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2015 Mecum Kissimmee Offers 287 Corvettes and Sells 169

Buyer's Market

Walt Thurn Jun 1, 2015
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The Mecum Auctions company is a world leader of collector and vintage car, antique motorcycle, and road art sales. The company has specialized in auctions for 28 years. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin. Each year they continue to expand their annual events to bring buyers and sellers together. The 2015 Mecum Kissimmee Auction kicked off the company’s new year. It begins a 22-auction schedule that takes a cross country odyssey that ends in Austin, Texas, on December 20. The highlight of this year’s Kissimmee event was Saturday when rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis took the center stage to sell his 1959 Harley Davidson FLH motorcycle. Lewis has owned this bike since new. The hammer fell at $300,000 as he played his signature song “Great Balls of Fire” on a piano to the appreciative crowd.

Corvettes have always played a big role at Mecum and this year at Kissimmee was no exception. A total of 287 Corvettes were offered and 59 percent (169) were sold. In contrast, last year 318 Corvettes were offered and 68 percent sold (216). So we saw a slight decline in the number of Corvettes offered and sold, even the top price paid. The highest price went to a rare black big-tank 1964 Corvette (S164) that sold for $415,000. The highest number of Corvettes offered by generation were C2 and C3. But only 56 percent of them sold. Total sales for this 10-day event, including Corvettes, was $68,801,987. An amazing 74 percent of the 2,404 cars offered were sold. So clearly non-Corvette brands were changing hands at a higher pace. A couple of noteworthy Corvettes did not sell. One was Mickey Thompson’s personal ’63 Z06 fuel-injected coupe. It was estimated to sell for $725,000-850,000 but was only bid up to $575,000. So the white coupe was added to “The Bid Goes On” collection. Another noteworthy Corvette that did not sell was a Jetstream Blue ’09 Callaway Cars modified Z06 with 3,000 miles on its clock. It also joined “The Bid Goes On” collection when the bids stopped at $50,000, which did not meet the owner’s reserve. On the positive side, we inspected a very clean, well-maintained ’04 Millennium Yellow Z06 C5 with 97,460 miles that sold for $16,500. Another interesting sale was a black ’15 base C7 Corvette coupe with 200 miles on it that sold for $52,000.

Roger Judski, owner of Roger’s Corvette Center in Maitland, Florida, has amassed a large collection of prime Corvettes. He offered nine of his low-mileage collectables for sale at Kissimmee. Here is the Judski list of what was offered and what sold.

  • 1978 Corvette Pace Car (S120), L82 four-speed with 13 miles, sold for $68,000.
  • 1988 Challenge racer (S121), 1 of 56 built with 5,334 miles, sold for $45,000.
  • 1988 35th Anniversary Corvette (S122), 9 miles, sold for $38,000.
  • 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette (S123), 5 miles, sold for $40,000.
  • 1994 Corvette Brickyard Pace Car (S124), sold for $26,000.
  • 1995 Corvette ZR-1 (S125), 1 of 448 built with 1,826 miles, sold for $45,000.
  • 1996 Corvette Collector Edition (S126), 2,885 miles, did not sell. High bid was $27,000.
  • 1996 Corvette Grand Sport convertible (S127), red/black interior and 1,944 miles, did not sell. High bid was $60,000.
  • 2007 Corvette Z06 (S129), 1 of 399 Ron Fellows edition with 1,720 miles, did not sell. High bid was $52,000.

Here’s a breakdown by generation of the Corvettes that were offered and sold at this year’s auction.

Remember, with Mecum offering so many auctions in different parts of the country it is easy to sell or buy the Corvette of your dreams. Mecum makes it easy for you to register, shop, and buy a Corvette. You can browse Mecum’s helpful website mecum.com to find out where the cars are.

Model Years # of Lots # Sold Percentage Lot #, Low Sale Price Lot #, High Sale Price
1953 to 1962 33 21 64 W174, $22,500 S188, $155,000
1963 to 1967 80 45 56 T134, $31,500 S164, $415,000
1968 to 1982 81 45 56 T321, $6,750 S206.1, $150,000
1984 to 1996 48 32 67 U80, $4,000 F237, $72,000
1997 to 2004 23 15 65 J82, $10,500 S119, $68,000
2005 to 2013 21 9 43 U55, $17,000 T102, $48,000
2014 to 2015 1 1 100 N/A K74, $52,000

1958 Chevrolet Corvette Rpo 684 2/17

Only 144 Corvettes in 1958 were equipped with RPO 684 (HD Brakes & Suspension) like this NCRS convertible (118.1). It has been completely restored and was sold for $135,000.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Gold Code 3/17

Riverside Gold (Code 980) is a striking color on this ’69 427/390 four-speed Corvette coupe (T38). It is believed to have 30,078 miles and featured many factory options. It sold for $37,000. No mention if it has been certified by NCRS or Bloomington.

