There’s a serious affliction slowly taking a hold of the Unites States which some people may not be aware of. This situation could very quickly turn into an epidemic. What is this serious concern? It’s the fact that hundreds of Chevrolet Corvettes are actively looking for a new, caring home. To help combat this problem, Mecum Auctions holds their annual Bloomington Gold all-Corvette auction each year in June. The 2012 version takes place this Saturday June 23rd at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.
Each year the team at Mecum acts like an automotive version of Match.com to help these very special Corvettes find new loving homes. The 2012 docket currently has just over 100 Corvettes listed for sale this weekend, but we expect to see many more in the auction area come sales day. The offerings this weekend include a 1968 racer, a stunning 1962 restomod, a brand new 2009 ZR1, and a Crystal Red 2010 ZR1 among others.
The weekend roster is biased toward the first four generations of Corvettes. Roughly 90% of the lots are 1996 and older models. The later C1 folks have 7 1962’s to pick from while the midyear devotees have their choice of 10 1967’s to bid on. Below is our patent pending rundown of lots by generation.
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Now on to our favorites this weekend. Please open up your hearts and checkbooks and help find these 4 Corvettes some new cozy garages to call home.
Lot #S96 – 1953 Roadster VIN #83:
This polo white/red first year car was formerly owned by country singer Alan Jackson and is believed to have just 4,300 actual miles on it. The original, unrestored car is one of just 300 built at the Flint, MI plant. Combine the low mileage, unrestored condition, and celebrity provenance and this one should quick roll into the 6 figures.
Lot #S85 – 1962 Roadster:
This red/red 1962 has claimed virtually every major Corvette award in existence including Bloomington Gold, NCRS Performance Verification and Duntov, and Chevy Vettefest and Triple Crown. The two-top car features radio and heater delete, the 327ci/340hp motor, and a 4-speed transmission. We love red on red cars and this one is no different. We want this one just for the wheels.
Lot #S84 – 1967 427/435 Convertible:
Lot S84 is loaded with documentation including: the tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate, dealer invoice and owner’s manual package, owner history, maintenance records and period 1967 photos. Power comes from the L71 427/435 HP big block engine attached to a M21 4-speed. Other options include a 4.11 rear axle, factory side exhaust, redline tires, bolt-on wheels, and an AM/FM radio.
Lot #S88 – 1969 L88 Coupe:
Original and unrestored just the way we love them. This immeasurably desirable 1969 L88 has J56 brakes, M22 4-speed, F41 suspension, tinted glass, and fender louver trim. It has participated in multiple Bloomington Gold Special Collections and owns a Bloomington Gold Survivor Award. Provenance consists of the tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate, dealer delivery report, original title, and Corvette Owner’s Card. It also has a NCRS Top Flight award to its credit. The L88 market has exploded in the last year or so. The hammer price on this L88 should also be stratospheric just like the last few we’ve seen sell at auction.
The 2012 edition of Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction takes place this Saturday, June 23rd at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. Vehicle sales begin at 11am Central and you can catch all of the proceedings via webcast on Mecum’s website.
We’ll be at Bloomington this weekend so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates from the show. Next week we’ll have a full wrap up of all of this weekend’s activities.
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