Chevrolet Corvette scorches St Charles sale

| 1 Nov 2012

Mecum recorded sales of more than $12million as 963 cars crossed the block at its Fall Premier Auction near Chicago, USA, from 25-27 October.

Of most interest to American-classic lovers was a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette that sold for $100,000. It was a matching-numbers car with a 283bhp Rochester fuel-injected V8 and a three-speed manual gearbox.

The car had been treated to a ‘body-on restoration’ and as a result was a Gold winner at Bloomington 2009 (confirming its factory-standard authenticity). It also scooped a Top Flight Award from the National Corvette Restorers’ Society.

A number of other Corvettes also performed well, such as a 1960 Convertible with a 5.7-litre LS1 engine. The all-white finish (which included the retro-fitted engine) and chrome wheels may not have been to everyone’s taste, but it still made $99,000.

A 1963 split-window coupe, meanwhile, sold for $81,500. With documentation harking back to ’72, it had been fully restored and came with a NCRS Regional Top Flight Award from October ’09, having been driven only 181 miles since.

A 1970 Oldsmobile 442 brought more sought-after muscle and was snapped up for $100k. The model was one of only 142 built, and was in great condition after a ‘nut and bolt’ restoration.

A total of 577 cars found new homes at the sale, giving the auction house a 60% sale rate. Various modern supercars took their place alongside the American muscle, plus a motorhome that claimed top spot by selling for $160,000.

You can read the full auction results here.  Mecum’s next sale (which we have previewed) is in Anaheim, California, and runs from 15-17 November.