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Hagerty Employee

8 exceptional Corvettes up for auction this January

We do not bring you this ensemble of soon-to-be-auctioned Corvettes simply because they're red, white, and awesome. (Though they are.) True, this January's run lists include trackside veterans that have represented Chevrolet on the world stage, not to mention an L89 convertible that belonged to a famous astronaut, but Corvettes taken together are a force to be reckoned with in the collector market.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/valuation/8-exceptional-corvettes-up-for-auction-this-january/
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GoFast
Advanced Driver

Odd that no Corvette was included in the current print issue's BULL MARKET list. Got edged out by a Suzuki Samurai!
Greg_I
Hagerty Employee

@GoFast the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport was included for the 2019 list. The bull market list covers vehicles that we feel will see great value growth in the next year. Many of the cars chosen are emerging collectors or ones that may see renewed growth. The list is based in analytics and little of it has to do with personal preferences. That said, Corvettes are collectible and always will be and a list of future valuation movers isn’t necessary for anyone to see that.

Teampantera
Intermediate Driver

LOL GoFast….when the Ferrari and Jaguar people (me included) started replacing their exotic cars on race tracks with Corvettes (and an occasional Pantera) it made me appreciate what awesome cars the Corvettes were. Beautiful, fast and inexpensive to own, repair, drive, and also race. No, no no….if it’s inexpensive to do all those things and do them well also reminds me of the time in the 90’s when I was reminded I was a “guest” of the Ferrari club at Willow Springs and I needed to slow the hell down.
Oldroad1
Gearhead

How come no racing specifics printed for the 66 L88?
DUB6
Specialist

Hard to argue with any of these as desirable. And although I don't really consider myself a Corvette guy, I'm pretty drawn to those examples - especially the '60, the '63, and the '66. But then again, they really fit the mold of the type of race cars I grew up watching and lusting after.
hyperv6
Racer

The Morrison car estimate is way under priced. Morrison Racing was the car to have of that Racing era. They were the insider team and generally won most races entered.

All these cars appear to be good for collecting as they each have something special about them in documentation.

The GTP car looks like the old Peerless Racing Vette. The one to have is the Goodwrench Hendricks car. They all started out with the Turbo 4 but were all swapped to the V8 for durability. They were fast with the turbo but generally failed to finish.
Piper
Intermediate Driver

I agree with you about the Morrison car being seriously under valued but that has been the case of all C4's.
Piper
Intermediate Driver

Lol. The 1990 Heinricy/Morrisson C4 would literally spank the Grady/Thomson Gulf C2 but the C4 expects to sell for $70K while the C2 a couple million.
I wonder if this particular L98 C4 was the car Morrisson ran in tandem with the 1990 ZR1 car at Fort Stockton smashing the world 24 hour endurance speed record.
If so the stock L98 C4 also set time and distance world records that day setting five FIA Class A records including a six hour run of 170.885 miles per hour.

Interestingly the ZR1 that had run in excess of 175 miles per hour for 24 hours had the throttle stop unscrewed for two victory laps and ran those two laps at 190 miles per hour plus.

 

KJB1954
Intermediate Driver

Frankly, I wouldn't pick any of them. I feel they are way overrated.
MATTMERICA
Technician

I am with you, the vettes do nothing for me, and I like pretty much everything lol
Grace
Hagerty Employee

don't make this corvette lover send in her flying monkeys!!
Springo
New Driver

What’s the problem with 64 vetted in the community
Stixx
Detailer

NONE OF THE ABOVE . SORRY BUT EVEN IF I HAD MONEY NO OBJECT, THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY OTHER MOTO SOLUTIONS TO ENJOY TO SPEND ANY ON THAT SORT OF THING. PROVES IM NOT THE GUY THAT WOULD EVER DESIRE A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PLASTIC ANYTHING. JUSAYN
dd1
Detailer

My choice is the '68 'Vette. Just love that C3 Generation! There's something about that shape that hits me in a way that no other generation does. I guess C2 would be my second favorite. But C3 will always be my true love!:)
Grace
Hagerty Employee

i am so with you... C2 is the proper vintage gen to praise, it seems, but that coke bottle silhouette is just somethin' else.
avideo
Detailer

