Noted Corvette collector and baseball legend Reggie Jackson will be offering four Corvettes at the Mecum at Monterey auction on August 13-14th at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. The four cars include two 1967 L68 427/400 Corvettes and two straight axle C1s. The Corvettes are part of Jackson’s 16-car sale at the Monterey auction.
Longtime Chevrolet dealer Bob McDorman is well known for his impressive collection of Corvettes and other significant Chevys. He owns one Corvette of every model year from 1953 through 2010. Also included in his collection are 12 VIN #1 Corvettes and other low serial number Corvettes, as well as several previous celebrity-owned Corvettes from the likes of Burt Reynolds, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell and my cousin Leanza Cornett, who was Miss America in 1993.
Most of the major automotive auction houses will be decending on Monterey, California in mid-August for a weekend full of classic and collector car sales. We’re reviewing the dockets and selecting the best of the best to present to you here on CorvetteBlogger.com.
First up in our Countdown to Monterey series is Lot #S125 from the Mecum at Monterey auction. This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible features the 427/430 hp tri-power L88 engine and is documented to be the very first RPO L88 built. In 1965, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Engineering group began developing the new 427 Mark IV engine for use in the Corvette as a full-bore endurance racing engine, and in 1967 their work came to fruition in the form of the RPO L88 option package.
Mecum wrapped up another Muscle Cars and More auction this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. A total of 39 Corvettes ranging from a 1956 roadster to a 2005 Coupe crossed the auction block with 22 Corvettes changing hands. The total take was a mere $362,650 as the Corvettes averaged a 56% success rate for sales.
Mecum’s Collector Car auction wrapped up the 2 day sale at the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show in suburban Chicago on Saturday. When the last gavel fell, Mecum had sold 138 of 321 Corvettes for a sales success rate of 43% and a sales total of $4,553,550.
Mecum’s auction at Bloomington Gold sold 63 of 123 Corvettes today bringing in $1.19 million in sales. That’s a 51% success rate. The top seller was a 1957 Cascade Green Roadster which sold for $80,500 while $3,500 purchased a rather tired looking 1984 Coupe. Six of the top ten sales leaders were midyear Corvettes. See the full list of sales after the jump.
Today at 12 Noon Eastern, Mecum will kick off two days of high performance bliss by hosting the auction at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show in St. Charles, Illinois. Over 275 Corvettes are already on the docket and we’re sure a few more have been added last minute. Bloomington Gold is always a great auction to watch because its the one sale that features the creme de la creme of Corvettes, especially the lots on Saturday.
Mecum’s Collector Car Auction wrapped up their 23rd Annual Spring Classic in Indianapolis on Sunday. Over the five day sale, we witnessed 194 Corvettes crossing the auction block with 128 of those cars selling. Sales for Corvettes totaled $6,720,550 and the sales success rate was 66%.
The Discovery Channel will air a one-hour special of the Mecum Auction Live from Indianapolis on Saturday, May 22 from 2-3PM ET/PT. This hour will feature some of the most sought-after collector cars at the auction, including Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette, which is considered by many experts to be one of the most valuable and historically significant Corvettes ever built.
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.