Two Shelby Cobras highlight Mecum's Original Spring Classic auction

(May 24, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Dana Mecum’s 32nd Original Spring Classic auction May 14-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds was another success with overall sales totals reaching an all-time Indy-auction high at more than $70.4 million. With a consignment list steeped in headline-worthy cars, the auction saw a total of 1,189 vehicles hammer sold.

Sales were topped by two Shelby Cobra Roadsters from the Steven Juliano Estate Collection that sold for $2.86 million and $2.42 million, respectively, with the top-six-selling vehicles at the auction all exceeding the million-dollar mark and five of the top 10 cars boasting ties to the Juliano legacy.

The celebrated collection of the late Steven Juliano undeniably dominated the Indianapolis auction with both his car and his Road Art collections highlighting the six-day event.

His1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Roadster took top sales honors followed closely by his 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster, and the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster, 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible and 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Sunroof in the top 10. They were all previously owned by Juliano.

1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Roadster

The selection of Rapid Transit Caravan vehicles in the Juliano collection proved extremely desirable with the 1971 Plymouth Road Runner bringing $236,500, the 1970 Plymouth Duster selling for $264,000 and the ’70 Hemi Road Runner demanding a total of $341,000.

A unique 1969 Plymouth Barracuda “Mod Top” was another from the Juliano estate that sold well, bringing a whopping $440,000. Even Juliano’s display engines sold for hearty sums with prices for the two Hemi engines and the 440 6 BBL engine ranging from $159,300 to $218,500. In total, the more than 1,000 vehicles that sold in Indianapolis reached $66.7 million overall.

Similar to his cars, Juliano’s more than 2,500 lots of Road Art seemed to take over the Indy event in scope while inducing an almost tangible wave of excitement among collectors. Featuring mainly ‘60s- and ‘70s-era Mopar promotional materials as well as Shelby and Ford collectibles, the massive assemblage was offered both live at the Indianapolis auction and online via Mecum’s all-new timed web-based auction platform, Mecum On Time.

A1950s Ford Dealer Crest that hung at the historic Floyd Rice Ford Dealership located in downtown Detroit before joining Juliano’s private collection sold for an impressive $55,460, and a full-size outdoor billboard featuring the 1970 Dodge Challenger brought an amazing $44,840. Between live-auction Road Art offerings and Mecum On Time sales, Indianapolis Road Art totals reached $3.73 million overall.

The complete top 10 collector-car sales at the Mecum Indy 2019 auction include:

    1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Roadster at $2,860,000
    1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at $2,420,000
    2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach at $1,980,000
    1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible at $1,980,000
    1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster at $1,760,000
    1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible at $1,155,000
    1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Sunroof at $660,000
    1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona at $577,500
    1940 Crocker 'Big Tank' Big Twin at $550,000
    2016 Norwood 330 P4 Replica  at $467,500