The arrival of next month means it’s 2015, and for gearhead auction hounds that means it’s time for Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale, Arizona auction.
In addition to recently publicizing the Ron Pratte collection, an incredible 100-plus assortment that includes a ’69 Baldwin-Motion 454 Camaro, that will be up for bid, Barrett-Jackson just announced a bevy of rare Corvettes that are going to cross the block in January as well.
Want a brand-new ’69 Corvette with only 352 original miles and was never issued a title? Then this L89-powered Daytona Yellow beauty is for you. With 435 horsepower, the Tri-power 427 RPO’d L89 was king of the hill for street-tuned 427s.
1968 Corvette: Next in line is an all-time favorite around the offices of SUPER CHEVY and VETTE, it’s the ’68 L88-powered race car campaigned by Sunray DX motor oil. The story goes, and bona fide by the buildsheet, an L88-optioned car wasn’t quite completed by the factory so a Rally Red convertible hardtop was constructed by Don Yenko, complete with a fire-breathing, 435-horsepower L88. After its first race at the 1968 24 Hours at Daytona as number 29 the car was renumbered as number 2 and competed at the Sebring 12 Hours and set a new GT lap record. Be the first kid on your block to own a real racecar!
1969 Corvette: This ’69 Monaco Orange T-top L88 was body-off restored by Nabor Brothers of Houston, Texas. It is said to be one of 116 cars produced to this specification. What specification you ask? This particular car came radio delete, power J56 brakes, tinted glass, M22 close-ratio Muncie four-speed, and F41 suspension. Documentation includes the tank sticker (buildsheet) provenance by Dave Reisner with certificate of authentication, and owner history. A base model ’15 Corvette will blow its doors off, but that’s not what owning a rare, vintage Corvette is all about, right?
1968 Corvette: One of three James Garner/American International Racing (AIR) cars, which also happens to be one of the first 200 Corvettes built in the 1968 model year. Race-prepped by Guldstrand Engineering for the 1967-’68 season. This racer was the pole winner for the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours GT class. This is a factory-built L88 COPO car.
1957 Corvette: What better way to show your significant other that you love them than to buy two Corvettes, one-half century apart in age, but with matching VIN numbers? Sold only as pair to someone that cares. The ’57 comes equipped with a first for 1957, the 283-inch small-block, which was equipped with another first for 1957, RPO 579B fuel-injection with a solid-lifter cam. This engine was the first in automotive history to produce one horsepower per cubic inch. Other options include RPO 303 three-speed close-ratio stick-shift transmission, RPO 677 3.70:1 limited-slip rear axle, and FOA 102 radio.
2007 Corvette: Was it blind fate or someone who already owned the ’57 and knew its 50-years-later match was about ready to calve on the assembly line in June 2006? A silly question really. Of course the ’57 owner had to strategize to pull this one off. The ’07 comes equipped with a matching red interior and red exterior. Also twice the fun as the ’57, the ’07 has a six-speed manual transmission and XM radio. Additional goodies include Z51 suspension and OnStar to find out where your ’57 is … uh, maybe not.