General Motors released the monthly sales figures this morning for February 2014. The reports shows that sales of the Corvette Stingray are up 148% over last February with deliveries totaling 2,438 vs 980 in February 2013. We also see that the 2,438 Corvettes delivered in February 2014 was an increase of 7.8% over January 2014′s sales of 2,261 Corvettes. For the calendar year (January-February 2014), Corvette sales are up 148.9% with 4,699 delivered this year compared to 2013 sales of 1,888.
It appears that Mecum is off and running for 2014 after a weather induced slow start in Kissimmee. Their Houston event is shaping up to be typical of the high quality consignments that usually characterizes their events with some outstanding Corvettes scheduled to cross the block from Thursday, April 10th through Saturday, April 12th.
As I was reviewing Mecum’s latest on-line catalog, two Corvettes jumped off the page to capture my attention.
Certainly no Corvette enthusiast could ignore the Bunkie Knudsen Corvette, after all it is not only the auction headliner, it is one of the most interesting Corvettes ever made, as well as the personal car for then Chevrolet General manager Bunkie Knudsen. The second Corvette, perhaps not as well known, is the stunning 1967 Corvette coupe once owned by former Marine and Viet Nam veteran, Don McNamara, and put into storage with less than 3K miles on it, has a bullet proof provenance and literally may be the finest 1967 “survivor” in existence.
If you are a Corvette enthusiast or collector then you obviously are familiar with Dana Mecum and his auction business. Over the years Mecum has grown his company exponentially and one of the key parts of that success is why most Corvette enthusiasts are familiar with the “King of Corvettes.” That key ingredient has been his relentless drive to offer the largest and best selection of Corvettes of any collector car auction in the world. For example, at his Kissimmee event in January 232 Corvettes of the almost 400 Corvettes offered found new homes.
The January collector car auctions in Arizona and Florida each year help set the tone for the rest of the auction year. Once again there were plenty of high end Corvettes and eager bidders to go around as 6 and 7-figure bids were quite common. We’ve already taken a look at the Mecum Kissimmee results, but how do they stack up against all of the other January sales? Click past the jump to find out.
If the new Corvette Stingray isn’t quite distinctive enough for you, then you might want to check out the eBay auction going on right now for a Forgiato Widebody C7 Corvette Stingray, one of which was on display at SEMA in November.
We found a video today at www.forgiato.com that shows two of the distinctive “Aston Martin Blue” Forgiato Stingrays weaving their way down a city street. We’re not sure if the car for sale now is one of those or not.
Here’s another one of John Greenwood’s infamous Corvette Sport wagons. Part Corvette, part station wagon, it’s the ultimate sport utility vehicle. This yellow 1975 Corvette was recently pulled from a garage where it sat for 10 years and if you’re interested in becoming its next owner, you’ve now got less than one day to get in on this eBay deal before the sale closes on Tuesday afternoon.
The “Real McCoy” $2.3M Sale Postponed During Dispute of Ownership on Parts
More than the weather failed to cooperate for the world’s largest collector car auction, Dana Mecum’s 2700 car Kissimmee event held January 17th through January 26th. Each year hundreds of Corvettes change hands during the ten day event as thousands of collectors and enthusiasts leave the cold weather blanketing most of the country and make their pilgrimage to the event in sunny, warm Florida. This year, though hundreds of airline flights were cancelled due to the weather, the pilgrimage still managed to take place even though the pilgrims were greeted with sunny but not very warm weather in Florida, the attendance slipped by over 6% and sales dropped by over $8M, down 11.4%.