If you’re a big NASCAR and Corvette fan, and would like to own a bit of drivable history from the inaugural 1994 Brickyard 400, grab your checkbook and head for Kissimmee, Florida. One of the 25 Corvette convertible track and festival cars will be up for auction at Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction at the Osceola Heritage Park in (where else?) Kissimmee, Fla. this January 16 -24.
There will be plenty of stars out for Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida during the week of January 16 – 24, 2015. One of the featured star attractions of special interest to Corvette fans is the earliest production V8 Corvette with a documented original frame, 1955 Corvette VIN 002.
Mid-year Corvette coupes with the 36.5 gallon gas tank option are pretty rare, there having been a total of only 210 built in the 1963 – 1967 model years. But the 1965 Big Tank coupe offered at Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction at the Osceola Heritage Park in (where else?) Kissimmee, Fla. January 16-24 is unique because of its comfort and convenience options not usually found on Big Tank Vettes.
The 1965 Corvette Sting Ray was in its day the C7 of the era, you might say.
The third year of the second generation featured serious updates for drivers, not the least of which was Zora’s long-awaited disc brakes at all four wheels to provide the best possible stopping ability for the time.
Just as the C7 is the darling of the car magazines these days, so was the 1965 Corvette that was finally judged not only an American status symbol but a genuine high-performance sports car capable of thrilling even the most demanding drivers.
The “Real McCoy” $2.3M Sale Postponed During Dispute of Ownership on Parts
More than the weather failed to cooperate for the world’s largest collector car auction, Dana Mecum’s 2700 car Kissimmee event held January 17th through January 26th. Each year hundreds of Corvettes change hands during the ten day event as thousands of collectors and enthusiasts leave the cold weather blanketing most of the country and make their pilgrimage to the event in sunny, warm Florida. This year, though hundreds of airline flights were cancelled due to the weather, the pilgrimage still managed to take place even though the pilgrims were greeted with sunny but not very warm weather in Florida, the attendance slipped by over 6% and sales dropped by over $8M, down 11.4%.
Most Corvette enthusiasts are probably aware of the 1963 Corvette built for GM’s design boss Harley Earl. The blue roadster has traded hands a couple of times in recent years most recently selling for $1.5 million in October 2013. But did you know that GM also built a special car at the same time for his wife, Sue? The pink 1963 coupe hasn’t been seen in nearly 40 years, and it’s being sold at Mecum Kissimmee sale later this month.
We’ve already talked about some of the high end Corvettes being offered at the January 2014 auctions including a 1967 L88 coupe, the George Barris Asteroid Corvette, and The Rebel L88 racer. Potentially the most significant Corvette up for grabs next month is The Real McCoy 1956 racer. If it wasn’t for this C1, the aforementioned ‘vettes may not have even existed.
Another classic Corvette from the John Justo collection was this Black 1962 Corvette roadster that crossed Mecum’s Kissimmee auction block on Friday, January 25th. Highly optioned and a multiple award winner, the last year C1 Corvette sold for $242,000.