The best part of a Barrett-Jackson auction–aside from the celebs, lights and razzle-dazzle–is we get a snapshot of the current Corvette collector market and what nice cars bring when the gavel hits wood…
Check out this gorgeous 1969 Corvette with a rare, aluminum head, L89 427 engine, just one of 390 built. It’s loaded to it’s fender gills with almost every go-fast goodie Chevy could muster in 1969. When the smoke cleared this thing brought $205,000.
The most interesting aspect of this particular car is that it’s the only C3 that landed in the top 15 sales for Scottsdale 2017. Are C3’s finally taking their rightful place next to C2s?
Barrett-Jackson describes the car as follows:
“Lot #1069 – This car was always cared for and cherished by just four owners. The original owner went into the showroom at Van Camp Chevrolet in Milford, MI, in the summer of 1969 and bought the car. Options include, a 427/435hp, tri-power L89 aluminum head V8, one of 390 built, white soft-top, F-41 suspension, 3.70 posi-traction, power brakes, full transistor ignition, M 21 close-ratio 4-speed, tilt and telescopic, white stripe tires, AM/FM, saddle vinyl interior, 1-year only color Riverside Gold paint and the very rare N-14 exhaust option.
It still has its original engine and drivetrain. The third owner, Al Wagner, was a GM Milford proving ground engineer who bought it in 1997 and only put 2,000 miles on it over the next 16 years or so. It has 45,000 original miles (not indicated on title), 100 miles since the frame-off restoration performed by Corvette. Hall of Fame inductee, Werner Meier at Masterworks in Michigan.
Original interior with new carpet. Invited to the MCACN L89 display in Chicago 2014. Photo shoot and article in Corvette Magazine December 2014. Awards include NCRS Regional Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, MCACN Triple Diamond, all in 2015. On display at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, for the summer of 2016. This is a special vehicle that is very rare and desirable.
One of the best L89 convertibles in the world. Factory GM documentation includes original Window Sticker, Protect-O-Plate that has been validated by the NCRS. Shipping Data Report shows official production date of September 23, 1969.”
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