Last week at the Mecum auction in Dallas, an incredible eight of the top ten sales were Chevrolet vehicles, and half of them were Corvettes. Here you have it - a quick rundown of the four Vettes that sold and the incredible amounts of money that each raked in.
1. 1967 Chevy Corvette L88 Convertible - $3,200,000
The beautiful L88 is one of only 20 L88 Corvettes built in '67 and houses a 427 cubic-inch, 430 horsepower powerplant. It has a history rich in racing and has gone through a few hands, all the while retaining much of its original equipment, including original body panels, factory side exhaust, and body panels (thought to be the only '67 L88 convertible to retain them). The L88 also features a M22 4-speed manual and 4.11 rear end, along with J56 heavy-duty brakes, J50 power brakes, and Kelsey Hayes bolt-on wheels wrapped in Firestone non-DOT redline tires. For more information on this '67, click here!
3. 1957 Chevy Corvette Airbox - $290,000
The '57 Corvette Airbox that sold for a whopping $290,000 is one of 43 produced and is equipped with nearly every available option with the exception of power windows. A fuel-injected 283 cubic-inch engine and RPO 684 heavy-duty racing suspension made the Vette a contender in the racing circuit, and it earned a NCRS Top Flight award. The "Airbox" title refers to the regular production option 579E and specified V-8 engine, cold-air induction, Borg Warner 4-speed manual transmission and the column-mounted 8,000rpm tachometer. The car once belonged to Sports Car Graphic's Kenneth Edwards who drag raced and put it to the test on road courses until he sold it in 1962. After a life spent mostly in the Midwest, Buddy Herin put it through a full frame-off restoration. It now features a 4.11 rear as opposed to the original 4.56.
7. 1963 Chevy Corvette Z06 - $250,000
Designed by Chief Engineer, Zora Arkus Duntov, the '63 Z06 made it easy for consumers to purchase a race-ready Corvette-if you were one of the lucky 199 to gain access to one. The Z06 option came complete with a small but mighty L84 327 small-block featuring Rochester fuel injection, Duntov-spec solid lifter cam, and forged rotating assembly paired with a Muncie M20 4-speed and Posi-traction rear end. Stiffer front and rear springs matched with a heavy-duty stabilizer bar and shock absorbers made up the suspension, and special large drum brakes with vented backing plates and finned brake drums brought the Z06 to a halt with ease. Early production models also included a 36-gallon fuel tank and finned aluminum knock-off wheels. It has been a part of the Buddy Herin Collection since 1996 when it was restored by the Naber Brothers of Houston, and has captured the Bloomington Gold Certification and NCRS Regional Top Flight status.
10. 1967 Chevy Corvette Coupe - $205,000
This unrestored, all numbers matching Rally Red '67 with L71 427 cubic-inch, 435 horsepower engine, has been awarded the prestigious Bloomington Gold Benchmark status along with an NCRS Top Flight certification and has only 27,000 miles under its belt. It came factory equipped with power steering and brakes, a 4-speed manual transmission, Posi-traction, AM/FM radio and Rally wheels with redline tires and is very well documented with the Protect-O-Plate, original window sticker and the order form from Rost Chevrolet of Kansas City, Missouri. It's no wonder that it made the list of Top 10 best sellers of Mecum Dallas.
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