The 1961 Corvette Gulf Oil race car was one of the centerpieces of Mecum’s 2012 Kissimmee auction and it drew massive attention when it hit the auction block Saturday afternoon. Bidding on the Grady Davis Gulf Oil-sponsored Corvette was fast and furious at the beginning but eventually stalled at $850,000 and the car went unsold. The reserve was undisclosed and the auctioneer only said that it would take “more”.
The sun has barely set on all of the Arizona collector car auctions, but we’ve still got one more event to go before the 2012 calendar rolls over to February. Mecum’s monster 2,200 car Kissimmee, Florida auction begins Tuesday, January 24th at 11am and runs through Saturday, January 28th. Velocity will have 32 hours of live coverage starting on Wednesday the 25th.
The month of January means one thing to avid car collectors – the January auctions. Each year thousands of eager buyers and sellers convene on Arizona and Florida to take in all of the intense auction action. Read on to check out our summary of all the major January auctions, when they occur, and how Corvettes they’ve currently got consigned.
Mecum Auctions has announced that they’ll be offering 12 Corvettes from the Chuck Ungurean collection at their Kissimmee, Florida sale later this month. All dozen cars will be selling without reserve when they cross the auction block on Saturday, January 28th, 2012. Included among the spectacular lots are a 1969 L88, a 1972 ZR-1, and a pair of black 1967 L71’s.
A ton of excitement was generated on Saturday afternoon at Mecum’s inaugural auction in Dallas. Of the 116 L88 Corvettes that were built in 1969, the black coupe that hit the auction block this past Saturday may be one of the finest examples of them all. An all original Corvette, the Black L88 coupe dominated the attention of bidders and its stong selling price at $562,500 set the high sale of the entire auction.
The team at Mecum Auctions heads to Texas this weekend for their inaugural Dallas sale. The auction runs Thursday, October 6th, through Saturday the 8th at the Dallas Convention Center. Velocity (formerly HD Theater) will have 14 hours of live coverage of the action. As is tradition, check out our favorite Corvettes up for grabs this weekend in Dallas after the break.
This is a big weekend for car auctions as most of the major auction houses are descending on Monterey, California for a weekend full of classic and collector car sales. Although fairly new to the Monterey scene, Mecum Auctions has a full slate of cars ready to be sold during their Monterey Daytime Auction which kicks off on Thursday and runs through Saturday. On the Mecum sales docket are 42 Corvettes that are ready for new homes and several of these Vettes are worthy of a closer look.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
The crew from Mecum Auctions rolls into the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA this weekend for a 2 day event. As of this writing, over 230 cars were listed on the docket. Roughly 10% of those are Corvettes. Discovery’s HD Theater will provide 4 hours of live coverage each day from the event. Checkout some of our faves being offered this weekend after the jump.
Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns
The atmosphere at this year’s Bloomington auction was interesting. The tent was generally full of bidders and spectators all weekend. Surprisingly, though, bids were hard to come by at times. This can be seen in the numerous cars that sold for less than $10,000. On the flip side of this were the high-end cars. The 1971 ZR2 opened and bidding promptly stalled at $400k. A few moments later the bid was raised to $410k, the reserve was lifted, and the ZR2 was off to its new home.