Explore the Exquisite Corvettes at the Mecum Monterey Auction 2023 and what Buyers and Sellers were willing to come together on!
There are two auctions every year that you should pay attention to if you want to understand prices and feelings about collector cars. The first one is the January Mecum Auction in Kissimmee (You can see the results in this post). According to Hagerty Insider, the Monterey event is another way to see how well the collector car market is doing and how people feel about it by August. Hagerty explains that during Car Week, the sales show if some parts of the market will stay the same or go down, how buyers and sellers feel about things, and which cars are becoming more popular and valuable. In the Vette Vues post, we will see how the Corvettes did this year in the Mecum Monterey Auction 2023.
The highly anticipated Mecum Monterey Auction took place from August 17th to 19th, 2023, at the magnificent Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, California.
It was the perfect occasion for automobile lovers and collectors, as it had gained a stellar reputation for being one of the top automotive auctions of the year. The great selection of classic and modern vehicles set against the lovely backdrop of the Del Monte Golf Course undoubtedly brought in an audience of collectors keen on adding to their collections.
The Mecum Monterey Auction showed online they had 29 Corvettes registered. Only 12 were sold this year, and 13 did not sell, but the Bid Goes On if you are interested in any of these Corvettes. The rest, there was no information about.
This year the Monterey Auction offered a variety of beautifully restored Vettes, limited edition models, race cars, Special Editions, matching numbers cars, custom and restomods, a Big Brake Airbox, and a no-reserve Corvette. We have them broken down into category types for your convenience.
The highest price Sold was S97, which Sold for $863,500 at the Mecum Auction in Monterey. This unrestored, with 8,796 Miles, is 1 of 2 ZR2 Convertibles produced and one of 12 ZR2s produced.
The second highest bid was LS149, which bid to $500,00 for the 1966 Corvette Race Car campaigned by Ala Green Chevrolet and Raced by Gary Gove in the SCCA competition. It was followed by the second highest Sold Corvette, Lot S116, a 1958 Corvette restomod.
For those looking to get into Corvette on a budget, A 1982 Corvette Coup sold for $7,700. Lot T95 said it had only 56,263 miles on it, and from the photos, it looks to be a nice Corvette for someone to enjoy.
Additionally, the auction also featured a stunning 2023 Corvette ZO6 ZO7 coupe, adding an extra element of excitement for those looking for the latest edition of Corvette. This Sold for $275,000.
So let us dive in and see just what were the Corvette auction results at the 2023 Mecum Monterey auction.
SOURCE: Mecum Auction Website
In this blog post – Corvettes at the Mecum Monterey 2023 Auction:
- Extremely Rare Corvette
- Corvette Race Cars for Sale at Monterey Auction
- Special Editon Corvettes for Sale
- Mecum Monterey Auction Custom Corvettes and Restomods
- Lot F74 1958 Corvette Convertible Supercharged LS6 V-8 and Award Winner at the 2022 Sacramento Autorama Show
- Lot S116 1958 Corvette Convertible Restomod
- Lot F131 1959 Corvette Custom Convertible
- Lot S132 1962 Corvette Convertible Hot Rod
- Lot S60 1963 Corvette Custom Convertible
- Lot S75 1967 Corvette Custom
- No Reserve: Lot T43 1978 Corvette Custom Coupe
- Miscellaneous Corvettes for Sale at the Mecum Monterey Auction 2023
- Lot F58 1957 Corvette Convertible Fuel-Injected 283 CI V-8, Big Brakes, and Heavy-Duty Suspension, NCRS Top Flight
- Lot F128 1957 Corvette Big Brake Airbox
- Lot F26 1957 Corvette Convertible
- Lot S32 1959 Corvette Convertible?
- Lot S121 1962 Corvette Convertible – from the Reggie Jackson Collection
- Lot T147 1962 Corvette Convertible
- Lot F47 1962 Corvette Convertible from the Reggie Jackson Collection
- Lot F69 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe
- Lot F17 1965 Corvette Convertible
- Lot S45.1 1966 Corvette Convertible
- Lot F75 1967 Corvette Convertible Big-block L88 427 CI V-8 Engine
- Lot T95 1982 Corvette Coupe
- LOT F182 2015 Corvette ZO6 Coupe Previously owned by IndyCar Champion Jimmy Vasser
Extremely Rare Corvette
Lot S97 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible
Sold for $863,500: This was the highest Sold Corvette at Mecum’s Monterey auction this year.
