Just like years past, we’ve worked with Barrett-Jackson to compile an exclusive list of the top 10 highest-grossing Chevrolet vehicles from this past weekend's Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. From 1 of 1 research vehicles, to ultra rare C3 “Fuelie” Corvettes, below is the list of cars from the Bowtie brand that demanded the highest gavel price from one of the largest collector car auctions in the world. And get this, all but one are Corvettes, or helped to develop parts for the Corvette throughout the years.
Interested in what made the list last year? Check out the “Top 10 Highest-Grossing Chevys - 2016 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale” here. All prices below are hammer price plus buyer’s commission.
Tenth place is actually a tie of two cars, being that both sold for the same price. The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible is a heavily pedigreed car known as “Elegance” and has many subtle custom modifications that could have been easily overlooked due to its seamless and sleek design. The car is powered by a Chevrolet Performance LS7 crate engine backed by a 4L65E automatic transmission. The car has numerous awards and was featured in Super Chevy Platinum Magazine. Read more about the car here.
The other car that also sold for $220,000 was a ‘67 Corvette 427/435 Convertible. This car featured one of the most desirable color, model and horsepower Corvettes ever produced and received a three-year restoration by a renowned Corvette expert. Knowing these facts it’s easy to see why this car sold at close to a quarter of a million. See our highlight on the car from yesterday, here.
This beautifully built Corvette features a full gamut of modern amenities with a stunning classic shell wrapped around it. Powering the car is a Chevrolet Performance LSA crate engine backed by a 5-speed manual. Read more about the car here.
You’re looking at not only an extremely rare Corvette, but a personal driver of Mickey Thompson himself. Five fuel-injected Z06 Big Tank Corvettes were GM-assigned to legendary racer and team manager Mickey Thompson during 1962. The car is one of only 63 N03 Big Tank 1963 Corvette Sting Ray coupes with RPO Z06 racing option, and this one has been fully restored and in period appearance. Read more here.
As you’re seeing, Corvettes were in hot demand this year, in both restored condition, as well as clean customs, and this is one of those “clean custom” examples. This beauty is powered by a Chevrolet Performance LT1 crate engine, the same engine found in the modern-day’s Stingray. Read more about the car here.
Here we see yet another custom Corvette Convertible, this one also a ‘62. The car is powered by Chevrolet Performance's new LT4 crate engine and backed by a 4L85 automatic transmission. It’s a first-gen car with the latest gen’s ultimate powerplant. Barrett-Jackson said the car was heavily inspired by the 2016 Z06, whose engine was also chosen for the car. Read more here.
A very rare and highly desirable car, this Chevelle LS6 comes in arguably the most sought after year with a matching-numbers engine. The car received a nut-and-bolt restoration in 2013 and all key components - including the tranny, rear axle, cylinder heads, carburetor, distributor, coil, alternator, starter, master cylinder and brake booster are part-number and date-code correct. Plus, it’s the only non-Corvette related car on the list. Read more here.
In 1953, only 300 of these Corvettes were hand built. Since ‘53, this car has received much acclaim and has exceptional pedigree like receiving a Bloomington Gold certification in 2010. The car was also present at the 50th anniversary celebration at Corvettes at Carlisle.
Look familiar? This is the Roadster Shop Corvette that won the SEMA Design Awards “Best Chevrolet Sports Car” award at SEMA in 2015, which we covered. Read our recap on the 2015 SEMA Design Awards featuring this car here. The car is powered by a Chevrolet Performance LT1 crate engine backed by a 5-speed transmission.
Thanks to the experts at Barrett-Jackson, we got wind of this car prior to its auction and kept a close watch on it. Rarity and pristine condition is what demanded the premium on this car. Read our spotlight article on this car, as well as a rare ‘62, here.
This came as no surprise. Last week we actually used this car to preview Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale knowing the historical importance and condition of the car, let alone it being 1 of 1. Barrett-Jackson said the car is, “One of the most important pieces of American automotive history …” The car was developed between 1959 and 1960 by Zora Duntov as a functional, mid-engine, open-wheel, single-seat prototype racing car that served as a Corvette engineering test bed. Oh, and it sounded like a NASCAR Cup car. Read all about this beautiful race car in our preview story, here.
There you have it, the top 10 highest-grossing Chevys at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017. As you’ll see, all but one is either a Corvette, or helped develop them (CERV 1). You’ll also see that well executed customs featuring Chevrolet Performance crate engines can hang with the pristine and mostly original examples of classic Chevys. Stay tuned for more on that in an upcoming article. See Chevrolet Performance’s full lineup of crate engines, transmissions, Connect & Cruise Packages, model-specific parts and more, here.