#003, the oldest surviving Corvette was auctioned at Barrett-Jackson on Saturday for One Million Dollars. Okay, I can’t say that without thinking about Austin Power’s Dr. Evil. But sold it did for $1,080,000. No word on who the buyer was although word on the street is that both ProTeam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis and Dana Mecum from Mecum auctions were both unsuccessful in bidding for this truly historic Corvette. Read our previous post for more information on #003.
Kerbeck Corvette of Atlantic City is offering the last Corvette of the 2005 production run for sale. The Corvette, a Victory Red Coupe with an automatic transmission, is VIN #1G1YY22U855137341 and was built on September 14th, 2005. The Corvette has been documented by Will Cooksey, the Corvette Plant Manager. The Corvette is being billed as “a piece of Corvette History”, with a selling price of $76,615 which includes a “Kerbeck Value Adjustment” of $25,000. With its extra cost, only buyers who can afford to purchase this car and then store it for 20 years should consider this “Rare Collectible”.
JM from IN submitted the following to Corvette Values:
1996 Collector’s Edition Convertible. VIN 1G1YY325OT51053XX. Sebring Silver with Black interior, Black top. LT4 Engine, 6-Speed Manual Tranmission. 29,705 Miles. Power Braks, Steering, Windows. Exterior and interior are in Good condition. No original sales documents or owner history.
This corvette is a genuine 1996 Collector Edition Corvette Convertible, VIN #IGIYY3250T51053XX. The VIN indicates it was built early in the 1996 Corvette production year. As with all Collector Edition Corvettes, the exterior paint color is Sebring Silver Metallic, code #13. The interior of the Convertible as well as the convertible top are Black. The overall condition for this Corvette is termed “good”.
The current mileage is 29,705, considered low for a 1996 vehicle. It is powered by the LT4 motor rated at 330 HP and coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. During the 1996 Corvette production year, 30% of the Corvettes built had this engine and transmission combination. The Collector Edition option was available for both the Coupe and Convertible. A total of 5,412 Corvettes were ordered with this option of which 1,381 were convertibles. Total production of convertibles for the 1996 model year was 4,369, thus only 32% had the Collector Edition option, in total a somewhat rare option especially coupled with the LT4 motor.
The “curb appeal” of this 1996 Corvette is excellent with its Silver paint and contrasting Black top and interior. This Corvette is equipped with many of the feature options that were available for the 1996 model year. No original delivery documentation or owner history is available with this Corvette.
We place the value of this 1996 Corvette convertible at $26,000. In our pricing database we actually show an increase of 1% year to year for Collector’s Edition Convertibles while average 1996 Convertibles are still depreciating in value.
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Neal B. sent us the following email: Hi, I am in the process of restoring a 72 convert. The car came with a m21 close ratio 4sp and no other options. It is steel Cities Gray. Is the tranny rare for a 1972 and is the steel cities gray rare. The reason I ask is, I don’t particularly like the color (blue is my color). However, I may sell it when it is finished and I want to get the most out of it. Thanks Neal Our Response: There were three transmission options available in 1972: the base wide ratio 4-speed, the Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic and the M21 Close Ratio 4-Speed. The M21 was installed in just 1,638 Corvettes out of a total production of 27,004 making it an option in just 6% of the Corvettes produced in 1972. There were 10 exterior colors available in ’72 and the steel cities gray was selected in 2,346 Corvettes or just over 8% of total production. Because there so many colors offered in 1972, this doesn’t add any real value to your Corvette. If your ’72 is numbers matching but the exterior color is different than original, you may take a slight hit in the value of the Corvette. You can minimize that hit by going with a color from the same year. If you decide to repaint it blue, go with Bryar Blue, offered only in 1972 on 1,617 total Corvettes: http://www.corvetteimages.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=image&id=14946 Our current price guide shows an average 72 Convertible valued at $21,600 with a one year appreciation of 12%. The 68-72 models have been showing tremendous value over the last few years and that trend will probably continue.
Kruse International posted the results of the November Classic auction held November 4-6 in Auburn, Indiana. The November Classic Auction is in its third year and is one of the smaller auctions with around 300 cars expected to cross the auction block. 15 Corvettes were represented and only three sold making this auction a disappointment for buyers and sellers alike. Of the three that sold, two of those were in the $5,000′s and the high was a 72 Coupe which sold for $12,500. Let’s be clear that while a couple of the midyears were modified racers, there was also a tri-power ’67 that hit a final bid at $90,000. While that amount is akin to a bargain, it appears that at all these auctions we are only seeing Condition 1 Corvettes with numbers-matching and Bloomington certifications. Are we seeing a trend here? The last few Auction results from this fall have featured a significant portion of Corvettes receiving high bids but were no sales. My belief is still that the market is strong and that Corvette sellers are holding out for the top dollar pricing they can receive at either the larger, Corvette dominated auctions or through direct selling efforts.
|1959 Convertible||$50,000||Final Bid|
|1961 Convertible||$58,000||Final Bid|
|1964 Grand Sport Roadster||$32,000||Final Bid|
|1965 Race Car Roadster||$21,000||Final Bid|
|1967 Coupe||$80,000||Final Bid|
|1967 Coupe||$90,000||Final Bid|
|1968 Coupe||$12,000||Final Bid|
|1970 Coupe||$25,000||Final Bid|
|1978 Coupe||$7,500||Final Bid|
|1979 Coupe||$8,600||Final Bid|
|1987 Callaway Convertible||$35,000||Final Bid|
|1989 Coupe||$7,000||Final Bid|