First-Production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Fetches $925,000 at Barrett-Jackson Auction
The first-production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a.k.a. the fastest and most powerful Corvette in history, went up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson event over the weekend. Based on how much previous first-production Corvettes fetched in similar auction settings — the first-production Corvette Z06, for example, sold for $800,000 — we expected the ‘Vette ZR1 to sell in the neighborhood of $1 million. It never reached that amount, but we were still pretty close because the first-production ZR1 sold for a whopping $925,000.
First Corvette ZR1 Heads to Auction Next to the First Ford GT to be Auctioned for Charity
The first-production 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will go up for auction at Barrett Jackson’s 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction on January 20 at WestWorld Arena in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joining at as an auction headliner is a Ford GT that’s the first of its kind to be donated for a charity auction. You don’t need to tell me that bids are going to fly once these two prized exotics hit the stage. The only question is, “how much will each car fetch?”
First-Production Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Will Be Auctioned Off For Veterans
The Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition is a saucy little number, isn’t it? Thanks to General Motors and the George W. Bush Presidential Center, you now have a chance to become the first owner of the special edition sports car when it goes up for auction at the upcoming Barret-Jackson Scottsdale event this coming January. Proceeds from the sale from the auction will go to the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative, a charity that focuses on supporting post-9/11 veterans and helping them transition back to civilian life. The charity is supported by no less than former US President George W. Bush.
The Corvette Carbon 65 Edition made its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April, created in no small part to Chevy’s motivation to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the legendary sports car. The car itself isn’t a special edition in the traditional sense of the phrase. Instead, the Carbon 65 Edition is a package that can be added to either coupe or convertible versions of the Corvette. The package consists mainly of exterior and interior upgrades, and Chevy is only creating 650 of them. That “numbered” status is a big part of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition’s appeal, and the fact that the first-of-its-kind is headed to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction makes this specific model all the more desirable. So is the fact that it will be signed by President Bush himself. That’s an extra shot of provenance for a special edition package that breathes new life into the iconic American sports car.
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2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview
Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.
Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.
TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.
Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
The Chevy Bel Air was pretty much an instant classic when it hit showrooms back in 1950. The first generation, which ran between 1950 and 1954) sported a revolutionary design, with hardtop models designed as a convertible with a non-removable hard top. It was a design that had been around since the early 1920s, but up until the Bel Air, as well as other models from Chevy and Cadillac, the design hadn’t really seen too much success. The model we’re here to talk about today is a 1957 Bel Air convertible that will be going under the hammer in August of 2016 at the Mecum auction during Monterey Car Week.
This specific model isn’t exactly your everyday ’57 Chevy, though. This thing has gone through restoration, is completely rust free, and has been upgraded with a 5.7-liter Corvette-derived LS1 that is backed by the near bullet-proof 4L60-E four-speed automatic (the modern version of the 700R4 transmission.) Outside of this, there are lots of other goodies and features that make this Bel Air convertible a true one-of-a-kind model. So, let’s get on with my review before I make this introduction just way too long.
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1956 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
The 1950s were a special time for American automobiles. Chrome, big fenders, narrow wheels, and futuristic comfort features were all the rage. Chevrolet was perhaps the most pervasive brand of the era thanks to big hits like the 1956 Bel Air. This popular trend extended even into Chevy’s pickup lineup. Introduced in 1955, the Chevrolet Task Force pickups featured all the right stuff, plus offered a heavier duty chassis than the Advance Design pickup series it replaced.
The Chevy Task Force came with a striking new design that mirrored Chevy’s passenger car designs. The Task Force series also bought never-before-seen comforts to the pickup segment, including a wraparound windshield, wraparound rear glass on Deluxe Cab models, a larger interior, power steering, power brakes, a 12-volt electrical system, and an optional automatic transmission. What’s more, 1955 was the first year for Chevy’s legendary small-block V-8. Displacing 265 cubic inches, this 4.3-liter V-8 was the first V-8 in a Chevy pickup.
The Task Force series of pickups lasted from 1955 through 1959 when the Apache series, took over. The Apache also started carrying the C/K series designation, which denoted either RWD (C) or 4WD (K), and would soon take over as Chevy’s pickup truck names until 1999 when the Silverado trim line officially became the model name.
