Article Contributed by Steve Burns
Today we wrap up our preview of RM Auctions 12th annual Arizona sale which will be held January 20th and 21st, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. In case you missed it, here is part 1 of our RM Arizona Auction Preview.
Our selection this time features a trio of 1967 convertibles and a matching set of C1’s. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson will be offering 2 of the 1967 convertibles. One is a gorgeous black 435hp car and the other is a maroon 400hp, factory air car. GM sold just 840 Cascade Green Corvettes between 1956 and 1957. RM’s Arizona sale will feature 1 very nice example from each of those years.
Lot 269: 1956 Corvette Roadster This lot features the 225hp dual quad motor, 2 speed powerglide transmission, and rare power top. Car show accolades include multiple NCRS Top Flights, Amelia Island Concours 1st in Class, and AACA Grand National Junior and Senior awards. Cars with credentials like these are very hard to come by. Expect some lively bidding when this one crosses the block.
Lot 276: 1957 Fuelie Corvette Roadster Also finished in timeless Cascade Green, this Corvette features the legendary 283CI/283hp fuel injected engine mated to a 3 speed manual transmission. This NCRS Top Flight Corvette from the Jerry Peterson collection is one of just 1,040 fuel injected cars manufactured in St. Louis that year. So if you’re a fan of Cascade Green (like me) you’ll have your choice of cars to bid on. As with lot 269, there should be several interested parties in this one as well.
Lot 231: 1967 Corvette 327/300 Roadster This base-motor, 4 speed convertible comes to us from the Bill Jacobs collection and is finished in Rally Red, red interior, and a white soft top. Represented as being a “sound driver” with an older repaint, this car will give the new owner the choice of restoring it where needed or just driving and enjoying it.
Lot 298: 1967 Corvette 427/400 A/C Roadster RPO L68, the 427CI/400hp engine, is often overlooked by classic car enthusiasts as it tends to get lost in the shadows of the more famous RPO L71 (427/435) and RPO L88 (427/430). In reality, this engine option is more rare than the famous and highly desirable L71 so finding a documented one in good condition can be nearly impossible. This highly optioned Marlboro Maroon example from the Reggie Jackson collection features the L68 engine, automatic transmission, AM/FM radio, power brakes, and power steering. Documentation includes the window and tank stickers, Protect-o-Plate, as well as the NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold awards. This car was last bid to a no sale at $120,000 at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale, AZ auction in 2008. RM’s pre auction estimate here is $90,000 – $120,000. Expect the final bid to be closer to $90k than the $120k.
Lot 267: 1967 Corvette 427/435 Roadster Another offering from Reggie Jackson’s collection, this Tuxedo Black on black roadster features the potent 435hp L71 engine which is mated to a 4 speed transmission. Documentation includes the Protect-o-Plate and an ownership history that includes some notable Corvette personalities in addition to Mr. October. This car has all the items fussy collectors are looking for: desirable color combo, L71, side pipes, documentation, awards, and celebrity ownership. This car last sold for $142,500 at Gooding and Co’s Pebble Beach Auction in 2005. Based on the condition, awards, and documentation expect the final bid to be comfortably within the pre auction estimate of $140,000 – $170,000.
RM Auctions 12th installment of the Arizona event will be held January 20th and 21st, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. If you’re in the area or need to escape the winter chill, make plans to attend!
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