And we’re back. After a year in which the classic car market has moved mostly through computer screens—we all know why—we’re about to witness two major in-person classic car auctions in the same week.
Mecum’s annual “Spring Classic” in Indianapolis starts Friday the 14th and continues through the following Saturday. Typically we see 1000 vehicles cross the block here. It is joined this year by one of the calendar’s biggest events, Amelia Island, which moved from its usual March dates to May this year. Amelia will include a Bonhams auction on May 20th and an RM Sotheby’s auction on May 22nd, before the concours on the 23rd.
The auctions will be a heat check for a sizzling collector car market and will specifically test two segments that tend to rely more than others on in-person sales—muscle cars (Mecum) and prewar (Amelia). (We looked at some of the star cars earlier this week.)
Most of all, though, these gatherings are exciting because so many enthusiasts who have been at home are finally able to attend them again. We will have (vaccinated) boots on the ground in both locations. We’re ecstatic to be going, not just to be able to catch up with old friends and see some world class cars, but also to gauge the market in realtime.
We will be posting live updates in the comments section of this article—what’s selling as well as the scuttlebutt you can only get in-person. We’re also eager to hear your questions and thoughts about the auctions and about the collector car market in general as things slowly return to normal.