Barrett Jackson Preview: Corvettes Galore at Hot August Nights!
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again to get your car ready for auction as the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction series is making it’s way to the Reno/Tahoe area.
For the thrill seeking car enthusiast, buying or selling your car at auction can serve as a real adrenaline-packed experience as the car rolls across the floor with it’s future hanging in the balance. These vehicles are often sold as having “no reserve” meaning there is no minimum price the vehicle will sell for – a potentially nail biting experience for the seller. In contrast, if you are a seller with something truly unique, there is probably no better way to sell your vehicle than at a Barrett-Jackson auction because Barrett-Jackson serves as North America’s premier collector car auction bringing together the most unique vehicles and the widest selection of bidders.
The Barrett-Jackson auctions have historically served as the premier location to sell your Corvette and there have been some very high-profile Corvettes that have sold for jaw-dropping amounts of money in recent past. With Barrett-Jackson coming to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from July 31st – August 2nd, we wanted to take a moment and highlight our top five Corvette’s that are going to be rolling across the block in just a few weeks. Get your checkbooks ready, these Corvettes, presented in reverse-chronological order of production year, will undoubtedly be fetching top dollar.
Lot # 717 – 2007 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car
First up is Lot 717, a 2007 C6 Corvette in probably one of the coolest colors ever offered by GM: Atomic Orange metallic. This Z51 equipped C6 features a 400 hp LS2 V8 engine, heads up display, Sirius XM, and all of the original documentation. Described as being in “immaculate” condition, this C6 has only 2,500 original miles and is a prime example of how nicely some owners maintain the original condition of their vehicles.
What makes this vehicle truly unique however, is that this is the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car for 2007. The Indy 500 package comes with special wheels, Indy 500 medallion on the outside of the car, special embroidery, letter of authenticity, and a collectors photo album with Indy 500 photos of the car. If you are a fan of the Indy 500, this is your chance to own a piece of history.
Lot # 101 – 1982 Corvette Two Door Coupe
Drive Highway 101 in style with Lot 101, a beige/silver 1982 C3 Corvette coupe. This C3 offers GM’s 350 cubic inch V8, a three speed automatic transmission, and T-Tops to keep the wind going through your hair as you cruise in style. While the C3 generation served as a love-hate generation for Corvette enthusiasts, this nicely preserved specimen is sure to make the new owner smile. To sweeten the deal, this is being sold as “all original” by the original owner and has been stored indoors.
Lot # 427 – 1964 Corvette Custom Two Door Coupe
Are you in the market for a fully restored C2? Well, Lot 427 is a beautifully restored 1964 Corvette with black exterior and red interior. Attention to detail is very important when restoring a classic car and this particular C2 looks like it has had an abundance of attention. Featuring a fuel injected LS2 V8, five speed Tremec transmission, air conditioning, disc brakes, and all new stainless steel from front to back, it becomes clear that every nut and bolt was inspected in this resto-mod.
Lot # 713 – 1963 Corvette Convertible
The C2 Corvette is out in full force as this 1963 Daytona blue Vette is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite for those seeking a refreshed, yet original, C2 convertible. With a 327 ci V8, four speed manual gearbox, C07 auxiliary hardtop, and cast aluminum knock-off wheels, Lot 713 will make one lucky buyer very happy cruising the streets in style. What makes this C2 especially desirable is that despite some minor refresh items, this car is original, and as history has shown at Barrett-Jackson, original C2’s are one of the most desired cars around. This one might need more than a checkbook!
Lot # 691 – 1961 Corvette Convertible
Last but not least is Lot 691, a beautifully restored blue on blue 1961 Corvette convertible. This C1 looks great and according to the owner, drives as good as it looks. Powered by a 245 hp V8 with dual quad Carter carburetors and a four speed manual transmission, this first generation Corvette is ready to cruise in style. Aside from the eye catching color combination, we find it very enticing that the owner has clearly set this car up to be driven. With new white wall tires, seat belts, and sun visors, the owner has made this car ready for the new owner to enjoy on the road– not just in the garage.
This month’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Reno/Tahoe, Nevada has quite the selection of high profile Corvettes. With many more Corvettes to be seen at the auction, this sample of inventory shows the level of enthusiasm that still captures the hearts of Corvette enthusiasts everywhere. Best of luck to the owners selling their Vettes, and best of luck to the soon-to-be new owners as well! Happy bidding!