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.
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Remember that story about Beyonce doing the Super Bowl halftime show with the 2014 Corvette Stingray? Well, that didn’t happen.
What did happen was the red 2014 Corvette Stingray was on the field during the post game celebration but it got zero coverage by CBS Sports. And despite a tweet from Corvette’s John Fitzpatrick confirming it was the Red Corvette that was in the house, there has been no announcement from Chevrolet regarding the MVP award.
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.
According to our friends at Autoweek, Chevrolet is planning on holding the unveiling of the the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. Autoweek cites sources for the info and claim that the Stingray will be a 2014 model and that it could be in dealer showrooms at the end of the year.
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As Barrett-Jackson and five other of the most prestigious collector car auctioneers in the world wrapped up their elaborate events in Scottsdale, Arizona last weekend, the largest collector car auction in the world was just getting started. Though there are differing opinions on the subject, in Mecum Auctions’ case, Size Does Matter!
Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles will be hosting a live chat about the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray with the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday at 12:30 PM ET. Joining in will be Free Press Auto Critic Mark Phelan and Free Press GM reporter Nathan Bomey.
If you missed the live chat, you can still see the questions and answers as we posted the transcript.
At the 2013 North American International Auto Show, CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter about the new 2014 Corvette Stingray and many of the features on the new car.
Following the invite-only reveal last Sunday night, we attended Corvette’s public Press Conference debut the following morning at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. After some remarks by GM’s Mary Barra, the new Stingray rolled out onto the soaring Corvette display and parked in between some of its older siblings. The elder Corvettes all wore varying shades of white while the newborn chose the more raucous shade of Torch Red.