Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum at St. Paul

Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum at St. Paul

Article contributed by Steve Burns

Mecum Auctions stops in at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, MN this weekend for a 2 day sale that will feature about 400 cars and around a dozen Corvettes. The auction starts and 11am both Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th. Second through fifth generation Corvettes will be offered this weekend and they breakdown as follows: 1 C2, 2 C3’s, 4 C4’s, and 1 C5. Click past the jump to check out some of our favorites being offered for sale Friday and Saturday St. Paul.

The Corvettes being offered this weekend all appear to be good driver quality cars which should elicit some completive prices and intense bidding. Below are the ones we’ll be keeping an eye on.

Lot #S93 1966 Corvette Convertible:
This nicely restored silver on black roadster has had just 2 owners since new. Power is provided by a 425hp 427CI motor mated to a four speed. The auction listing doesn’t mention if the drivetrain is matching numbers or not, but we’d sure like to know. Other features on the car include: Teak steering wheel, disc brakes, power antenna, AM/FM stereo radio, both tops, and knock-offs. The odometer shows just 32,425 miles which are believed to be actual. Documentation comes courtesy of the Protect-O-Plate. This car has lots to like: big block, convertible, 4 speed, and 2 tops. This very well could be the highest priced Corvette sold this weekend in St. Paul.

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Lot #S54 1978 Silver Anniversary Coupe:
Looking to try your hand at Bloomington Benchmark or NCRS Star / Bowtie judging? Then this 2,700 mile 1978 might be just the car for you. The seller states it’s “100% original except tires…” Motivation comes from the optional L82 motor which is hooked to an automatic transmission. The oyster exterior is flanked by the standard issue 2-tone 25th anniversary paint. Some of the paperwork included with the car includes: application for title, mileage statement, inspection/delivery reports, wheel instructions, tire warranty, consumer information booklet, and the warranty card. We love unrestored cars here at CorvetteBlogger, and this appears to be a very well kept example. We’re sure others who share our opinion will have their hands in the air when this one crosses the block on Saturday.

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Lot #S115 and Lot #S60 2002 Lingenfelter Z06 and 1987 Callaway Convertible.
Remember that famous scene from the movie Spinal Tap in which the band is talking about turning the amplifier up to 11 to make their music even louder? That’s basically what’s happening here with Lots S115 and S60. The base Corvettes just weren’t enough so the owners turned it up to 11 with some help from tuners Ligenfelter and Callaway. Lot S115 is a 2002 Z06 that has been massaged by the folks at Lingenfelter performance. The 1 owner, 11,000 mile car features custom paint, custom audio system, and a custom blue and black 2-tone interior. Sinister black paint finishes off the exterior. Lot S60, the 1987 Callaway is finished in Dark Red Metallic paint with Saddle Leather interior. Just 184 Callaways were built in 1987 and the owner states that this is 1 of 65 convertibles. The auction listing says the 2 owner car has never been driven in rain, has been stored in the winters, and that the top’s only been down 3 times. We’d love to have seen a manual transmission in this car, but we’re pretty sure we could live with that auto if we had to. As the aftermarket industry continues to grow, more and more cars like these will turn up for sale. Surely the respected names of Callaway and Ligenfelter will help both cars generated lots of bids when they each hit Mecum’s red carpet on Saturday.

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Checkout Mecum’s website for more information on these cars and all of the other great rides for sale this weekend in St. Paul.

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