Dana Mecum 1935 Gilmore Special Miller vintage race car

Dana Mecum 1935 Gilmore Special Miller vintage race car

Dana Mecum of Mecum Auctions will be selling a range of rare vintage race cars, many of which hail from the state of Indiana--the birthplace of more than 50 automobile marques. Mecum is a lifelong racing enthusiast, former racer and president of the club that preserves the most dominant Indy racers of all time, so it comes as no surprise that he has such a vast collection.

Since starting the Mecum Collector Car Auction Company in 1988, Dana Mecum has either owned or auctioned every significant American automobile. His most prized collection was the fastest qualifying car of 1935: the Gilmore Special Miller, which was the first car to break the 120 mph average lap speed barrier. This vehicle is a great example of the Miller-engineered racers that won at Indianapolis 12 times and dominated the 500 for decades.

This month will see the annual Original Spring Classic Auction, which has grown to become one of the world's largest collector car auctions, featuring 1,750 collectible vehicles, racers and muscle cars up for sale. Also on auction will be a yellow 1934 Chevrolet Street Rod that was the personal project vehicle of NASCAR driver Kenny Irwin Jr. and is being sold to raise funds for charity.

The event runs May 19-23 in Indianapolis.

[Mecum Auctions]