In January, General Motors sent a shockwave through the Corvette community by offering for sale some of the marque's most famous experimental, developmental, and pilot-line cars. These special Corvettes were part of the GM Heritage Collection, an assortment of significant vehicles from throughout the corporation's 100-year history. Although GM did not offer an official explanation for the sell-off, it was believed to be part of a desperate bid to raise operating capital in the face of plummeting new-vehicle sales.
1989 Chevy Corvette ZR1 "Snake Skinner"
Sale Price: $176,000
Engineered by John Heinricy, this experimental lightweight was aimed directly at maintaining the Corvette's performance supremacy. With a specially built 475hp LT5 V-8 and a curb weight of less than 3,000 pounds, this vehicle quickly became a legend in enthusiast circles.
Thirty-three Corvettes crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson's annual Scottsdale event, and all of them sold. What follows is a list of some of the more interesting Vettes included on the docket. (Note: Sale prices include buyer's premium.)