Estimated Value: $975,000 – $1,000,000
Though we’ve seen this 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible before, this gorgeous machine never fails to captivate us.
This exquisite 1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR2 Convertible from the Ed Foss Collection is a highly-esteemed multiple-award winner. It is nicknamed “Zora’s Racer” in tribute to Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov.
When it first appeared, there was no publicity or advance notice; however, it held many similarities to the highly sought-after L88 model. The RPO ZR2 Special Purpose LS6 Engine Package featured a 454/425 HP Mark IV big-block V-8 with the Muncie M22 close-ratio “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual transmission, transistorized ignition, a high-capacity aluminum radiator with a shroud delete, heavy-duty power disc brakes, and an F41 Special Suspension with custom-designed springs, shocks, and sway bars.
The price of the ZR2 made it unattainable for most people, with only twelve buyers managing to acquire it, only two of whom opted for the convertible variant, rendering this car one of the rarest large-engine Corvettes in the brand’s legacy.
Aside from being left in its original, untouched state, it also holds the title of lowest-mileage ZR2 existing, with its odometer indicating 8,795 miles.
With a Brands Hatch Green paint and a black leather interior, this one-of-two ZR2 convertible features an auxiliary hardtop. It has been praised with numerous prizes in the Corvette community, being honored in the Great Hall in 2011 when it also took home the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Triple Diamond Award honoring Corvettes that obtained the Bloomington Gold Certification, the NCRS Top Flight Award, and MCACN Concours Gold.
In 2015, this rare Corvette ZR2 convertible was recognized with dual honors, Bloomington Gold Benchmark Certification and Survivor Certification. This attested to its value to Corvette historians, judges, and restorers who need to identify its factory authenticity. Furthermore, the car won NCRS Chapter Top Flight honors at the Indiana NCRS Spring Meet in 2017.
Included in the car’s documentation are the dealer shipping order, tank sticker, and Protect-O-Plate, all of which should be expected from such a distinguished and sought-after specimen.
Corvette Race Cars for Sale at Monterey Auction
Lot S149 1966 Alan Green Corvette Racing Car
Bid to $500,000 but did not sell. The Bid Goes On…
This was the second-highest bid Corvette.
The next Chevrolet Corvette we will look at in the Monterey Auction is Lot S149 1966, which has an estimated value of $750,000 to $800,000. Boasting a 427 CI L88 V-8 engine, this racing car was driven by Alan Green Chevrolet and Gary Gove for the Sports Car Club of America.
During the mid-1960s, the SCCA’s A-Production racing scene was boiling over with the Ford-driven Cobras of Carroll Shelby and Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Chevrolet Corvettes in a heated rivalry. Yet, Carroll Shelby stepped it up a notch in 1965 when he mounted a 427 CI Ford V-8 engine onto the Cobra and produced street-legal models to compete in the A-Production category.
Despite Chevrolet not offering formal support for racing then, their engineers provided what assistance they could to private racers. This led to the conception of a unique Corvette race car – the only 1966 Corvette commissioned by the prestigious West Coast Alan Green Chevrolet for Gary Gove to race in.
For the 1966 Sports Car Club of America season, Gove and his technician Bud Weiser got their hands on a powerful, new Corvette motor – the HD427 CI V-8. This was the forerunner of the remarkable L88 engine bundle. Boasting a remarkable 12:1 compression ratio, hard-wearing rods, an altered camshaft, and enhanced lubrication, the HD427 was like the L88 engine set-up, except that it used iron rather than aluminum heads.
In 1966, this remarkable engine was passed down to privateers such as Alan Green Chevrolet to determine its robustness under genuine race circumstances.
Gove made use of it and was successful enough to be the victor in three SCCA competitions at Spokane. Subsequent to Spokane, he continued to succeed at Deer Park, Newton, Shelton, and Kent. Gove’s victories were so remarkable that he became the leader in the Northeast Region and obtained an opportunity to participate in the 1966 Championship at Riverside Raceway.
Afterward, the Corvette was purchased by racer Dale Samuelson who, with it, won numerous SCCA Northeast championships until the car was retired in the late ’70s.
