1954 CHEVROLET 'ENTOMBED' CORVETTE - 187137 Sold* at Scottsdale 2016 - Lot #1279 1954 CHEVROLET 'ENTOMBED' CORVETTE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/187137/187137_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1279

1954 CHEVROLET "ENTOMBED" CORVETTE

Auction Scottsdale 2016
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 1279
Year 1954
Make CHEVROLET
Model CORVETTE
Style ROADSTER
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN E54S001147
Exterior Color WHITE
Interior Color RED
Cylinders 6
Engine Size
Transmission AUTOMATIC
Description

Lot #1279 - This 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster is the famous "Entombed" Corvette removed from a brick vault inside a Brunswick, ME, grocery store once owned by local businessman Richard Sampson. He was a successful and somewhat eccentric man who built a chain of 33 grocery stores, ran for governor and served as a Senator from Maine. Sampson bought the car new in 1954 and drove it until 1959, when he took it to the construction site of a new store in Brunswick and had workmen enclose it in a brick-and-mortar vault. He originally left orders in his will that the car remain sealed in brick until the year 2000, but later voided the will before he passed away in 1969. The car first came to the public's notice when automotive writer Ken Gross wrote about it Special Interest Autos Magazine, thinking he would have to wait 25 years to tell the rest of the story. But in 1982 the building was purchased by Brunswick auto dealer Frank Goodwin with the proviso that the car be removed by the expiry of the existing lease in 1986. When the time arrived, the Corvette was liberated once again by Sampson's daughter Cynthia, who watched as workers removed the outside wall brick by brick. Although the moisture in it enclosure had caused the car's Polo White paint to yellow and blister over time, the tires still held air and the chrome, top and interior were still in remarkably good condition. Cynthia Sampson then moved the car, by then a celebrity in the Corvette community, to her home in Daytona Beach, FL, where it remained in her living room for the next 10 years until it was purchased by a Corvette collector, who pledged to preserve it rather than restore it. In 1996 the car made its first appearance in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in Springfield, IL, where it was displayed in honor of Richard Sampson, Sr., with Cynthia Sampson in attendance. Today this amazing piece of Corvette history still has the 2,343 miles that were on the odometer when it finally saw daylight again, 28 years after its entombment. Automatic transmission.
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