Well I actually own a fully restored 1966 C2 Corvette convertible and enjoy driving it fairly often, since we live in the Phoenix area. But I like having cars I can actually enjoy driving on local streets - not a noisy race car that can't be registered for street use.
Give me a nice C8 Convertible anytime.
FloridaMarty
Instructor

All of those cars are ugly as presented except for the 1957 super sport show car. I realize there is history here, but come on? Kinda like mopeds and fat girls.
JSievers
Instructor

The show car and Alan Shepherd's 68 are interesting, but the rest are just old race cars that will likely never be driven. I'll stick with my 2007 C6 ZO6 that I can actually use whenever I want.
turbojoe62
Intermediate Driver

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Pilot Line L88!!!
Zephyr
Instructor

Love that metallic blue upholstery in the show car!
CharlieB3
Intermediate Driver

I'd be quite pleased with the 1960 Race Rat tanker
sscamaromike
New Driver

In the article you refer to the 1957 Big Brake Corvette as a coupe. Sorry but there were no C1 coupes. All were convertibles. This car is a convertible with the optional removable hardtop. Back in the day when I owned a1962 C1 we called them roadsters.
Grace
Hagerty Employee

thanks for keeping me honest! fixed.
BobV
Intermediate Driver

The definition of a roadster used to be a two seat convertible without crank up side windows which would mean that the only Corvette roadsters would be 1953 through 1955. However the definition has expanded since then to any two seat convertible. I tend to lean toward the original definition.
PurelyPMD
Detailer

Some of the responses here are priceless. I think some of you have lost (or never had) the felling you get when you come home after a hard days work, strap yourself into a car like these and hit the roads. Sure they've gotten expensive, have you bought a steak lately? But the emotions they stir and the feeling you would get from driving or just being around them is worth it. We will loathe the day when the roads are clear of these mechanical beings.
DUB6
Specialist

   Ummm, "worth it" is a pretty relative term.  While I share your enthusiasm and agree 100% with the statement about stirring emotions and feelings, I can't quite get on board with the idea that my feeling really good about spending $3 million for a '63 Corvette (which would literally wipe me completely out of all assets) would be "worth it".  It'd be good - maybe even great - to have some of these cars, but when the next grocery bill came due, "worth it"?  Oh, heck no!  (although expensive, yes, at least I can still afford a steak...) 😁

PurelyPMD
Detailer

The key term was "cars like these" as a generality and not necessarily these cars in particular.  RPO codes, rarity, dollars & sense (not cents) aside, driving old cars is part of the experience for me.  I'm lucky to have a few cars that other people would be scared to put on the road, but they're worthless to me if I can't drive them.

MattK
Advanced Driver

Your not going to buy one of these cars if you can't afford it. Who is going to buy one of these if he has to worry about a grocery bill. Many iterations of these cars are available at an affordable price. Now go have some fun.
bboncke
Pit Crew

Nice article, but you got the date wrong for most of these cars at Mecum Kissimmee. Saturday the 15th, not 29th. That's a couple days away and worth watching. Nice cars, but all of the race cars are over restored. The Super Sport is the best for it's historical originality. Met Zora a number of times at NCRS events and he was not a real fan of trailer queens at the time. They were meant to be driven - hard - and saw him do that once. He told me at the 25th anniversary event that our 54 was probably the most original one there, because it was leaking the most in the rainstorm we had at the event.
DUB6
Specialist

And Zora would know!  😊

Grace
Hagerty Employee

thanks for the close eye - i've fixed the dates.
corv3tte
Intermediate Driver

All nice in their own right.....but none are right for me. If it doesn't race in a straight line from point A to point B it doesn't do anything for me. I like Corvettes that are pretty much normal weekend or daily drivers. Wouldn't want anything that not street ready, requires insurance that I can't afford or fixes that I can't even imagine. I had a 1969 427 vert and now I have a 1998 C5 coupe. To each his own, but the C5 is about my speed. I can afford it, I can fix it....and I can STILL get plenty of tickets....seems like enough to me.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

The Lola is the most interesting "Corvette" here to me just because it doesn't seem to be much of a corvette at all. I do like the '90 SCCA and the '63 and '66 best here.
rtbasey
Detailer

And to think about 35 years ago, I passed on one of those Z06's as I had to have a 62 fuel injected, not 63....