This remarkable 1966 Alan Green Corvette racing car will be auctioned off at the Mecum Monterey event. The restoration was done to ensure the car remains true to its original form and specifications. It has the impressive 427 CI L88 V-8 engine and Muncie M22 4-speed transmission, and a large 36-gallon fuel tank. This car has earned the prestigious NCRS American Heritage Award and is the perfect way to own a piece of Corvette history.
Lot F127 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Pro Touring Built by NHRA racer – Rod Saboury
Sold for $181,500
Regarded by many as the pioneering force behind Pro Street, Maryland’s Rod Saboury has gained a stellar reputation for performance stretching over multiple decades.
This extraordinary 1963 frame-off Pro Touring Corvette project was a joint venture between Saboury and Legacy Innovation; Saboury himself, a car builder of great renown, is famous for being the first person in Outlaw Street to break the 6-second barrier.
This street-modified 1963 Corvette Coupe has clocked in 1,100 miles since it was finished.
The engine bay of this car has been refitted to hold the 6.2L LS3 V-8 engine by Legacy Innovations, producing an impressive 525 HP. To ensure this Pro Street car performs optimally, it has a 5-speed Tremec manual transmission and a custom stainless exhaust layout.
Furthermore, the 4-wheel disc brakes, aluminum A-arms, coilover shocks, and rear composite monosprings will guarantee a ride superior to the one provided when this model was first constructed in the 1960s. Power rack-and-pinion steering completes the setup.
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe has a Sebring Silver exterior and a custom Al Knoch interior of red leather seating, door panels, and a dash pad with black contrast stitching. Comforts such as Vintage Air are also included.
Special Editon Corvettes for Sale
Lot T45 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary Coupe
Bid to $13,500 but did not sell. The Bid Goes On…
The first Corvette to cross the block at #MecumMonterey was a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary Coupe, but it didn’t sell! Lot T45 could still be yours! Stay tuned to see if the bid goes on for this amazing car at #MecumAuctions. #WhereTheCarsAre.
Lot T193 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Coupe
Bid to $15,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
Lot T209 1998 Corvette Pace Car Edition
No results listed
Lot F179 2017 Corvette ZO6 Callaway Coupe
Bid to $80,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
Lot F6 2022 Corvette C8.R Edition Convertible
Sold for $154,000
Mecum Monterey Auction Custom Corvettes and Restomods
Lot F74 1958 Corvette Convertible Supercharged LS6 V-8 and Award Winner at the 2022 Sacramento Autorama Show
Bid to $115,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
This 1958 Corvette was an award winner at the 2022 Sacramento Autorama for its exquisite factory styling coupled with contemporary high-performance technologies and construction methods. Its timeless design is a delightful blend of the classic and the modern, making it a memorable vehicle.
With its custom-built frame, smoothed cowl, 6-inch widened rear section, and a 1967-style Stinger hood scoop, this Corvette provides superior performance with its C4 Corvette chassis updates, polished aluminum A-arms with QA1 coilover adjustable shocks, front and rear sway bars, and composite mono-leaf rear transverse spring.
The GM LS6 V-8 engine provides incredible power with the help of a Magnuson MP2300 supercharger and 243 Z06 cylinder heads.
The transmission of choice is a Tremec T56 6-speed manual, connected to a Positraction-equipped Dana 44 rear axle and a 3.73 ring and pinion. To complement the power is a loud and powerful quad-tip exhaust with electric cut-outs, 6-piston Z06 front and 4-piston rear brakes, a Flaming River rack-and-pinion steering setup, a billet aluminum serpentine belt pulley system, and Eddie Motorsports polished rocker covers.
On the inside is an iconic billet steering wheel that takes center stage in this award-winning 1958 Chevrolet Corvette, complemented by custom black leather bucket seats and a Vintage Air climate control system.
Accenting the interior is a Dakota Digital HDX dash with chrome billet knobs and power windows. Black carpeting, an upholstered trunk, a body-color spare tire compartment, and polished bright trim adorn the exterior, as do a chromed grille, bumpers, and trunk spears.
To top it all off, the vehicle sports 19-inch front and 20-inch rear chromed C7 wheels.
