Bill Mitchell's 1967 COPO Corvette Up For Auction

By Jeffrey N. Ross Dec 12, 2019
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By Jeffrey N. Ross Dec 12, 2019
GM's design chief had this one-off Corvette built for his wife.

It's always good to be the boss, but sometimes it's just as good to be the bosses wife. That's how this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette COPO came to be in existence when GM's vice president of styling, Bill Mitchell, used the Central Office Production Order (COPO) system to create a one-off car for his wife. This ultra-rare and well-documented COPO Corvette will be auctioned off next month by Russo and Steele.

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Mitchell was responsible for the design of the C2 Corvette, and this dual-top Corvette convertible is a stunning example of the car. Custom touches on this Ermine White 'Vette include the full-length stinger stripe, red rally wheels and red-painted undercarriage components, and these red accents perfectly matched the all-red interior. In addition to the color scheme, Mitchell also fitted this car with the 400-horsepower 427 CID V8 backed by a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, and the optional side-mounted exhaust.

As if a COPO Corvette personally ordered by Bill Mitchell wasn't cool enough, this Corvette comes with plenty of documentation to make it even better. For starters, this car's note book was signed by none other than Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Corvette, and the original built sheet displays Mitchell's name. Adding even more to this car's lore, this COPO Corvette underwent a body-off restoration in 1992, and its high quality and importance resulted in it becoming the first recipient of the Bloomington Gold Historic Award, which it received in June 2001.

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Whether you are looking to sell a classic, sports, muscle, or one-of-a-kind collector automobile Russo and Steele’s consignment process has been streamlined specifically for your ease. Once you have made the decision to sell your classic car, a Russo and Steele Consignment Specialist will take over from there and work with you every step of the way. You start the consignment process by simply filling out the pre-consignment form online, so a specialist can contact you and has some background on your specific car.

Phoenix-based Russo and Steele moved its annual Scottsdale auction event to a previously used location offering more than 20 acres worth of space. This auction will run from January 15-19, 2020, and it will boast the world's largest billboard consisting of five football fields worth of auction tents. This new location will be easier to access off the main highway, closer to the parking lots for attendees and it will also allow for an improved weather contingency.


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