Now that the C5, C6, and C7 are here, some people don’t have as much respect for the C4.
But back in the day, those of us old enough can remember what a significant change the 1984 Corvette represented over the C3.
Dana Mecum and the staff from Mecum Auctions are in Denver, CO. this week for a two-day sale featuring 700 vehicles which include 45 Corvettes ranging from a 1957 Roadster to a 2011 Corvette Z06 tuned by Lingenfelter. We turned to our friend Marshall Fancher of Vette-N-Vestments for a preview of the auction and he provided us with the run list as well as some of the cars he would like to bring home if money wasn’t an object.
There are few limitations in the world of restomods, the only boundaries being set by the tastes and the abilities of individual constructors. Corvette restomods are typical of the genre in that many are finished in bright, sometimes audacious colors that, while drawing attention to the vehicle, may detract from its overall appearance. The same can be said of restomod interiors and wheels. The interior may be so modified that all connection with the heritage of the original vehicle is lost and the rims have so much bling that they actually draw attention away from the car design rather than complementing it.
Few words make a Corvette collectors ears perk up more than the words “L88″ and “auction” used in the same sentence. But when “L88″ is accompanied by the words “original”, “unrestored” and “survivor”, collectors’ eyes get real big and their hearts start to palpitate. Well, if you’re a Corvette collector, you’d better sit down before reading any further.
This Guest Post contributed by Marshall Fancher, Editor of www.VetteNVestments.com
This was the 28th year of the always spectacular Dana Mecum Annual Spring Classic Auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A total of 1,329 cars crossed the block. 783 of those cars found new owners. This equates to a respectable 58% sell through rate for the overall auction.
Mecum does a fantastic job at creating excitement about special cars, and they did not disappoint. These cars did what we thought were very strong and honest prices, considering the fantastic quality of each example.
When it comes to our Corvettes, enthusiasts will collect just about anything. Some collections focus on rare, low production cars while others feature only low mile cars. Others may even consist of a single color like the black collection Mecum sold a few years ago. Coming up in Indianapolis this weekend, Mecum will be selling a collection of 1958 fuel injected Corvettes – one in each color available in 1958.
Of the many Corvettes that will be offered at Dana Mecum’s Indianapolis sale next week, this 1958 Corvette stands in a class all its own.
Two things were going on back in 1958 when this Corvette was made. First the redesigned 1958 Corvette wore more chrome than any another Corvette that came before and secondly, it was Chevrolet’s 50th Anniversary.
To commemorate Chevrolet’s Golden Anniversary, a 1958 Corvette roadster was pulled from the production line and painted a special one-of-one “Anniversary Gold”. That Corvette would be designated as Chevrolet’s 39,000,000 vehicle produced.
For some folks, the 1967 Corvette as the last year for the C2 still represents the pinnacle for America’s Sports Car.
Others would argue that the seventh-generation Stingray is right up there with the best, too.
Now comes a very special 1967 Corvette convertible that combines the greatest things about each of these two special Corvette generations.
One of the country’s premiere car collections will be shrinking slightly next month as select cars from Mike Yager’s MY Garage collection cross the auction block at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale. In all, 11 cars ranging from a 1957 barn find to 2006 pre-production Z06 will be available for you to purchase.