This 1968 L88 Corvette has come a long way since we first saw it as a fresh barn find in 2008.
The former psychedelic-painted racer was found in North Florida by our friends at ProTeam Corvette who rehabbed the street-raced L88 that was known locally as “Bounty Hunter”. Armed with a pedigree of awards, the Rally Red Convertible is headed to Mecum’s Monterey Auction in August where it will be offered for sale.
If you’re a Corvette enthusiast, you’ve no doubt heard about the mysterious McNamara Corvette.
Here, though, are much more details you may not have heard about the owner of that special 1967 427/390 Sting Ray, Robert McNamara, coming from the few people who knew him best.
The details make the story of the McNamara Corvette that much more intriguing.
Overall Mecum’s first trip to Seattle was met with an over flow of enthusiastic bidders and collectors. Mecum obviously worked overtime to offer their customers a varied assortment of excellent collector cars. When the curtain came down Mecum had to be pleased with their initial foray into the Pacific Northwest setting a world’s record for a muscle car when a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda was hammered for $3.5M. It was obviously a muscle car market since it definitely was not a Corvette market.
Mecum put together a dynamite docket of outstanding investment level Corvettes for their introductory event in the Northwest and though there was strong bidding for a some of the Corvettes, the majority of bids did not meet the consignor’s reserves and 65% of all Corvettes offered over the two day event went unsold and none of the four featured Corvettes sold.
Another indication of disappointing results for Corvettes was the fact only one Corvette was able to make the top-ten list, a 1958 restomod. That is almost unheard of for the world’s largest Corvette seller who typically has almost half of the top ten occupied by America’s sports car.
Much of the hoopla surrounding Mecum’s inaugural Seattle auction this weekend is focused on the 1967 L88 Corvette, a ’63 Z06 tanker and several other prized Corvettes. But after reviewing their online catalog, we found this little gem cruising just under the radar.
On Saturday, Mecum will offer a 1962 Corvette was the last first generation Corvette ever built.
Clearly Mecum’s Seattle auction is shaping up to be a blockbuster for Corvette enthusiasts. In addition to the L88 “double feature” we reported earlier this week now Dana Mecum and his team have added another rare Corvette to their first ever Seattle event, Mickey Thompson’s personal 1963 Z06.
On June 13th and 14th, Corvette collectors can bid on a 1967 L88, a 1969 L88, and Thompson’s 1963 Z06. These are some of the rarest, most coveted and most valuable Corvettes ever produced. There’s not much more Mecum could throw into the equation to make it any more exciting for Corvette collectors unless they could find a ZL1 or an original Grand Sport to add to their other three bluechip Corvettes.
A few weeks ago we told you about an exceptional 1967 L88 Corvette Coupe scheduled to cross the block in Mecum’s inaugural Seattle auction
Anytime an L88 Corvette is scheduled to be auctioned it is worth the trip, if not to bid but just to drool. As we reported Mecum will be auctioning an impeccable 1967 L88 that might just shatter the current world’s record. And now if that weren’t enough Dana Mecum has decided to make this an L88 “double feature” adding a third generation L88 to be sold Saturday, June 14th. This one is a documented and restored 1969 Fathom Green coupe with 15,480 miles which are believed to be original.
Now that Mecum has wrapped up their 27th Annual Spring Classic in Indianapolis, Corvette enthusiasts are looking forward to the latest addition to Mecum’s already extensive schedule of collector car auctions, this one in Seattle. And the reason for the anticipation is that one of the “bluest” of blue chip Corvettes will cross the block on Saturday June 14th, one of only twenty 1967 L88′s ever produced. Rarely do these special Corvettes ever change hands and when they do a world’s record price is usually at risk of being broken.
Like a scene out of Steven King’s novel “Children of the Corn”, it’s not children but rather Corvette ZR1’s that will invade Indianapolis May 13th through May 18th at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds when Dana Mecum kicks off his 27th annual Spring Classic auction. Though only a portion of the consignments have been listed at this point it appears that Mecum has cornered the low mile ZR1 market and will be sending them across the block.