If you thought Corvettes, in general, were already worth a pretty penny on their own, let us introduce you to its pace car iterations. Raking in nearly two million dollars ($1,760,000 to be exact) was the Keith Busse Corvette pace car collection at last month’s Mecum Auctions event which took place in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The stockpile of ultra-rare Corvettes featured more than 16 in total – ranging from early iterations like the famous 62nd Annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race C3 Corvette, all the way to the latest C7 Stingray – with a handful of C5, C6 and C7 generations in between. According to the original Mecum Auctions ad, “The Keith Busse’s Corvette Pace Car Collection stands as the only complete set of Corvette Pace Car Editions in private hands.”
“A Corvette Pace Car Edition from every year ever offered by Chevrolet, of which four have been Bloomington Gold Certified and NCRS Top Flight award winners.” The Busse collection is so rare, in fact, that between the 16 cars mentioned above, one of the two of the official pace cars mentioned was used as a factory pilot car. Moreover, four of those Corvettes were official track cars, and five of them were official IMS-authorized duplicate cars.
Lastly, the proceeds from the sale of the Keith Busse Corvette Pace Car Collection went on to benefit the Keith Busse Automotive and Classic Art Foundation, which is a charity that provides financial support to educational institutions and charitable organizations in Northeast Indiana area. For more information on the collection of Corvettes that sold, check out the original Mecum Auctions ad here.