Mecum Auctions is heading to sin city next month for their inaugural Las Vegas sale. The event will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center November 16th – 18th. As we assemble this prose there are 68 Corvettes currently on the docket. Among some of the more notable cars is this stunning red on red 1962 big brake fuelie.
1962 marked the final year of Corvette’s first generation. In all, 14,531 cars were built that year. Of those, just 246 (about 1.7%) were delivered with RPO 687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Steering. For $333.60 you got larger, finned brake drums with “Elephant Ear” air ducts, wider wheels and tires, and a faster steering ratio. Those ordering the big brake package had one destination in mind – the race track.
Lot S92 at Mecum Las Vegas is finished in Roman Red with a matching red interior. Power comes from the matching numbers 327/360hp fuel injected engine which is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The aforementioned big brake package made this C1 a weapon at the track. Other options on the car include a heater and defroster, signal seeking wonder bar radio, courtesy lights, and a removable hardtop.
The car was treated to highly detailed rotisserie restoration completed May 2011 and still shows well today. The listing states that it’s a “multiple show winner”, but doesn’t tell what shows they are. There’s no mention of documentation like a window sticker, owner history, or even on-track prowess.
Based on the photos in the listing, the car appears to still be in freshly restored condition. We see these big brake fuelies at auction from time to time, but they tend to get lost in the shuffle behind higher end L88’s and Z06’s. We regularly see these cars bid comfortably into the six figure range and have no doubt that this one will do the same next month in Vegas.