Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum Monterey 2012
Mecum Auctions will be in Monterey, California this weekend for their annual August sale. The auction runs August 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course. Velocity will have 18 hours of live coverage of the auction. Nearly 60 Corvettes are scheduled to cross the block including a black 1968 L88 roadster, Mickey Thompson's 1963 Z06, and a COPO 1967 convertible shown at the NY Auto Show.
Of the nearly 500 cars listed on the docket, Corvettes occupy about 9% of the offerings. All 6 generations will be represented with C1's and C2's consisting of about 80% (46) of the Corvettes. The breakdown by generation looks like this: 21 C1's, 25 C2's, 4 C3's, 2 C4's, 1 lone C5, and a trio of C6's.
Earlier this week told you about the 2009 SV 9C Competizione available. Some of the other significant Corvettes include a COPO L88 racer, a prototype 1960 big brake fuelie, 1953 VIN 153, and 2011 Carbon Edition Z06.
Here's a look at our favorites coming up this week in Monterey.
Lot S140 – 1968 Black L88 Convertible:
This Bloomington Gold Certified L88 is one only three black 1968 convertibles known. Options include hardtop only, power brakes and redline tires. It has been treated to a Naber Brother's restoration and shows just 8,940 miles on the odometer. Documentation includes the tank sticker, a copy of the window sticker, and complete owner history. The only real question here is how far will it get into six figures before is sells.
Lot S131 – Mickey Thompson's 1963 Corvette Z06:
For years we've known this car as the Sears/Allstate Tire Test Car. After some recent research it was determined that it was actually Mickey Thompson's personal car and used in advertising for Mickey Thompson wheels. The white Z06 coupe features the 360hp fuel injected motor, M20 transmission, and the honking 36 gallon fuel tank. It will be interesting to see how the bidders react to this new information on this car and what, if any, effect that will have on the hammer price.
Lot S112 – 1967 New York Auto Show COPO 427/435 Convertible:
This car is the 1967 New York Auto Show Tri-Power display car. It was delivered to the New York zone office less than 2 weeks before its showing wearing its COPO Silver Pearl / Red leather livery. Lot S112 is the only known silver/red 435hp Corvette. The list of options includes: the new-for-'67 L71 427/435 engine , M21 4-speed, power brakes, side pipes, headrests, rally's, redline tires and radio delete. This is a very unique Corvette in fantastic colors that's sure to draw lots of interest this weekend in Monterey.
The Mecum Monterey event runs this Thursday through Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course.
Velocity's live coverage will air 12pm-6pm Pacific time Thursday â€“ Saturday. You can also view the entire auction via webcast on Mecum's websitewww.mecum.com.
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