Pierce-Arrow Museum Lands Coveted Corvettes Valued at $6.3 Million

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Corvette’s ties to New York sway owner to showcase classic collectibles at Buffalo transportation museum.

Talk about landing a few hot gems! Yep, it doesn’t get much better than this if you’re a transportation museum looking for a few Corvettes to add your collection.

Of course, these kind of acquisitions usually evolve out of longstanding relationships and a deep level of respect among all parties involved. Then again, sometimes it’s all a matter of luck, and being in the right place at the right time. That was apparently the case when Buffalo, New York’s Pierce-Arrow Museum recently landed four coveted Corvettes. All together, they’re valued at $6.3 million dollars!

The coup started when James T. Sandoro, founder and executive director of the museum, was asked to appraise a car for Michael Yager. Yager’s family owns the Corvettes, as well as a Corvette parts business.

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When Yager found out about Sandoro’s museum, he asked the director about having one of the Corvettes displayed in the collection. Yager was particularly interested because of the car’s strong ties to New York. That eventually spiraled into Pierce-Arrow landing three more of Yager’s vintage ‘Vettes, as well.

The Corvette additions to the museum include the 1964 New York World’s Fair Mitchell Styling Corvette, a 1964 Corvette Styling Car, a 1969 Elliot Forbes-Robinson #8, and a 1962 Corvette #69 SCCA National Champion.

Sandoro said he expects the cars to be a major draw, considering they’re some of the most coveted classics in the world.

“We think 8,000 to 10,000 Corvette fans a year will come down,” Sandoro told The Buffalo News. “Corvette clubs will come with their cars or take buses to stay overnight.”

That sounds about right. Will you be visiting?

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