It's common knowledge that Chevrolet produces the best cars in the world. I mean, come on. We wouldn't drive them if they didn't! But this past weekend's Mecum auction in Dallas proved what we all already know - eight of the Top Ten best sales were those of Chevrolet's, including the top seller, which went for a whopping $3.2 million. We've compiled the rundown of the Chevys that sold and the incredible amounts of money that each raked in.
1. 1967 Chevy Corvette L88 Convertible - $3,200,000
This beautiful example 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 an 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!
2. 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1 - $530,000
This Camaro is #62 out of 69 built by Chevy and is equipped with the COPO 9560 ZL1 engine option. It is Garnet Red with a red interior and has a known ownership history. The ZL1 engine is an aluminum 427 with an output of 430 horsepower, and was one of twelve to come paired with an M22 4-speed manual transmission and 4.10 Posi-traction rear end. The car also features the rare Z21 trim package including seat belts and grab bar, and a rare in-dash tachometer and radio. Special front and rear suspension make for a smooth ride and a ducted hood increases cooling capacity. Transistorized ignition and power front disc brakes also make this unique ZL1 a cool find.
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 an 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.
4. 1969 Chevy Yenko Camaro - $275,000
The '69 Yenko Camaro was once part of the Keith Hutson Collection and is number YS9637. It was delivered brand-new to Francis Chevrolet in Bridgeton, Missouri and had both the COPO 9561 option and the 9737 package, which means that it included the iron-block MN-code L72 427 cubic-inch V-8 engine paired with Muncie 4-speed manual transmission. A heavy-duty suspension, power front disc brakes, special ducted hood, heavy-duty cooling and 4.10 BE-code Posi-traction rear axle are also special features on this Camaro. A Hugger Orange coat with black Yenko graphics and a black standard interior combine in stunning fashion, and the Yenko-inspired COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion package brought performance to the forefront with an added 13/16-inch front stabilizer bar, 15x7-inch Rally wheels with E70x15 tires, and a 140mph speedometer.
5. 1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6 Convertible - $275,000
Fitted with a 454 cubic-inch LS6 and Muncie M22 "Rock Crusher" 4-speed, this 1970 Chevelle SS was the largest-displacement and most powerful Chevy car of its time. Factory rated at 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, the engine featured a forged steel crank and connecting rods, aluminum pistons, high-lift and high-duration solid lifter camshaft, and 800 CFM Holley 4-barrel on an aluminum dual-plane intake manifold. Authenticity has been verified by collector Buddy Herin, who had the build sheet subjected to forensic analysis by a document conservator making it an awesome find. It has been professionally restored by Car Connection in Waco, Texas, and retains its original floor pans and sheet metal, but has several recently added modifications including a 3.31 Posi-traction differential, power steering, front disc brakes, and F41 special performance suspension.
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.
9. 1965 Chevy Chevelle Z16 - $225,000
This 1965 Chevelle SS, one of 200 built, is a 100% genuine and unrestored original Z16 coupe with 17,700 miles on the dial. Well-known for its 396 cubic-inch Mark IV big-block engine, it used big port heads, a Holley 4-barrel on an aluminum intake, and a high-lift hydraulic cam to generate a stealth 375 horsepower. The original powerplant is paired with the original 4-speed manual transmission and a heavy-duty rear end, and the Regal Red paint you see here is also original. All three owners chose to retain the original Black SS Strato bucket seat interior, carpet and floor mats, as well as the spare tire. The sale also included the original Protect-O-Plate and invoice with voluminous records.
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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