Entombed Corvette goes under the hammer at Mecum


A 1954 Corvette that was locked away in a permanently sealed viewing area in 1959 will go under the hammer on 19 January at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in the US.

The American classic was once owned by US eccentric and shop-chain owner, Richard Sampson, who had the car on display in one of his stores.

He died in 1969, but the car remained in situ until 1986, when building work eventually forced its removal.

Under the instruction of Samson’s daughter, Cynthia, it was moved to her house in Daytona Beach, Florida, where it was stored in her living room.

There it remained for ten years until it was purchased by a Corvette collector on the proviso that it would be preserved rather than restored.

With just 2500 miles on the clock, the muscle car is thought to be the lowest mileage unrestored example in the world today and is valued accordingly at $175-225,000.

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