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Auctions & Results

1967 L88 CorvetteBarrett-Jackson wasn’t the only collector car auction happening in Scottsdale last week. In fact, there were three auctions in place. Russo and Steele and RM auctions also host their own Scottsdale exhibitions during the week. And you may be surprised to learn that an 1967 L88 Roadster was on the block at RM Auction’s Arizona Biltmore auction. According to Autoblog.com, the bidding for the Corvette reached a high of $1,550,000 but was a no-sale as it failed to reach to the seller’s reserve. Only 20 L88 427 ci Corvettes were produced in 1967. The L88 was first owned by Tony DeLorenzo, Jr, son of Anthony G. DeLorenzo who was in charge of GM’s public relations from 1957-1979. Tony bought the Corvette and headed straight for the track where it was raced until retirement in 1982. The Corvette was restored and has certificates from both Bloomington Gold and the NCRS for Top Flight. To help promote the sale, this Corvette could have used some of the same marketing mojo that Proteam Corvettes used for pump up a fairly ordinary L36 427/390 hp coupe that just happened to be the last 1967 Corvette produced. So why RM Auctions and not Barrett-Jackson? Sellers Reserve….
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Barrett-Jackson: Good Buy 1966 427/425 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 20, 2007

When watching the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, we often see Corvettes being sold at the high end of the pricing spectrum or even beyond (Pluto anyone!). But often, there are some very good deals that go unnoticed, and I think this Corvette belongs in the “Good-Buy” category. This Matching-Numbers 1966 Nassau Blue Corvette Coupe (Lot #1011.1) features an L72 427 ci 425 hp big block engine coupled to an M21 4-Speed Transmission. Comfort options include Power Brakes, Power Windows and Telescopic Steering Wheel Column. Finally, Knock-Off Wheels with Gold Line Tires and Side Exhaust complete the options. The car is being sold by Dave Ressler, a dealer and major car collector, who is shown taking the family photo during the bidding. I do believe that it was Dave that purchased the #003 53 Corvette that sold at last year’s auction for $1 million. But I digress… Purchasing the 1966 Corvette Coupe was ProTeam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis. A review of the ProTeam Corvette website shows pricing for comparable L72 Condition 2 Corvettes starting in the $90,000 range and Condition 1 Corvettes as high as $169,000. Terry is a major Corvette buyer and obviously knows when to hold them and when to fold them. It will be interesting to see where the price will be set for this Coupe once he gets it back to Ohio.

Saturday night is when we’ll see the major action including ProTeam selling The Last Corvette. Check it out on Speed. But don’t worry if you miss it. We’ll have the details here.
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Barrett-Jackson: The Last Sting Ray Fetches $660,000

by Keith Cornett on January 20, 2007

For the last year, Terry Michaelis of ProTeam Corvette has created the ultimate buzz for a particular 1967 Corvette Coupe. The Corvette just happened to be the last Corvette produced in the 1967 model year, officially making it the Last Sting Ray. The Corvette was given a body-off restoration by the Nabers Brothers in Houston, and the entire process was filmed by Speed TV for a 6-part documentary that aired last November. After the restoration was completed, the Corvette was judged at Bloomington, where it was awarded Gold, and the NCRS, which awarded it Top Flight. The last chapter in this story, as Terry called it, was the trip to Scottsdale, Arizona to be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. The Last Sting Ray (Lot # 1285) was offered up and the bidding quickly climbed to $600,000 and when the gavel fell, Ron Pratt was the new owner. With the addition of the $60,000 buyers commission, the final sales total was $660,000. For this price, the buyer gets a very nicely restored Corvette as well as all the awards, press clippings, videos and apparel that accompanied it.

