We examine two special Corvettes and find originality alone doesn’t drive value
Editor’s note: Originality is only one component of value. To demonstrate that, we had our Corvette expert, Michael Pierce, take a look at two of the cars that crossed the block in Scottsdale. The cars included a 1963 Corvette 327/340 that made $55,000, and a 1968 Corvette L88 coupe that made $451,000. Here are his thoughts.
Chassis number: 30867S119304
Engine number: 3119304FO702RE
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This Milano Maroon coupe with a build date of April 30, 1965, was delivered new to Bryner Chevrolet in Jenkintown, PA. Although the name of the first owner is not known, it is clear that this Corvette was ordered with an eye for both performance and aesthetics.
This car was built with the rarest and most expensive engine offered in 1965 — the 375-hp, fuel-injected, high-lift cam engine, coupled with a Muncie close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear Read More
One of 1,741 produced, this is a Corvette 350/255 LT-1 with original, matching-numbers M21 4-speed. Also features Positraction, power steering, tilt/telescopic column, leather, factory AM/FM radio, two tops and Ontario Orange exterior with original rally wheels.
This was the last year for the mighty LT-1, and this is Read More
1991 Corvette ZR-1, Lot 183
Chassis number: 1G1YZ23J0M5801196
Power was suddenly back in fashion when the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was launched in 1990, with 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed near 175 mph. Its 4-cam LT5 engine was built by Mercury Marine engineers—to a Lotus design. The car cost $62,675 when Read More
This example was used as the pace car for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Endurance Race in 2001, according to the owner. The car features an aluminum 5.7-liter LS1 V8 that puts out 350 horsepower. Finished in the Read More
Editor’s note: This month, we’ve asked B. Mitchell Carlson to take a look at three C6 Corvettes that recently sold—and pick what he believes was the best deal. Here are the cars:
2007 Z06 coupe, Lot S53, sold for $42,400, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum St. Charles
Chassis number: 1G1YY26E775107370
This immaculate, matching-numbers 1962 Corvette convertible was factory equipped with all the components necessary for all-out competition: the exceptionally rare RPO 687 “Big Brake” package that included special front and rear shocks, front brake deflector/air scoops, rear brake air scoops, metallic linings, finned drums with Read More