Here is a very nice original 1968 Corvette Convertible that crossed the auction block on Friday’s broadcast of the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Orange County, California. Is it worth the $35,200 selling price? Watch the video and see our analysis after the jump.
Auctions & Results
Mecum’s auction at Bloomington Gold sold 63 of 123 Corvettes today bringing in $1.19 million in sales. That’s a 51% success rate. The top seller was a 1957 Cascade Green Roadster which sold for $80,500 while $3,500 purchased a rather tired looking 1984 Coupe. Six of the top ten sales leaders were midyear Corvettes. See the full list of sales after the jump.
Today at 12 Noon Eastern, Mecum will kick off two days of high performance bliss by hosting the auction at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show in St. Charles, Illinois. Over 275 Corvettes are already on the docket and we’re sure a few more have been added last minute. Bloomington Gold is always a great auction to watch because its the one sale that features the creme de la creme of Corvettes, especially the lots on Saturday.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is kicking off their new Orange County event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The three day auction will televised by SPEED and the docket currently contains 31 Corvettes. With Orange County considered the birthplace of customizing and hotrods, it seems appropriate that nearly a third of the Corvettes are customs and resto-mods.
Most Corvette enthusiasts are familiar with the legendary L88 package which was essentially a collection of limited edition racing parts installed on the L71 427/435 hp engine. I would also say that most are not that familiar with the 1970-72 ZR1 package which essentially did the same with the LT-1 350 ci small block. Much rarer than the 216 L88s made the three years prior, only 53 ZR1 Corvettes were produced during the three year span making them the rarest of all Chevy small blocks. So its a pretty big deal when one shows up for sale like this 1972 Corvette ZR1 which was recently listed for sale on eBay.
RM Auctions had the pleasure to sell off a private collection of automobiles in Saturday’s Classic Muscle and Modern Performance sale in San Diego, California. The collection was heavy on Pontiac GTOs, Corvettes and other classic muscle cars along with a nice mix of modern performance cars including an AMG tuned Mercedes-Benz and several BMWs. Two of the Corvettes that garnered much attention at the no-reserve auction were 1969 L88 Corvettes which sold for a combined $560,000.
Here’s a chance to own a piece of Corvette history – a first year 1953 Corvette and the #274 Corvette ever built. This first year Corvette was built towards the end of the ’53 production run so many of the enhancements made during the year would have made it on this car. Freshly restored by Brett Henderson, the Corvette has less than 1 mile since restoration and is ready for NCRS judging.
Friend and CorvetteBlogger sponsor Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette sent us this great photo today of these two GM Style Corvettes. Both of these unique midyears are new editions to his collection which is billed as the largest in the world. Terry picked up the “Ozzie Olson” 1964 Corvette Coupe on the right at the RM Auction in Fort Lauderdale in March for a cool $160,000. Then in mid-May he bought one of the top 10 collectible Corvettes available – Harley Earl’s personal 1963 Corvette Roadster – which he paid $925,000 at the Mecum Spring Classic auction last month.
This 1961 Ermine White Corvette once owned by Rock legend Alice Cooper was sold this weekend for $78,000 Australian Dollars ($65,481 USD) at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction. The Corvette comes with a signed Fender Squier Guitar, hence the “three fender” nickname. Equipped with a 283 ci V8 and a three speed automatic powerglide, the Corvette has recently been overhauled with new shocks, brakes, tires and other parts. Because the Corvette is older than 15 years, it is not subject to RHD-conversion rules as long as the car is used for personal transportation. Rock on!
Mecum’s Collector Car Auction wrapped up their 23rd Annual Spring Classic in Indianapolis on Sunday. Over the five day sale, we witnessed 194 Corvettes crossing the auction block with 128 of those cars selling. Sales for Corvettes totaled $6,720,550 and the sales success rate was 66%.