Our congratulations go to Terry and ProTeam Corvette, who not only continue to find some of the best Corvettes to resell, but know how to market them as well.
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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction via Speed Related:
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Barrett-Jackson: 1958 Convertible Sets Corvette High Price

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2007

On the second day of the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, a 1958 Corvette Convertible rolled onto the block and set the high sales price for Corvettes at $150.000. With commissions added, the total selling price was $165,000. That set the daily high sale as well. While it’s nice to see a C1 Corvette at the top of the list, we don’t expect this Corvette to be there long. The ’58 Corvette (Lot #438) is Panama Yellow with Charcoal interior. It features a 283 ci engine with the 2×4 Carburetors for 245 horsepower. It has the fairly rare RPO 473 Power Operated Folding Top which is demonstrated in the video. Fully restored with just 9 miles since completion. Bidding for the Corvette ramped up very quickly. Opening bid was $10,000 before jumping up to $70,000 and then $120,000. ProTeam’s Terry Michaelis dropped out of the bidding at $140,000. The final bid of $150,000 was enough to win. Add the 10% buyers commission and the total sales price jumps to $165,000.

Speed’s coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Auction continues tonight at 7pm EST.
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Auction Results: Mecum High Performance Auction

by Keith Cornett on October 24, 2006

1967 Corvette ConvertibleThe 11th Annual Mecum High Performance Auction was held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois over the weekend of October 6th-8th and Corvettes were well represented. Over 100 Corvettes were included, from a 1954 convertible through a 2003 Z06 Corvette in the 700+ car auction and Corvette sales totaled $2.7 million. The high sale went to a 1967 Bloomington Gold 427/435 Convertible sold for $204,750 which includes the sales commission. A 1969 L-88 Corvette sold for $194,250 and the third highest sale of $183,750 went to another Bloomington Gold certified 1967 427/435 Sunfire Yellow Convertible. Here are the Corvette Results from the Mecum High Performance Auction:

