Barrett-Jackson to Offer the 1954 ‘Entombed’ Corvette at its January Auction

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Barrett-Jackson to Offer the 1954 Entombed Corvette at its January Auction


Sometimes when you run across an old Corvette story, it really makes you wonder about your fellow man – like, what the heck were they thinking! We’ve covered the infamous 1954 ‘Entombed’ Corvette” previously in 2013 when it was offered for sale and for those that have never heard how it got its nickname, it makes for a good tellin’ especially around Halloween.

So the story starts back in 1954 when Richard Sampson bought a new 1954 Corvette. Sampson owned a chain of 33 grocery stores in New England and I didn’t know this previously, but he also ran for Governor of Maine and actually served as a state senator from Maine.

Sampson drove his Polo White 1954 Corvette until 1959 and the car only had around 2,331 miles on the odometer. One day, Sampson stopped by a site in Brunswick where one of his new stores was under construction and he instructed the workers to enclose the car in a brick and mortar vault, with only a small window available in a stock room to view the car.

Barrett-Jackson to Offer the 1954 Entombed Corvette at its January Auction


His initial plans were to leave the car ‘entombed’ in the vault until 2000 and even had that provision in his will. But he eventually removed those instructions prior to his death in 1969.

After a change in ownership at the property in 1986, the vault was torn down brick by brick and the 1954 Corvette, now yellowed and blistered from being stored for all those years, finally saw daylight once again. The car was in remarkable good shape as the tires still held decades-old air and the chrome, top and interior were all in good shape.

Sampson’s daughter Cynthia was present at the car’s rescue and she took the Corvette back to her home in Daytona Beach. Ironically, she parked the car in the living room of her house where it sat for another 10 years before finally selling it to a Corvette collector.

Barrett-Jackson to Offer the 1954 Entombed Corvette at its January Auction


The collector promised to preserve the car rather than restore it and the car made its first public debut at the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1996 where it was displayed in Richard Sampson’s honor.

Today, the 1954 Corvette still shows the signs of its entombment despite the car now having 2,335 miles – four miles more than what was on the odometer when it saw daylight 28 years after being freed from the vault.

As I mentioned, we’ve previously featured the story before. The 1954 ‘Entombed’ Corvette was one of the star cars at Mecum’s 2013 Kissimmee auction where it failed to find a new owner after reaching bids of $100,000.

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The 1954 “Entombed” Corvette will be offered for sale at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Scottsdale auction in January. The Corvette will be sold at no-reserve and so if you’re a collector who prefers a good story to go along with their rides, this one just mught fit the bill.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson.com

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I actually saw this Corvette while “entombed” I worked for The Value House in Lewiston ME and had heard the stories about it, wanted to see it with my own eyes. So I visited the Brunswick store at Cook’s Corner. (Samson’s Supermarket had vacated the property at some point and The Value House a catalog showroom had taken over the building. in 1978 The Value House was converted to Service Merchandise).

    I stood in a box to look in the window of sorts, the light bulb in the tomb had long ago burnt out, so I used a flashlight to see inside. I looked very dusty and dirty, even littered with trash that people had thrown in over the years. Very glad to see that it will soon be getting a good home.

  2. So it wasn’t actually sealed off, but blocked off? How else would trash & probably mice get in there?

  3. I just learned of this car becoming ‘famous’ by my dad who caught the recent stories of the car, particularly with the Mecum auction(s). Very interesting. I actually knew of this car back in the late 1970’s-early eighties, when my dad was a manager of that very store where this car was entombed. In fact, his office was right over the bricked in ‘Vette. There was a trap door in the floor of his office which allowed access to the brick room the car was in to change light bulbs, etc. This trap door was apparently the only access to the room. The little porthole window in the wall of apparently a stock area, was the only other way to see the car. He did tell me that he once went climbed down to check it out but did not dare touch it! I recall back then the he thought is was unfortunate that the paint was all blistered. He always thought it was bizarre and eccentric someone would entomb a car so interesting and rare. Neat to see that car still survives! I always wondered what had happened to it.

  4. Car was not totally sealed off. My dad was manager of that Value House in late 70’s. There was limited access, a as a trap door in ceiling, his office was on 2nd floor right over it the car. He went down to see it once. That was the only access to change lightbulbs, etc.

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