2014 Mecum Spring Auction: 5 Classics Worth Drooling Over
Monday marked the opening of the 27th annual Original Spring Classic auction, held by Mecum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This yearly event is home to some of the world’s most pristine and prestigious supercars and muscle cars alike. This year, the event is sure to draw some crowds, and some cash. Everything from Mustangs to Camaros to exotics, the Spring Classic will have it all. In order to kick off one of our favorite events, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorites. Click the links to see more. 1964 Ford Nazy Crate Thunderbolt
In 1964, Ford brought a new contender into the now-blooming F/X wars — the Ford Fairline Thunderbolt. The high-powered V8 was enough to keep lesser muscle cars at bay, and was limited to only 100 units.
It was later purchased by Tom Caldera and raced by his partner Nate Cohen, to which it gained the name and paint scheme “Nazy Crate,” and garnered fame on numerous publications like Cars Magazine in 1974, and Hemmings in 2008.
Estimated price for this wonderful race machine sits between $275,000 to $325,000.
1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Originally introduced in 1955, the Karmann Ghia will go down in history as one of the most beautiful classics ever built. Its swooping lines and characteristic hood line are now iconic and part of classic car lore.
With nearly half a million built and sold in Germany alone, it wasn't exactly scarce. But as time has passed, more and more Karmann Ghia's have gone missing, making the value of each go up tremendously. There's no estimated price on this example, but we don't expect anything less than a high five-figure number when it leaves the door.
1982 Chevrolet Camaro Le Mans Racer
Another racer is headed to the auction block, but this time it’s an American of the French variety.
In 1982, the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans featured a duo of race-bed Camaros sporting numbers 80 and 81. Owned by NASCAR racer Billy Hagan, successful SCCA and IMSA racer Gene Felton was behind the wheel of the number 80 car, while Hagan himself piloted the number 81 to a 2nd in the GTO class and 17th overall.
Hagan, Gene Felton and Terry Labonte even took home an 8th place finish overall at the 1984 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida. No. 81 is expected to fetch between $175,000 to $250,000.
1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Straying away from the racing theme into road cars, this pristine 1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will be taking to the auction block with only 970 original miles.
The car features a standard 305 cubic inch V8, an automatic transmission — and a huge selling point – it’s a one owner vehicle. No estimated price was given.
2005 Ford GT
And last, but certainly not our least favorite, is this 2008 Ford GT.
Originally introduced in 2002 and built for 2005 and 2006, the Ford GT was a homage to the long-lost Ford GT40 racer of the 60s. The 5.4-liter V8 pushes out 550 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
Like the Z/28, this GT is a one-owner vehicle with only 376 original miles driven. Price is estimated between $245,000 to $275,000.
Mecum's 27th annual spring auction lasts until the 18th.