WALWORTH, WI – May 22, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Dana Mecum’s 32nd Original Spring Classic auction was another pronounced success with overall sales totals reaching an all-time Indy-auction high at more than $70.4 million. With a consignment list steeped in headline-worthy cars, the auction saw a total of 1,189 vehicles hammer sold May 14-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Sales were topped by two Shelby Cobra Roadsters from the Steven Juliano Estate Collection that sold for $2.86 million and $2.42 million, respectively, with the top-six-selling vehicles at the auction all exceeding the million-dollar mark and five of the top 10 cars boasting ties to the Juliano legacy.
The celebrated collection of the late Steven Juliano undeniably dominated the Indianapolis auction with both his car and his Road Art collections highlighting the six-day event. His 1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Roadster (Lot F128) took top sales honors followed closely by his 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F136), and the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster (Lot F132), 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible (Lot F142) and 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Sunroof (Lot F143) in the top 10 were all previously owned by Juliano as well. The selection of Rapid Transit Caravan vehicles in the Juliano collection proved extremely desirable with the 1971 Plymouth Road Runner (Lot F130) bringing $236,500, the 1970 Plymouth Duster (Lot F141) selling for $264,000 and the ’70 Hemi Road Runner (Lot F134) demanding a total of $341,000. A unique 1969 Plymouth Barracuda “Mod Top” (Lot F133) was another from the Juliano estate that sold well, bringing a whopping $440,000. Even Juliano’s display engines sold for hearty sums with prices for the two Hemi engines and the 440 6 BBL engine ranging from $159,300 to $218,500. In total, the more than 1,000 vehicles that sold in Indianapolis reached $66.7 million overall.
Similar to his cars, Juliano’s more than 2,500 lots of Road Art seemed to take over the Indy event in scope while inducing an almost tangible wave of excitement among collectors. Featuring mainly ‘60s- and ‘70s-era Mopar promotional materials as well as Shelby and Ford collectibles, the massive assemblage was offered both live at the Indianapolis auction and online via Mecum’s all-new timed web-based auction platform, Mecum On Time. A 1950s Ford Dealer Crest (Lot K99) that hung at the historic Floyd Rice Ford Dealership located in downtown Detroit before joining Juliano’s private collection sold for an impressive $55,460, and a full-size outdoor billboard (Lot K77) featuring the 1970 Dodge Challenger brought an amazing $44,840. Between live-auction Road Art offerings and Mecum On Time sales, Indianapolis Road Art totals reached $3.73 million overall.
The complete top 10 collector-car sales at the Mecum Indy 2019 auction include:
- 1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Roadster (Lot F128) at $2,860,000
- 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F136) at $2,420,000
- 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach (Lot S155) at $1,980,000
- 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible (Lot F120) at $1,980,000
- 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster (Lot F132) at $1,760,000
- 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible (Lot F142) at $1,155,000
- 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Sunroof (Lot F143) at $660,000
- 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (Lot F177) at $577,500
- 1940 Crocker ‘Big Tank’ Big Twin (Lot S124.1) at $550,000
- 2016 Norwood 330 P4 Replica (Lot S252) at $467,500
For access to complete auction results, sign up for the free InfoNet service offered at Mecum.com. Mecum’s next auction will be Portland 2019 this June 21-22 with an estimated 600 classic and collector cars slated to cross the auction block at the Portland Expo Center in Oregon. For more details on upcoming auctions, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit Mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.
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Source: Mecum Auction, Inc.