Lot # Year Model Color High Bid Sale Price
F226 1954 Corvette Blue   $85,050
S228 1956 Corvette Blue   $92,400
S80 1957 Corvette Green $95,000  
F106.1 1959 Corvette Blue   $35,700
F224 1959 Corvette Black   $66,150
S96 1960 Corvette Red   $74,550
S123 1960 Corvette Black   $99,750
S65 1961 Corvette White $77,000  
U148 1961 Corvette Red $39,000  
F195 1962 Corvette Red $60,000  
F216 1962 Corvette Maroon   $59,588
F227 1962 Corvette Red   $57,750
S99 1962 Corvette White $120,000  
S140 1962 Corvette White $85,000  
S231.1 1962 Corvette White   $74,025
F127 1963 Corvette Red   $47,250
F263 1963 Corvette Red $62,500  
S170 1963 Corvette Red   $103,950
S171.1 1963 Corvette Blue $67,500  
S201 1963 Corvette Red   $76,650
S280 1963 Corvette Silver/Blue   $47,250
S162 1964 Corvette Big Tank Tan $80,000  
S269 1964 Corvette Red $38,000  
U91 1964 Corvette White $41,000  
F165 1965 Corvette Silver   $60,900
F175 1965 Corvette Red $68,000  
F191 1965 Corvette Maroon $50,000  
F203 1965 Corvette Maroon $60,000  
F265 1965 Corvette Red   $57,750
S39 1965 Corvette Silver $72,000  
S103 1965 Corvette Red $120,000  
S216 1965 Corvette Black   $75,750
U77 1965 Corvette White $41,000  
U78 1965 Corvette Red $46,000  
F121.1 1966 Corvette Green   $52,500
F137 1966 Corvette Blue $72,000  
F266 1966 Corvette Yellow   $27,825
S125 1966 Corvette Black   $131,250
S156 1966 Corvette White   $71,400
S170.1 1966 Corvette Maroon $88,000  
S175 1966 Corvette Black $70,000  
F254 1967 Corvette Yellow   $42,000
S44 1967 Corvette Maroon   $65,625
S69 1967 Corvette Blue $67,500  
S82 1967 Corvette Silver $120,000  
S91 1967 Corvette Yellow   $183,750
S98 1967 Corvette Red $105,000  
S120 1967 Corvette Blue   $204,750
S134 1967 Corvette Blue   $94,500
S171 1967 Corvette Red $150,000  
S172 1967 Corvette Yellow $125,000  
S173 1967 Corvette Red $120,000  
S36 1968 Corvette Red $28,000  
S270 1968 Corvette Blue $39,000  
U83.1 1968 Corvette Red $28,000  
F261 1969 Corvette Black   $42,000
S86 1969 Corvette L-88 Gold   $194,250
S191 1969 Corvette White $45,000  
S232 1969 Corvette Orange   $37,800
U83 1969 Corvette Gold $28,000  
F240 1970 Corvette Yellow $52,500  
F270 1970 Corvette Gray   $17,063
S273 1970 Corvette Red   $33,075
F241 1971 Corvette Orange $92,000  
S19 1971 Corvette Blue   $24,675
S24 1971 Corvette Red   $21,525
F64 1972 Corvette White   $22,575
U94 1972 Corvette Silver $45,150  
U104 1972 Corvette Yellow   $9,750
F268 1973 Corvette Blue   $26,250
U133 1973 Corvette Silver   $9,000
U159 1973 Corvette Gold $26,500  
F76 1974 Corvette White   $18,638
U34 1974 Corvette White   $7,400
F72 1975 Corvette Silver   $8,800
F242 1975 Corvette Silver   $44,100
U168 1975 Corvette Orange   $10,500
U112 1977 Corvette Red   “$8,500
U139 1977 Corvette White $9,300  
F12 1978 Corvette Oyster   $13,125
F269 1978 Corvette Silver   $13,650
S233 1978 Corvette Silver   $24,675
F3 1979 Corvette Black   $7,250
U115 1981 Corvette Maroon   $8,400
U152 1981 Corvette Silver   $8,700
F47 1982 Corvette Blue   $14,963
U131 1984 Corvette Silver   $5,550
F248 1986 Corvette Black   $13,125
U1 1986 Corvette Silver   $10,250
U26.1 1986 Corvette Red   $11,025
F278 1990 Corvette White   $5,550
U53 1990 Corvette Red   $14,175
U98 1990 Corvette Burgundy   $16,275
F116.1 1992 Corvette White   $21,000
F276 1993 Corvette Black $12,750  
S287 1995 Corvette Red $20,000  
U128.1 1995 Corvette Aqua $13,000  
F79 1996 Corvette LT-1 Purple   $18,375
F103 1996 Corvette Blue $38,000  
F101 1999 Corvette Mallett Red $39,000  
U119 2003 Corvette Z06 Yellow   $30,900
           
    Total Corvette Sales:   $2,760,952
Source: Mecum

Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle High Bid List

by Keith Cornett on September 12, 2006

The following is a list of Corvettes that were featured in the Corvettes at Carlisle auction that did not reach the reserve selling price. There are two Corvettes on the list that I’d be interested in knowing more about. The first is a 1967 Maroon Corvette that received a high bid of $220,000. Not out the the range for an L71 427/435 Tri-Power, but I am betting it’s something else. The second is a 1971 Orange Corvette that reached $95,000 and was still a no sale. As that high bid was nearly $40,000 more than our High Price for 1971 Corvettes in this year’s edition of the Vette-N-Vestments Corvette Price Guide, I am betting it was either a ZR1 (8 produced) or the ZR2 (12 produced). Because of their limited production, several years can pass between the time we see these rare Corvettes for sale. If anyone has any information on these two Corvettes, please let me know. Corvettes at Carlisle – The High Bid List:

