Mecum Auctions will be graced with a real piece of history at Monterey showing. The world’s first mid-engine Indy car will cross the block, and it features Corvette power.
The 1964 Eisert “Harrison Special” Indy car is not only the first to feature a mid-engine design layout, but also the longest surviving of its kind. In 1964, Frank Harrison commissioned Jerry Eisert to build a revolutionary Indy car based on the famed Lotus chassis design.
The results were spectacular. Eiser placed a de-stroked Corvette small-block V8 engine in the middle of the chassis, pumping out 485 hp at a screaming 7,500 RPM. Still in place today are its Colotti Type 37 4-speed gearbox and its original four-wheel disc brakes with Girling BR racing calipers and vented rotors.
The 1964 Eisert Harrison Special was also chosen to represent the 100 year anniversary of the Indy 500 by Road and Track Magazine, cementing this vehicle’s place in history as a true game changer, and ushering in the mid-engined Indy car era.
The vehicle will cross Mecum between August 18 and 20, where experts estimate up to $450,000 to take the historic Indy car home.