Mecum’s 26th annual Spring Classic auction kicks off next week in Indianapolis. One of the stars of the weekend will be this 1974 Motion Can Am Spyder from the Dan McMichael collection. The monster was the prototype for a short run consisting of just 3 additional cars. It goes up for bids next Saturday, May 18th about 3:25pm Central time.
The Can Am Spyder prototype was assembled by Joel Rosen’s Motion Performance. Lot S147 is the only red car in the 4 car run of Spyders. It’s also the only big block car. The drivetrain features a 550hp 466 cubic inch big block, a Muncie M22 4-speed, and a 4.11 rear gear. Exhaust exits through side pipes mounted low beneath the bulbous bodywork. The 3 other Can Am Spyders are all yellow small blocks.
Rosen drew his inspiration for the wide body styling from the famous Greenwood Corvettes. Motion fabbed all of the body pieces except the roof panels and windshield. The interior sports black diamond-tufted upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and custom gauge bezels. A Hurst shifter helps out when it’s time to swap the cogs. It rolls its original finned aluminum wheels and Pro Trac Racing Profile tires.
The pre-auction estimate for this car is $150,000 – $225,000. That’s a pretty big range, but how does one really price a car of this pedigree? We’re not really sure what this car is worth, but Mecum’s estimate seems about right to us. Tune into Velocity’s coverage next Saturday to find out just how much it takes to put this one in your garage.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Mecum Spring Classic over the next week or so.