• A never-titled ’69 L89 Corvette convertible (Lot #5050) with only 352 miles highlights Barrett-Jackson’s Corvette lineup
• The fastest street legal Chevrolet Corvette, a ’78 turbine-powered Jet Corvette (Lot #5070) in excellent condition will be among the auction’s most notable consignments
• ’57 (Lot #5057) and ’07 (Lot #5057.1) Corvettes with matching VIN numbers will be sold as a pair in Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dec. 8, 2014 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, will feature a rare docket of collectible Corvettes during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. The predominantly No Reserve auction will feature a remarkable range of Corvettes, including a ’69 L89 Corvette convertible (Lot #5050) that has only 352 original documented miles and won the 2014 NCRS Top Flight Award.
“The Chevrolet Corvette has become an iconic symbol of authentic American performance to fans around the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Since its birth in 1953 in Flint, Mich., its instantly recognizable design is matched by its exhilarating performance. The Corvettes that will cross our block in Scottsdale are a testament that the sports car continues to be a fierce competitor more than 60 years after its introduction.”
The ’69 L89 Corvette convertible (Lot #5050) will be one of the most sought-after vehicles at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. With only 352 original miles, this time capsule has never been titled. Original documentation consisting of the Corvette order form, retail buyer’s order form, scheduled price sheet, receipt for payment and the dealer copy of the order are included. The convertible, which has been registered in Kevin Cavanaugh’s L89 registry since 1989, also includes a notarized letter from Steve Honnell verifying originality of car and original miles.
Barrett-Jackson will auction a one-of-a-kind ’78 turbine-powered Jet Corvette (Lot #5070). Engineered by Vince Granatelli and complete with the same type of Pratt & Whitney ST6B turbine engine that powered the 1968 Indy Car, this Corvette graced the cover of Motor Trend Magazine. The fastest street-legal corvette in the world, Granatelli claimed it could go 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
Among the most anticipated consignments is a rare ’69 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2 door coupe (Lot #5049) in excellent condition. The Monaco Orange L88 is one of 116 with gorgeous body-off restoration by world famous Nabor Bros of Houston, Texas. The restoration was complete with aluminum heads, radio delete, power brakes, transistorized ignition, M22, posi-traction, headrests, F41 suspension, J56 brakes, tinted glass, Rallye wheels and black wall F70x15 tires.
Also included in the rare collection is a pair of classic Chevrolet Corvettes, ’57 and ’07 convertibles with matching VINs, which will be sold together. The ’57 Corvette Convertible (Lot #5057) dressed in Venetian Red boasts only 190 miles since its frame-off restoration. The ’07 Corvette Convertible (Lot #5057.1) has only eight original miles and was factory built to mirror the 1957 colors and options, with a VIN number matching that of the ’57 model.
“It’s exciting to see the continued interest in the Corvette,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The car’s impact on the automotive world is unmistakable, which somehow continues with every new generation developed by GM. I’m confident these Corvettes will be a crowd favorite in Scottsdale.”
Corvette’s racing history will also be well represented in Scottsdale with a ’68 Corvette Convertible L88 race car (Lot #5035) built and raced by Don Yenko on the Sunray DX sponsored team. This #2 DX L88 car became Yenko’s personal racer on his way to winning the 1968 SCCA Midwest Division championship. Also featured will be a ’68 Corvette L88 Competition Convertible (Lot #5048); one of three factory-built L88 cars for James Garner’s American International Racing team. This particular L88 was the GT class pole winner in the 1968 Daytona 24 Hour race.
Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.
For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.
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