Lot S116 1958 Corvette Convertible Restomod
Sold for $302,500
Lot F131 1959 Corvette Custom Convertible
Sold for $272,000
This first-generation Corvette Custom Convertible was built from the ground up to bring a classic style together with modern performance and amenities. Starting with a custom chassis crafted by Liquid Cutting Concepts in Windsor, Illinois, the C4 front suspension system was then attached, and an LS1 V-8 engine with dual fans and an oversized polished radiator was installed. It is powered by a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission and features custom drilled and slotted rotors on all four corners for efficient stopping. These brakes are controlled with master cylinders set beneath the custom dash.
After developing the strong and modern chassis, Street Rods Only, Inc. from Macon, Illinois, proceeded to give it a new body. It was then sprayed in custom blue paint, complemented by white side panels. To make it look even better, new stainless and chrome details, a reconditioned hardtop, new glass, and a hood and trunk with remote control activation were added. Inside, it was given a light blue leather upholstery job with Vintage Air air-conditioning system, custom gauges, and a custom radio as additional interior amenities.
This one-of-a-kind 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Custom is titled as a 0000 Special Construction and has only been driven 1,756 miles since its build. It perfectly combines the traditional first-generation styling with the latest hot rod tech, boasting a set of polished five-star custom wheels and tires.
Lot S132 1962 Corvette Convertible Hot Rod
Bid to $170,000 but did not sell. The Bid Goes On…
This 1962 Corvette Convertible offers classic C1 styling combined with modern Hot Rod features.
The original body panels remain intact, while under the hood hides a 525 HP GM Performance LS3 V-8 engine paired with a top-notch Tremec 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive connected to a Currie Ford 9-inch rear end and Dutchman axles with a 3.90 gear ratio.
For increased stability, the frame has been modified and coated in silver and equipped with Jim Meyers tubular A-arms and Viking adjustable coilover shocks in the front and a 4-link suspension with coilovers at the rear. Finishing off the package is power rack-and-pinion steering and Wilwood disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors.
This outstanding Hot Rod Corvette features a special blend of PPG Black Cherry paint that is highlighted by a 1967 Corvette-style stinger-striped, one-piece power hood.
Notable custom components consist of a custom dash with red lighting and Dakota Digital gauges, Al Knoch custom reclining seats adorned with red Ostrich accents, custom door panels, LED lighting, and Ring Brothers billet door handles. In conclusion, this C1 Corvette Convertible is one of a kind and simply stunning.
Lot S60 1963 Corvette Custom Convertible
Sold for $231,000
This 1963 Corvette Convertible Custom has gone through an extensive combination of both mechanical and aesthetic improvements, making it possible to combine the renowned shape of a second-generation Corvette and the thrilling performance and driving dynamics of the 21st century.
This stunning example is featured in a Brilliant Silver Metallic exterior paint, while the Cinnamon leather interior exhibits a total of 529 miles since the build was finalized.
This exceptional Corvette features an Art Morrison Sport GT chassis which offers an upgraded suspension system, modern shock absorbers, and springs, resulting in a lowered stance and remarkable handling. In addition, the model has high-performance Wilwood brakes with 6-piston calipers, 14-inch discs, and 19-inch Schott wheels which are equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
Under the hood of this Corvette is an impressive fuel-injected V-8 LS3 engine with electronic injection and coil-on-plug ignition, rated to deliver over 525 HP. For a seamless look, a silver-painted cover tops the engine and keeps the hood’s appearance neat when opened. It’s equipped with a 4L65 4-speed automatic transmission with a Lokar shifter and 3.70 gears.
This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible boasts an exterior painted in a modern shade of Brilliant Silver, with the chrome trim painted silver in a unique twist, sporting a satin finish that wonderfully breaks up the body.
On the inside, luxurious Cinnamon leather has been fitted to the dashboard, seats, center console, and doors, with Dakota Digital gauges in front of the driver for easy readouts. Furthermore, Vintage Air takes care of both heat and air conditioning.
For those wanting to switch things up, two tops are included: a color-matched hardtop and a custom-built tan soft top with manual activation, sure to provide a memorable experience for anyone lucky enough to be behind the wheel.