Lot # Year Description Color High Bid
S32.11955CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,000
S221958CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLK / SLVR$45,000
S47.11958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$96,000
S571958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$45,000
S601958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$53,000
S801958CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$52,000
F361960CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$55,000
S5131960CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$75,000
S281961CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$58,000
S507.11961CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$46,000
S411962CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$42,000
S731962CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$47,000
S5031962CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$74,000
S681963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$36,000
F391964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$33,000
S851964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$38,000
S861964CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$26,500
S1131964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$40,000
S641965CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$72,500
S5151965CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,000
S511966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$49,000
S561966CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$50,000
S811966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$80,000
S5101966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$81,000
F411967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$69,000
S201967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$95,000
S271967CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$46,500
S291967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$115,000
S451967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$62,000
S841967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$59,000
S1021967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$120,000
S1081967CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$135,000
S5041967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$220,000
S5111967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$69,000
F401968CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$20,500
S5211968CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$75,000
S71969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$33,000
S421969CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$26,000
S441969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,500
S621969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,500
S1091969CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$60,000
F311970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$17,000
F701970CHEVROLET CORVETTEBRONZE$31,000
S791970CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGANDY$35,000
S1011970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$11,000
S1071970CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$8,500
S91971CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$21,000
S5191971CHEVROLET CORVETTEORANGE$95,000
F291972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$24,000
S301972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$26,000
S401972CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$29,000
S9.11973CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$17,000
S501973CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$30,000
S1001973CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$8,500
S1161973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$9,500
S81976CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$10,500
S671978CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLK / SLVR$23,000
S1031979CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$8,000
S951980CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$5,800
S831982CHEVROLET CORVETTEBEIGE$26,500
S781987CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGANDY$27,000
S1151987CHEVROLET CORVETTEDARK RED$22,000
S1061988CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$22,000
S1051990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$6,500
S1121990CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGUNDY$23,000
S761993CHEVROLET CORVETTETURQ$7,900
F551994CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$29,000
F521996CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$13,000
S691996CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$39,000
S191999CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$25,000
F372002CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$30,000
S982003CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$29,000
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle

by Keith Cornett on September 11, 2006

Pennsylvania was the place to be in late August as Corvettes converged on the fairgrounds at Carlisle for the annual Corvettes at Carlisle show. Mecum handled the auction duties and once again the show proved to be one of the top Corvette auctions in the United States. Over 150 Corvettes crossed the auction block and the show had a 53% sales rate raking in over $3 million in Corvettes sales. Looking at the list of Corvettes that sold, it is nice to see the values of these sales weren’t astronomical and based on pricing only, it appears that there were some pretty decent deals. Of notable cars, three 1954′s were auctioned off for $46K, $69K and $70K. A couple other C1′s sold for under $40,000 including a Black 59 that sold for $35,963 and a maroon 1962 which sold for $38,325. Other good buys include a 1964 Corvette at $29,400, a Yellow 1966 which sold for $28,350 and 1969 Corvette that went for $9,500. Here is the complete list of Corvettes that sold during the Corvettes at Carlisle auction:

