This just might be the biggest year in the history of the Corvette, Chevrolet’s halo car since its launch on June 30, 1953.
Not only is 2013 the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, but last week, Chevrolet began shipping to dealers its newest version of the two-seat sports car, the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray. Also known as the C7, short for seventh-generation, the 2014 ‘Vette has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in the automotive press.
Vintage Corvettes, of course, have long been a staple of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, and they will be again this week in Las Vegas, during the Sept. 26-28 event at Mandalay Bay, which will be televised on the FOX family of networks.
More than 35 Corvettes are listed on the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas preliminary docket, spanning the gamut from 1954 to 2009. Among the Corvettes, there is everything from show-winning restorations with every nut and bolt correct, to wild customs where nothing was left unmodified.
Following is a cross-section of the Corvettes for sale at Barrett-Jackson:
LOT 677.1, 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE — The oldest ‘Vette in the auction is this Polo White over red roadster, one of just 3,640 made in 1954. Comes with a six-cylinder engine and the Powerglide transmission.
LOT 663, 1963 CORVETTE STING RAY COUPE — The most iconic Corvette of all time? Many folks believe it’s the classic 1963 “split-window” coupe. This one is white over red with a 300-horsepower small-black engine.
LOT 369, 1971 CORVETTE ROADSTER — Lightly modified to be an excellent driver, this is an original big-block car with a replacement 454 block, automatic and air. Great colors, too: Blue over black.
LOT 84, 1985 CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE — Into resto-mods? How about this 537-cubic-inch, 635-horsepower bad boy? This car is a multiple show winner and has just 2,500 miles on the engine.
LOT 93, 1990 CORVETTE ZR1 — This is a first-year ZR1, at the time the fastest, most exotic and most expensive Corvette offered, with a base price of $58,995, roughly twice what a normal Corvette cost then.
LOT 744, 2009 CORVETTE ZR1 — The most powerful Corvette ever made, the ZR1 is powered by a 638-horsepower, supercharged V-8 engine and has a top speed of 205 miles per hour. Awesome performer.Auction, Barrett-Jackson, Cars, Chevrolet, Corvette