Mecum Indy 2021 Auction – Our Top 10 Car Preview

The Mecum Indy 2021 Auction is to be held on May 14 -22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with the line-up of vehicles heading to the auction block nothing short of spectacular, to say the least.

Here’s a preview of some of the stand-out vehicles featured at the Mecum Indy 2021 Auction:

1958 Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser Indy Car – Lot R4051964 Cooper Monaco Type 61 Sport Racer – Lot R4072019 Ford GT Lightweight – Lot R4121936 Duesenberg Model J Rollston Convertible Berline – Lot 4092014 McLaren P1- Lot R5461930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria – Lot R4081934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Individual Custom Convertible Sedan- Lot R4112020 Ford GT MkII – Lot R4351957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code – Lot R3021965 Shelby GT350R Fastback – Lot R208

1958 Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser Indy Car – Lot R405

The 1958 Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser Indy Car up for auction was purpose-built by the legendary race car builder Frank Kurtis and is superbly finished in a bright yellow D-A Lubricant No. 7 livery.

The example was raced in three consecutive Indianapolis 500 races, driven by Duane Carter, Johnny Thomson, and Don Freeland.

The highlight of the vehicle’s career was in the 1959 Indianapolis 500, where Carter finished 7th with Smokey Yunick as the car’s crew chief.

The Kurtis Kraft is powered by the Offenhauser 252 CI inline 4-cylinder racing engine mounted in laydown style and mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with a reverse gear.

In regards to safety factors, the Kurtis Kraft is equipped with a removable subframe that is bolted to the original frame to hold five-point racing seat belts as well as a removable roll bar mounted to the subframe.

The look of the cockpit is typical of race cars at the time, with a spartan look, equipped only with a few gauges and controls that can easily be seen or controlled from the black seat.

The Kurtis Kraft is fitted with Firestone “display” racing tires and modern reproduction mill-spec magnesium Indy wheels cast by Ron Blondel back in 2006.

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Mecum Indy 2021 Auction – Our Top 10 Car Preview
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Published Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 05:04:52 +0000

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