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Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum Kissimmee

by Steve Burns on January 24, 2012

Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum Kissimmee

The sun has barely set on all of the Arizona collector car auctions, but we’ve still got one more event to go before the 2012 calendar rolls over to February. Mecum’s monster 2,200 car Kissimmee, Florida auction begins Tuesday, January 24th at 11am and runs through Saturday, January 28th. Velocity will have 32 hours of live coverage starting on Wednesday the 25th.

Of the nearly 2,200 cars consigned, almost 300 are Corvettes. To put that in perspective, that’s more Corvettes for sale than at Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM, and Gooding combined. Here’s how the Vettes breakdown by generation:

Generation No. of Corvettes
C1 49
C2 77
C3 100
C4 22
C5 15
C6 6

As usual, there’s everything from factory-correct restored cars to racecars to high-end customs available for purchase. If you’re into rare C1’s you can take your pick from 5 big brake fuel injected cars. There’s 1 from each year:

If you’re looking for a top-shelf custom Corvette, then check out Split Personality, a wild 1963 split window coupe which consumed 15,000 hours of labor during the build. Late model fans will be lining up for Lot S187, a 600hp 2006 Z06 Corvette massaged by Ligenfelter and Spectre Werkes. Be sure to not miss the 11 low-mile cars from the Pam Lambert collection and the 12 Corvettes from the Chuck Ungurean collection.

The sheer volume and quality of the Corvettes at Mecum Kissimmee made assembling this auction preview very difficult. Here are the ones that made it on to our must-have list.

Lot #S95 – 1961 Corvette Gulf Oil SCCA National Champ
Ordered new by Don Yenko for Grady Davis (the VP of Gulf Oil), it won the 1961 SCCA B-Production National Championship with Dr. Dick Thompson at the helm. It made 11 trips to Victory Lane that year. Other famous drivers include Don Yenko and Ben Moore. It was uncovered in 1990 and restored to its 1961 racing livery. Accolades include: NCRS American Heritage Award, Bloomington Gold Special Collection, Corvette Hall of Fame, and the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame. Big racing history + big name drivers = big bucks at auction time around 2:10pm on Saturday.

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Lot #S184 and Lot #T188 – 1965 and 1967 Bloomington Benchmark Roadsters
These 2 original big blocks have a lot in common. They’ve both attained the Bloomington Gold Benchmark and NCRS Top Flight awards. Both are matching numbers cars with 4 speeds and hardtops. The white / black ’65 has also claimed the coveted NCRS Bowtie award. The triple blue ’67 wears side pipes while the ’65 has traditional undercar exhaust.

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Lot #F199 and Lot #S189 – 1969 L88 Convertibles
Question: What’s got over 1,000 horsepower and costs more than most houses? Answer: This pair of rare 1969 L88 roadsters. Like the previous 2 lots above, this duo also have a lot in common. Both cars are documented, numbers matching cars with Bloomington and NCRS credentials. The yellow on black car shows just 20,000 miles from new. The white on saddle car has been verified by David Burroughs and Tim Thorpe. Given the recent strong sales of L88 Corvettes, we’re sure to see big numbers when these 2 cross the block on Friday and Saturday respectively.

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Lot #S175 and Lot #S190 – 1971 LS6 Convertible and 1971 LS6 Coupe
Just 188 LS6 cars were built in 1971. Both the Sunflower Yellow roadster and Warbonnet Yellow coupe here are NCRS Top Flight award recipients. Both cars sport 4 speed transmissions. The coupe features the deluxe interior while the convertible has the standard interior. Both cars will be selling during the 5pm hour on Saturday and both cars will likely have 6 digits in the final bid.

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As you can see, the Mecum team has assembled together an impressive catalog of Corvettes for the Kissimmee event. The vehicle auction gets underway Tuesday January 24th at 11am and continues through Saturday, January 28th at the Osceola Heritage Park.

Velocity will have 32 hours of live coverage of the event so set your DVR’s accordingly. All times are Eastern:

  • Wednesday 1-9pm
  • Thursday 1-9pm
  • Friday 2-10pm
  • Saturday 2-10pm
You can also follow the action on Mecum’s website, www.mecum.com


Source:
Mecum Auctions

Related:
Mecum Kissimmee to Feature 12 Corvettes from the Chuck Ungurean Collection
[VIDEO] 1968 L88 Corvette Roadster Sells for $625,000 at Russo and Steele
1962 Gulf Oil Corvette Sells for $1.485 Million at Pebble Beach

 

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