Here’s another rare Corvette taking part in the January auction frenzy next month. This rare red on black 1963 Corvette Z06 out of collector Rick Davis’ stable is one of the 199 built that year and will traverse Mecum’s red carpet Saturday January 26th around 2:40pm eastern time. It’s completely unrestored and has claimed Bloomington Gold and Survivor awards as well as claiming NCRS Top Flight and Chevy Vettefest honors.
Just 199 Corvettes had RPO Z06 on the options list in 1963. Far less than that are known today and they carry a healthy six-figure price tag with them. Z06’s were factory racecars. They were equipped with heavy duty brakes and suspension, the 360hp fuel injected 327CI engine, and a 4 speed transmission. A 36 gallon fuel tank was available for a portion of the production run. The option package added $1,818.14 to the base Corvette price of $4,252.
This matching number Riverside Red Z06 is being offered as Lot S128 at Mecum’s monster Kissimmee auction in Florida next month. It’s documented with the dealer invoice and receipts back to 1963. It starred in the 2001 GM Corvette Z06 relaunch brochure and spent its first 43 years with one owner. Most of 2000 and 2001 were spent living inside the National Corvette Museum. The nifty white racing stripe and chromed wheel covers were affixed by the first owner shortly after taking delivery from Jack Schwartz Chevrolet in Elizabeth, Illinois on August 14, 1963.
Mecum’s 10-day Kissimmee auction takes place January 18th – 27th at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Hundreds of Corvettes will be offered as part of the 3,000 vehicle docket. We’ll take a look at some of the other January Corvettes over the next few weeks.
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