In the 12-decade history of the automobile, 3 decades is but a quarter. Even in collector car auction history, it is not even half. Still, by any reasonable or relative benchmark, the three-decade history of Mecum Auctions’ Spring Classic is worth considering.
Starting in the wilds of Belvedere, Illinois (location caused it to be branded “Rockford” because no one knew where Belvedere was except the workers at the Chrysler assembly plant, and a few FLW fans who remembered the chapel in the Belvedere cemetery), the Spring Classic took on new significance when it moved to Indy.
Significant it still is, although challenged by Mecum’s Kissimmee and Monterey auctions.
The preliminary docket shows just over 1,400 cars. About 17 percent of them, a little less than is typical of recent auctions, are less than “antique,” that is, newer than 25 years. Muscle cars predominate but the variety is energizing.
Of course, the collector car market isn’t a static thing. It ebbs and flows with fads and cycles. Mecum’s Spring Classic is a steady hallmark where fads and trends blend in with established collectors’ and dealers’ concept of the market. How it turns out remains to be seen, but there is no shortage of quality consignments at the 30th annual Spring Classic, which opens today and runs through Sunday.