Classic Corvettes added to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale line-up

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2015-12-15 15:32:40

Barrett-Jackson will present a series of stunning Corvettes at their forthcoming sale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars will be amongst an eclectic docket of more than 1,500 collector vehicles, all set to cross the auction block during a nine-day sale commemorating the company's 45th anniversary.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the docket of Corvettes that are consigned for our 45th Anniversary Auction in Scottsdale this coming January,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We always have exceptional groupings of Corvettes at our auctions, but this may be the best we’ve ever consigned.”

Amongst the most fascinating examples is a 1954 Corvette roadster, originally owned by the mildly eccentric Maine businessman Richard Sampson. In 1959 he took the unusual decision to seal the car up inside a brick and mortar tomb beneath a newly-built grocery store, where it sat silently for 28 years.

The car, known as the “Entombed” Corvette, was liberated by Sampson's daughter in 1986 and later acquired by a collector, who vowed to leave it untouched. This time capsule car remains perfectly preserved and undriven since the day it was buried, with just 2,335 miles on the clock, and will be offered at the Scottsdale sale with no reserve.

Another highlight will be the 'Music Car' – a 1967 Corvette 427/435 convertible formerly owned by musician Freddie Haeffner who used it to promote his own band in shows and parades. The award-winning car has received multiple Bloomington Gold certificates and Bloomington Gold Special Collections, along with five NCRS Regional or National Top Flight awards, and has been restored back to its original condition by its current owner.

Further notable Corvettes will include a highly rare and original 1967 427/435 Corvette coupe produced in Tuxedo Black with black leather interior; and three VIN #001 Corvettes from 1955, 1956 and 1957, a Polo White 1955 convertible, a Venetian Red and white 1956 convertible and a 1957 Cascade Green and beige convertible.

“Every one of these Corvettes has a story associated with it,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “It has been exciting to work with their owners who have cared for these remarkable collector cars. I think it will be just as exciting to see these cars pass on to the next set of owners, who will help carry on and preserve these amazing Corvette legacies."

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale takes place at WestWorld of Scottsdale on January 23-31, 2016.

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