Leake Auction Company will be offering over 30 Corvettes for sale at their upcoming Dallas event. The three day sale will take place Friday, November 18th through Sunday, November 20th at Market Hall in Dallas, Texas. Among the Corvette offerings are two very rare cars: a 1961 big tank racecar and a 1971 LS6 Coupe. You can read more about each lot after the break.
Currently, the Corvette portion of the docket looks like this: 1 C1, 8 C2’s, 15 C3’s, 7 C4’s and 1 lone C5. All the auction action will take place simultaneously in 2 separate auction rings. Now here’s a closer look at the 2 cars we mentioned earlier.
Lot #475: 1961 Big Tank Corvette Racer
This white on blue 1961 roadster is equipped with 2 of the rarest options available that year. Of the 10,939 Corvettes built that year, just 233 left St. Louis with RPO 687 which included semi metallic brakes with finned brake drums, and faster steering ratio in addition to the heavy duty suspension. Even rarer that year was RPO 1625, the 24 gallon fuel tank of which just 25 were produced. The combination of RPO’s 687 and 1625 not only make this car highly desirable, but also makes it superb for long distance races. The car is currently fitted with a Traco 292 race motor, but a date coded 283CI/315hp block comes along in the deal.
You know we love documentation on these low production cars and this one has been inspected by Corvette racecar guru Jim Gessner from the Registry of Corvette Race Cars who believes it to be one of those 25 big tank cars built in 1961. It was also identified by Larry Shinoda and Zora Duntov as a test car in the 1980’s while at the Monterrey Historic races. The car is currently owned and raced by Wes Abendroth and comes with its logbooks to document it racing history.
Lot #2492: 1971 LS6 Corvette Coupe
Back in 1971 insurance companies and emission regulations were slowly putting an end to the muscle car movement. For 1971 Chevrolet dropped compression ratios in order to begin to comply with the rules. Chevy, though, still had one more surprise in store for big block lovers, the thumping LS6 454. The motor produced 425hp at 5,600 rpm and 475ft-lbs of torque at 4,000 rpm. RPO LS6 added $1,221 to the price of your 1971 Corvette and just 188 cars had one stuffed between the front fenders.
Lot #2492 features the aforementioned LS6 backed to the M40 automatic transmission. The Brands Hatch Green on Saddle car has been subjected to a body-off restoration and includes a photo album documenting its return to glory. The auction listing states that the car is listed in the NCRS LS6 registry, but it doesn’t make any reference to matching numbers or if a tank sheet exists this car.
Both of these highly desirable Corvettes will generate tons of attention when they cross the block. We expect both of them to hit six-figures quickly. Grab your bidder pass and bid early and often.
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