Now that the calendar has officially flipped over to spring, it’s time to shift your Corvette shopping into high gear. Auctions America will be offering almost 40 Corvettes as part of their 550 car docket this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Included in the bevy of available vehicles are a Motion Performance-built C3, a low mile 1978 Pace Car, and the very last Ron Fellows Z06.
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Sometimes it seems like every for sale ad you read has “low miles” written in it somewhere. That’s not the case with this 1971 Corvette coupe currently listed on Ebay. It’s spent the last 42 years with the same southern California owner and has logged a total of 522,000 miles since it was born. That’s basically the equivalent of a roundtrip visit to the moon.
In the early 1990′s Callaway pretty much owned the Corvette tuner market thanks in part due to their RPO B2K option offered by GM. To compete with the boys from Old Lyme, Lister of North America built a select number of Corvettes to challenge Callaway’s dominance. Coming up in April, you’ve got a chance to own the very first Lister Corvette produced at Mecum’s Houston auction.
The 2013 rendition of the Bloomington Gold Corvette show is just about 4 months away and now’s the time to sign up if you’re planning on attending or showing a car. Registration for this year’s show opens up on Friday, February 15th. The June 28-30th festival of Corvettes will be held for the first time this year on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.
Another classic Corvette from the John Justo collection was this Black 1962 Corvette roadster that crossed Mecum’s Kissimmee auction block on Friday, January 25th. Highly optioned and a multiple award winner, the last year C1 Corvette sold for $242,000.
Mecum Auctions’ occupation of central Florida wrapped up last weekend after a 10-day bender of sunshine and vehicle sales. Their first event of 2013 tallied 2,610 cars traversing the red carpeted auction block with roughly 70% of those going to new homes. A total of 402 Corvettes (15% of the total docket) were available and 62 of them drew bids of $100,000 or more.
When the final car crossed the block in Kissimmee, Florida at Mecum’s 2013 event and the totals were in, the stage was set to determine the winner of the “Superbowl” of auctions. Over the last several weeks it was hard to avoid all of the auction coverage that took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, headlined with the extravaganza staged by Barrett-Jackson, and the east coast contender, Mecum. To many readers it may have seemed a bit confusing as to just what was the “premier” auction event in January, Barrett-Jackson or Mecum. I’m not sure that we can designate which auction was “best” since that is a subjective evaluation and dependent on individual tastes. But for those of you who have a penchant for numbers, we can provide you with a numbers comparison to help you decide the destination of your 2014 plane ticket.
Other than the original 1960′s Batmobile, no other car captured the attention of the crowds at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction like the 2014 Corvette Stingray. As it worked its way through the throng of bidders and spectators and made its way up on the auction block, Adam and Dylan from Adam’s Premium Polishes were there to make sure the Stingray was ready for its TV appearance with Adam’s officially licensed Corvette Detail spray and Adam’s Double Soft microfiber towels.