Lot # Year Description Color Sales Price
S541954CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$69,300
S871954CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,875
S5201954CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$46,725
S551956CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$48,400
S5091956CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$78,225
S331957CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$118,125
S1111957CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$58,800
S321958CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$60,900
F471959CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,963
S161959CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$63,000
S261959CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$48,300
S701961CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$55,650
S721961CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$65,100
S241962CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$38,325
F211963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$34,650
F301963CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$46,463
S5161963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$70,875
S521964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,400
S5181964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$52,500
S311965CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$56,700
S381965CHEVROLET CORVETTENASSAU BLUE$40,688
F251966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$70,350
F261966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$28,350
F491966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$41,475
S41966CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,700
S36.11966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$73,500
S481966CHEVROLET CORVETTERALLY RED$46,725
S651966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$58,800
S5011966CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$52,500
S5051966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$76,650
S5141966CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$76,125
F681967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$53,550
S171967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$58,800
S431967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$54,600
S611967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$81,900
S5071967CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$122,325
S5171967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$110,000
S991968CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$18,113
F581969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$15,750
F601969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$9,500
S141969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$15,225
S181969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$34,650
S251969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$13,650
S391969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$46,200
S741969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$31,500
S211970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGRAY$18,900
S231970CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$27,825
S751970CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 BRONZE$43,050
S5021970CHEVROLET CORVETTEMONZA RED$55,125
S341971CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$36,225
S361971CHEVROLET CORVETTEORANGE$17,063
F561972CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$17,325
S461972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,700
S531972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$17,850
F141973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$10,710
F321973CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$21,000
F431973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$6,900
S40.11973CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$15,750
F51974CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$7,000
F81974CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$9,500
F591974CHEVROLET CORVETTETORCH RED$10,868
S1101974CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$4,700
F271975CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$12,338
S771976CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$7,500
F501977CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$5,550
S31978CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$6,500
S111982CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$18,375
S50.11984CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$11,025
S891985CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$6,700
S941986CHEVROLET CORVETTEGOLD$4,800
F671990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$7,100
S661990CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$28,875
S821990CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 BLACK$24,675
S961990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$16,800
S1041990CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 RED$19,950
F571992CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$12,810
F331993CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$17,063
F531993CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$11,025
F481994CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$8,750
S972000CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$24,200
F352002CHEVROLET CORVETTETORCH RED$31,930
S1142004CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$38,063
Tomorrow, we will post the list of the Corvettes which did not sell. Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Corvettes at Carlisle Show This Weekend

by Keith Cornett on August 25, 2006

One of the largest gatherings of Corvettes in the US takes place this weekend at the Corvettes at Carlisle show in Carlisle, PA. The three day show at the 82 acre fairgrounds in Carlisle brings together more than 5,000 Corvettes, including over 2,500 Corvettes in the show field alone. The show was founded by the late Chip Miller, a Corvette Hall of Famer, 25 years ago. At noon, Corvette owners will rev their Corvettes for 20 seconds, followed by a moment of silence in tribute of Chip. Highlights of the show will include a gathering of the 1996 Grand Sport Corvettes, celebrating their 10th year reunion, a 50th reunion for 1956 Corvettes and a special area designated to Z06 Corvettes. Tom Wallace and his team of Corvette engineers will be on hand. This is Tom’s first visit to Carlisle. Thousands of Corvettes also participate in the parade that leaves from the fairgrounds and makes it way through downtown Carlisle. If you are anywhere near Pennsylvania and the surrounding area, this Corvette show is a must. Admission is $12 for adults and parking for Corvettes is $10. CorvetteBlogger.com will bring you the results from the Mecum Auction when they are available. Source: Corvettes at Carlisle
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Seller of Fake L88 Caught by Corvette Community

by Keith Cornett on January 1, 2006

1967 Shriner Corvettes at the St. Louis Factory

You got to love Corvette people. They are the backbone of this great hobby and it’s great to see them rally around a cause. What’s the cause you ask? After spotting an apparently fraudulently represented 1967 L88 Corvette for sale on eBay, the message boards on both the CorvetteForum.com and NCRS.org started lighting up with news and information about this Corvette and its checkered history.

The 67 Corvette in question was listed with a reserve on eBay December 21st. The description lists the car as a real L88 Corvette – one of 20 in existence. The ad also has 17 photos showing different angles of the car, engine pad stamps and documentation including the dealer bill of sale and protect-o-plate.

As word spread of the L88 Corvette’s eBay listing, details slowly emerged that put the originality of the car into question. First, many users on the Corvette Forum started sharing photos of the stamped engine pad from the L88 and comparing those with other known L88′s and big block Corvette engines. The eBay L88′s stamp looked straight and flawless. The etchings were shiny as well and looked nothing like the other examples being shown.

And then came a post from GL Anderson whose father was the dealer that received the Corvette from the St. Louis factory and drove it in parades with the Shriners as one of their Patrol Corvettes. GL says when his dad picked up the car, it was originally a 350 small block and that everything the about the ’67 being represented as an L88 is false.

