and Performance pulley system, power rack and pinion steering, vintage air conditioning, Griffin radiator, Flaming River tilt column, two-toned tan leather interior and Glide engineering front seat.
F298 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
Built at the Oshawa, Ontario plant and sold new at Elliott Motors in Belleville, Ontario, this 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge is particularly well appointed. The list of desirable features is headed by the WS-code 400/366HP Ram Air III engine, mated to a four-speed manual and augmented with a sport handling package, power steering and power brakes. A full-width rear spoiler, hood mounted tach, multi-hued graphics and painted Rally II wheels visually distinguish this Orbit Orange Judge, which also features bucket seats and console, remote driver’s mirror and a Formula steering wheel. Thanks to its Canadian origins, this rare machine also benefits from GM Canada’s famously thorough documentation.
F328 1969 Nova SS
Sold new at Monaghan Chevrolet in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, this rare 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS396 is a multiple award winner. Finished as original in Dover White with a Deluxe Blue interior and distinctive SS wheels with Redline tires, it features all correct date-coded components and comes with a complete owner history, including a signed affidavit from the original owner attesting to its L78 provenance. A Chevy Vettefest score of 999 points in 2008, Gold Spinner and Diamond Award of Excellence, Pittsburgh World of Wheels Outstanding in Class and Nova Nationals Restored Class awards all attest to its spectacular quality.
F360 1970 Chevrolet Yenko Duece
Yenko Chevrolet took the small block Nova formula to its logical conclusion in the Yenko Nova Deuce, which harnessed the power of Chevrolet’s solid-lifter LT1 350 engine, rated at 360 HP in the Z28 and 370 in the Corvette. One of 35 finished in Fathom Blue, this all-matching numbers Deuce was once part of the famed Otis Chandler muscle car collection. It is equipped with a Muncie M21 4-speed, 4.10 rear end with heavy duty Positraction and axle shafts, special cooling and suspension, power front disc brakes, hood mounted tach and special order twin sport mirrors. Documentation includes the broadcast sheet and Protect-O-Plate.
S159 1972 Corvette ZR1
One of the most sought-after Corvettes of all time, the ZR1 was the rarest small block Corvette ever built, with just 20 produced in 1972. Offered from 1970 to 1972, the ZR1 was the complete package: the solid lifter LT1 350/255 HP small block, Muncie M22 close-ratio 4-speed, J50/J56 heavy duty power brakes, transistor ignition, special aluminum radiator and F41 heavy duty suspension. All were radio delete and most came without a radiator shroud. This restored matching numbers 1972 ZR1 is refinished in correct Bryar Blue and retains its original Black interior, an impressive example documented by the original tank sticker and Protect-O-Plate.
S163 1964 Mercury A/FX Comet
One of just 21 built in 1964 by Detroit Steel Tubing for competition in NHRA’s Factory Experimental class, this 1964 Mercury Comet A/FX was originally owned by Paul Vanderly, who used it to capture the NASCAR Ultra Stock class at Daytona in 1964. With Ford’s mighty 427/425 HP Hi Riser V-8, four-speed and 9-inch rear comprising the driveline, the car was restored by Randy DeLisio and retains all the original lightweight components installed by DST. The car comes with the original build sheet, disclaimer tag, door tag, all the original serial number stampings, complete ownership records and a full photographic record of the restoration.
S169 1969 Mustang Boss 429
Production number 605 of 857 built in 1969, this Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a two-owner car that has always lived within 10 miles of the selling dealer, and now shows a documented 4,551 miles on the odometer. A meticulous rotisserie restoration was completed on the car in 1999 by the owner, Rich West. The original Kar Kraft-installed matching numbers engine was retained, along with many other original parts, including the entire interior with the single exception of a new factory correct dash pad. In 2012 the engine, engine compartment, undercarriage and exhaust system were restored once again by West, and the interior carpet exchanged for a new factory correct replacement.This rare Boss 429 is offered with extensive documentation that includes Future Ford and Kar Kraft invoices; window sticker, two original build sheets, car warranty statement and facts booklet; Boss 429 spoiler installation package, the title (with actual mileage recorded) and Marti Report.
S234 1969 Mustang Boss 302
This Ford Mustang Boss 302 is one of the most documented and award winning Mustangs in the world. Purchased new by the Chrysler Corporation on May 19, 1969 from Ed Schmid Ford in Ferndale, Michigan. Ed Schmid Ford is still in business at their original location on Woodward Ave. It is believed Chrysler Corporation used this car to help develop their AAR Cuda and T/A Challenger for 1970. After Chrysler was finished analyzing this car it was sold to a Ford engineer. The original paperwork which included the purchase agreement, warranty card and Certificate of Title, with Chryslers name on them, remain with the car. An Elite Marti Report shows that this is the only one that Chrysler purchased. It was restored in 1981 to Thoroughbred standards by Boss Mustang and authenticity expert Bob Perkins using all original and NOS parts. This car has 13,000 believed to be actual miles and retains its original sheet metal, engine, transmission, rear end, Carlite glass and Autolite shocks. It also is fitted with an original set of “no size” Goodyear tires and an original Autolite battery.
S236 1957 Thunderbird
Sold new at O'Shea-Rogers Ford in Lincoln, Nebraska, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible is completely unrestored and original. It has been driven a mere 20,000 miles over the course of its lifetime, and was garage kept by the original owner until February of 2012. Still painted in its original factory-applied Starmist Blue paint, this V-8 powered Ford classic is offered with its original porthole hardtop and wide Whitewall tires, and is documented with the original bill of sale and a signed affidavit attesting to its actual mileage.
S238 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird
Records indicate that only 77 Plymouth Superbirds were built with the mighty 426/425 HP Hemi engine and Torqueflite automatic transmission, with fewer than 30 known to exist today. This genuine R-code 1970 Plymouth Superbird is one of those few, here finished in Vitamin C Orange with a Black vinyl roof and rare white-on-black bucket seat interior with woodgrain accented console and Rallye instruments. Documented with the broadcast sheet, it is equipped with power steering and power front disc brakes.
Mecum Auctions will celebrate its Silver anniversary at Dana Mecum’s 25th Original Spring Classic Auction. More than 2,100 vehicles will cross the auction block May 15-20, 2012, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Over six massive action packed days; collector cars, motorcycles, and road art from all genres will be displayed in nearly 1 million square feet of buildings and tents during the world’s largest collector car auction. Since the very beginning, Mecum’s Original Spring Classic has always been the industry’s epicenter for the world’s finest muscle car offerings and 2012 is absolutely no exception.
On Saturday May 19th, NHRA drag racing legends Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and “TV” Tommy Ivo will watch their history making dragsters take center stage. Prudhomme will offer the record breaking 1982 Pontiac Trans Am “Pepsi Challenger” (Lot S182) from his private collection, and the 1974 Streamlined Top Fuel Dragster (Lot S200) piloted and more famously crashed by Tommy Ivo will go up for sale just moments later.
While the success and exponential growth of Mecum’s Original Spring Classic is most certainly the result of dedicated hard work and customer service, Dana Mecum candidly comments, “This is what I envisioned my auction to be in the beginning, it took 25 years for everyone else to catch up!”
Dana Mecum’s 25th Original Spring Classic Auction is open to the general public with tickets available at the gate for only $15. Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. Discovery’s Velocity Network will broadcast 32 hours of live coverage from the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more information, and to learn how to become a registered bidder go to www.mecum.com or call 262.275.5050.
Here are 10 cars that will be included in the auction. There are plenty more and they can be viewed at www.mecum.com