Mecum once again lived up to its slogan, “Muscle Cars and More,” at their 26th annual Spring Classic car auction in Indianapolis, Indiana. During six days of high-octane bidding, over 2000 classic cars, which included a stellar lineup of big-block, big-performance beauties, crossed the auction block. Although all muscle car brands were represented, it was a pair of special Mustangs that energized the crowd, and set the records for the highest prices ever paid for Ford’s original Pony car.
The Mecum auction in Indy was transformed into the Super Bowl of classic cars, not only because these Mustangs are blue-chip collectibles, but because they’ve attained superstar status in a market seeking the rarest of the rare. Whether a car enthusiast or not, it was hard not to get caught up the excitement, as these celebrities rolled onto Mecum’s red carpet.
1967 Shelby Super Snake
Several articles have been written recently on the Shelby Super Snake, explaining its uniqueness as the only Mustang built by Carroll Shelby’s team with the Le Mans-bred 427 engine. Being the only Shelby of its kind, needless to say, makes this Mustang extremely valuable. There was little doubt the final price tag would be big, but just how big was the question. Speculation ran rampant, since there were no other cars the Snake could be compared to.
As the crowd anxiously awaited this Star Car’s appearance , some standout cars served as excellent warm up acts. A 1970 Chevelle LS6 hammered down a price of $130,000, and two Corvettes, a 1967 and a 1968, drove bidding past $600,000. When the Super Snake rolled onto the stage, bidding began immediately, blowing past $500,000 in a very short time. When the bid hit $1 million, there was a round of applause, and everyone stopped to catch their breath. But, this Pony still had legs. The hammer didn’t fall until reaching a final bid of $1,300,000.
Eleanor of “Gone in 60 Seconds”
Widely known as Nicholas Cage’s getaway car in the movie, “Gone in 60 Seconds,” the 1967 Mustang known as Eleanor, in and of itself, has become a movie star. Numerous replicas have been made of this customized body design, created by Chip Foose, but the 1967 Mustang at Mecum Indy was the actual Eleanor used in all of Cage’s close ups with her. To further establish the car’s status, she was encased in a glass enclosure in the auction hall, similar to how a precious object in a museum would be displayed. Also, Mecum distributed a thousand promotional blinking buttons, with the words “Go Baby Go,” as they appear on Eleanor’s gear shift, around the nitrous button.
The crowd hadn’t quite come down from the high of the previous night’s record-setting sale of the Super Snake, and now with Saturday’s lineup of muscle cars, such as Yenko, COPO, Hemi, Cobra, and ZR1, the excitement continued to build. However, it was clear that Eleanor was what everyone came to see Saturday night. From the time this movie star entered the auction stage, until it exited stage right, there was standing room only, as everyone crowded around Eleanor, wanting to be part of this historical moment — a $1 million moment.