Upcoming Super Chevy ShowJune 20-22, Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL
Vettes Recovered From Sinkhole: Now What?All eight Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole in the National Corvette Museum in February have been recovered. The Vettes were pulled from the sinkhole after painstaking “carchaeology” work to locate and unearth them.
Now called “The Great 8,” they’re on display at the NCM through the end of August, before they’re shipped up to the prototype shop at the GM Design facility at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, for possible restoration. As you can tell from the photos, the Mallett “Hammer,” which was at the bottom of the hole, may not be repairable.
On the Block MecumHouston Auction Edition The auctions continue—and the Chevys keep selling. Here are four that crossed the block at Mecum’s Houston Auction this past April. (Prices quoted are the ones these Chevys sold for, less Mecum’s 7 percent buyers’ and sellers’ commissions.)
’67 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe, hammer price $725,000. With less than 3,000 original miles on it, this midyear is a time warp. If you were at Bloomington Gold in ’12, you saw it on display in the Great Hall, shortly after it emerged from is decades-long slumber. Included was complete documentation back to the original selling dealer, including its original May ’67-dated title. This was the No. 2 top seller of the auction and the highest-selling Chevy.
’69 Camaro SS/RS, hammer price: $92,000. Sold new at Baldwin Chevrolet on Long Island, it had a June ’69 date-coded ZL1 427 retrofitted, but the owner kept the original L78 396 (which was included with the car). Not represented as a genuine Baldwin/Motion car, nevertheless it’s still got the ZL1, M22 four-speed, and 4.10-geared 12-bolt Posi, as well as a set of ’67 Corvette side exhausts and period-correct American Torq-Thrust wheels.
’70 Chevelle Malibu SS454 convertible, hammer price $90,000. Fresh out of the restoration shop, this LS5/four-speed drop-top came with its original buildsheet, as well as its numbers-matching 454.
’66 Impala Super Sport convertible, hammer price $16,000. All this big, red Impala was missing was a vintage “Chevy OK Used Cars” sticker on it. Powered by a 325hp 396, and backed by a four-speed and a 12-bolt rearend, it also had power steering and brakes, buckets and console, plenty of underhood chrome, and five-spoke Eagle alloy wheels.
(Corvette photo by David Newhardt; Impala and Camaro photos by John Hollandsworth Jr. All photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions)