Classic, Custom Corvettes Among Anticipated Sports Cars Crossing Barrett-Jackson Auction Block
UNCASVILLE, CONN. – May 24, 2017 – The auction block will be rumbling off the power of one of America’s favorite sports cars at Barrett-Jackson’s 2nd Annual Northeast Auction, June 21-24 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction® will feature some of the finest custom and restored Corvettes during its premier automotive lifestyle event, including a ’66 Corvette Resto Mod Convertible (Lot #652), a ’57 283/270 Convertible (preview) and a ’68 327/400 custom build (Lot #768).
“The Corvette continues to be one of the most popular American-built sports cars in the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The early-generation cars, which are extremely well-represented during our Northeast Auction, made an immediate connection with enthusiasts on a level that many other sports cars missed. While survivor models are incredibly valuable to collectors, the first three generation models can be great project cars, which is why there are so many amazing custom builds today.”
Some of the notable Corvettes crossing the block at Mohegan Sun include a ’66 Convertible (Lot #652) featuring a ground-up custom build with a modern suspension and chassis based on the design of Art Morrison. This Corvette is the result of thousands of man-hours and includes the most up-to-date C6 Corvette suspension, LS3 V8 engine, manual transmission and new interior. A ’57 283/270 Convertible (preview) is finished in the rare Cascade Green and features the original factory racing setup. Over the last 10 years it has undergone a rolling restoration that meets NCRS standards, and includes a new reproduction steering wheel, working original Wonder Bar AM/FM radio, as well as working original gauges and clock.
Another like-new restored Corvette is a ’62 327/360 Convertible (Lot #642) representing the last year of the first-generation models. It’s powered by a rare fuel-injected V8 engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. This Corvette is one of the finest examples of the first-generation Corvette models.
“Corvettes have captured the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors since 1953,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “One of the most unique aspects of Corvettes is that classic, contemporary, custom and survivor cars are all appreciated. No other sports car is so encompassing of the hobby, making them perfect for just about any collection. The Corvettes on this year’s Northeast Auction docket are a great example of the depth and breadth of the Corvette over the years.”
One of only 3,832 big-block Corvettes produced, a ’67 427/390 (Lot #727), is powered by an engine rebuilt by the famed Hendricks Motorsports. Finished in rare Marina Blue, this 4-speed manual transmission sports car features power disc brakes, factory air conditioning and side-mount exhaust. Another Corvette destined to be a fan favorite is a ’64 small-block 327 with 350 horsepower (preview) that’s finished in the ultra-rare factory color code of 900 Tuxedo Black over a red interior. It’s powered by a matching-numbers V8 engine rebuilt during a frame-off restoration that was well-documented with photos, receipts and reports.
A truly unique build, a ’68 327/400 custom (Lot #768) underwent a quality nut-and-bolt restoration. It is equipped with a ’55 Chevrolet dashboard, side pipes, Foose rims and upside-down Camaro nose, and the powerful small-block V8 engine connects to a 4-speed manual transmission.
The total number of Corvettes produced in 1970 was 17,316, making this model year the smallest since 1962. One of two ’70 Corvettes currently set to cross the auction block at Mohegan Sun includes a Daytona Yellow Sting Ray 454/390 (Lot #631). Under the hood of this American sports car is a rare big-block V8 engine with 4-speed manual transmission. Special options include Rally wheels with raised white-letter tires with sombrero caps, along with removable T-top and rear window glass.
One of only 1,287 produced for 1970, Lot #630 is a rare LT-1 Convertible that has only 26,420 original miles. Under the hood of this Marlboro Maroon Corvette is the original V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission. It comes with many of the original documents, including the consumer information booklet, AM/FM radio warranty paper, Protect-O-Plate, owner responsibility pamphlet, and owner’s manual and bag.
The 2017 Northeast Auction Docket is now available. Click here to consign a vehicle for the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction or for information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to Barrett-Jackson.com/Bid.
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car and automotive lifestyle events, which include authentic automobilia auctions. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature extensive live television coverage in 2017, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit Barrett-Jackson.com or call 480-421-6694.