Mecum’s final auction of the year will be taking place this Friday and Saturday in Kansas City at the Kansas City Convention Center. Forty-four Corvettes are on the auction dockett and along with a host of classics and near classics you find at any auction, Mecum has included these two Karl Kustom C6 Corvettes.
Action movie hero Bruce Willis is taking three cars to Las Vegas next weekend where they will be sold at no reserve at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction at Mandalay Bay. Included in the collection is a 1967 Corvette Convertible equipped with a 427/435 Tri-Power L71 V8.
The Corvette was purchased by Bruce in El Paso, Texas during the filming of the 1996 movie “Last Man Standing”. Following the production, he shipped the corvette to Sun Valley, Idaho where it served as his summer driver.
The Corvette has seen some customization as celebrities are wont to do with their rides. This 67 midyear was repainted in the original Marlboro Maroon color by Performance Paint in Torrance, Ca. Polished Cragar S/S wheels, Michelin blackwall tires and an Alpine 5-CD changer in the glove box complete with infrared remote round out the options.
The Corvette last saw the auction block in October 2008 where it was offered by Bonhams at the California Classic auction held at the Petersen Automotive Museum. While the estimate on the Sting Ray was $110,000-$150,000, the car failed to meet the reserve and went unsold. The high bid for the Corvette was undisclosed.
In addition to the ’67 Corvette, Willis is also offering a black 1968 Pontiac Firebird and a dark blue 1988 Lincoln Limousine that was used during the filming of his breakout movie, “Die Hard”.
“Bruce Willis has owned some great American iron,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman/CEO, Craig Jackson. “Cars like his 1967 Corvette and ’68 Firebird helped define an era of motoring in this country that was built around power. The Lincoln Limo also tells a story as it was used during Bruce’s most iconic film.”
“These cars are special in that they correspond with important moments in Bruce’s life, both personally and professionally,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Like most collectors today, Bruce enjoys his cars. I imagine he has his eye on one or more street-ready muscle cars to replace the three vehicles he’s selling at Barrett-Jackson.”
The Corvette is scheduled to be sold on Saturday, October 10th. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction will be televised by SPEED TV.
One of more interesting time periods for Corvette came midway through the C4 production run when you could order a twin-turbo for your Corvette. In 1991, the B2K twin-turbo RPO was the only non-GM performance option that could be ordered on a Corvette. This limited edition 1991 Series 1 Corvette Callaway Speedster is #8 of 10 made and used to be part of the Otis Chandler collection before being acquired by Chevrolet dealer and Corvette collector Bob McDorman.
As the legendary designer and former head of GM’s Color and Style department, Harley Earl will always be remembered for his contributions to automotive design he made during his reign at GM in the heyday of America’s automotive manufacturing era. It was Earl that envisioned the idea of a two-seater sports car in the early 50′s and that idea culminated with the unveiling of the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama Show in New York.
The 7th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at Palm Beach gets underway this Thursday and currently 39 Corvettes are listed on the auction docket. The list is an interesting mix of classics and newer Corvettes because, like January’s Scottsdale auction, General Motors is selling 100 vehicles from its Heritage Collection which includes 11 Corvettes and prototypes.
2009 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Corvette Schedule
The earliest Corvette on the list is a black 1954 Corvette roadster (Lot #664). The Corvette is off a fresh frame off restoration and is powered by the 235 ci straight 6 Blue Flame engine. With only 4 Corvettes thought to be original black cars in 1954, we doubt this Corvette is one of them as there is no mention of documentation or certification from NCRS/Bloomington.
Another early Corvette we think will do well is a 1966 Corvette Coupe (Lot #646) equipped with a 427/390 V8 and a 4-speed. The matching numbers coupe comes with factory air conditioning, J56 power brakes, power antenna, day/night mirror, back-up lights, traffic hazard warning, AM/FM radio, knock-off wheels and correct General tires. This Corvette was awarded an NCRS Top Flight at the Dallas Texas Regional in October 2008.
There are a couple unique GM Heritage Collection cars here as well. While many will like the 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car (Lot #675) that is 1 of 4 Corvettes used at the race, we like several of the prototypes and mule cars being made available. In that category, collectors can choose from the 1999 First Built Hardtop (Lot #678.1) stuffed with an LS7, the 1990 ZR-1 “Active” prototype (Lot #676.1) and a 2005 C6 Coupe Test Mule (Lot #57) that still features its camouflage coverings.
Also of interest is the first built 2006 Corvette Z06 (Lot #679.2) driven at Nurburgring in 2005 by Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen. We recommend you take a couple of minutes and read up on the description of this historic C6 Corvette.
SPEED TV will be providing 22 hours of auction coverage with the live action starting at 12 noon on Thursday, April 9th. Download our 2009 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Corvette Schedule for auction and coverage times.
Some Corvettes are famous and some are infamous. Two years after Corvette enthusiasts rose up and cried foul which resulted in a botched eBay auction, the Shriner L88 Corvette makes an appearance at Barrett-Jackson and sells for $176,000.
