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1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster CSX3295 David Newhardt
1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster CSX3295

Mecum Original Spring Classic 2016 – Auction Preview

The Mecum Original Spring Classic 2016 auction will be held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Dana Mecum’s 29th annual Spring Classic sale will be headlined by muscle cars, Corvettes and individual collections among an estimated 2,000 vehicles at the five-day Indy event.

An array of 17 vehicles from the collection of Shelby aficionado Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, will be among the headline offerings at the 2016 Mecum Indianapolis sale. The entire Shelby-themed assemblage will cross the auction block on Friday, May 20.
Among the cars of the Joe McMurrey Collection is a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra. With 20,165 original miles and known ownership history since new, serial-number CSX3295 was purchased by McMurrey in 2008 in original condition. Still wearing its factory-finish white acrylic paint with its original black leather interior, McMurrey had it stripped to bare metal. Close inspection allowed McMurrey to verify the level of originality possessed by virtually all components of the Cobra, and in order to preserve the car’s history and integrity, CSX3295 was repainted in its original Wimbledon White paint.

Other main attractions from the Collection are two Shelby GT350 fastbacks, a 1965 and a 1967. The two-digit serial-number 1965 Shelby is number 41 making it one of the first GT350s completed at the new Shelby facility at the Los Angeles airport. The one-of-35 factory Paxton Supercharged 1967 Shelby features a professional restoration and excellent accompanying documentation.

The balance of the McMurrey Collection includes notable lots carrying on the Shelby theme such as a 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible, a 1965 Griffith Series 200, a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger MkII roadster and a 1999 Shelby Series 1 roadster. The collection also includes a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Split-Window Coupe and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner, among others.

Dana Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction will also feature a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra roadster, CSX2271. Restored in its factory-original color combination of Silver with Red interior, CSX2271 was purchased new by the founder of Mercury Marine, E.C. Kiekhaefer, and later owned by NHRA World Champion, Bruce Larson. The Shelby name doesn’t stop there as an additional six GT 350s and 10 GT500s, including a Grabber Green 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible, will be offered. The Boss will be well represented with five Boss 429s available for bid, including a rare Pastel Blue 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback.

Fans of General Motors will not be disappointed by the array of GM muscle available for bid at Mecum’s 2016 Indianapolis event, as the auction will feature at least 41 Chevrolet Chevelles, 26 Pontiac GTOs, 13 Oldsmobile 442s, eight Buick GSs as well as a huge number of Chevrolet’s sportiest models with 56 Camaros and an amazing 94 Corvettes.

Heading up the General Motors contingent is a rare Fathom Green 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible (Lot S149) and a Firemist Gold 1962 Corvette Styling Car (Lot S170.1). The Bowtie is well represented across the auction with two Yenko Camaros (Lot S154 and Lot S200) and a 1970 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle LS6 (Lot S147) marking a few of the unique Chevrolet offerings.

Fans of other GM brands will be pleased as well. Oldsmobile muscle-car enthusiasts will enjoy a Sherwood Green 1970 442 W-30 (Lot F204), followers of the ‘goat’ shouldn’t miss a 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible (Lot S179), while Buick motorheads will be satisfied with a trifecta of muscle-car magic from the Mike Guarise Collection of GS Stage 1 convertibles (Lots F146, F147 and F148).

Additional highlights at the 2016 Mecum Indy sale include:

  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Number 18 of 69 ZL1 Camaros produced
  • 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Pro Stock, Sox & Martin Hemi Cuda Pro Stock Team Car, restored to 1971 race configuration
  • 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, One of 59 Hemi Cuda hardtops produced in 1971 with 4-speed, Matching numbers engine
  • 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, Unrestored with matching numbers drivetrain, 10,945 original miles
  • 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight, 1 of 50 Lightweight Mustangs produced
  • 1907 Stoddard-Dayton Model K Runabout, One of three known to exist, multi-year, frame-off restoration by Brass Era experts
  • 1910 Locomobile Model 40 Type I Demi-Tonneau, First in Class at the 2010 Meadow Brook Concours

The Mecum Original Spring Classic 2016 auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $30 per person per day or $100 for a five-day pass; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Bidder registration is $100 in advance and $200 at the auction and includes admission for two for all five auction days. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning daily at 8:30 a.m. with Road Art and vehicles beginning at 10 a.m. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the auction with the TV schedule to be announced; a live stream of the entire auction will be presented at

Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

Mecum Original Spring Classic 2016 – Schedule

Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
May 17-21, 2016
Admission: $30 per person, per day or $100 for a five-day pass; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Auction: Vehicles start daily at 10 a.m. with Road Art starting daily at 8:30 a.m.
TV Schedule (NBCSN): TBA
(All times Eastern)

[Source: Mecum Auctions]