Hunted by a collector for 20 years, this Chevy sold for $253,000



2015-06-26 12:03:22

Hunted by a collector for 20 years, this Chevy sold for $253,000

A car enthusiast's obsessive hunt for this Chevelle SS 454 Convertible paid off over the weekend...

US automobile collectors have been going crazy for classic muscle cars, this month.

Hot on the tracks of RM Auctions' celebration of powerful motors in San Diego, starring a rare $401,500 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88, nowBarrett-Jackson has also got in on the action...

Among the diverse collection of world class collector carssold in Orange County, US, were two classic and lovingly-restored Chevrolets.

The first was a Chevelle SS 454 Convertible - a car whose back story is as impressive as the immensepower under its bonnet.

 The 1970 Chevelle SS 454 Convertible

Arguable the pinnacle of US muscle cars, this sought-after Chevelle SS 454 Convertible is the result of one collector's lifelong obsession and 20-year search to obtain it.

Targeted in his sights was this Fathom Blue and Pearl LS6 Chevelle convertible.

After two decades, the collector tracked it down, rescued the automobile and -with no expense spared -treated it to a frame-off restoration. By 2005, the Chevelle had been restored to its original glory.

Sold with comprehensive documentation of its history, the historic Chevelle boasts a 450hp LS6 engine, M22 Muncie "Rock Crusher" transmission and.F41 suspension.

It also hasits original matching numbers engine and most of its original correctly-dated components, including cylinder heads, intake, distributor and carburetor.

 The Bloomington Gold Award-winning 1967 427/435hp Corvette

With all of the above painstakingly rebuilt to its original LS6 specs, the Fathom Blue 454 revved all the way to an incredible final price of $253,000, including Buyer's Premium.

Also in the top sales was a Bloomington Gold Award-winning 1967 427/435hp Corvette, restored in 2008 "with a fine tooth comb" having been owned by itsseller for 12 years.

Equipped with power steering - rare for a 435hp - and a pleasure to drive, it finallysold for $181,500.

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