Vicari Auctions will offer more than 200 classic and muscle cars at their 3rd annual New Orleans Classic Auto Festival Saturday, December 1st in New Orleans, La. A red on red fuel injected 1963 Corvette convertible pilot car will lead the Corvette brigade. The early production C2 wears serial #16 and is one of just 2 numbers matching pilot cars known to exist.
According to Vicari President Pete Vicari, “After testing, these Corvettes were supposed to have been crushed, but a few survived. It is believed there are four or five restored Corvette Pilot Cars left in the world, and only two known original matching numbers cars: Serial #3 and #16. The unique characteristics of these hand-built cars are clearly noticeable by the quality of workmanship in this Corvette, which doesn’t feature the traditional smooth fiberglass of production cars.”
1963 Corvette VIN 16 still sports its original 327ci/360hp fuelie engine and 4-speed transmission. The exterior wears Riverside Red and is complemented by the matching red vinyl interior. The odometer reads 106,000 miles and the car has been with its current owner since 2001.
Interesting early C2 characteristics on this car include the sand cast fuel injection unit, smooth-surface console sans grid lines, an early burnished face clock, and the early rectangular welded upper ball studs.
So what’s it worth? Pricing rare cars like these can be very difficult. According to the American Car Collector auction database (ACC record 165689), a twin to this car – VIN 15 – sold at RM Monterey in August of 2010 for $104,500. Given that VIN 16 is matching number car and that the market has had a couple of years to recover, we think it’s safe to assume that this car could command a sum healthily in excess of that $104.5k mark seen in 2010.
1963 Corvette VIN 16 will cross the block at the New Orleans Classic Auto Festival Saturday, December. 1 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, La. Admission to the event is $10 per day and children 10 and under are free. Registration will start at 9am, and sales begin 1 hour later 10am. Checkout Vicari’s website www.vicariauction.com or give them a call at 504.875.3563.
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