Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mecum Indy event offers rare chance to see 1953 Fiesta, Eldorado, Skylark, and Corvette all in one place
But you can’t really get the full impact of just what GM was able to produce just by reading things. You really need to experience the crown jewels of the 1953 GM lineup firsthand. The Mecum Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis is providing a rare, rare opportunity to do just that. Crossing the block will be the ultimate quartet of GM’s most ambitious and sought-after cars; a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, a 1953 Buick Skylark, and a 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta.
You are probably aware of the GM Motorama car shows that toured the U.S. in the 1950s. Opulent displays showcased chrome-drenched production offerings from every GM division, but also featured one-off “dream cars” that offered real and imagined glimpses into the automotive future.
Let’s look at the 1953 Eldorado. It sold for nearly double that of a regular Cadillac. It was out of reach for anyone but the very rich. And only 532 of the custom-bodied beauties were built all year. The one Mecum is offering is a rare black on black and white leather example with four sparkling Kelsey-Hayes real Cadillac wire wheels on the ground, and one more makes five in the continental kit.
The Indy Spring Classic has been one of Mecum’s premiere events for the past 24 years. These four cars alone would make it worth the trip, but there will also be significant rides like the 1963 Shelby Cobra that Carroll Shelby used as a demonstrator, a 1957 Thunderbird that was originally built for NASCAR racing, and several rare muscle cars from the Paul Dehnert estate.
This event will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 17-22, 2011. Or, if you can’t make it, much of the auction will be shown live on the Discovery Channel’s HD Theatre. For information on hotels, tickets, consigning a vehicle, or a full list of the cars and trucks that will be offered for sale, check out this link.