Lot S75 1967 Corvette Custom
Bid to $100,000 but did not sell. The Bid Goes On…
No Reserve: Lot T43 1978 Corvette Custom Coupe
Miscellaneous Corvettes for Sale at the Mecum Monterey Auction 2023
Lot F58 1957 Corvette Convertible Fuel-Injected 283 CI V-8, Big Brakes, and Heavy-Duty Suspension, NCRS Top Flight
Bid to $160,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
In 1953, the limited release of Chevrolet’s stylish, fiberglass-bodied Corvette offered a glimpse of the future of sports cars. But it was not until 1955 that it established its performance identity, as the car received a power upgrade to a V-8 engine. Subsequent testing and development from Zora Arkus-Duntov led to select performance upgrades by 1956, including a dual-quad intake system and a high-lift, solid-tappet Duntov cam, in addition to a manual transmission as standard. Just as Arkus-Duntov predicted, Corvette’s popularity surged, reaching record highs by 1957.
In 1957, the efforts of Arkus-Duntov and John Dolza came to fruition with the creation of the Rochester Ramjet fuel injection system. For the first time, an American production car was capable of generating one unit of horsepower for every cubic inch of displacement, providing the Corvette with 283 horsepower from 283 cubic inches. With this increased power, the Corvette was well-suited to take on SCCA racing domestically, as well as internationally competition.
Purportedly this is 1 of 5 of Duntov’s Test Fleet Cars that were built in St. Louis, Missouri in February of 1957. It features optional, competition-grade big brakes and heavy-duty suspension, one of only eight such cars produced without the RPO 579D airbox option.
Furthermore, this car is one of 664 produced in 1957 with the new 4-speed manual transmission. It even has unique engineering part numbers on its rear leaf springs, numbers which were not available on the general GM parts list at the time.
Lot F128 1957 Corvette Big Brake Airbox
Bid to $275,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
Estimated Value: $450,00 – $550,000
The Chevrolet Corvette began to take on a tougher, higher-performance character in 1955 when V-8 power was first added to the model. In 1956, additional options such as a manual transmission further increased its popularity, resulting in sales records being broken by 1957, just as Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov had predicted.
In 1957, Arkus-Duntov and engineer John Dolza developed the Rochester Ramjet fuel injection system. This groundbreaking system enabled the Corvette to produce up to one horsepower per cubic inch of displacement: 283 horsepower from a 283 cubic inch engine, a first for American production cars.
The new fuel-injection system gave the Corvette the capability to excel in SCCA racing, with the scope to compete at an international level. As a result, the Corvette had total domination of the SCCA B Production racing scene until the early 1960s. This success was further proven when the Team Cunningham Corvette earned a class victory at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This extraordinary 1957 Corvette is one of only 1,040 cars to be equipped with the fuel-injection system and the rare “Airbox” fresh-air intake system, developed by racer and Arkus-Duntov associate John Fitch.
This model stands out even further as one of only 51 to have the Big Brake package, including larger finned brake drums with metallic linings and cooling vents.
Dressed in Venetian Red with a beige interior, a matching red hardtop, body-side coves, a column-mounted tachometer, front license bumperette, and color-keyed steel wheels with chrome hubcaps, this car is a testament to ultimate high performance.
Powered by a legendary 283/283 HP V-8 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission, this ’57 Corvette is sure to impress.
Lot F26 1957 Corvette Convertible
Bid to $75,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
Lot S32 1959 Corvette Convertible?
Lot S121 1962 Corvette Convertible – from the Reggie Jackson Collection
Sold for $82,500
In 1962, the last model of the original Corvette was released with some minor changes in advance of the introduction of the second generation the following year. Its side cove, which previously had a different color and chrome trim, was changed to match the body color without any embellishments. The grille was painted black, and a new ribbed chrome rocker trim was featured.
A significant modification of the 1962 Corvette was the introduction of a 327 CI small-block V-8 with a 4-inch bore and 3.25-inch stroke. This was the base powertrain, which included a 250 HP version of the 327 engine coupled with a 3-speed manual transmission. Those who desired more power could opt for the 300, 340, or 360 HP versions of the V-8, with the top fuel-injected version being the most powerful. Furthermore, they could choose from either a 4-speed manual or 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.
This gorgeous Maroon 1962 Corvette Convertible is outfitted with the 340 HP version of the 327 engine, married to a 4-speed manual transmission. Its RE-suffixed engine boasts a solid-lifter camshaft, finned Corvette valve covers, and an aluminum intake manifold with a Carter aluminum 4-barrel carburetor.
