Dana Mecum’s name is being changed to “Indiana Mecum” because like “Indiana Jones” he has a way of finding treasures, Corvette treasures, and offering them for sale at his vaunted Indianapolis Spring Auction, May 14th through May 19th.
This year “Indiana Mecum” will auction over 2,000 collector cars and motorcycles during his six day extravaganza. But as usual, he saves the real “treasures” to auction on Saturday, May 18th. On that special day Mecum is offering no less than twenty five Corvettes centered around seven high-end, meticulously restored award winning second generation cars, three third generation Corvettes and five restomodded vettes. These special cars presale estimates range from $120K to $600K.
To highlight just a few of this year’s Indy offerings it is only fitting to start with Lot S127, a black 1967 427/435HP, numbers matching, Duntov Award winning convertible. This car has the highest pre sale estimate of any Corvettes and is estimated to sell between $400K and $600K. This jewel has been restored twice, first in 1995 by Naber Brothers and then redone in 2012 by Elio Martin, a recognized second generation restoration expert. All date coded components match and the car has won double Bloomington Gold awards, six NCRS Top Flight Awards, a NCRS Performance Certification Award and the prestigious Duntov Mark of Excellence Award.
Lots S131, S132, and S133 is a chronological offering of 1965, 1966, and 1967 Corvettes all in Rally Red. The first two are convertibles and both have won numerous awards including Bloomington Gold and several Top Flight Awards. The 1965 retains its matching numbers L84 327/375 HP engine and 4-speed manual transmission while the 1966 has a rebuilt original matching numbers 427/390 HP big block V-8 engine, Muncie close ratio 4-speed transmission and rear end. The 1967 is a coupe that began life as Cortez silver but was repainted Rally red early in its life. This car has its original tank sticker documenting its numbers matching 427/435HP engine and four speed Muncie transmission.
Lot S136 is another 1967 Duntov Award winning coupe and one of less than a hundred recipients of the prestigious Bloomington Gold Benchmark Awards. In addition this Cortez silver coupe has also been awarded NCRS National and Regional Top Flight certification, Chevy Vettefest Gold Spinner and Triple Crown Awards and the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence. The Sting Ray retains its original matching numbers L71 427/435 HP Tri Power engine with solid lifter cam, close ratio Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and positraction rear end. It is also documented by the original Protect-O-Plate. Exclusivity won’t come cheap, the car is estimated to sell between $250K and $300K.
Though many of the Saturday jewels are second generation cars, Mecum is also offering Lot S141 which is one of only twenty five ZR1′s built in 1970. The ZR1 is powered by the LT1 350 CI, 370 HP small block, with a solid lifter cam, dual plane aluminum intake manifold and 780 CFM Holley 4-barrel carburetor and has recently undergone a complete restoration.
In addition to the fine offering of restored, important, award-winning Corvettes, Mecum will also offer some high quality Corvette restomods . One example is Lot S145. This 1967 is based on the C6 ZR1 suspension, rear axles and hubs. This silver and red example is powered by a 525 HP GM LS3 crate engine with an LS7 clutch and Tremec T-56 Godzilla 6-speed. The pre sale estimate is $200K to $250K.
You can check out all of “Indiana Mecum’s” Saturday treasures in person at his 26th Original Spring Classic event May 14th thru the 19th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Make sure you check out his very thorough on-line catalog before you go at www.mecum.com.