Popularity of old cars indicates economic recovery

June 5, 2010

Could it be that Cadillac Eldorados made during the Eisenhower administration and Kennedy-era Corvettes are a measurement of economic recovery?

Ben Bernanke might disagree with such sophomoric economic analysis. But recent results of the Mecum Auction last month in Indianapolis might be an encouraging sign folks are at least willing to spend more money on non-necessities.

trans Harley J. Earl Corvette fetched $925,000. (Photo Courtesy Mecum Auction)

Marengo, Ill.-based Mecum said gross sales at the Indianapolis auction were $41.7 million, compared with the “approaching $40 million” sales number it reported last year.

Attendance at the auction, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, doubled to 30,000, from 14,000 in 2009. It’s the largest annual event for Mecum.

Mecum’s highest price here was a 1963 Harley J. Earl Corvette, which fetched $925,000. A 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible went for $280,000. And a 1963 Pontiac Tempest station wagon “421 Super Duty” inexplicably sold for $450,000.

Now that’s disposable income.


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