Tony Parella’s 26 Corvettes Hit Auctions America
Spring has arrived across the country and that means plenty of drive time for your beloved sports car. If you’re looking for an additional Corvette to enjoy this year, or haven’t quite found the right one for you yet, there are plenty of auctions to be checking. Unfortunately if you missed the Auctions America 10th Annual Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale, you missed your chance at picking up some mighty fine Corvettes.
As we found out from CorvetteBlogger, along with the many other pristine rides that crossed the auction block, 26 Corvettes from Tony Parella’s private collection were up for bid.
The Parella collection spanned five generations of Corvettes and featured some very nice specimens. Not only was one of every model year Corvette being offered from 1953 through 1969 from this massive collection, there were also some rare cars and National Corvette Restorers’ Association Top Flight award winners in the bunch as well.
Among the Corvettes offered were a ‘53 model VIN #64 of 300 built, one of only four black ‘54 Corvettes made, a ‘55 Harvest Gold car of which only 120 were made, and a ‘63 Grand Sport recreation.
There were also a couple early 70s big-block coupes, three Top Flight award winners between 1962 and 1967, and some official pace cars ranging from a ‘78 to a ‘95 and a ‘98. The last 1976 Corvette Stingray ever made was also offered for auction.
The Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, Florida sale took place Friday March 16th through Sunday the 18th and the Parella cars were a hit. The ’53 Corvette sold for $176,000 while the black ‘54 Corvette sold for $80,300. The ‘55 Harvest Gold Corvette also brought a pretty penny, dropping the hammer at $82,500.
Parella’s ‘56 NCRS Duntov award winning Corvette ended up selling for $72,050 while the ‘63 Grand Sport recreation sold for $82,500. The early ‘70s big-block Corvettes sold for $36,300 and $25,300 respectively.
Unfortunately the last ‘76 Stingray brought a disappointing $33,000 sale, which was about half the price that was predicted. The pace cars didn’t get much better results with the ‘78 also being sold for just $33,000 and the other three pace cars all bringing winning bids lower than $30,000.
As it turns out, all 26 Corvettes from the Parella collection got bids that matched or exceeded their reserves so all the cars were sold. However, if you’re still in the market for a nice Corvette, there were a few Corvettes at the auction that didn’t make reserve, including a ’62 Fuelie. You can check out more info on the sold and remaining Corvettes on the Auctions America results page.