One of the country’s premiere car collections will be shrinking slightly next month as select cars from Mike Yager’s MY Garage collection cross the auction block at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale. In all, 11 cars ranging from a 1957 barn find to 2006 pre-production Z06 will be available for you to purchase.
Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks, has assembled one of the most diverse car collections around. It covers all ends of the Corvette spectrum from unrestored originals to late model rarities to all out race cars. Now, as he thins the herd some, we get our chance to get our hands on some highly desirable Corvettes.
“Every Corvette in the collection has its own unique story to tell. As we continue to see a rise in historic racing, we started to wonder if some of these cars – especially the Escort and Corvette Challenge cars – might have more to their story that hasn’t been told,” said Mike Yager, Mid America Motorworks’ founder.
The eleven cars being offered include the 1957 barn find which help inspire Yager’s Corvette Bible book, a rare, low mile 1978 L82 4-speed pace car, and the very first C6 Z06. Seven of the 11 cars offered are from the C4 generation and include the #5 Baker Racing Escort Endurance Challenge car, a 1988 35th Anniversary edition Callaway coupe, and a 1988 Corvette Challenge racer. The final vehicle offered is the car featured in Death Race 2000.
Here’s a closer look at 3 of our favorites from the MY garage collection.
Lot T226: 1957 Corvette Barn Find – Originally purchased in California, this C1 spent 40 years in a barn before being acquired by Mike Yager. It was the discovery of this car that helped inspire Yager’s book The Corvette Bible. The car is offered in its as-found condition and still sits on the trailer on which it rested for the better part of 4 decades.
Lot T231: 1990 R9G Coupe – RPO R9G was offered for 1 week only and the cars themselves were intended for the Escort World Challenge Series. All R9G Corvettes were equipped the exactly same and can be documented by their serial numbers. Track modification were left up to the buyers. Although they were intended for racers, several were stored away and not converted for track use like this one. Yager’s R9G has spent time in New York’s Corvette Americana Hall of Fame Museum and has travelled 115 miles since new. It has claimed Blooming Gold, Survivor, and Benchmark awards.
Lot T234: 1994 Corvette Limousine – Here’s something you don’t see every day. This 23,889 mile Corvette limo graced the cover of the 2010 Corvette Funfest Commemorative Book. It seats six including instead of the usual 2. Some of the unique features inside include power privacy divider, a Chevrolet bowtie mirror on the ceiling, a rear glass roof panel, tinted windows, and two TV’s. It’s powered by the standard 300hp LT1 mated to an automatic transmission. It even has Corvette-etched glasses and ice tray.
Here’s a complete list of the cars being offered from the MY Garage Collection:
- T226 1957 Barn Find
- T227 1978 L82, 4-speed Pace Car
- T228 1987 Escort Series Race Car
- T229 1988 Corvette Challenge Race Car
- T230 1988 Callaway 35th Anniversary Coupe
- T231 1990 R9G Coupe
- T232 1993 Dieline Race Car
- T233 1994 Brickyard 400 Festival Car
- T234 1994 Corvette Limousine
- T235 2006 Pre-Production Z06
- T236 Death Race 2000 Corvette
Mecum’s Indianapolis auction takes place May 12-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We’ll take a look at some of the other Corvettes crossing the block in Indy over the course of the next couple of weeks.
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