The countdown is on to Mecum’s January mega-auction next month in Kissimmee, Florida. Looking at the calendar, we’re less than 30 days away from the first car crossing the red carpet on Thursday, January 6th. As of this writing, there are 151 Corvettes on the Kissimmee docket. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking at some of the most desirable Corvettes that’ll be up for grabs in sunny Florida.
Mecum’s Once in a Lifetime Corvette Offering at Kissimmee is a Greatest Hits collection of Zora’s offspring. The 10 Corvettes cover 11 model years, 2 generations, and represent every corner of our favorite hobby. For example, there are 4 of the 199 1963 Z06 Corvettes (including the Gulf One racer), the 1957 Super Sport, the 1962 Race Rat, a 1957 Airbox Fuelie, 1964 Fuelie tanker, and an unrestored 8,500 mile 1967 435 coupe. And we certainly can’t forget the 1966 Pilot Line L88.
We’ve already touched on the Corvette Super Sport, so let’s check out some other significant cars that will be seeking your bid.
Lot R355.1 – 1963 Daytona Blue Right Hand Drive Z06: This Z06 was built May 11th, 1963 and exported to Australia. It was converted to right hand drive by GM Holden via R.C. Phillips Sports Car World and was displayed at the 1963 Sydney and 1964 Melbourne Motor Shows. It remained down under for nearly 50 years before returning to the US in unrestored form complete with its 360hp engine, 4-speed transmission, and Z06 brakes and suspension. Today, the car is documented by Al Grenning’s CCAS affirmation and a 4-year dossier from Bill Gould’s Auto Ancestry. It’s a Bloomington Gold, Survivor, and Benchmark winner and has participated at Amelia Island, the Ault Park concourse, and the Concours d’Elegance of America.
Lot R357.1 – 1963 Riverside Red Z06 Coupe: This Z06 was born on July 24th, 1963, and delivered new through Jack Schwhirtz Chevrolet in Illinois. It remained with the original owner for 43 years. The 39,000-mile Z06 still retains its original paint, interior, engine, and chassis components. In 2013 it claimed Bloomington Gold, Survivor, and Benchmark awards. It’s also an NCRS Top Flight winner as well. In June 2002, it was the cover car for Vette Magazine. The powertrain is the Z06-specific 360hp engine with 4-speed transmission, and heavy duty brakes and suspension. The all-important documentation consists of the dealer invoice, owner’s card, receipts back to 1963, a fuel fill-up log, a maintenance log, original 1963 license plates, and plaque from the National Corvette Museum.
Lot R616 – 1963 Sebring Silver Z06 Tanker: Our 3rd Z06 has something the others don’t – the optional 36-gallon fuel tank. RPO N03 found its way into just 63 Z06’s in 1963. In 2015 this example completed a comprehensive restoration by the famous Nabor bothers. Since then, its claimed Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight honors. Today it still retains the numbers matching fuel injected engine that’s backed by the 4-speed manual transmission. This Z06 features the 4.56 rear end whereas the other 2 cars have the 3.70 rear gear.
Lot R618 – 1964 Ermine White Fuelie Tanker: RPO Z06 was a one year option. Though it was gone for 1964, buyers could still order most all the bits separately which is just what the original owner of this Ermine White on black coupe did. It’s powered by the upgraded-for-1964 375hp fuelie engine that’s backed to a 4-speed transmission. A 4.11 rear gear routes power out to the rear wheels. Most notably, it’s 1 of just 38 cars built with the N03 big tank option in 1964. It’s been restored to as-new condition and is an NCRS Top Flight award winner scoring 97.5%.
Mecum’s monster 2022 Kissimmee auction will take place January 6th-16th at the Osceola Heritage Park. MotorTrend TV, MotorTrend+, and Discovery will have live coverage Wednesday, January 12th – Saturday, January 15th. Approximately 3,500 cars are expected. Keep an eye here and on the Mecum website as new additions are being added daily.