The three day inaugural Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction last week shows that despite a poor economy, the buying and selling of Collector Corvettes remains relatively strong. 53 Corvettes were run through the Mandalay Bay auction and a total of $3,348,500 was generated from these sales. However, the weak economy did affect the auction in terms of the types of Corvettes that were offered.
For an auction based in Las Vegas, the list of Corvettes sold reflected the perceived notions we have about the host city. Glitz, glamour…but when you start to look closely, not all are as it seems. Gone from this action was the perennial auction favorite, the 1967 L71 427/435 hp big block. Just one crossed the block and there has been some discussion whether or not this car was “bought-back” by the seller for $150,000. While you could look through the list and find some NCRS certificated cars, many others had non-original motors and no less than 12 were presented as customs or resto-mods. When you break down the sales, average sales price was $63,169 and only 8 of the 53 Corvettes crossed the $100,000 mark.
The top seller of the auction was a 1958 Resto-mod, powered by a C6 LS2 V8, but very stock looking from outward appearances. This Corvette sold for $170,000. Runner up was a Nassau Blue 1966 Corvette Roadster powered by a 427/390 V8. This matching numbers Corvette came complete with documentation and was a NCRS Top Flight in June 2008.
Looking at the sales list we did some apparent bargains, again, dependant on whether or not these Corvettes were what the seller said they were, which is always something you have to question when looking at auction results. A black 1954 Corvette sold for $83,000. With only 4 known black ’54s in existence, the buyer may have the steal of the show. Proteam’s Terry Michaelis gave the camera a thumbs up after buying a 1968 L89 427/435 Corvette Roadster for $66,000. A low mileage original 1968 small block convertible sold for $31,000. And finally, a 1962 Ermine White roadster with a 327/360 fuel injected V8 sold for $64,000. Here is the sold list for the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction:
|146||1989||CORVETTE||CALLAWAY TWIN-TURBO COUPE||$24,500|
|479||1999||CORVETTE||1953 COMMEMORATIVE EDITION||$64,000|
|514||2005||CORVETTE||DAYTONA PACE CAR||$40,000|
|514.1||1999||CORVETTE||24 HOURS OF LEMANS PACE CAR||$25,000|
|514.2||1995||CORVETTE||INDY PACE CAR #3||$41,000|
|520||2000||CORVETTE||AVELATE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE||$48,000|
|832.2||2005||CORVETTE||DAYTONA PACE CAR||$51,000|
|833||1999||CORVETTE||24 HOURS OF LEMANS PACE CAR||$34,000|
|833.2||2005||CORVETTE||INDY PACE CAR #3||$70,000|
|Total Corvette Sales:||$3,348.000|
[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1968 Corvette Convertible at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas
[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1966 Corvette Coupe at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas
Corvette Auction: Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Las Vegas Event