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.
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.)
2004 Official Indy 500 Pace Car
Sale Price: $110,000
The official pace car for the 88th Annual Indy 500, this car was driven by actor Morgan Freeman. It features a distinctive red-white-and-blue paint scheme and specific Indy 500 graphics. A few performance and durability modifications were made, including a heavy-duty transmission, power-steering coolers, a lower-restriction exhaust system, two-point racing-type safety belts, and a safety strobe-light system.