If Steve McCain was a fisherman, he’d have quite a few tales to tell about the big ones that got away – as well as the big ones he did manage to reel in. Fortunately for Corvette enthusiasts, McCain’s tales aren’t fishing-related – instead they have to do with some of the very first Corvettes ever made.
It’s the last full weekend in June which means one thing to Corvette enthusiasts – It’s Bloomington Gold weekend. That also means it’s time for the annual Mecum auction at Bloomington Gold. At last check there were just over 100 Corvettes consigned for this weekend’s sale in Champaign, Illinois. Mecum Bloomington Gold will take place this Saturday, June 29th on the Assembly Hall grounds on the University of Illinois campus as part of the Bloomington Gold Corvette show.
Russo and Steele will be out in sunny southern California this weekend for their Newport Beach sale. The 3 day event will take place at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. 1953 Corvette VIN #083 is just one of the stars of the Corvette docket and will cross the auction block somewhere between 8:30 and 8:50pm local time on Saturday, June 22nd.
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.
Talk about your extremes. Elsewhere on this website, you have read about one-owner 1960 Corvettes that are as stock and original as they come. Then we have this 1960 model owned by Gary Kuck, which has been transformed from a basket case with no engine and a mangled front clip into a wild one-of-a-kind custom.
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.
Four years together in a Corvette can provide a lifetime of memories.
Bill Ogden is proof of that.
His miraculous story begins way back in October 1961 when he was in his 20s and bought a white 1962 Corvette with red interior, a 327/340 engine in the bay. Proving the power of marketing a car with a TV show, Ogden had been infatuated with Corvettes ever since he saw one on “Route 66.”
If you’re fan of original cars like we are, have we got one for you. Check out this unrestored Bloomington Gold Survivor Corvette currently up for sale on eBay. The 31,000 mile C1 is reported to be 1 of only 2 such cars to claim Survivor honors and the seller has a letter from Bloomington Gold to back up that claim.