“All Corvettes Are Red” is the name of a popular book that details the behind-the-scenes work responsible for the fifth-generation 1997 Corvette.
That adage will also be especially true at the upcoming 13th annual Auburn Auction over the Labor Day weekend in Auburn, Ind., where seven Corvettes in The Red Collection are slated to go on the block – all at no reserve – on Sept. 5.
You’ll find six roadsters and one coupe, all from the first and second generations of Corvette, including an impressive 1961 “Dual Quad” convertible that was used by the Franklin Mint for a model. Lot 15 has captured the Duntov Mark of Excellence, NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold awards and has been professionally restored with a known history. Included are ribbons and judging sheets for this fine Corvette with a numbers-matching engine with a dual four-barrel intake and a four-speed manual transmission.
Lot 16 is a 1962 327/340 roadster (with its original hardtop) that’s also been professionally restored and is a Triple Crown winner – NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, and Duntov Awards. It’s been maintained in show condition in climate-controlled storage and has a numbers-matching 340 hp V8 hooked to a four-speed manual. The ’62, of course, represents the first of the 327s and the last of the straight axles.
Lot 17 is the only coupe in this collection, but what a coupe it is – a legendary 1963 Split Window with a numbers-matching 327/340 engine with the correct carburetor. It has the factory heater delete option, perhaps because it was originally sold new in Hawaii. This one has also been professionally restored and has been stored in a climate-controlled garage for many years.
Lot 18 is a 1964 roadster with a numbers-matching 327/300 small-block and a four-speed manual transmission. It’s an original California Black Plate car with a West Coast history and was optioned with factory heater and AM/FM radio.
Three more C2 roadsters round out The Red Collection, including a 1965 396/425, a 1966 427/425 with knock-off wheels and side pipes, and a 1967 NCRS Top Flight winner with a 427/435 numbers matching engine. It comes with the original window sticker and the original stinger hood.
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