As January 2019 rapidly approaches we continue to look at some of the primo Corvettes crossing the block next month in Arizona and Florida. Mecum Auctions has 2 GM styling cars among the 200+ Corvettes up for grabs in Kissimmee. The 1963 Harley Earl convertible and 1964 Bill Mitchell coupe will be offered together as one lot on Saturday, January 12th.
Earl and Mitchell were two of the earliest design leaders at GM. Their influence was seen for decades in everything from Corvettes to Cadillacs to Rivieras and more. The two cars offered here demonstrate Earl’s and Mitchell’s design styles while also giving a glimpse into Corvette’s future.
The 1963 car features such future Corvette items as disc brakes, a 1965 hood, and wears what would go on to become Nassau Blue. It was initially built by the GM Design department under Mitchell’s input and gifted to Earl who drove it daily for some time.
The 1964 coupe wears blue metallic paint and also showcases many items from Corvettes future. It’s the first time we saw what we now know as Astro Ventilation. Note the lack of vent windows on the door glass. It also has disc brakes, a 3-speed transmission, and 1970-style egg crate front fender gills. It was a mainstay of the Bob McDorman collection for many years.
In the video below, retired GM engineer Tom Hill tells us more about each of these cars and why they are so special.
We’ve seen the Harley Earl car at Mecum Auctions several times in the last decade. It first no-saled at $985,000 at Bloomington Gold in 2009. Then in 2010 it sold for $925,000. Later, in 2013, it changed hands again for $1.5 million at Mecum Chicago.
The Mitchell car is a bit more mysterious and hasn’t had nearly as much time in the spotlight at the Earl car has. The last sale we found was for $176,000 at the 2010 McDorman sale.
Mecum doesn’t have any numbers on their site, rather the listing just states to “call for estimate” on what this lot could potentially sell for. We have no idea where this pair will end up, but the final bid will certainly have 2 commas in it. We’ll see what happens next month in Kissimmee.
[VIDEO] The 1963 Harley J. Earl Corvette Sells for $1.5 Million at Mecum Chicago
[VIDEO] Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette Sells for $925,000
One-Owner 1967 Corvette 427/390 With Less Than 3000 Miles Headed to Mecum Kissimmee