Mecum Auctions is having their Monterey Auction this weekend and beyond all of the normal sights and sounds, they’re also offering up some Corvettes that will appeal to enthusiasts who like both old and new. Mecum’s Monterey Auction begins today (23rd) and runs through Saturday, the 25th, and you can watch it live on their website. Up for grabs amid all of the awesome autos, are five Corvettes that click off all the right boxes in both desirability and fun.
For lovers of the C3 body style, there are few cars that can best the infamous L88-powered Sharks. That massive, and slightly lightened 427 has made history time and time again, and now, you can own either a coupe or convertible version, or both! The coupe is a ’68, and is fitted with the appropriate bits, such as the aluminum-headed 427, transistorized ignition, Muncie M22 trans and heavy-duty, power brakes assemblies. The car was reportedly garage-kept for 38 years by the original owner and then treated to a cosmetic restoration in 2016. It is believed to have 24,780 miles on the clock since it left the St. Louis plant.
The convertible L88 was built one year after the coupe, but is also equipped with the “430-horsepower” L88 engine and 4-speed trans. Verified by prominent Corvette authorities David Burroughs and Tim Thorpe as the genuine article, this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible has earned Bloomington Gold certification, NCRS Performance Verification and the highly coveted NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence.
For those wanting something a little more vintage, there’s always room for a big-tank Midyear. This Silver ’65 features a 300-horsepower 327 with a Powerglide transmission, but is made for the long-haul with the optional 36-gallon “big-tank” fuel cell under that special rear cover. The car was manufactured in February of ’65 and exported to Holland, where it remained until it was imported back into the states a decade later. As an original export, the car has a super-rare speedometer that reads in Kilometers instead of Miles. Awards bestowed upon the car include NCRS Duntov Award, Bloomington Gold and Chevy VetteFest Triple Crown.
If older still is more to your liking, then what’s not to like about a ’57 Fuelie Airbox Corvette? This one of 43 airbox-equipped Corvettes comes with almost every available option, save for power windows. Its 283/283 HP engine is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission and breathes in through that special cold-air intake system originally designed for racing.
Other racing-specific items are the column-mounted 8,000 RPM tachometer and RPO 684 Heavy-Duty racing suspension. With all of these go-fast goodies, it isn’t any wonder that this car spent its early years carving corners and drag racing on the racetracks around the Midwest. It was later purchased and restored by Buddy Herin and was part of his collection.
Before you start to think that all the cool cars were built decades ago, we’d like to point out that this 2019 ZR1 will also be up for grabs in Mecum’s Monterey auction. While these cars may not have the history and provenance of the earlier cars, they can still be ridiculously fun with their 750 horsepower engines. And, unlike each of the earlier versions, this one comes with A/C and a radio! Draped in Sebring Orange, it also has the Sebring Orange Design Package. Another package that makes the car stand out is the ZTK Package, which puts that massive wing out back, as well as the side-curtained front splitter out front. There are enough touches of carbon fiber to please the most discriminating racer and with only 29 miles on the odometer since it left the factory as number seven in production of 2019 ZR1s, there is plenty of fun still to be had with this one!