But it was 1956 when Chevrolet built the truck you see here. This 3100 model foregoes the V-8 in favor of Chevy’s then-popular 235 Thriftmaster inline six-cylinder and four-speed manual transmission. It does sport the Deluxe Cab with the rounded rear glass, two-tone paint, and the optional heater package. Mecum auctions will roll this meticulously restored truck across the auction block during the 2016 Monterey auction taking place August 18th through 20th.
There’s plenty more information about this truck below the jump, so keep reading for more.
Continue reading for our full review on the Chevrolet 3100 Pickup.
The 1960s is largely considered the golden era of American muscle cars, when big-block V-8s, Polyglas tires and carburetors ruled the streets. Corvettes were certainly a part of the action, especially in the latter part of the decade. But no Corvette of the time came close to touching the outright abilities of the famed L88.
The L88 designation came with Vettes powered by the mighty 427 cubic-inch big-block that came factory-rated at 430 horsepower. However, Chevrolet lied. In reality, the 427 produced well over 500 horsepower. Only 216 examples were built between 1967 and 1969, with Chevrolet marketing them towards race teams rather than the general public.
That magnificent engine, a de-optioned interior and the high-rise hood were the only visual things separating the L88 from the standard C3 Stingray. But the late 1960s were fantastic times for Corvette design. The classic shark body with its side gills, sloping front end, bulging fenders, and wide rear haunches made the Vette one of the curviest, most seductive cars of the era.
Joe Everyman had the option of the standard 350 cubic-inch V-8 or several optional V-8s, including a 327, 427 and 454 – all of which came with various tunes throughout the C3’s lifespan. Introduced for the 1968 model year, the third-generation Corvette lasted into the 1980s, when Chevrolet introduced the C4 for 1984. Updates and refreshes came regularly for the C3’s design and interior, making it easy to determine its model year.
Though the C3 enjoyed immense popularity, it’s the rarest version – the L88 – that has gained the most legendary status with collectors. That’s why the particular Stingray pictured here is on the auction block with an estimated selling price between $650,000 and $750,000. Besides its rarity, the car’s value is based on several other factors. Keep reading for them all.
Continue reading to learn more about the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427/430 L88.
Here’s the thing about old cars: They’re kind of slow by today’s standards. A well-equipped Chrysler Town & Country minivan can outperform most high-performance cars of the 1960s and 1970s, but obviously a minivan doesn’t have quite the same charisma as, say, a 1967 Corvette Stingray. So, if you want a Corvette Stingray that performs, you can either buy a new one, or this 1967 that Bill Kuhn of His Place Inc. in Maryland has stuffed with loads of modern, high-performance parts.
Let’s start with the engine. The fastest of the Stingrays were the 427 big-blocks — beastly mills, but they were also heavy. This one uses a 460-horsepower LT1 from a 2015 Corvette, — far lighter and more powerful than the 427. Power is sent through a new five-speed Tremec transmission, with a hydraulic clutch and 3.73:1 rear end. Suspension from a C4 Corvette is bolted to a tubular chassis, and four-wheel disc brakes clamp massive 13-inch rotors in the front and 12-inchers in the rear. Its 18-inch Grand Sport wheels are the only exterior clues that you might be looking at something a bit special, but honestly, I might swap them out for something a bit more retro.
The interior is covered with red leather and boasts modern conveniences, including air conditioning, power steering, adjustable steering column and a modern stereo, complete with Bluetooth connectivity. This obsessively assembled package is being sold at the Mecum Auctions event this May 12-16 in Indianapolis and is expected to go for between $175,000 and $200,000.
Continue reading to learn more about this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible.
The end of the fifth-generation Camaro, soon to be replaced by a redesigned pony, will also mark the termination of the [current COPO model, now in its fourth year as a limited-edition drag racer. Built in only 69 units, the 2015 COPO Camaro is likely sold-out, as demand was so great Chevy had "an independent third-party" randomly select purchasers from the pool of interested buyers. Those who missed the opportunity to buy one, however, will get a second chance on April 18th, 2015, when the first 2015 COPO to leave the assembly line will hit the auction block.
