Chevrolet enthusiasts, rejoice – Barrett-Jackson has loaded its 46th annual Scottsdale auction docket with hundreds of Chevys, including some very significant pieces of American automotive history.
Leading the pack of Chevys is a 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV), a functional mid-engine, open-wheel, single-seat prototype racing car. The CERV 1 is an experimental landmark for GM, developed by “Father of the Corvette” Zora Arkus-Duntov. This piece of history has already garnered a ton of attention, and I’m certain this will be a marque lot to keep an eye on.
As far as drivable Chevys go, a pair of extremely rare Corvettes, a 1962 Corvette Heavy-Duty Brake “Fuelie” and a 1963 Corvette Split-Window “Fuelie” are in pristine show condition and will be worth every penny eventually paid for them.
The ’62 Corvette is one of only 246 made in 1962 and has less than 27,000 miles on it. Meanwhile, the ’63 Corvette was restyled by Naber’s of Houston, totaling US $138,000.
A very rare 1969 Chevrolet L88 Corvette in LeMans Blue will also be crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson. Equipped with its original engine, transmission and rear assembly, and after going through a rotisseries restoration, this Corvette is an award winner and will certainly garner some attention by bidders.
While the more modern Aston Martins seem to be increasing in value and popularity, these examples from the ‘60s are both from prominent Aston Martin collections and deserve significant hammer prices based on their rarity and condition. Both cars do have reserves, which is rare at Barrett-Jackson, but I’m confident that there will be a handful of buyers anxiously awaiting these beauties to cross the block.
There are 19 Plymouths on the docket from 1970 alone, two of which caught my attention, and, I’m sure, will catch yours as well. Regarded as one of the rarest and most desirable Hemi ’Cudas available today, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible in triple black is going to be a showstopper. Being one of only 14 built and having been found in a barn in Taos, N.M., in the ‘80s, everything about this ‘Cuda is jaw-dropping.
If you were hoping for your ‘Cuda to make more of a colorful entrance, look no further than the violet 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda, which was one of only 284 four-speed HEMI ‘Cudas built in 1970. It’s been completely restored, but we’ll have to see how desirable that shade of purple is.
This race car is the only Cheetah built and raced with a Corvette heavy-duty 427ci L88 aluminum-head racing engine option and is one of only 15 known surviving Cheetahs in the world. Meanwhile, the ’71 Ford Torino display car is made of 3-D printed liquid metal. Although this isn’t a running vehicle, it’s pretty cool to look at from an artistic perspective.
At last year’s Scottsdale auction, Barrett-Jackson sold 1,469 vehicles for more than US $102,000,000. How will they fare this year in its marquee auction? Stay tuned to find out.
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Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.