Other optional features include a pushbutton AM radio, clock, heater, defroster, correct Corvette spinner wheel covers, and white-stripe tires. With its free-revving, solid-lifter small-block and a quick-shifting 4-speed, this particular Corvette offers an incredible opportunity to own one of the last of the first-generation Corvettes, all with that classic styling that will surely draw admiring glances and a thumbs-up.
Lot T147 1962 Corvette Convertible
Sold for $64,900
ODOMETER READS 17,429 miles
VIN / SERIAL 20867S100793
- Previously part of a private Corvette collection
- Matching numbers 327/250 HP
- Powerglide automatic transmission
- Red exterior–repainted in 2000
- Matching Red auxiliary hardtop
- Soft top
- Original Black interior
- Bucket seats
- Alternator in place instead of an original generator, but retains factory generator look.
- Chrome bumpers and trim
- Aftermarket power front disc brakes
- Full-size spinner wheel covers
Lot F47 1962 Corvette Convertible from the Reggie Jackson Collection
Sold for $82,500
This 1962 Corvette Convertible is part of the Reggie Jackson Collection and has a Tuxedo Black exterior, along with a black interior.
It is equipped with a correct RF-suffix 327 CI V-8 engine, as well as a correctly dated Carter 4-barrel carburetor and 340 HP power delivered to the original 4-speed manual transmission and factory rear end.
During the engine rebuild, the RF-suffix code was ground off and the distributor and cylinder heads were correctly dated. Additionally, the convertible has a removable hard top with spare replacement glass, a Wonderbar pushbutton radio, a heater/defroster, white stripe tires, and full-size wheel covers.
It is a rare chance to possess a classic Corvette once owned by a baseball star.
Lot F69 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $181,500
Completed in June 1963, this Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe was crafted with original parts while also including mechanical enhancements to elevate the driving experience and reliability.
Its matching-numbers L76 327 CI small-block V-8 engine (Block Casting No. 3782870) was the highest performing carbureted engine in the Corvette’s inaugural year, comprised of a forged steel crank and connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, 11.25:1 compression, and a unique “Duntov” solid-lifter performance camshaft, producing 340 HP at 6,000 RPM and 344 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM, delivered by way of a GM-built 4-speed manual transmission. On inspection of the interior engine compartment, one can note that the radiator has been substituted for a custom aluminum model for superior cooling. Furthermore, the brakes have been augmented with vacuum-assisted discs.
This remarkable example of the first-year Sting Ray comes with an exclusive and beautiful pairing of Saddle Tan metallic paint and a corresponding Saddle Tan interior.
The car is further adorned with factory leather bucket seats, power windows, tinted glass, a U69 Delco AM/FM radio, Blacklion blackwall radial tires, and Code P48 knock-off cast-finned aluminum 15-inch wheels. Inside, the car boasts the original 160 MPH speedometer and 7,000 RPM tachometer, factory clock, water temperature, fuel, oil pressure, and battery gauges, as well as an upgraded Vintage Air climate-control system with retrofitted chrome interior air conditioning ducts.
Showcasing its prize-winning condition, this 1963 Split Window Coupe is accompanied by the owner’s manual, a Goodyear magazine advertisement, and additional memorabilia and trophies.
Lot F17 1965 Corvette Convertible
Bid to $70,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
Lot S45.1 1966 Corvette Convertible
Bid to $100,000 but did not sell. The Bid Goes On…
Lot F75 1967 Corvette Convertible Big-block L88 427 CI V-8 Engine
Bid to $130,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
In the final year of the second-generation Corvette Sting Ray, the Corvette Engineering Group, led by Zora Arkus-Duntov, released the now-famous L88 option package. This incredibly powerful 427 CI big-block V-8 was crafted with a specially reinforced cast iron block, a Tufftrided steel crank, forged steel rods, 12.5:1 forged aluminum pistons, high-flow aluminum heads, a solid-lifter cam, and an 850 CFM Holley 4-barrel on an aluminum intake manifold. While Chevrolet officially declared it produced 430 HP, the true power potential of this racing-grade engine was much higher – up to 560 HP at a blistering 6,500 RPM.