Wearing serial number 001, the muscle car, which was first showcased at the 2014 SEMA Show, will raise money for Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a non-profit organization that helps disabled athletes and veterans gain access to marathons to improve their physical abilities. The winning bidder will receive the Camaro in the same livery it was unveiled with at SEMA, including an Abalone White exterior with matte-gray and orange accents, and "15" graphics. This livery is unique and not available for the regular production cars.
Motivating this COPO Camaro is a 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) LSX-based racing engine with a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger on top. The combo is NHRA-rated at 555 horsepower and mates to a three-speed automatic racing transmission, which, according to Chevy, should return mid-eight-second quarter-mile runs. Fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage, a racing chassis and a bespoke solid rear axle system, the COPO 001 is ready to hit the drag strip.
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When it comes to crazy prices at car auctions, Ferrari takes the cake for classic machines. Lately though there has been a big push to put all-new cars on the auction block for charity, and the new Corvette has been setting the auction hammer alight. GM offered up the first production Corvette Stingray and Stingray Convertibles to auction where they went for $1.05 million and $1 million respectively. With the release of the new Z06, GM once again turned to a charity auction to sell the first one off the line. Again, it sold for an eye-popping $1 million dollars. Now with the topless Z06 models rolling through Bowling Green, GM decided to go four for four with auctions and sent this one to Barret-Jackson. While this latest model didn’t break the seven-figure mark that the previous three Corvettes did, this Z06 still managed to climb to $800,000 before the gavel fell.
While that is a lot of scratch to pay for a car with an MSRP below $100k, don’t forget that all proceeds go to charity, which in this particular case, was United Way.
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Back in 1963, the second generation Corvette hit the market with a splash. The car fed off the popularity of the first Corvettes and showed promises of more power and an even bigger status symbol. Designed under Bill Mitchell and named Sting Ray after inspiration from sea life including the Mako shark, the second generation Corvette offered a coupe version for the first time. Those 1963 cars came with the famed split rear window; a feature dropped for 1964. The design didn’t change much for 1965, but would be the first time a big block would find its way under the fiberglass hood. That 396 offered up 425 horsepower, a full 50 horsepower more than the fuel injected 327 also offered that year.
The second generation Corvette ceased production at the end of 1967 in preparation for the third generation Corvette Stingray.
Crossing the auction block this January is this beautiful 1965 Corvette Stingray with the VIN of 001. Yep, this is the first Vette off the line for ’65 and the first to have four-wheel-disc brakes come standard. Built in August of 1964, the car toured the country with General Motors showing off the Corvettes new stopping power. The car is covered in unique Cadillac-specific silver paint because the Corvette silver specified for 1965 wasn’t ready yet, What’s more, the car is also the first Vette to come with the then-popular teakwood steering wheel and power-raising antenna for the AM/FM radio. Best of all, the car is unrestored with only 28,000 miles on the clock.
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Earlier this year, the first production 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was auctioned off for an impressive $650,000, which were donated to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools. Today, the first example of the 2015 model year Z/28 will cross the block in Palm Beach, during a Barrett-Jackson sale.
This time, all proceeds will benefit the AARP Foundation and its Drive to End Hunger campaign that raise awareness and funds to address the problem of hunger among Americans age 50 and over.
The winning bidder will take delivery of the very first 2015 Camaro Z/28 and will get to choose from the five exterior colors the muscle car is offered in: Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. We anticipate seeing it go for around $165,000 when the final gavel finally falls sometime after 5:30 p.m. EST.
The Camaro Z/28 remains unchanged for 2015, which means it will be powered by the same naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.
We are live at the auction, so stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you the selling price and photos from the Palm Beach auction as quickly as our mobile WiFi allows us — hey, it’s better that carrier pigeons...
Updated 4/14/214: The gavel has fallen on the first 2015 Camaro Z/28, and the final price was far higher than we expected: $500,000.
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Get those checkbooks ready because the first production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is headed to Barrett Jackson. For everyone who was pining for the return of the Corvette Z06, your wish was granted when Chevrolet officially unveiled the sports car it hailed as the "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features".
But if you’re interested in new Corvette Z06, you’re going to need to pony up a significant amour of money because the first production Corvette Z06 — yep, the one with VIN 001 — is headed to the Barrett Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida from April 11th through the 13th.
