Barrett-Jackson Northeast Offers Three Very Different C3 Corvettes

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Trio of third-generation’s top Corvettes on Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast docket.

The Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction taking place in Connecticut June 21 – 24 lacks some of the big-dollar Corvettes of other auctions. However, we found three interesting C3 Corvettes on the docket that some might enjoy for a fairly reasonable price. We’d be surprised if any of these brought more than $50,000, but you don’t need piles of cash to score a fun, classic Corvette.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Recreation

Burt and John Greenwood made a name for themselves with their modified, road-racing Corvettes. Like Dr. Dick Thompson, the Greenwoods would become inextricable from the legend of Corvette racing. Their widebody C3 Corvettes became the stuff of legends, including trips to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a French-crowd-pleasing 454 Big Block Chevy V8. This car up for auction is not originally a Greenwood example, but it recreates the aero kit that made them successful, and has all period-correct SCCA-approved parts. The buying audience likely comes across narrow, but this is an undoubtedly cool car.

Lot #438

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1970 Chevrolet Corvette 454

Chevy upped the displacement for the top-trim Corvettes in 1970 and this Stingray carries Chevy’s massive 454 under its hood. The Big Block cars put out horsepower in the high 300s, and could run the quarter-mile in 13 seconds. Perhaps most importantly, Chevy upgraded the interiors to make them roomier and more usable than in early C3s. Despite this, Corvette sales slumped in 1970 to almost half of the previous year’s total. This one comes nicely optioned with power everything, factory air conditioning, factory alarm, and removable T-Tops.

Lot #631

1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

Corvette celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1978, which unfortunately was a down time in the model’s history. The Small-Block Chevy 350 struggled to make 200 horsepower during a time of changing emissions and fuel-mileage regulations. As a result, few consider the ‘78 to be highly collectible. However, the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas still bring some modicum of collectability. In addition to the obvious exterior paint and decals, the Pace Car also received upgraded interior options like a tilt-telescope steering wheel, power windows, and power doors.

Lot #426

Eric Rood is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and LS1Tech, among other auto sites.

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