36 Gallon Fuel Tank 4/17

Thompson’s Z06 is equipped with option code N03 (36-gallon fuel tank), M20 close-ratio transmission, and a L84 327/360 fuel-injected engine.

1958 Chevrolet Corvette 5/17

This three-owner ’58 Corvette (S188) had a frame-off restoration completed in 2014. It features a 283/290 engine backed by a four-speed transmission and 4.11 Positraction rearend. It sold for $155,000.

Corvette Serial Number 6844 Z06 Coupe 6/17

Corvette serial #6844 (S150) was one of five Z06 coupes “specially assigned” to racer Mickey Thompson. This one was unmodified and used by Thompson as his daily driver. It was estimated to sell between $725,000 and $850,000. The high bid was $575,000 so “The Bid Goes On.”

1964 Chevrolet Corvette 7/17

This rare ’64 Corvette (S164) is 1 of only 2 ’64s that are similarly equipped. It features a N03 36-gallon fuel tank, J56 HD brakes, F40 HD suspension, L84 327/360 fuel-injected engine, 3.70 Positraction, and off-road exhaust. It sold for $415,000 and was the sixth highest sale of the auction.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Pink 8/17

This ’63 Pink Pearl Corvette (S134) was specially built for the head of GM design Harley Earl’s wife, Sue. Sue Earl drove it for two years in West Palm Beach, Florida. It returned to Detroit twice to have prototype features installed, including the removal of the split window, four-wheel disc brakes, and 1965 gauges. It sold for $230,000, well under its projected $375,000 to $500,000 estimate.

1980 Chevrolet Corvette T52 9/17

It is unusual to see an ’80 Corvette (T52) with only 66 original miles on its clock. It has been stored since new and is equipped with a L82 engine with automatic transmission. The silver with oyster interior like-new Corvette sold for $24,000.

1990 1994 Chevrolet Corvette 10/17

These two beautiful ZR-1s (T99 & T100) provide us with a good market gauge for these rare C4 Corvettes. T99 is a ’90 and was owned by Ronald Regan’s Transportation Secretary and shows 1,432 miles. It sold for $31,000. T100 is a ’94 with 11,358 miles and sold for $28,500.

Rogers Corvette Center 11/17

Roger’s Corvette Center offered nine of its low-mileage Corvettes to be sold at the Mecum Auction. Three of the eight did not sell.

1998 Chevrolet Corvette 12/17

In the second year of the C5 production run a convertible was added to the lineup. This ’98 convertible (T83) is a pristine example of this milestone Corvette. It has only been driven 6,000 miles and was sold for $24,000.

1953 Commemorative Edition Corvette 13/17

Advanced Automotive Technologies (AAT) in Rochester Hills, Michigan, converted this ’04 C5 Corvette (S119) into a ’53 Commemorative Edition. It has 9,949 miles and sold for $68,000, well below its original build price 10 years ago.

C4 Corvette 14/17

To commemorate the final year of the C4 production, Assistant Corvette Chief Engineer John Heinricy and his team developed 1,000 Grand Sports. Each carried their own VIN number and this one (F237) is VIN #00042 and shows 2,100 original miles and was signed by Zora Arkus-Duntov. It sold for $72,000.

1988 Chevrolet Corvette 15/17

Roger’s Corvette Center owned this unrestored ’88 Tom Gloy Motorsports Corvette Challenge race car (S121). Only 56 were built in 1988 and modified by Protofab in Detroit. Drivers R.K. Smith and Brad Smith drove it in five races in 1988. It sold for $45,000.

2004 Chevrolet Corvette 16/17

This very well cared for ’04 C5 Z06 (T172.1) has been driven 97,460 miles. Only 629 Millennium Yellow Z06s were produced in 2004. It sold for $16,500.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette 17/17

This Jetstream Blue ’09 Callaway Cars modified Z06 shows 3,000 miles and is one of three built with this 680hp engine upgrade. Its rated top speed is 209 mph and quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds. The highest bid it received was $50,000, well below its reserve. Therefore, it did not sell.

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