Mecum Auctions held their annual 2013 Spring Classic last month in Indianapolis. Over the course of the event, the Mecum team rolled 1,716 vehicles across the block. Of those, 1,156 were hammered sold for a 68% sell-through rate. We already told you about the black and blue 1967 convertible which sold for $610,000 to take top Corvette honors. Click past the jump to see the other top Corvettes from the 2013 Mecum Spring Classic.
Dana Mecum’s spectacular annual Spring Indy Auction is now history and though the auction set pricing records with two Mustangs that sold for over a million dollars each, it was more of a “mixed bag” when it came to Corvettes.
It was really no surprise to see the 200 quality Corvettes Mecum uncovered and offered for sale just prior to his Bloomington Gold Events which is totally Corvette focused. And it was the quality level of Corvettes which accounted for the good and bad news.
One of the most decorated mid-year Corvettes hit the auction block at Mecum’s 26th Annual Spring Classic last Friday and the results were nothing less than spectacular. Up for sale was the Triple Crown award winning 1967 Corvette Convertible known as “Black ‘n Blue” for its Tuxedo Black exterior highlighted with a Blue hood stinger, Blue convertible top and a Blue interior. When the hammer fell, the Corvette was sold for $610,000.
The Chip’s Choice display for this year’s Corvettes at Carlisle continues to take shape. Back in February we told you about the George Barris-built Asteroid Corvette scheduled to appear. Now joining that custom 1963 is another custom 1963 – this one with an Italian flare. Corvettes at Carlisle announced in their most recent email newsletter that the Corvette Rondine built by Pininfarina will also be in the Chip’s Choice display this year.
Dana Mecum’s name is being changed to “Indiana Mecum” because like “Indiana Jones” he has a way of finding treasures, Corvette treasures, and offering them for sale at his vaunted Indianapolis Spring Auction, May 14th through May 19th.
This year “Indiana Mecum” will auction over 2,000 collector cars and motorcycles during his six day extravaganza. But as usual, he saves the real “treasures” to auction on Saturday, May 18th. On that special day Mecum is offering no less than twenty five Corvettes centered around seven high-end, meticulously restored award winning second generation cars, three third generation Corvettes and five restomodded vettes. These special cars presale estimates range from $120K to $600K.
We’ve stumbled across another cool unrestored Corvette listed on eBay. Early last week we found the 1953 Survivor up for bids and now we’ve got this silver 327/350hp 1966 convertible seeking a new home. The hidden roadster was pulled from a barn in 2010 and claimed a Bloomington Gold Survivor Award in 2012.
“Fast Phil” Currin used his savvy brain to become one of the steadiest Corvette racers of the 1970s.
He paid just $1,900 for his red 1963 split-window some 47 years ago. Now 67, Currin and his Corvette – nicknamed “Giantkiller” when he made a habit of beating newer, flashier cars – made an appearance at the Hall of Fame’s 40th anniversary at Sebring in March.
A 1967 Corvette that has a special place in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been chosen to be the poster art for this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion poster.
That car is the 1967 Corvette No. 9 raced by Corvette legends Dick Guldstrand and Bob Bondurant at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it hit speeds of 170mph-plus down Mulsanne Straight to take a big lead before mechanical woes forced it off the track. Despite that disappointment, the two drivers had already become folk heroes to the locals by driving the car from the airport near Paris to the track.
When Bob Martin got the news he had prostate cancer in 2000, he decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream and finally buy a Corvette.
And boy, what a Corvette he found!
Thanks to the kind folks at ProTeamCorvette.com and owner Terry Michaelis, Bob soon became the owner of a 1967 big block roadster once owned by music legend Roy Orbison.