WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona will dress in Corvette bowties for the Barrett-Jackson‘s, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, nine-day 45th Anniversary Auction taking place on January 23-31, 2016.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the docket of Corvettes that are consigned for our 45th Anniversary Auction in Scottsdale this coming January,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We always have exceptional groupings of Corvettes at our auctions, but this may be the best we’ve ever consigned.”
An eclectic assortment of classic Corvettes is set to light-up the auction block during this much-anticipated event. Among these highly sought-after American cars are three VIN #001 Corvette convertibles from 1955-1957, a 1954 roadster that was entombed until 1986, as well as two of the greatest original 1967 427/435s to ever cross the block.
Lot #1351), wearing a Polo White exterior, features a 265ci V8 engine and scored a 99.3 that led to a 2008 NCRS Top Flight Award.According to the press release, the 1955 convertible (
The 1956 Venetian Red and White convertible (Lot #1352) features the first dual 4-barrel production engine and is rated at 225hp with a special solid-lifter Duntov 098 camshaft.
The 1957 Corvette Cascade Green and Beige convertible (Lot #1353), is the third VIN #001.
It was not only the first production 283ci Corvette but the first production 283ci Chevrolet vehicle with the majority of the components dated July 1956, including the engine, transmission and differential.
This 1954 Corvette Roadster (Lot #1279) belonged to Richard Sampson, a businessman in Maine who entombed the car in a brick and mortar vault inside a Brunswick, ME grocery store building in 1959. Sampson, who served as a Senator from Maine, bought the car new in 1954 and drove it until 1959.
In 1986, it was unearthed by Sampson’s daughter who watched as workers removed the outside wall brick by brick. The moisture in the enclosure caused the Polo White paint to yellow and blister, but the tires still held air, and the chrome, top and interior were in extraordinarily good condition.
The car was already a celebrity in the Corvette community by the time Cynthia Sampson moved it to her Daytona Beach, FL home where it remained in her living room for the next ten years. A collector later purchased the iconic Roadster and pledged to preserve it rather than restore it.
This Corvette is an amazing piece of American history, and it still has the original 2,335 miles that were on the odometer when it saw daylight again, nearly 28 years ago.
Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson, stated, “Every one of these Corvettes has a story associated with it. It has been exciting to work with the owners who have cared for these remarkable collector cars. I think it will be just as exciting to see these cars pass on to the next set of owners, who will help carry on and preserve these amazing Corvette legacies.”
But this parade of eye-candy is not over folks. The next car on the auction block is a stunning 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible (Lot #1372), originally owned by musician Freddie Haeffner. Appropriately, the car has been nicknamed “The Music Car.” It was purchased in 1967 to promote Haeffner’s band in car shows and parades and did so until 1987.
This stunning Corvette has received multiple Bloomington Gold certificates, is part of the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame, is a five-time NCRS Regional or National Top Flight Award recipient, and was awarded the coveted NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence.
Documented by the GM Corvette Order Copy, this Rally Red Corvette, as originally built, still maintains a close-ratio four-speed transmission, 3.55 posi-traction, F41 suspension, telescopic steering column, power brakes, N89 bolt-on wheels, side exhaust, transistor ignition, 7.75×15 Firestone non-DOT red line tires, tinted glass, AM/FM radio and the original white soft-top.
Making this Corvette even more attractive is the fact that only three factory red/red 435 convertibles have been confirmed since production stopped, and this is one of them.
Last, but not least, on our featured list is another very rare, original 1967 Corvette Coupe 427/435 (Lot #1371). It happens to be one of the very few documented 1967 435s produced in Tuxedo Black with black leather interior.
This Corvette features the original drivetrain, window sticker, tank sheet, interior, paint and GM Trim Tag validating the color combination.
Under the hood is a factory-original 435hp engine and four-speed close-ratio transmission, along with a factory-original side-exhaust. It is one of the most well-preserved, low-mileage, unrestored 1967 427/435 coupes in existence.
Several other Corvettes will cross the block at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson 45th Anniversary Auction. Click here to view the full list. For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to www.barrett-jackson.com/bid.
Barrett-Jackson is also offering VIP experience packages. Click here for information on these packages and how to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Whether you are an enthusiast, a spectator or a collector, this is one auction you do not want to miss.