Here’s a special 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe that will be offered this week at the Mecum auction in Austin, Texas. The Riverside Red Coupe was shown at the GM Vehicle Display during the 1967 Riverside Grand Prix in California. Since then it has lived the pampered life of a garage queen.
It appears that Mecum is off and running for 2014 after a weather induced slow start in Kissimmee. Their Houston event is shaping up to be typical of the high quality consignments that usually characterizes their events with some outstanding Corvettes scheduled to cross the block from Thursday, April 10th through Saturday, April 12th.
As I was reviewing Mecum’s latest on-line catalog, two Corvettes jumped off the page to capture my attention.
Certainly no Corvette enthusiast could ignore the Bunkie Knudsen Corvette, after all it is not only the auction headliner, it is one of the most interesting Corvettes ever made, as well as the personal car for then Chevrolet General manager Bunkie Knudsen. The second Corvette, perhaps not as well known, is the stunning 1967 Corvette coupe once owned by former Marine and Viet Nam veteran, Don McNamara, and put into storage with less than 3K miles on it, has a bullet proof provenance and literally may be the finest 1967 “survivor” in existence.
Back in 1990 Bloomington Gold introduced their SURVIVOR award for original, unrestored Corvettes. Award winners would need to be 20 years old, complete a short road test, and be at least 50% unrestored in 3 of 4 categories. Now, as we count down to the 2014 show, they’ve announced some sweeping changes to their SURVIVOR judging program.
Corvette Central’s founder Jerry Kohn has been collecting used and NOS parts for Corvettes since the mid-1970′s and says he’s always envisioned the day when he can begin to pare down his collection by hosting a swap meet. Well that time is now here where you can search through his collection and buy these parts at www.ccswapmeet.com.
We’ve stumbled across another cool unrestored Corvette listed on eBay. Early last week we found the 1953 Survivor up for bids and now we’ve got this silver 327/350hp 1966 convertible seeking a new home. The hidden roadster was pulled from a barn in 2010 and claimed a Bloomington Gold Survivor Award in 2012.
This highly documented, unrestored 1969 L88 convertible will be offered at Mecum Auctions’ Anaheim, California event this weekend. The LeMans Blue roadster is widely considered to be one of the most highly optioned and best documented L88’s known to exist. It is scheduled to cross the auction block about 1:20pm Pacific time this Saturday, November 17th.
Phil Perry doesn’t know much about the previous owners of his 1962 Corvette, but he does know one thing: they obviously took good care of his car for nearly 50 years until he could take possession of it.
Some folks might call his very nice Roman Red C1 a “survivor,” but the fact is that the previous owners were the kind of car fanatics who just plain took good care of their car while it was in their possession. This was no barn find covered in dust with boxes stacked on top of it.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
The highlight of the annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show each year is the judging activity. Participants from all over the country converge on the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL each June for the once-a-year opportunity to achieve Survivor, Gold, and/or Benchmark awards. At this event, cars don’t compete against one another. Rather they compete against a standard which is the condition in which the car was delivered from the factory. “No better, no worse, no different.” Click past the jump to learn more about the judging awards and to check out some pics from this years certification judging.
Article Contributed by Steve Burns
Our 2011 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Corvette preview switches generations now to focus on Lot #1010.2, an unrestored, highly awarded 1967 convertible. Big block C2′s are no strangers to the B-J stage. We see numerous finely restored examples cross their brightly lit auction block at each event. What sets this ’67 apart from the others are its low miles, well preserved condition, and multiple judging awards. We’ll watch this roadster cross the auction block on Friday night, January 21st on Speed TV.
For many collectors, the L71 powered 1967 Corvette convertible is the must-have Corvette to own. With 435 horses under the hood, the 1967 Corvette is considered the pinnacle of classic Chevy performance. But the discriminating buyers at Monterey won’t accept just any 1967 Corvette so Russo and Steel is obliging by offering this 1967 Corvette Convertible “Survivor” at its 10th Anniversary Monterey auction at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Monterey. Like the old saying goes, “It’s only original once!”.