We worked closely with the team at Barrett-Jackson to compile an exclusive list of the top 10 highest-grossing Chevys from the 2017 Palm Beach auction. Scroll down for the full list of cars from the Bowtie brand that demanded the highest gavel price from one of the largest collector car auctions in the world.
Technically, the highest-grossing Chevrolet was the first production model 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE that we previously covered - click here for that story. It sold for charity, so below you’ll find the ten highest-grossing Chevys excluding charitable sales. Interested in what made the list earlier this year in Scottsdale? Check out the “Top 10 Highest-Grossing Chevys - 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale” here. All prices below are hammer price plus buyer’s commission.
Coming in at number 10 was an exceptionally restored Corvette powered by a 427ci turbo-jet V8 with 390hp and 4-speed manual transmission. Beautiful red on red and one of the most sought after drivetrain combos helped this Vette land in the top 10.
Matching numbers and an original fuel-injected car, this red over black 327/360hp is already the second Corvette convertible to make the list. The car was frame-off restored and confirmed by renowned expert Roy Sinor.
The first custom of the list, this uber clean and equally stunning early and custom El Camino comes in at number 8. Barrett-Jackson said thousands of man-hours went into this no-expense-spared rotisserie, nut-and-bolt restoration. Under the hood sits a Chevrolet Performance ZZ502 crate engine with Ram Jet fuel injection. The Chevrolet Performance ZZ502/502 Deluxe crate engine is rated at 508 horsepower and an even more impressive 580 lb.-ft. of torque.
Quite the opposite of the flashy and custom El Camino, this is a prime example of a mostly original classic Chevy. This car was one of only 3,467 built which was restored and presented in a museum-like state. Over the years, it was a perpetual show-winner, including the Willistead Classic of Canada. It was judged personally by the Father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov at the Meadow Brook Hall Concours d'Elegance, where he hand-selected it for the blue ribbon and prestigious Lion Award. Thereafter, it was invited to exhibit at SAE Expo to honor Arkus-Duntov and three other notable engineers. It was there that Arkus-Duntov signed the dashboard, which is fully documented by the press, letters and photos that accompany the car.
So, technically, number 6 tied with number 7, and each represent fine restorations of early Corvette convertibles. This prime example features a numbers-matching 283/230hp engine, California black and yellow license plates and beautiful Ermine white on red interior.
Yet another early Corvette Convertible makes the top 10 list. Beautiful Signet Red on Ivory adorn this example which received several new pieces to restore the car. Barrett-Jackson said this car was babied and kept in sunny San Diego, California with the same owner since 1978.
Quite a leap up from the 5th place spot - an over $50,000 increase. This very classic ‘67 427/400 Corvette Convertible is an original matching-numbers car featuring rare and unusual options like factory air conditioning, speed warning indicator and is a real factory side-pipe car. It is one of only 16 produced in this rare and desirable combination.
An immaculate K5 Blazer resto-mod comes in high on the list! After a 1,200-hour frame-off build, 95% of its original sheet metal was retained. Plus, lurking under the hood is a Chevrolet Performance LS3 Connect & Cruise Powertrain System. The LS3 cranks out 430 horsepower handled by an automatic overdrive transmission mated to the original 205-transfer case. This is one bad truck built for show yet ready to drive.
It may come as no surprise this legend’s race car came in at close to a quarter of a million dollars. Coming in at number 2 on the list is none other than Dale Earnhardt’s race car from ‘89/’90. This NASCAR Cup Car comes with supporting documentation from Crew Chief Kirk Shelmerdine, who personally inspected the car and found it to be 100% true as raced by Dale Earnhardt. This car was raced by Earnhardt in 1989 and 1990. The car was originally built as a Monte Carlo Aerocoupe and was sponsored by Wrangler, then in 1990 changed to one of the first Goodwrench-sponsored Lumina Aerocoupes.
Coming in a number one of the highest-grossing Chevys from Palm Beach was, well, you probably guessed it, an early convertible Corvette. However, this is quite different from the other cars as it is a stunning, one-of-a-kind resto-mod built with the best components, including a Chevrolet Performance LS3 crate engine. The car is simply a prime example of a resto-mod with Art-Morrison chassis, breathtaking body and paint and many other custom pieces that all come together into a modern performance take on a beautiful classic car.
There you have it, the top 10 highest-grossing Chevys at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2017. As you may have noticed, no less than 3 of the top 10 featured a Chevrolet Performance crate engine, with the number one highest-grossing Chevy (excluding charity) was powered by such an engine. It’s also pretty unbelievable just how many early Corvette convertibles made the list - official count comes to six of the top ten.
See Chevrolet Performance’s full lineup of crate engines, transmissions, Connect & Cruise Packages, model-specific parts and more, here if you’re ready to build a vehicle that will be ready for the auction lights of such a prolific one as Barrett-Jackson.
Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co, LLC