Top Corvette Sales at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Featured Some Amazing Cars. Perhaps the most historic was the 1960 CERV-1, the Original Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle
Now that Barrett-Jackson’s 2017 Scottsdale auction has wrapped up, let’s take a look at the biggest Corvette sales from the event. Although a lot of resto-modded C1s sold for big money, let’s focus on the factory Corvettes and one prototype.
The biggest Corvette sale of the auction was the 1960 CERV-1, the original Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle. Developed by our patron saint Zora Arkus-Duntov, it functioned as a test bed for engine, chassis, and aerodynamic development. Due to a ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing, the CERV-1 never saw competition, but it is nevertheless an important piece of Corvette history. It justifiably sold for $1,320,000.
When it comes to C2s, the most iconic model is the split-window ’63 coupe. Even rarer are cars equipped with the Z06 Special Performance Equipment package. That included a high-compression 327, a 4-speed manual, a 4.11 Positraction rear end, and heavy-duty suspension and brakes. A mere 199 were made. Of those, only 63 were produced with the N06 option, a 36-gallon, fiberglass fuel tank designed for endurance racing.
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Amazingly, two of these “Tankers” were offered at the Scottsdale sale. A restored example sold for $385,000. And a car owned by Mickey Thompson went for $247,500. It looks downright purposeful, with deleted bumpers and color-keyed Rader wheels.
Other significant C2 sales included a 1967 427 convertible fetching $220,000. This gorgeous example, painted black with a red stinger stripe, features red line tires and a hardtop. If you were to go back to 1967 and order a Corvette of your own, this is pretty much exactly how you’d want to do it. If that color combo isn’t your thing, though, a nearly identical car (with the body and stinger colors flipped) sold for $176,000.
Early C3s are increasingly becoming desirable to collectors, with many rare, desirable, and downright fast models produced before the fuel crisis. This 1969 convertible, equipped with the L89 aluminum-head 427, looks gorgeous in gold, with side pipes and the ubiquitous rally (or is it rallye?) wheels. We love the coke-bottle shape of the C3 Corvettes, but it was impressive to see this one sell for $205,700.
There were a great many significant Corvettes to cross the block — even more than we covered here. Be sure to check out Corvette Blogger for more high-dollar Corvette goodness, including the 200th Corvette ever built!