Mecum Collector Car Auctions held their Muscle Cars and More event in Kansas City last month. 56 Corvettes crossed the auction block with 36 of them hammering sold. That’s a 64% sales success rate. All in all, total sales climbed to $760,800 with only one Corvette crossing over the $100,000 mark.
Dana Mecum’s Spring Classic next month in Indianapolis will feature Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette roadster. The personalized car was a gift to the brilliant designer and father of the Corvette following his retirement from General Motors. The “Harley Earl” Corvette appeared last June at the Bloomington Gold auction where it was a no sale at $985,000.
Here is an interesting 1966 Corvette Convertible that appeared Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach. The Triple Black Corvette features a 427/425 hp L72 and is fresh off a restoration, but it comes with a caveat: Originally a 427/425 car, it doesn’t have the original engine. Will the price be affected or will its curb appeal rope in buyers who may be more interested in driving the Sting Ray instead of a storing a garage queen. Watch the video after the jump.
Barrett-Jackson concluded their three day collector car auction in Palm Beach this weekend and based on auction totals, the Corvettes did pretty well. Over the weekend, we counted 48 Corvettes and 1 corvette-powered boat that sold at the no-reserve auction. Total sales of Corvettes reached $2.9 million.
Saturday Night at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach, Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame purchased the first retail (VIN 001) 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon limited edition. The hammer price was $270,000 and with buyers commission, the total sale was $297,000. Rick will be able to tour the GM Performance Build center in Wixom as well as watch the assembly of his new Corvette Z06 later this summer in Bowling Green.
The C4 version of the Corvette ZR-1 was nicknamed “The King of the Hill” for good reason. At a time when the standard Corvette’s horsepower was 245, the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 was powered by the new 375-horsepower LT-5 V8 which featured a 32-valve dual overhead cam. Looking back today, Corvette’s return to the world stage of sports car performance can be directly attributed to this special edition.
When we published the final production numbers for the 2009 Corvettes, we said thirty years from now Corvette collectors would be seeking out the GT1 ALMS Championship and the Competition Sport Editions due to their low production numbers. Actually, it only took one year as this 2009 Arctic White Competition Sport Coupe sold for more than its original MSRP and became the top seller on Day 1 of the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction.
The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction this weekend in Palm Beach sort of snuck up on me so I’m sorry I didn’t get the schedule published sooner. The Palm Beach auction features 48 Corvettes and 1 Corvette-powered boat. The three day auction is being carried on the SPEED network and you’ll also be able to watch online. Like always, we’re working with SPEED to bring you some of the best and most interesting auctions.
RM Auctions held their Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event last weekend which featured 36 Corvettes. Auction results show 23 of the 36 Corvettes were sold for a sales success rate of 64% and total sales topped $1,186,700. Many of the Corvettes came from the estate of collector John O’Quinn and those were sold without reserve.
In addition to the hood from the #4 Corvette C6.R that was sold for $3,000, several other parts from the race cars were auctioned by Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan and Ambassador Ron Fellows at the Corvette Corral at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The money raised was donated to Motorsports Ministries, an organization offering non-denomination services at the track since 1985.
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Auctions a C6.R Hood at the 12 Hours of Sebring
[VIDEO] Doug Fehan’s Corvette Racing Presentation at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring
[VIDEO] Interview with Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan at Sebring