Chevrolets were front-and-center at the most-recent Barrett-Jackson and Mecum collector-car auctions, just as they were at each auction house’s winter events. And, like those sales in Scottsdale and Kissimmee, there were show-stopping Chevys galore, especially NCRS Top Flight-quality Corvettes.
On Florida’s Gold Coast, the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction drew a total of 509 cars, all offered with no reserve, with a total gross sale of $25 million. $2.5 million of that total came from seven special charity fund-raisers—including the first production 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe. It was the #1 seller overall.
Other top Corvettes crossing the block at Palm Beach were a fuel-injected Nassau Blue ’65 Corvette Sting Ray convertible that’s not only scored NCRS Top Flight honors, but also their Performance Verification and Duntov Awards. The '65 Sting Ray sold for $159,000. (Get complete Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach results online at www.barrettjackson.com.)
“Each year, Palm Beach continues to expand its impact, bringing better cars, more fans and growth. We have enjoyed the years here and this year was a stellar showing, which continues the explosive start we had in Scottsdale,” says Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This week, we had great entertainment, saw some incredible cars and sold seven special vehicles with all proceeds benefitting the designated charities. We have a strong partnership with Palm Beach and the South Florida Fairgrounds, and this week demonstrated that relationship.”
“The cars we saw in Palm Beach were unlike any previous year. These cars we are now seeing are truly unique,” says Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “Through the years, coming to the Fairgrounds, we have seen glimpses of how Palm Beach would grow and evolve. This auction weekend was another example of this special market.”
Meanwhile, at Mecum Auctions’ Houston event, the top Corvettes that crossed the block didn’t all find homes with the high bidders, as only three of them sold while in Houston. (Some of them may have been sold privately, in the meantime.)
Overall, Mecum’s 2014 Houston auction at the Reliant Center drew 1,085 collector cars and trucks, of which 765 sold, for a 70.5% sell-through rate, with overall sales totaling just over $33 million.
“Our Houston event is one of the fastest growing auctions on our calendar,” noted Mecum President and Founder Dana Mecum. “The quality of collector cars continues to rise year after year here in Houston, and the people of this great car town are what keep us coming back to the great state of Texas. Attendees witnessed so many great cars sell at this year’s auction, and several will go down as some of the most memorable in our company’s history.”
Of the Corvettes that crossed Mecum’s block, the one that drew the highest bids was a ’63 Corvette Sting Ray convertible that was built by Chevrolet Styling for then-Chevy Division boss S.E. “Bunkie” Knudsen. Resplendent in its special Crimson Firefrost paint and wearing side exhausts similar to what the 1964 New York World’s Fair display car wore, this one-off Midyear failed to sell as the bidding stopped at $775,000.
The highest-selling Corvette at Houston was a one-owner, ultra-low-mileage (2,996 original miles) ’67 Sting Ray coupe. Hammer price was $725,000, less buyers and sellers commissions.
Another notable Vette was the “#711” ’63 Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupe that appeared in the Elvis Presley movie Viva Las Vegas, which was bid to $275,000, but did not sell. (For complete Mecum Houston results, log on to www.mecum.com.)
Here’s a look at the top ten Corvettes at both Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach and Mecum’s Houston auctions:
Top Chevys @ Barrett Jackson’s Palm Beach auction 4/11-13/14
’15 Corvette Z06 Coupe* (Charity sale benefiting the Karmanos Cancer Institute) $1,000,000 (Top Sale of the auction)
’67 Corvette Sting Ray convertible (427/400hp, M21, 2 tops, Green, under 20K original miles, unrestored) $165,000
’67 Corvette Sting Ray coupe (427/435 hp, M21, offroad exhaust, Silver Pearl, restored, NCRS Top Flight) $165,000
’60 Corvette (283/290 hp FI, 4-speed, 2 tops, Tasco Turquoise/white, turquoise interior, restored, NCRS Top Flight) $159,000
’65 Corvette Sting Ray convertible (327 FI, 4-speed, Nassau Blue, 2 tops, knockoff wheels, offroad exhaust, NCRS Top Flight/Performance Verification/Duntov Award winner + “Triple Diamond” winner) $159,000
’62 Corvette (Custom/restomod with LS3/Tremec 6-speed, black Nappa leather interior, PPG Red) $135,300
’63 Corvette Sting Ray coupe (327/300 hp, 4-speed, matching numbers, restored, NCRS Top Flight, Silver Blue) $123,200
*Winning bidders will receive the first production examples of these cars, with proceeds going to the designated charity. (Prototype vehicles crossed the block.)
Top Chevys @ Mecum Houston auction 4/10-13/14: (Sale -= Yes/No)
’63 Corvette Sting Ray convertible (Ex-Bunkie Knudsen Chevrolet Styling special) $775,000 No
’67 Corvette Sting Ray coupe (One-owner 2,996-mile original 427) $725,000 Yes
’63 Corvette Sting Ray coupe (“#711” race car seen in the Elvis Presley Movie “Viva Las Vegas”) $275,000 No
‘67 Corvette Sting Ray convertible (427/435 hp, Bloomington Gold certified, recent resto) $220,000 No
’63 Corvette Sting Ray convertible (327 FI, Bloomington Gold/ Benchmark certified) $160,000 No
’63 Corvette Sting Ray coupe (327 FI, recent restoration) $150,000 No
’67 Corvette Sting Ray (427/400 hp, factory side exhausts, recent resto) $130,000 No
’66 Corvette Sting Ray convertible (Restomod with Merlin 427, Boyd Coddington wheels) $130,000 No
’66 Corvette Sting Ray coupe (1 of 66 “tankers,” 427/435hp, “Triple Crown” winner) $130,000 No
Get more information on these Chevys, and all the other cars and trucks that crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach and Mecum’s Houston auctions, when you log on to www.barrettjackson.com and www.mecum.com.