1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car Editions

Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions

This past summer, a trio of 1978 Pace Car Edition Corvettes sold over the course of 36 days. That’s not unusual in the auction world, but this was different. These cars brought $10k, $20k, and an astounding $86k, respectively.

Every collector-car situation is unique, with parameters and factors changing with every sale. And that’s why, in an analytical sense, it’s interesting when we can compare apples to apples by examining several identical models, all sold during a short time period. And that’s just what happened with these three cars. But why the enormous spread for what was essentially the same make and model? Pull up your favorite garage creeper as ACC tells all.

Let’s look at some of the details, in ascending order of price: