Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011: Corvette Auction Preview!
by Steve Burns
The Barrett-Jackson crew sets up shop in Sin City this weekend for their 4th annual Las Vegas sale. Nearly 50 Corvettes are set to cross the auction block between Thursday September 22nd and Saturday the 24th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino as their 40th Anniversary tour winds down. Once again, SPEED will be providing 19.5 hours of live coverage. You can take a peek at a few of our favorites that will be changing hands this weekend after the break.
The Corvette docket contains 1st through 5th generation Corvettes this time around. All of which are being offered at no reserve. In the past, we’ve focused on original, rare, factory-correct cars so this time we’ll take a look at some cool custom Vettes which you should bid on this weekend.
Lot #660.2 1960 Custom Corvette Convertible
This wild yellow and red C1 rides on a Predator tube chassis. Power comes via a C6 Corvette LS2 attached to a Tremec 5-speed transmission. The interior features red leather, A/C, and power windows. Exterior touches include polished C4 suspension pieces and Flaming River steering. Don’t buy this car if you don’t like being the center of attention!
Lot #667 1967 Custom Corvette Coupe:
This sinister ’67 coupe rides on an Art Morrison chassis with C4 front suspension, Ford 9″ rear end with 3.83 gears, and 4-bar suspension out back. A LS2 with custom coated headers exhales through side exhaust. Wilwood brakes with drilled and slotted rotors provide stopping power. The tan custom interior includes a custom tilt & telescopic steering column, Dakota Digital keyless entry system and a Kenwood DVD, CD, MP3, and Navigation system. The auction listing states:” TITLED AS A 2010 ASSEMBLED** **NOT EMISSIONS COMPLIANT, CAN ONLY BE SOLD TO A DEALER OR OUT-OF-STATE BUYER**”. Guess this means that what you buy in Vegas can’t stay in Vegas.
Lot #71.2 1973 Custom Corvette Convertible:
By 1973 emissions controls and insurance premiums had decimated the muscle car movement. Base engine horsepower had fallen to 190. That power issue has been rectified in this crazy 1973 roadster. Motivation now comes from a 502 Ram Jet motor backed by a Richmond 6-speed transmission. Chrome Hooker side pipes provide the soundtrack while driving. The yellow exterior is complimented by the snazzy two-tone yellow and black interior. Magazine coverage of this creation includes Corvette Enthusiast and Vette magazines. Overall a very neat Corvette that’s sure to turn heads when it crosses the block.
For those not attending the Las Vegas extravaganza this weekend, you can still watch 19.5 hours of HD coverage on SPEED. They’ll be on the air Thursday, September 22nd 4-11 pm, Friday September 23rd 4-11 pm, and Saturday September 24th 5:30-11pm. All times are EASTERN.
If you planning on watching the auction, make sure you download our Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Corvette Auction Schedule so you’ll know when the next Corvette is coming up on the block.
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