The L88 engine formed the basis of a comprehensive array of race-oriented components which, when combined, allowed for the Corvette to be almost immediately ready for the track; features included J56 heavy-duty disc brake calipers with J50 power brakes, F41 high-performance suspension, K66 transistorized ignition, G80 Positraction, and a heavy-duty 4-speed transmission. The price for this package was significantly higher than the usual rate of $6,000, which made it largely inaccessible to the general public, save for the most committed racers. Luxuries such as air conditioning, power steering, power windows, a heater, or radio were not available.
This extraordinary 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, having been serviced and tuned recently, was manufactured in April 1967 and was single-owner for two decades.
The L88-spec 427 CI big-block V-8 engine, connected to a Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission, provides its power.
A long-term restoration was finished by its previous owner, and currently, it appears stunningly in Marina Blue with a black Stinger, black vinyl auxiliary hard top, and a bright blue interior containing a wooden three-spoke steering wheel.
Finishing off the midyear Corvette is a set of side exhaust and BF Goodrich Silvertown redline tires on Rally wheels.
Lot T95 1982 Corvette Coupe
Sold for $7,700
This was the lowest price Sold Corvette at the Monetery Mecum Auction 2023.
LOT F182 2015 Corvette ZO6 Coupe Previously owned by IndyCar Champion Jimmy Vasser
Bid to $50,000 but did not sell…The Bid Goes On
Lot S76 2020 Corvette Coupe with 46 Miles – 21st Production C8
Sold for $104,500
This 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe is an impressive testament to automotive history, with only 46 miles on its odometer and the designation of being the 21st vehicle in the brand-new C8 generation.
Fans of Corvette have waited generations for a mid-engine model to be released, and they can rest assured that this model offers incredible value and performance – characteristics that have always been a defining feature of the Corvette brand.
With its potent 6.2L V-8 engine, dubbed the LT2, the 2020 Corvette pushes performance to new heights. It produces 495 HP at 6,450 RPM and 470 lb-ft of torque at 5,150 RPM through the new Tremec 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, resulting in an incredible 0-60 time of just 2.8 seconds.
Drivers can enhance their C8 with the optional Z51 Performance Package. It comes with Carbon Flash aerodynamic components, bigger brakes with red calipers, more robust suspension with Magnetic Ride Control, a dual-mode performance exhaust, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on 19- and 20-inch Trident five-spoke Sterling Silver painted wheels, an electronic limited-slip differential with a performance axle ratio, and heavy-duty cooling for a true track experience.
This 2020 C8 Stingray coupe, with its body-color dual roof package, bold Torch Red paint, and tan leather interior with carbon fiber trim and adjustable Competition Sport bucket seats, exhibits all the cutting-edge performance features you could ask for.
This early production example of the new mid-engine Corvette even comes with a one-of-a-kind window sticker, which may prove to be an invaluable record, outlining some of the car’s equipment and options for its position in 2020 production.
Lot S164 2023 Corvette ZO6 ZO7 Coupe
Sold for $275,000
Our last Corvette we will look at is a 2023 Corvette ZO6 ZO7 Coupe, featuring the Z06 Ultimate Performance Package, which has set the performance standard high with its 5.5L/670 HP LT6 V-8 engine – the most powerful naturally-aspirated V-8 engine in production.
It features a double overhead cam (DOHC) architecture and an all-new flat-plane crankshaft, with a unique and engaging exhaust note and an 8,600-RPM redline. Its track-ready performance can propel it from 0-60 MPH in a mere 2.6 seconds, as well as a 1.22 G lateral acceleration, thanks to the Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and their eye-catching red-finished 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers.
This 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe stands out in Rapid Blue paint with Edge Orange Fully Rendered C8.R Dual Racing Stripes, along with an astonishing variety of standard features and nearly $55k in optional features.
Inside, it features a Tension/Twilight Blue Dipped interior, Option Package 3LZ, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with carbon fiber, Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package, and Sueded Microfiber-Wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package.
Its performance is maximized with the $8,995 Z06 Ultimate performance option and Z07 Suspension option, as well as a variety of carbon fiber additions, such as a high rear wing. Celebrating the Corvette’s 70th anniversary, this exceptionally equipped Z06 is truly a timeless classic.
The Mecum Monterey 2023 auction started Thursday, August 17, 2023, and ran through Saturday, August 19, 2023. They conduct several auctions throughout the United States during the year. For more information on other collector car auctions produced by Mecum, visit the Mecum website or call 262-275-5050.
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