The first 300 Corvettes might have been Polo White in 1953.
Ever since, though, some folks proclaim that all Corvettes are red, a belief that even spawned a book of the same name about the creation of the 1997.
Dr. Mark Davis probably wouldn’t argue with that assessment.
His collection of very rare and very collectible C1, C2, and C3 Corvettes – all of which just happen to be red convertibles, inside and out – will be up for sale at the Mecum Auction in Indianapolis on May 14-22, where they’re expected to go for a total of more than $1 million.
The collection includes a 1958, one of just three ’58s to win the NCRS Bowtie Award; a fuel-injected 327/375 hp 1964 that’s a Bloomington Gold Survivor; a 1965 that earned a Bloomington Gold Benchmark; an unrestored 1966 with just 11,400 miles (lowest-mile 427 from that year known to exist) and an NCRS 5-Star Bowtie winner; a 1967 L79 327/350 hp with factory air; and a 1968 endowed with Bloomington Gold Benchmark and NCRS 5-Star Bowtie honors.
Bloomington Gold Benchmark is considered the ultimate standard for unrestored vehicles, requiring that the car must attain Gold certification and excel in all four categories of Survivor certification during the same weekend of judging. Fewer than 5 percent of Corvettes that have achieved certification have gone on to earn the Benchmark status.
“In all, this is one truly amazing group of Select Red-on-Red Survivor Corvettes …, and the opportunity to own one of these rare and celebrated cars isn’t likely to come around again anytime soon,” Mecum says on its website. “For bidders in Indy, the option to bid on any or all of these six rarities is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that no enthusiast will forget.”
Here’s a closer look at Dr. Mark Davis’s Red Collection at Mecum’s 2021 Indianapolis auction:
1. LOT F191 1958 Corvette Convertible – NCRS Bowtie
2. LOT F192 1964 Corvette Convertible Fuelie – Bloomington Gold Survivor
3. LOT F193 1965 Corvette Convertible 396/425 – Bloomington Gold Benchmark
4. LOT F194 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/390 – NCRS 5-Star Bowtie
5. LOT F195 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/350 – Factory Air
6. LOT F196 1968 Corvette Convertible 427/435 – Bloomington Gold Benchmark / NCRS 5-Star Bowtie
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