If you happened to be hip enough to be seen on the ski slopes in Colorado back in 1963, here’s something that would have made you even cooler: driving up in an exciting new 1963 Corvette “ski car” available only through Hertz Rental Car Company.
Apparently less than 10 of these special Corvettes were ever made, and perhaps the only surviving one is getting ready to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson on Friday.
And “surviving” is indeed a good way to describe this car.
Other than a new Ermine White paint job applied in 2016, this car is still pretty much the way it was when it left St. Louis in 1963, with the same numbers-matching 327/250 hp engine and Powerglide transmission intact. The original red interior is still there, too, even down to the floor mats, and the car boasts its original AM/FM radio and a complete set of working instruments and gauges.
There’s even an emblem on the dash below the clock confirming that this is indeed a special SKI USA Hertz Rental Car.
As if that weren’t obvious from the special ski rack mounted with suction cups above the split window, complete with skis and poles. The original ski cars also had snow tires to help navigate the rugged mountain terrain.
The new owner will receive lots of proof of authenticity, some 70-plus pages worth to be exact, including letters between GM and Hertz, a GM Warranty Booklet to Hertz signed by Denver Chevy dealer Joe Luby, who ordered the cars back in the day, and a detailed parts list.
While no pre-auction estimate was given by Barrett-Jackson, the average value of a 1963 Sting Ray in #2 (Excellent) condition is $98,200, while a #1 (Concours) car is worth $142,000.
Do you think the rarity of the ski edition, plus its survivor status, will push the value even higher? Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.
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