We’ve taken a look at all of the January auctions so far except one, Mecum’s 10 day, 3,000-car uber-auction in Kissimmee, Florida. Their first event of 2013 kicked off Friday, January 18th and runs all the way through next Sunday, January 27th. The Velocity network will have 32 hours of live coverage starting on Wednesday the 23rd.
Of the 3,000ish total cars consigned, nearly 350 are Corvettes. For reference, that’s more Corvettes than are available at Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM, and Gooding & Co combined. When we look at the individual generations we see 81 C1’s, 95 C2’s, 82 C3’s, 36 C4’s, 12 C5’s, and 23 C6’s. This includes a total of 40 1967 Corvettes and 21 1963’s.
We’ve already told you about the Survivor 1963 Z06, the ‘entombed’ 1954 Corvette, and the 1971 ZR2 convertible crossing Mecum’s red carpet. There are also several beauties being sold out of the Rick Davis and John Justo collections.
Below are 3 more Corvettes we’d be all over if money we’re no option.
Lot #F245 1962 Big Brake Fuelie Tanker:
This highly awarded 1962 C1 is one of just: 1,918 fuelies, 561 with RPO 276 wide wheels, 246 with RPO 687 HD brakes and suspension, and just 65 with the RPO 488 24 gallon fuel tank. The Tuxedo Black on Red car has claimed numerous honors including: Bloomington Gold Special Collection, Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight and Duntov, and Chevy Vettefest Triple Crown. Mecum estimate is $275,000 – $325,000 and we think that’s right where this one will sell.
Lot #S172 1968 Red/Red L88 Convertible:
This 1-owner highly documented 1968 Convertible was bought new and raced by Ronnie Reid Joyner until 1980 who dubbed it the Bounty Hunter. It was discovered in 2008 and verified as a real deal L88 by some of the biggest names in the Corvette business. After a Nabers Brothers restoration it has claimed Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight, and Concours d’Elegance awards, Options include: M22 4-speed, Posi, HD brakes, TI, F41 suspension, off road exhaust, tinted glass, and rally wheels red stripe tires. The preauction estimate is a lofty $650k – $750k. We think the final bid will be closer to the $650,000 mark.
Lot #F283 1971 LS6 Convertible:
One of only 188 LS6’s, this numbers matching car features the M22 4-speed transmission and a 3.36 rear end. Those Nabers Brothers performed its frame off resto. Since then it’s taken home NCRS National and Regional Top Flight Awards, NCRS Performance Verification and the prestigious Duntov Mark of Excellence award. Other options on the Bridgehampton Blue roadster include leather seats, tilt and telescopic steering, TI, aluminized exhaust, rally wheels with white letter tires, tinted glass, and AM/FM stereo radio. Provenance includes the warranty pamphlet, owner’s manual packet, Protect-O-Plate, and the judging awards. The auction listing says it’s worth $200,000 – $250,000. That $200k number seems about right to us, but we don’t think the bidders will run it up quite that high.
Mecum’s 10-day Kissimmee auction takes place January 18th – 27th at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Gates open at 8am each day.
Velocity’s live TV coverage will be from 1pm – 9pm daily from January 23rd – 26th.
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