In December 2005, this Corvette was being sold on eBay as an original 1 of 20 L88 Corvette. Unfortunately for the seller of the car, the son of the Corvette’s original owner had an extensive history on the car as the 1967 roadster was 1 of 13 Shriner Parade Cars that were all originally equipped with small blocks. Click here to read our original post: Seller of Fake L88 Caught by Corvette Community
Fast forward to 2009 where the L88 Corvette resurfaces, only this time the Shriner history was embraced. Here is the description from the Barrett-Jackson catalog:
Originally a base motor 300 and upgraded to a 427cid/430hp engine although it is now equipped with an L88 package. Documented as 1 of 13 Shriner COPO cars with a correct L88 driveline. Also features radio delete, correct carb, distributor, etc.
So the same Corvette advertised two years ago as an original 1 of 20 L88 Corvette was today offered as a documented 1 of 13 Shriner COPO Corvette with a correct L88 driveline. Diligent research of the Corvetteâ€™s history would have undoubtedly revealed her checkered past. Read what enthusiasts are saying about the car on CorvetteForum.com
During the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction, SPEEDTV took a commercial break and came back to coverage with the Shriner COPO Corvette already on the block and bidding at $140,000. The Corvette gaveled for $160,000 and with commission, total price was $176,000.
Seller of Fake L88 Caught by Corvette Community
[VIDEO] 1990 Corvette “Active” ZR-1 Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson
[VIDEO] 1989 Corvette ZR-2 Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson
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In 1965, as in previous years, General Motors and Chevrolet were touring the country showing off their latest products to the masses at car shows and the company-sponsored motoramas.
Marketing was concerned that the Corvette, in its third year of the fabled midyear body style, might be looking a bit aged and so they set out to create a display that became a mechanical marvel.
Selecting a 1965 Corvette Coupe from the assembly line, the car was shipped to a specialty display making company where it was fully disassembled and then operated on to create the one-of-a-kind Corvette display we see in the video.
Mounting the body to elevator arms, the coupe would rise off its chassis, exposing the car’s running gear. The frame was painted in bright yellow while the engine, transmission and other mechanical parts were finished in red. Cutouts were created to display the inner workings of the car. A series of motors would operate moving components of the car allowing visitors to see exactly how the 375 horsepower fuel injected 327ci was powered.
After its life on the show circuit, whereabouts of the car were unknown. It was found in South Africa in the mid ’90′s and returned to the United States where is was purchased a short time later by Al Wiseman.
This 1965 Corvette is unique in many regards, especially considering the fact that it contained the last of the fuel injected engines. With only 4 miles showing on the odometer, it truly is a time capsule.
Back at the auction, bidding was steady and deliberate and finally the last bid of $640,000 was called. With the addition of the 10% buyers commission, total price of the 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Cutaway Autorama Display was $704,000. The buyer of this unique Corvette was Detroit’s Showdown Muscle Cars.
Here is something that you don’t see everyday and in the words of the auctioneer, it’s probably something that will never be duplicated! We’re talking of course about the matched set of Corvettes that was sold at Saturday’s RM Auctions Al Wiseman Collection in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Al had a 1953 Corvette with the serial number of #39. When the 50th Anniversary Corvettes were produced in 2003, Al lobbied GM quite hard for about a year and was successful in buying serial number #39, which was doing duty as a test mule. Topping off the collection was a commemorative 1953 Corvette pedal car from Pedal Cars USA produced to celebrate the Corvette’s golden anniversary. This unique Corvette pedal car also is number #39 in its series.
The 1953 Corvette has been in Al’s collection for around 5 years and has just completed a full concours quality restoration. Al was no stranger to 1953 Corvettes. Back in 2002 he teamed up with Chip Miller of Carlisle Productions to restore serial #158. That Corvette, dubbed “Restoration Celebration”, was restored to better than perfect condition and the proceeds from the sale of that car were donated to charity.
Interestingly, the sale of both of these 1953 Corvettes ended up in the hands of the same buyer…Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvettes.
And while the buyer and seller of both 1953 Corvettes remained the same, what has changed in the last five years is the prices commanded for the first year of America’s Sports Cars. #158 was purchased for $170,000 in 2002 while 1953 Corvette #39 brought in $390,500 just five years later.
Yes, this auction of the 1953 Corvette had the bonus of a serial numbers-matching 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette Roadster, as well as the kids commemorative pedal car, but it was the 1953 Corvette that drove this sale home.
RM Auctions was in the Tampa Bay area this weekend to auction off the collection of antique and classic cars belonging to noted automotive collector Al Wiseman. Included in the auction was this very significant 1955 Corvette Roadster that belonged to Zora Arkus-Duntov, Corvette’s first Chief Engineer.
Nearly 30 years after Mark Hamill and Annie Potts drove a hideous custom Corvette to B-Movie success, one of the movie’s promotional cars was offered up and sold on eBay this morning for $30,000. The buyer appears to be from the Volo Auto Museum based on his current listings.
This isn’t the original Corvette Summer car, as that had a right-wheel drive conversion and the cool bowtie tail lights. That car is part of the collection owned by MA Motorworks owner Mike Yeager.
You can also see a clip of the Corvette Summer car on YouTube.com