Once In A LifeTime Offering Of Chevy Corvettes To Cross Mecum's Auction Block

Dec 21, 2021 5 min read
Once In A LifeTime Offering Of Chevy Corvettes To Cross Mecum's Auction Block

Which Corvette would you bring home?

The collection dubbed, "A Once in Lifetime Offering of Corvettes” is headed to Mecum Auctions, and is made up of some of the finest Corvettes around.

“Precision, innovation, force: three words that harmoniously describe the unmatched and undeterred reckoning the Chevrolet Corvette exudes when performing on road or track. Throughout history, the famous Corvette has pushed boundaries, bravely entering into the most challenging and award-worthy competitions in the world in an attempt to prove itself as one of, if not the most, keenly designed and beautifully constructed automobiles ever produced. Thanks to the men who helped breathe life into the original and ensuing Corvette models, striving to make their once-in-a-lifetime dream of automotive perfection come to fruition, there are many top-shelf variations of America's Sports Car available today, and the rare opportunity to own some of the most significant ones is finally here,” According to Mecum.

Here are some highlights:

1960 Chevy Corvette 'Rat Race' Tanker

1 of 10 Produced, First in Class at 1960 12 Hours of Sebring

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  • GM factory built race car known as the Race Rat
  • GT14 class winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960, 16th overall
  • Zora Arkus Duntov personally assisted the Reed Team in the Sebring pits
  • Legendary Ronnie Kaplan-built engine
  • Rare RPO 1625, 1 of only 10 1960 Big Tank production Corvettes
  • Rare RPO 687, 276 and 1625 version as-delivered
  • First in class at the 1960 12 hours of Sebring
  • Faithfully restored by Marque experts
  • 283/315 HP OHV V-8 engine modified to 397 HP
  • Rochester mechanical fuel injection
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Independent front suspension
  • Solid rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
  • Eligible for leading historic events, tours and Corvette Gatherings
  • 2004 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
  • 2009 Los Angeles Concours d'Elegance
  • 2009 NCRS Heritage Award recipient
  • 2010 NCRS 50th Anniversary display
  • 2013 Greenwich Concours d”Elegance- Most Outstanding Pro-Race Car
  • 2014 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Award winner
  • Vintage photos from 1960
  • Many validating photos of car as found prior to restoration

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1957 Chevy Corvette Big Brake Airbox

1 of 44 Produced, Bloomington Gold Special Collection

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  • Factory Big Brake Airbox Corvette
  • SCCA racer between 1957-1959
  • Raced at Sebring, Daytona International and Lime Rock,
  • SCCA Regional tracks in Colorado, New Mexico, and Central Florida
  • Known ownership history for over 50 years
  • RPO 684 heavy duty brakes and suspension, 1 of 54 produced
  • RPO 579E fresh air Airbox intake, 1 of 44 produced
  • HD shocks and springs
  • HD drums with vented backing plates
  • Quick steering adapter
  • RPO 276 Wide Wheel option
  • Fuel Injection
  • 4 speed transmission
  • Radio and heater delete
  • Corvette Race colors of White with a red interior
  • Car was restored again in 2017 by Dick Robinson
  • Original GM parts installed during restoration including all 5 tires, exhaust, 5.5 inch wheels, front scoops, rear scoops, shocks, nuts and bolts, black widow tach, backing plates and drums
  • Many period race photos of the car from 1957 to 1959
  • Many photos as found condition validating original airbox
  • Many photos of restoration process
  • 1981 NCRS Top Flight Award at Cypress Gardens
  • 1981 Bloomington Gold Certified
  • 1985 Bloomington Special Collection
  • 1987 Chevrolet 75th Anniversary Monterey Historic
  • 1987 Bloomington Gold Special Collection
  • 2017 NCRS Regional Top Flight Award
  • 1981 Vette Vues Magazine multiple page article

