A 1965 Corvette convertible with the coveted Bloomington Gold Benchmark status sold last weekend for $188,000 during the Mecum Kansas City Spring Auction. The hammer price was also enough to rank the numbers-matching, 396 ci, 425 hp convertible as number one among all cars sold at the event.
C2 Corvettes also dominated the Top Ten results from the two day auction, taking six of the Top Ten spots. The heartbeat of America is strong in the midwest.
In third place, a 1963 Coupe went to a new owner for $78,000. The split window coupe is powered by a fuel injected, 360 hp, 327 engine with Borg Warner T-10 4-speed transmission.
An almost identical 1963 coupe, this time with a 340 hp, 327 ci engine, grabbed fifth place at $61,500. Sixth spot went to a Marina Blue 1967 convertible, with 350 hp 327 V8 and close-ratio Muncie M21 gearbox.
Next up was a 1966 Tuxedo Black-on-red leather convertible from Arizona, with a 300 hp 327 and Powerglide transmission. This beauty occupied eighth place with a hammer price of $56,000. Tenth spot was taken by a clean, clean white on blue 1965 convertible. The numbers matching, 300 hp 327 car with 4-speed transmission sold for $53,000.
Other cars of interest in The Top Ten were a Ford GT, a Bentley Convertible and a Nickey Stage IIe Camaro. Here’s what the list looks like.
1. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible at $188,000
2. 2006 Ford GT at $157,500
3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe at $78,000
4. 2000 Bentley Azure Convertible at $62,000
5. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe at $61,500
6. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible at $60,000
7. 1937 Ford Coupe at $60,000
8. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible at $56,000
9. 2010 Chevrolet Nickey Super Camaro at $53,000
10. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible at $53,000
Anticipation continues to build now, as collectors prepare for Mecum’s flagship event, Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction, where 2,000 vehicles are scheduled to cross the auction block May 17-22, 2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana.