Dana Mecum’s Spring Classic next month in Indianapolis will feature Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette roadster. The personalized car was a gift to the brilliant designer and father of the Corvette following his retirement from General Motors. The “Harley Earl” Corvette appeared last June at the Bloomington Gold auction where it was a no sale at $985,000.
As the auction takes place in Circle City the week before the running of the Indianapolis 500, Mecum is playing up Harley Earl’s connection to racing and this specific Corvette’s previous duty as a parade car in the Daytona 500.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity for racecar drivers, collectors and enthusiasts to own the vehicle that was specifically built for the namesake of the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Trophy,” said President Dana Mecum. “Created by General Motors as a gift for their former designer Harley J. Earl, this one-of-a-kind factory special convertible is a unique piece of Corvette history that we are excited to auction at our Indy event, right in the heart of motorsports country.”
A 1963-based Corvette featuring a 327 cubic inch engine, the Harley J. Earl Corvette boasts a 4-speed manual transmission; distinct dual instrument panels and stainless steel side-exit exhausts that sprout from behind the front wheel wells; and chrome trim, exterior emblems, interior control knobs and four-wheel disc brakes that are all pre-production 1965 parts. A hand-written number code inside the door trim panel confirms Shop Order (S.O.) 10323, indicating a special hand-built, one-of-a-kind Corvette.
The Harley Earl 1963 Corvette is Lot #S116 and will cross the block during Mecum’s Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis on Saturday May 22nd.
Here is the video to last year’s Bloomington Gold auction showing the Harley Earl Corvette a no-sale at $985,000