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3000 classics to go under the hammer at Mecum

It is hard to imagine in the UK – or anywhere outside the US for that matter – but in just a few weeks time an astonishing 3000 classic and collector cars will go under the hammer in a single auction. The occasion is Dana Mecum’s 37th Spring Classic, which takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from 10-18 May. Last year’s sale raised a barely credible $113 million.

Naturally, it would difficult to pick out too many single-car highlights from 3000 lots but some of the highlights are:

The Frank Micoli Collection (main picture)

‘An Italian menagerie of 40 cars and 17 motorcycles, including nine Ferraris, four Alfa Romeos and four Fiats, plus a selection of Ducati, MV Agusta and other Italian-built motorcycles and 80-plus Road Art items.’ No-reserve lots include a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL. 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback.

The Apex Collection

38 lots headed by a Wimbledon White-over-black 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback but also including an unmodified 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra.

The Black Corvette Collection

Seven examples of America’s sports car headlined by a 1967 that’s one of only two L79 convertibles produced in Tuxedo Black with a white interior and factory air conditioning. It’s powered by a matching-numbers L79 327/350 HP V8 with an M21 close-ratio four-speed manual gearbox. 

The Corvette Evolution Collection

34 Chevy Corvettes with available examples ranging from 1953 to 2003. The Bloomington Gold Certified and NCRS Regional Top Flight Award-winning 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is one of only 29 produced with the very rare J56 Special Sintered Metallic Brake Package, the leftover heavy-duty “Z06-type” brakes from the previous year’s Z06 package that was canceled after 1963.  

Other main attraction consignments include a 1989 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary (above) that is one of six painted in Giallo Fly, a 200-mile 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae Roadster that is one of 250 produced and one of two with a Miura paint scheme inspired by a 1972 Miura SV, and a 1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6 Convertible.

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