After nine full days of auction frenzy, Mecum wrapped its Indy 2022 auction and the company’s 35th anniversary event with a staggering $126.5 million in total sales. The sum blew past the previous record set at last year’s event of $107m — an increase of 18%. Of the 2,504 vehicles on offer in Indy, a healthy 81% sold.
Of the top ten cars sold, nine exceeded the $1m mark. At the top of that list is a 1965 Brawner Hawk Ford “Dean Van Lines Special” Indy Car from The Ray Evernham Collection that sold for $2.2m. The car was driven by racing legend Mario Andretti, who won titles with the car in 1965 and 1966. It has been shown at both the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Three lots tied for the second-highest price in Indy. A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, 1969 Eagle Weslake Ford “Santa Ana” Indy Car — also from The Ray Evernham Collection — and The Dr. Richard Foster Corvette Pace Car Collection, a single lot comprised of 18 Corvettes. Each of these lots sold for $1,375,000.
The black-on-black 300SL Roadster featured a matching-numbers engine and was accompanied by a factory hardtop. It had a known ownership history and was sold with factory books, service manuals, records and Mercedes-Benz Zertifikat.
The 1969 Eagle Weslake Ford Indy Car, like its top-selling Brawner Hawk sibling, was driven by racing royalty. Dan Gurney drove the car to a second-place finish in the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and scored Indy Car wins at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Brainerd and Sonoma in 1969-70. The Eagle was then owned by Carroll Shelby and campaigned by Shelby-Dowd Performance in 1971.
The lucky buyer of lot S159, The Dr. Richard Foster Corvette Pace Car Collection, secured 18 new-to-them ‘Vettes when the hammer fell on this multi-car lot. The cars ranged from an unrestored 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car with 50 miles on the odometer to a yet-to-be-completed 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Replica.
Rounding out the top five was the 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona from the Motor City Muscle Collection. The Dark Green Metallic Mopar rolled off the auction block at a final price of $1,320,000 and set a record for the most valuable Hemi Daytona to sell at auction.