“Well he only got maybe 3 things right in his eBay ad. He did talk to me, it was sold to a William Neeck and it is a 1967 Corvette. Not only was it a 350hp small block car when produced and we picked it up at the factory, but it was also my Fathers Shrine Corvette Patrol parade car. Since my dad was the dealer and also in the patrol he never had to license his Shrine car but rather drove it on a dealer plate. The first true owner would have been Mr. Neeck. There are several photos out there showing the 67 Shrine cars and members standing by their car. I can point out that exact car in the pics. It had a blue interior from the factory. Everything about it being an L88 is a fake. The buyers invoice is fake, I don’t know about the repair order so maybe he got 4 things right. He came to me in the early 90s and wanted me to back his story about the supposed L88. I told him no way. By the way I was 21 in 1967 and between my twin brother and I put several thousand miles on that exact car. As to paperwork no I don’t have the factory invoice but I do have other documentation on that car. I don’t hang out on other Corvette boards but if anybody wants to know the truth, let them know it is a fake. I will be happy to provide the documentation I have and point out a number of errors he has made in his paperwork, but only to someone I trust won’t take that info back to him so he can do a better job next time.”

Gar Anderson, GL’s twin brother also was heard from. Gar had accompanied his father to the St. Louis plant when the cars were picked up in person. He said the documentation pictured in the listing is a fake as well. He said the seller tried to get Gar and his brother to collaborate with him on trying to sell this car as original, but Gar refused.

“The car is a complete fake. It was originally one of the Order of Shriner’s cars. All were white with blue interiors and all were small blocks. The L88 option wasn’t even available until January of 1967. This car was built in October of 1966. GL Anderson is my twin brother, and he and I were very involved with Anderson Auto at the time. The Ebay seller tried to minimize that fact. As a matter of fact, in 1967, my brother and I purchased our grandfather’s Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealership which was located across the street from Anderson Auto. Although we were in college and owned the Buick store, we continued to work at the Chevy store. If we would have sold a real L-88, you’d think we would be helping the seller, not trying to stop him.”

So being Corvette people and not content to just let an apparent fake be sold to an unsuspecting buyer, GL went to eBay and posted an auction that would show up if someone was searching 67 Corvettes and L88′s. The item for sale was a photo showing the Shriner cars being picked up at the St. Louis assembly plant. (See Photo) In the photo GL claims that his Dad is shown standing next to the Corvette in question and has other documents that will prove the Corvette is a fake.

So did the Corvette sell? In the closing minutes of the auction, the bid jumped from $185,000 to $450,000. While speculation was that the seller upped the price to save face, the high bid was placed by another Corvette guy to make a point:

“I bid on it knowing it was fake. Mainly I did it just to cost him some more money or at least the hassle of getting a refund through eBay. I figure if he wants to misrepresent the car then he deserves to have to spend some extra money and/or effort on his advertising. If the seller actually expects me to buy the car he will first have to present evidence which proves the car is not one of the Shriner’s cars. If he can do that then I’ll gladly pay his reserve price.”

What can we learn from a story like this? If you are going to clone a ’67 L88 Corvette, advertise it as such. Otherwise, seller beware! The Corvette community can and will police itself whenever possible.

 

Monterey Auction Results

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2005

RM Auctions featured several rare Corvettes for sale at the Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction held August 19th and 20th. The Corvettes included an ultra rare 1963 Corvette Z06 Convertible, a 1969 Baldwin Motion III and a 1968 L89 Corvette race car.

The 1963 Corvette Z06 Convertible was a no-sale at a high bid of $625,000. This Corvette is currently the only documented 1963 Convertible ordered with the Z06 RPO package, usually ordered by those whose Corvettes were destined for the race track. Until now, when this documented example was discovered, most Corvette historians had agreed that a convertible edition of the Z06 did not exist. The convertible was expected to go for $650,000 – $950,000.

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