Arizona in January is just around the corner, and Barrett-Jackson has already announced a handful of rare Corvettes to cross its block.
First up is a real rarity: the 1960 CERV 1 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle. Built between 1959 and 1960, this was Zora Arkus-Duntov’s mid-engine single-seat prototype racer, used for a number of projects including SBC fuel injection development. Duntov drove this car in demo laps at the U.S. Grand Prix in 1960. It will be offered with reserve.
Next, a 1962 327/360 Fuelie fitted with RPO 687 heavy duty brakes and suspension. It’s one of just 246 built with the option, which included metallic brake linings, cooling scoops, wide wheels, and faster-ratio steering, all designed to keep Corvette competitive on the track. This Sateen Silver example has just 26,337 miles on the odometer. It will be offered without reserve.
Two of the 63 1963 Z06 Split-Window N03 tanker coupes will also cross the block: the first, finished in silver, has multiple NCRS Top Flight awards as was Bloomington Gold certified in 2012. It has good documentation and a great restoration. It spent time on display at the Corvette Museum in 2013. Options include power brakes, power windows, radio delete, tinted glass and more. It will sell without reserve.
The second is one of five tankers assigned to Mickey Thompson from new. Researched and confirmed by Corvette expert David Burroughs, this car was Thompson’s personal driver. It’s been restored and will be presented as it looked in period, including a set of Radir wheels and period lettering. It will be offered without reserve.
Finally, a 1969 L88 coupe. Chevrolet only built 216 L88 Corvettes throughout the option’s 1967-69 lifespan, and this Corvette’s only travelled 16,500 miles from new. But an L88 Corvette isn’t just about rarity — it’s about having the baddest Corvette ever built, powered by GM’s race-spec high-compression 427 that pumped out way more grunt than the factory’s 430-hp rating. This L88 has its original engine, transmission, rear end, and factory fiberglass. It will be offered with a reserve.
Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson said, “The Corvette has been the American standard bearer for sports cars since 1953. Over the years, GM has used the Corvette to push the boundaries of design and explore the performance envelope. The Corvette’s capabilities are typically competitive with the world’s best sports cars, yet they are usually much more reliable and less expensive to maintain. Corvettes are coveted because they are so easy to enjoy, day after day, and still offer a great deal of collectability.”
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