As the auction companies pitched their tents in the desert for the Scottsdale Car Week, it is time again to gauge the 2018 collector car market. We saw some pretty amazing cars. One particular model caught our eye and made us wonder how long the classic car market will sustain, prior to a “wealth-shift” to generations that have little appreciation for machinery like this.
In 1953, Chevrolet introduced the Corvette. This Euro-styled sports car targeted an America on the upswing, enjoying the post-war boom. Who knew that the marque would still be turning heads well into the next century. This particular 1953 model was number 185 off the production line — of just 300. A lovely specimen, which is offered this week at RM Sotheby’s Auction at the Arizona Biltmore.
The estimate, which is the range predicted for the sale price, pegs this car at $275,000 to $350,000. Will it fetch that price? If so, it will be one of the most expensive Corvettes on the planet. But do consider the provenance. It is the 185th Corvette ever produced… there have been a few made since in the marque’s 65-year history.
Add to that, a nut and bolt restoration, which essentially makes it a brand new car — perhaps even better than when it originally rolled off the production line. Either way, we found it stunning and surely the next owner will feel the same.