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Corvette Auction Preview: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

by Steve Burns on April 4, 2012

Corvette Auction Preview: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson makes their annual Easter weekend stop in South Florida this Thursday, April 5th through Saturday, April 7th. Our friends at SPEED will have 21 hours of live coverage sprinkled across all 3 days.

The Palm Beach sale will have roughly 450 cars up for bid including 39 Corvettes which translates into about 9% of the total docket. Of those, all but 2 are being sold at no reserve.

Here’s a look at how the 6 generations breakdown:

Generation No. of Corvettes
C1 9
C2 8
C3 12
C4 3
C5 5
C6 2

And here are a few which we hope the Easter Bunny leaves in our basket this year.

Lots #650 and 650.1 1957 and 2007 Convertibles with matching VIN’s:
These 2 cars, offered as a pair, were born exactly 50 years apart, but have a lot in common. For starters they each wear VIN #247. Both feature white exteriors, red interiors, black convertible tops, and manual transmissions. The ’57 is well documented and has been displayed at the National Corvette Museum. The ’07 was custom ordered to match the ’57, was delivered at the NCM, and has just 10,000 miles on the clock. It was signed by everyone at the Bowling Green plant who worked on the car. These are the only Corvettes offered with a reserve this weekend.

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Lot #686 1965 396/425 Corvette Coupe:
1965 was the first year for a big block Corvette from the factory. Lot 686 was decked out in St. Louis with the thumping L78 396CI motor, TI, heavy duty suspension, leather, side pipes, and knock-offs among other options. This frame off restored red/black coupe last sold at B-J Palm Beach in 2008 for $117,700. Though still highly desirable, we don’t think the seller will see that figure this time around.

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Lot #60.2 1975 L82 w/ 4-Speed Corvette Convertible:
Finished in Dark Red paint and Dark Oxblood leather, this rare L82, 4-speed roadster shows only 7,900 miles on the odometer. 38,465 Corvettes left St. Louis in 1975. Of those, just 4,629 (12%) were convertibles and just 2,372 (6%) total cars – coupe and convertible – had the 205hp L82 between the front fenders. 1975 was the last year for convertible Corvettes until 1986. Other options on this unrestored example are A/C, power steering and brakes, hardtop, and rear defogger. Unrestored cars continue to sky rocket in popularity and this one with its low mileage and numerous options is right near the top of the 1975 Corvette food chain.

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Vehicle sales begin at noon eastern time Thursday and 10am Friday and Saturday. SPEED’s live coverage will air Thursday 2-8pm, Friday 2-8pm, and Saturday 11am-8pm. Be sure to keep an eye out for our fearless leader, Keith Cornett, who will be there likely attempting to purchase every vette that crosses the block this weekend. (ok, maybe not every Corvette…) Be sure to watch our Facebook page and Twitter feed as we’ll be posting up a few pix from Palm Beach.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson

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