Longtime Chevrolet dealer Bob McDorman is well known for his impressive collection of Corvettes and other significant Chevys. He owns one Corvette of every model year from 1953 through 2010. Also included in his collection are 12 VIN #1 Corvettes and other low serial number Corvettes, as well as several previous celebrity-owned Corvettes from the likes of Burt Reynolds, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell and my cousin Leanza Cornett, who was Miss America in 1993.
Auctions & Results
For many collectors, the L71 powered 1967 Corvette convertible is the must-have Corvette to own. With 435 horses under the hood, the 1967 Corvette is considered the pinnacle of classic Chevy performance. But the discriminating buyers at Monterey won’t accept just any 1967 Corvette so Russo and Steel is obliging by offering this 1967 Corvette Convertible “Survivor” at its 10th Anniversary Monterey auction at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Monterey. Like the old saying goes, “It’s only original once!”.
Next up in our Countdown to Monterey series is this 1953 Corvette Roadster from the estate of noted collector John O’Quinn. O’Quinn died in a traffic accident and RM Auctions has been charged with liquidating much of his collection which includes several unique and rare Corvettes. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a quality first year Corvette at an auction, but RM Auctions is sure to have a winner with Lot #239, this stunning 1953 Corvette Roadster #199.
Most of the major automotive auction houses will be decending on Monterey, California in mid-August for a weekend full of classic and collector car sales. We’re reviewing the dockets and selecting the best of the best to present to you here on CorvetteBlogger.com.
First up in our Countdown to Monterey series is Lot #S125 from the Mecum at Monterey auction. This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible features the 427/430 hp tri-power L88 engine and is documented to be the very first RPO L88 built. In 1965, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Engineering group began developing the new 427 Mark IV engine for use in the Corvette as a full-bore endurance racing engine, and in 1967 their work came to fruition in the form of the RPO L88 option package.
Check out this former 2008 Hertz rent-a-car Corvette ZHZ that has been customized to look like the 2012 Corvette Stingray Concept that appears as Sideswipe in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. The Corvette is listed on eBay and with 3 days left in the auction, 6 bids have run the price up to $35,200 with the reserve not yet met.
Mecum wrapped up another Muscle Cars and More auction this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. A total of 39 Corvettes ranging from a 1956 roadster to a 2005 Coupe crossed the auction block with 22 Corvettes changing hands. The total take was a mere $362,650 as the Corvettes averaged a 56% success rate for sales.
Here is a former 2006 SEMA car that was ahead of its time. The Genaddi Design Group heard the requests from Corvette owners early on and built this one-off custom roadster out of a Corvette Z06. It can now be yours for the low, low price of $175K.
Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Orange County auction went pretty well despite being held the same weekend as Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction. The choice of Corvettes at the OC auction was on par with previous Barrett-Jackson events as the docket contained a nice mix of classics, resto-mods and several late model Corvettes. At the end of the three day no-reserve auction, the sales from the 31 Corvettes combined for $1,799,300.
As Barn Finds goes, this one is a bit more interesting than most. Here is a vintage 1958 Corvette that was raced hard and put away wet as my dad would say. Owned and raced by James Huskey in the Houston, Texas area, this Corvette was terrorizing tracks throughout the 60s-70s before being put into storage where is sat for over 30 years. Auction ends soon so check it out.
Mecum’s Collector Car auction wrapped up the 2 day sale at the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show in suburban Chicago on Saturday. When the last gavel fell, Mecum had sold 138 of 321 Corvettes for a sales success rate of 43% and a sales total of $4,553,550.