This isn’t the first time that Chevrolet has sent first production models to the auction block, including the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray, which NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick scooped up for $1 million.
Not to discourage anybody who doesn’t have that kind of budget, but that’s just the market these days for these first production Corvettes. And with this one being the long-awaited Z06, there’s a good chance that $1 million turns out to be a conservative estimate.
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First-production models for the Camaro usually find themselves on the auction block with proceeds being sent directly to charity.
So, when Chevrolet announced last week that it was sending the first-production models of the 2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro and the 2014 Z/28 Camaro to Barrett-Jackson, none of us were surprised the least bit.
What we did find surprising, though, was the enormous interest bidder had in both cars, culminating in a total auction of $1.35 million. Broken down, the Z28 netted an impressive $650,000 and the COPO Camaro received $700,000.
Compare that to the $400,000 the 2013 COPO Camaro Convertible fetched in the same event last year and we’d consider that almost 100-percent bid increase proof that the new look of the Camaro, coupled with the uniqueness of the models, equates to a lot of interest from a lot of people.
Besides, the amount both cars received will go to a good cause, with the proceeds from the COPO Camaro going to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans and the money from the Z/28 will go to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools.
Good on the buyers of both first-production models for shelling out that much money; just goes to show that people are willing to fork over money to score these muscle cars.
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The 2014 Detroit Auto Show is pretty much in the books — at least for the press — so our attention is now focused on this weekend’s Barret Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction. Lots cool cars will be auction in here, including supercars, classic cars and muscle cars, so if you have the money this is the place you want to be during this weekend.
Two of the models to be auctioned this weekend come from Chevrolet. We are talking about the first retail-production 2014 Camaro Z/28 and the first limited-production 2014 COPO Camaro. All the proceeds coming from selling the COPO Camaro will go to Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans and the ones from the Z/28 will go to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools.
The COPO Camaro will feature a very cool, one-off COPO Ice Blue Metallic satin paint scheme and a LS-based, supercharged 350-cubic-inch engine. The Camaro Z/28 will feature identification number ending in 0001.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Camaro Z/28 And COPO Camaro.
One of the cool things that happens at the SEMA Auto Show is that you get to see a bunch of the cars in attendance head to various auctions. During last week’s show, a pair of custom Chevrolet Camaros were revealed, and they are are now heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale this coming January.
The two Camaros, called the Linda Vaughn LV-1 Editions, were inspired by the woman many consider the "First Lady of Motorsports." Jack ’Doc’ Watson also designed the two Camaros to pay homage to the friendship between the two individuals — a bond that has lasted for over 50 years.
Both Camaros come with color combinations that also harkens back to Watson’s old black/gold and white/gold color schemes for Hurst and Oldsmobile models of yesteryear. The gold, in particular, was also added to serve as inspiration to Linda Vaughn’s "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" nickname.
Both cars are considered one-offs (or two-offs, if you want to group both together) with each coming with a host of identifiable badging, fancy sets of wheels, and complete warranty and service policies. No performance modifications were added, but for cars that will be as sought after as these two, you don’t need that added horsepower to make it any more special.
Like we said, the two Linda Vaughn LV-1 Camaros will be auctioned off this January by Barrett-Jackson with the proceeds from both cars going to The International Kids Alliance Network — a charity dedicated to exciting teaching tools for kids and eliminating illiteracy.
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By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports car for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engineers all over America had taken the lightweight-big engine formula to heart with their prized first-gen Corvettes, but now they wanted more performance by every measurement. Much more speed, in particular.
Chevrolet had similar ideas when brainstorming ways to replace the C1 as far back as 1957. The Q-Corvette concept was a working idea of a smaller, lighter and nimbler Corvette than ever before. Four-wheel discs were to be standard, and the car was could hold its own on a racetrack right off the showroom floor.
Over the C2’s relatively short time — until 1967 — this Corvette became the quickest factory machine ever in the quarter-mile with the 11.02 second time recorded by the 1967 Corvette L88 Sting Ray Convertible.
Click past the jump for the full history of the 1963-1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2, with highlights from two prize-winning concours examples.