The 2016 auction season is almost upon us so now is a great time to start taking a closer look at the Corvettes to be featured for sale. We’ll start first with the Corvettes at Barrett-Jackson, who is featuring what they call an “eclectic docket” for their 45th Annual Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ.
Barrett-Jackson will kick off January’s action-packed sale schedule with 77 Corvettes already confirmed on the docket. The list of cars range from classic originals and restomods all they through to a C6 ZR1 ‘Hero Edition’ and a C7 Stingray Widebody. The full list can be seen at Barrett-Jackson by visiting the docket page and searching for Corvettes.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the docket of Corvettes that are consigned for our 45th Anniversary Auction in Scottsdale this coming January,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We always have exceptional groupings of Corvettes at our auctions, but this may be the best we’ve ever consigned.”
We’ve already featured a couple of famous Corvettes scheduled to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson.
One of our favorites, the Purple People Eater Corvette racer – campaigned by the late Jim Jeffords – is being offered for sale by Lance Miller (Lot #1389). This is a very well known car and we’re thinking it should sell for north of $1 million.
Another car we’ve already featured as well is the famous 1954 Entombed Corvette . This 1954 polo white Corvette (Lot #1279) became well-known after a grocery store owner had the car bricked up inside one of his locations in 1959 with just 2335 miles and it remained there for over 25 years with just a small window in a stockroom to view the car.
A trio of classic C1 Corvettes wearing VIN #001s will be one of the highlights of Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction. The three cars from 1955, 1956 and 1957 are being offered as group. The Polo White 1955 convertible (Lot #1351) was a former field car discovered and purchased for just $500. Following restoration, the car earned a 2008 NCRS Top Flight award. The 1956 convertible (Lot #1352) is Venetian Red and White and features the first dual 4-barrel production engine rated at 225hp with a special solid-lifter Duntov 098 camshaft. The third VIN #001 Corvette is a 1957 Cascade Green and beige convertible (Lot #1353) which was the first production 283ci Corvette!
We previously saw this trio of VIN #001 Corvettes offered for sale at the 2008 Bloomington Gold Auction where they reached a high-bid of $2.8 million but fell short of the reserve. It will be interesting to see how well they do at Barrett-Jackson’s no-reserve auction.
Two 1967 L71 Corvettes are also scheduled to cross the Scottsdale auction block at West World in January.
The first is known as the “Music Car” which was purchased new by musician Freddie Haeffner who used the car to promote his band at car shows and parades until 1987. The Rally Red 1967 Corvette (Lot #1372) comes with the 427/435 tri-power V8 engine and major documentation and awareds including multiple Bloomington Gold certificates and the NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence.
The second of two 1967 427/435 Corvettes is a rare, original sport coupe. The Black/Black 1967 Corvette (Lot #1371) is one of a few documented 1967 435s produced in Tuxedo Black with a Black Leather interior. Under the hood is a factory-original 435hp engine and 4-speed close-ratio transmission, along with a factory-original side-exhaust. It is one of the most well-preserved, low mileage, unrestored 1967 427/435 coupes in existence.
“Every one of these Corvettes has a story associated with it,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “It has been exciting to work with their owners who have cared for these remarkable collector cars. I think it will be just as exciting to see these cars pass on to the next set of owners, who will help carry on and preserve these amazing Corvette legacies.”
Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Annual Collector Car Auction gets underway in Scottsdale on January 23rd and runs all the way through the 31st. The gavel will start dropping on the first cars beginning Tuesday, January 26th and most of the action will be broadcast live on the Velocity Channel. For details, tickets or to become a bidder, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com.