We are about 100 days out from January’s Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona and details are beginning to emerge about some of the “talent” that will be hitting the auction block. Corvettes are always well represented and that should remain the case despite plans to cut back the number of vehicles from around 1,200 to 1,000.
One of the cars expected at January’s event is this one-of-a-kind 1963 Rondine Corvette, a car that was hand-built by renowned Italian coach builder Pininfarina for the 1963 Paris Auto Show. Built on the newly introduced 1963 Corvette chassis, this steel-bodied car contained many styling cues that showed up later in the Fiat 124 Spyder.
The Corvette has remained in the hands of Painifarina since its introduction and has been displayed at various events including the 2005 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as part of the coachbuilder’s 75th anniversary.
Barrett-Jackson’s CEO Craig Jackson declined to estimate the value of the Rondine Corvette, other than to say it is worth “lots”. “Two bidders will determine that,” he said. “It’s an American in an Italian suit” is how Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson’s President described the Corvette.
Whatever the final gavel price may be, Corvette fans following the auction will be sure to do a double-take when this gem is introduced.