Walworth, WI — Mecum returns to live auctions with plenty of safety procedures for its July 10-18 Indianapolis sale — rescheduled from the original May dates and expanded from six to nine days — at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Among the nearly 2,500 cars now slated to cross the block live are nine Shelby Mustangs from the John Atzbach Collection, highlighted by the first 1965 Shelby GT350R Competition Model built. Known as the “Flying Mustang” and driven by Ken Miles, Shelby 5R002 stands today as one of the most significant and historic competition cars ever constructed by Shelby American Inc. Atzbach’s Road Art collection includes approximately 15,000 items ranging from rare Shelby artifacts to original and authentic vintage automotive signs and collectibles.
Other auction headliners include a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible known as The Ultimate L88 for its storied history on the race track, Bill Holland’s 1947 Indianapolis 500-winning Indy Car known as the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special, two 1971 V-Code 440 6 BBL Plymouth Cuda Convertibles, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta and many more.
In addition to the Atzbach offering, at least 13 other private collections comprising 226 cars and 36 motorcycles will cross the Indy auction block as well, and among the most notable assemblages are Dana Mecum’s GTOs — encompassing eight lots with two “main attractions” from 1965: the Pontiac GTO Hurst GeeTO Tiger and Pontiac GTO Hurst Riverside Pace Car.
Of special note is the Speedway Collection of four Indy 500 cars — including Arie Luyendyk’s 1997 race winner — being sold in one lot.
Peruse the full docket that includes these treasures:
1964 Shelby 289 Independent Competition Cobra
1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible
1947 Deidt-Offenhauser Blue Crown Spark Plug Special