Five Highly Desirable Corvettes Made Available This Weekend At Mecum

Mecum Auctions is having their Monterey Auction this weekend and beyond all of the normal sights and sounds, they’re also offering up some Corvettes that will appeal to enthusiasts who like both old and new. Mecum’s Monterey Auction begins today (23rd) and runs through Saturday, the 25th, and you can watch it live on their website. Up for grabs amid all of the awesome autos, are five Corvettes that click off all the right boxes in both desirability and fun.

L88s are great fun. What isn't, is choosing between a coupe or convertible.

For lovers of the C3 body style, there are few cars that can best the infamous L88-powered Sharks. That massive, and slightly lightened 427 has made history time and time again, and now, you can own either a coupe or convertible version, or both! The coupe is a ’68, and is fitted with the appropriate bits, such as the aluminum-headed 427, transistorized ignition, Muncie M22 trans and heavy-duty, power brakes assemblies. The car was reportedly garage-kept for 38 years by the original owner and then treated to a cosmetic restoration in 2016. It is believed to have 24,780 miles on the clock since it left the St. Louis plant.

That aluminum-headed 427 was conservatively rated at 430-horsepower. Opened up, it could easily produce another 100-120 ponies.

The convertible L88 was built one year after the coupe, but is also equipped with the “430-horsepower” L88 engine and 4-speed trans. Verified by prominent Corvette authorities David Burroughs and Tim Thorpe as the genuine article, this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible has earned Bloomington Gold certification, NCRS Performance Verification and the highly coveted NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence.

This big-tank Midyear spent some time overseas and is now ready for showing or going on American soil once again.

For those wanting something a little more vintage, there’s always room for a big-tank Midyear. This Silver ’65 features a 300-horsepower 327 with a Powerglide transmission, but is made for the long-haul with the optional 36-gallon “big-tank” fuel cell under that special rear cover. The car was manufactured in February of ’65 and exported to Holland, where it remained until it was imported back into the states a decade later. As an original export, the car has a super-rare speedometer that reads in Kilometers instead of Miles. Awards bestowed upon the car include NCRS Duntov Award, Bloomington Gold and Chevy VetteFest Triple Crown.

This ultra-rare big-brake, airbox Corvette is from the Buddy Herin collection.

If older still is more to your liking, then what’s not to like about a ’57 Fuelie Airbox Corvette? This one of 43 airbox-equipped Corvettes comes with almost every available option, save for power windows. Its 283/283 HP engine is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission and breathes in through that special cold-air intake system originally designed for racing.

From the column-mounted tach, the 283 horse-powered fuelie and the big-brakes, this car was built to race.

Other racing-specific items are the column-mounted 8,000 RPM tachometer and RPO 684 Heavy-Duty racing suspension. With all of these go-fast goodies, it isn’t any wonder that this car spent its early years carving corners and drag racing on the racetracks around the Midwest. It was later purchased and restored by Buddy Herin and was part of his collection.

Let us introduce you to the first of the five to have power windows, A/C, a radio and a host of other creature comforts. It also has 755-horsepower, more than any of the others.

Before you start to think that all the cool cars were built decades ago, we’d like to point out that this 2019 ZR1 will also be up for grabs in Mecum’s Monterey auction. While these cars may not have the history and provenance of the earlier cars, they can still be ridiculously fun with their 750 horsepower engines. And, unlike each of the earlier versions, this one comes with A/C and a radio! Draped in Sebring Orange, it also has the Sebring Orange Design Package. Another package that makes the car stand out is the ZTK Package, which puts that massive wing out back, as well as the side-curtained front splitter out front. There are enough touches of carbon fiber to please the most discriminating racer and with only 29 miles on the odometer since it left the factory as number seven in production of 2019 ZR1s, there is plenty of fun still to be had with this one!

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Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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