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Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction Preview

by Keith Cornett on June 16, 2006

Today begins the most significant Corvette auction of the year and the one that sets the Gold Standard for all other Corvette auctions to follow. Yes, I’m talking about the 34th Annual Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show at St. Charles, Illinois. Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers is once again handling the Gold Auction and from taking a look at the list of Corvettes already consigned to the show, I can tell you that that this is going to be a good one. Here are six of the most valuable Corvettes to go through the Bloomington Gold Auction. Click the photo for a larger picture or click the link to view the description:

1953 – #005 1955 – #009 1967 – L89
     
1967 – L89 1967 – L88 1969 – L88
Included in this year’s Gold Auction are some very rare Corvettes. Two 1953 Corvettes, including #005 which was the first Corvette sold to the public, will be going through the auction on Saturday. The second 1953 Corvette will be paired with a 1993 Corvette, both carrying the matching serial number of #258. Also featured will be 10 classic Corvettes from the Dr. Vance Shappley Collection. Included in this collection is a pair of original GM factory styling cars, a pair of Z-06 coupes and a 1969 L88 Coupe. The two Z-06 coupes, a 1963 and a 1964, will be sold as a pair; the remaining eight will be sold individually. And what would Bloomington Gold be without some rare Big Blocks? This year, three of the most sought after 1967 Corvettes will make their appearance on the Auction Block. Two L89 Corvettes – a convertible and a coupe – both with matching number 427/435 engines featuring the L89 aluminum heads will be sold Saturday afternoon. The L89 option was so rare in 1967 that only 16 were produced. Both cars contain extensive documentation. Next is a 1967 Corvette Coupe with a 427/435 L88 – 1 of only 20 produced. These three Corvettes should see high six figures if not passing the million dollar mark based on the current collector car market. Check back next week or subscribe to our newsletter as we will be posting the prices for all Corvettes sold at the 2006 Bloomington Gold Auction. Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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