Could a collectible Corvette from Super Bowl I – won by the Packers – wind up back in Green Bay?
If you watched the Mecum Auction held in Indianapolis over the weekend, you may have seen the green Corvette convertible wind up in “The Bid Goes On” category after the minimum price being sought by longtime owner Michael Anderson of Thunder Valley Classic Cars wasn’t met.
Fortunately, Steve Altieri kept talking to Anderson, and the two men arrived at a purchase price of $150,000 the next day – less than what Anderson really wanted but good enough to seal the deal once he realized Altieri’s plans for the car.
“When I found out he wanted to get it back to Green Bay … it felt like the right thing to do,” Anderson told the Green Bay Press Gazette. “Everything just turned out right.”
The Packers and Packers Hall of Fame Inc., haven’t committed to accepting the gift, which would require the logistics (like space and security) of displaying it to be worked out.
But Aaron Popkey, Packers director of public affairs, says they’ll take a look at it.
“It was nice to get the call,” Popkey said. “We’re not sure how or if it could fit into things.”
Tom Konop, president of Packers Hall of Fame Inc., says anything related to Bart Starr has value, “as far as the history of the Green Bay Packers.”
Altieri originally planned to place the Corvette in his own Packers-themed garage but felt that it really belonged in Green Bay because of its historical value.
“To me, it is such an important part of history, and Bart Starr being the kind of person he is,” Altieri said.
If you saw the car on TV over the weekend, you know the paint isn’t in the best conditional. But that’s intentional.
When Anderson bought the car in 1994, he did a sympathetic restoration that left the look of the car the way it was but replaced, reconditioned or updated mechanical components to make it safer to drive. A couple of neat aspects of the restoration is that Anderson uncovered the tank sticker with the notation “Courtesy Delivery: B. Starr” and also found an AFL-NFL World Championship Game (as the Super Bowl was known that first year) ink pen under the passenger seat.
“I could have restored the whole car,” Anderson said, “but to me, it’s a part of history. I think it’s cooler it was kept in original form.”
Now at least one Packers fan is hoping the car is also kept in Green Bay.
Altieri, who lives in Connecticut, has been a Packers fan for nearly 50 years after he did a school book report in 1969 on the heritage-laden football team.
“I happened to pick the wrong next 20 years to be a Packers fan,” he quipped. “My kids were born in the 1990s. All they’ve seen are Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. They think this is great.”
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