UPDATE: ’64 Fuelie Engine Sells for $38,500 at Barrett-Jackson

Photos from Barrett-Jackson listing.

UPDATE: The hammer dropped on a final bid of $35,000 when the engine’s lot number came up for sale Saturday night. Combined with the buyer’s commission, total price was $38,500.

Last year, a ZL1 clone from the Floyd Garrett collection drew quite a bit of attention and bids at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. For the 2014 edition of the sale, the Floyd Garrett Musclecar Museum has consigned a 1964 Corvette fuelie display engine. Scheduled as lot #1275.4, the listing is brief, saying only that the engine has been completely rebuilt, including the fuel-injection unit, and it features date-correct and NOS parts.

Display engines are becoming more popular with collectors who want automobilia beyond gas pumps, racing posters and ceramic signs to enhance a garage. Last year’s ZL1 clone drew a final bid of $80,000, bringing the total sale to $88,000 with the 10-percent buyer’s commission. An EngineLabs article suggested the final price could have reached $100,000. Also up for sale in 2013 was a Ford cutaway display engine from RoushYates Engines that had been featured in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It sold for $22,000, including buyer’s commission.

The Vette fuelie engine is certainly historic in the performance history books, but it’s not as rare as the all-alloy ZL1 big-block, and with a some zealous online searching or long walks at the swap meets, it would not be difficult to duplicate this engine. Coming from the Garrett collection might add a little provenance, so the final price will be interesting.

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Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Mike has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.
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