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1967 Chevy Corvette Coupe

Known as the Vault Find Corvette

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  • Known as the “Vault Find” Corvette
  • Owned by one family from new until 2017
  • 8,533 original miles
  • Original unrestored condition from top to bottom with exception of battery and mufflers
  • Ordered new by Keith Richard Litavsky and delivered to Jack Douglass Chevrolet in Hinsdale, Illinois, on December 23, 1966
  • Immediately recognized by Litavsky as a future collector car amidst rumors that Corvette production would cease
  • Never judged or shown publicly in its 50-year history
  • Meticulously cared for in climate-controlled storage
  • Driven a mere 15 miles in the last 15 years
  • Documented with the original window sticker, car shipper, Protect-O-Plate, original radio tag, owner's manual and extensive handwritten maintenance logs
  • The original tank sticker is still affixed
  • Original drivetrain and components
  • Tri-Power 427/435 HP L71 engine
  • M21 close-ratio 4-speed transmission
  • 4.11 Positraction differential
  • F41 Special suspension
  • Original Marina Blue paint and Bright Blue interior
  • Power windows and tinted glass
  • Telescopic column, speed warning
  • AM/FM radio, Rally wheels
  • Retains all five of its original non-DOT redline tires
  • Framed vintage photo
  • Framed letter from E.M. Estes, General Manager, Chevrolet Motor Division

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1957 Chevy Corvette Super Super Show Car

Show Car Used to Introduce Rochester Ramjet Fuel Injection

Ad highlights:

  • The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport Show Car
  • Created under shop order SO-90181 in March of 1956, tag affixed to cowl
  • 1957 GM Show Car used to Introduce the Rochester Ramjet fuel injection to the GM line of cars
  • Debuted at the Coliseum in New York in January 1957
  • Shown at the 1957 SCCA Convention and Chicago Auto Show
  • Featured on the cover of the June 1957 issue of Speed Age magazine
  • Sold to first owner Ron Wilsie after completing the show circuit. Wilsie/Kelley Chevrolet, Caro, Michigan
  • In the care of the same owner since 1997
  • Faithfully and extensively restored to its original GM Motorama condition
  • Displayed at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance where it won the unique Presentation of Significant Cars award
  • Recipient of the Historic Vehicle Association National Heritage award
  • Completed the first half of obtaining the NCRS Heritage award, second half may be completed by showcasing the car at a National NCRS meet and the award will be presented in the new owner's name
  • Awards not included
  • Featured in the May 2018 issue of Vette Vues Magazine
  • Original drivetrain with 4,372 believed-original miles
  • Original EL-stamped fuel injected 283/283 HP V-8 engine with special camshaft
  • 4360 first design fuel injector with double spider
  • 889 first design distributor with original tag
  • Ultra rare first design one-piece louvered chrome air cleaner
  • Factory original chromed aluminum valve covers
  • Original off road exhaust system
  • Close ratio 3-speed manual transmission
  • Finished in Pearlescent White with Blue stripes and brushed aluminum coves
  • Rally-inspired design with rear brake ducts, dual cut-down air-craft style plexiglass windscreens and tail lamps with unique divider trim
  • Cove trim is unique chrome-plated brass and wider than production Corvettes
  • Original Blue-dyed leather seat covers, dash roll and floor pan pads
  • Die-stamped metal floor pans with upholstery trimmed in chrome
  • Unique door panels that featured armrests, safety lighting and coves similar to those on the exterior
  • First use of a center console in a Corvette
  • Console-mounted clipboard paper rings
  • Custom tachometer housing with specially-built tachometer
  • Ribbed aluminum floor panels and leather heel pads
  • Custom one-off metal ribbed tunnel cover
  • One-off solid-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel
  • Special one-off gas, clutch and brake pedals
  • Magnetized cup holders with original Blue anodized cups and cushions in the glovebox for a thermos bottle
  • Original US Royal XP-140 non-DOT narrow Whitewall tires with Corvette cross flags on sidewalls, believed to be the only set of five in existence
  • Trunk contains the original Blue carpet, jack and handle, lug wrench, spare and tire board cover with the S.O. number on it
  • Original chrome-plated horn relay and generator regulator covers

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