SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., January 27, 2022 – In 2020, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum entered into an ongoing partnership with Bring a Trailer to auction a select number of classic vehicles – race cars, passenger cars, and motorcycles – that have been deaccessioned from the their impressive collection. We were honored when they selected Bring a Trailer to assist with their deaccession process. In the past 18 months, IMSMuseum has listed a diverse selection of over 60 vehicles on BaT, the most noteworthy of which was this striking 1935 Duesenberg JN convertible.
During six decades of operation, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, which operates the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, has acquired an impressive collection of over 200 vehicles. Many of these have been in the collection since the museum first opened in 1956. In 2015, the IMS Foundation Board of Directors and Curatorial Team began a careful evaluation of the entire collection as part of an effort to refine its scope and to focus on the museum’s stated mission: celebrating the innovation, thrill, and cultural significance of more than a century of motor racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The proceeds from the deaccession project will go toward the direct care of the museum’s vehicle collection as well as maintenance of its archive and substantial collection of artifacts and memorabilia.
We’re excited to announce that Bring a Trailer will be assisting with the deaccession through 2022, with new auctions going live each month as vehicles are readied for sale. Be sure to subscribe for alerts for new IMSMuseum auctions by clicking the bell icon at the top of their profile page. This year’s first offerings include some truly significant vehicles, and a number of them are already live on the site.
This Mercedes 300SL Gullwing was acquired by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation in 1973. The car was restored by IMS Museum staff in the early 2000s and retains its numbers-matching, fuel-injected M198 inline-six.
This 1930 Mercedes-Benz 770K is a four-door cabriolet from the first year of W07 production, and features coachwork by Karosserie Voll & Ruhrbeck of Berlin-Charlottenburg. Power is from a supercharged 7.5-liter M07 straight-eight. Originally ordered by Faisal I, King of Iraq, the car was acquired for the IMS Museum collection in 1967 and received interior refurbishment in 2007.
Upcoming offerings include a 1927 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Sport/ 4, an Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8a Coupe Chauffeur, and a 1921 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet that has been part of the Museum’s collection since 1963. And that’s just the beginning for 2022.
To stay updated on IMS Museum sales and see when new vehicles from the collection are listed, simply click the bell icon at the top of the IMSMuseum profile page to sign up for listing alerts. You’ll be glad you did.
BaT and the IMS Museum will also be working together on other neat projects, both online and at the museum campus. More to be announced on those soon!
Located inside the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, the IMS Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on the support of visitors, members, donors, and corporate partners to make possible their daily operations, exhibits, restoration and preservation initiatives, and educational programming. To learn more about the IMS Museum and the many ways you can show support, including their “Adopt-a-Car” program, please click here.
About Bring a Trailer
Bring a Trailer (BaT) is a digital auction platform and enthusiast community founded in 2007 to connect buyers and sellers of classic, collector and enthusiast vehicles. BaT curates vehicles submitted by sellers and helps them craft transparent auction listings that present the vehicles as they are — without superlatives or dubious used-car-lot language. At the end of a successful auction, BaT connects the seller and buyer so they can work together to complete the transaction. BaT’s knowledgeable community of more than 709,000 registered users vets each listing so potential buyers can bid with confidence. Nearly 63,000 auctions have been completed on BaT since its inception, with more being added every day. BaT auctions are listed at a flat rate, starting at just $99 with a sell-through rate of 83%. For more information, visit www.bringatrailer.com.