Mecum offers Generations of Like-New-In-Box Corvettes!
Andy Bolig - December 20, 2013 02:57 PM
1996 Grand Sport Convertible
50th Anniversary Convertible
1978 Indianapolis Pace Car
1988 Corvette Challenge Race Car
1990 R9G Challenge Race Car
2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition
Many of these low-mileage beauties still harbor the protective plastic used during shipping from the factory. Original window stickers abound and several examples have never been titled or licensed!
enthusiasts can now have their very own “brand-new” experience, even if their favorite generation of Corvette hadn’t been built in the past thirty-five years.
While many folks are clamoring for their own brand-new C7 Corvette, some enthusiasts are still holding previously-offered generations of Corvettes dear to their hearts.
Thanks to the careful Corvette custodian Roger Judski, enthusiasts can now have their very own “brand-new” experience, even if their favorite generation of Corvette hadn’t been built in the past thirty-five years.
Roger is the owner of Roger’s Corvette Center in Maitland, FL. He has been dealing in pre-owned Corvettes since 1965 and has amassed a significant array of low-mileage Corvettes for his personal collection, highlighted by one of the two factory-built ZL1 Corvettes ever manufactured. Mecum Auctions and Roger Judski are offering several cars from his personal collection for sale at Mecum’s Kissimmee, Florida auction on January 17-26, 2014. If you prefer the classic lines and history of these earlier Corvettes and missed your chance to own one when they were new, you now have a second-chance to get behind the wheel of one that is as factory-fresh as you’ll ever find. Some of which still wear their window stickers and have never been dealer-prepped!
Check out this list of amazing low-mileage Corvettes, bring your sunscreen and spend some time under the big tent in Kissimmee during a week in January.
1996 Grand Sport Convertible (Lot S117)
Originally priced at just over $50,000, the Grand Sport has recently been touted by CNN Money as one of the Top Ten Most Valuable Corvettes. Only 1,000 Grand Sports were built, the most coveted being the Grand Sport convertible with Red and Black interior, only 53 of which were produced. Each car carries its own unique VIN sequence, distinct from all other 1996 production Corvettes. The amazing example you see here is number 474, an early delivery that has only accumulated 11 miles since produced (Significantly, the factory window sticker, which remains in place, announces that “complete vehicle pricing information was not available at time of shipment.”). Equipped with F45 Selective Real Time Damping suspension, dual power Sport seats, electronic air conditioning, Delco-Bose stereo with CD/cassette and a 6-speed manual transmission, it is a true time capsule of one of the most iconic and visually recognizable Corvettes ever produced.
50th Anniversary Convertible (S119)
The year 2003 brought another important milestone for Corvette. It had been a full half-century since the first Corvette was unveiled at the 1953 Motorama in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The factory celebrated Corvette’s first 50 years with a special 50th Anniversary edition made available on coupes and convertibles, a notable exception being the Z06 fixed roof coupe. The special package included unique Red “Xirallic Crystal” exterior paint, unique front fender emblems, Champagne painted aluminum wheels and center caps with an exclusive new Shale interior that was matched in convertible soft tops.
The 50th Anniversary Corvette incorporated F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control and the 1SB Preferred Equipment that included head-up display, power telescopic steering column, electrochromatic mirrors, memory package and twilight sentinel. Standard on coupes and convertibles included previously optional fog lamps, Sport seats, power passenger seat, dual zone electronically controlled air conditioning. Significantly, a 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette coupe paced the 2002 Indianapolis 500, long before the model was made available to the buying public.
Originally delivered with an MSRP of $57,875, this 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette convertible is as new as it could possibly be, showing a mere 2 actual miles on its electronic odometer. Fully optioned and never prepped for sale by the dealer, it is literally in factory fresh condition throughout, the original protective coverings are still largely intact inside and the window sticker is still displayed in the windshield.
1978 Indianapolis Pace Car (Lot S121)
In 1978 Chevrolet celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Corvette by pacing the Indianapolis 500 and releasing a handful of special-edition Pace Car Replicas to the public. Just 6,502 of these very special Black and Silver Corvette models were ever produced, each with a unique VIN sequence, a first for Corvette. Following a front page article in the Wall Street Journal, prices for these limited edition Corvettes went through the roof as they were quickly snapped up by collectors.
Besides the special two-tone paint, each Corvette Pace Car featured unique front and rear spoilers, polished aluminum Red-striped wheels, mirror-tint roof panels and contoured sport seats finished in special Silver leather. An Indianapolis 500 Official Pace Car decal kit was also included.
Number 3533, this particular Pace Car is arguably the most desirable in existence. One of fewer than 7 percent of Limited Edition Pace Car Corvettes equipped with the highly sought after combination of L82 engine and 4-speed close ratio manual transmission, it additionally offers the added benefits of Gymkhana Suspension and the rare CB radio option. Collector Roger Judski originally ordered this car fully optioned from a Sebring, Florida Chevrolet dealer, who then refused to honor the sales contract when the car was delivered because of rising demand. Judski took the dealer to court for breach of contract and won the case. He was awarded the Corvette at the previously agreed price, with the stipulation that it be titled in Roger’s name and the taxes paid; otherwise, this collector grade Pace Car would still be on the MSO.
This historically significant Corvette has been driven less than 8 miles. It has never been dealer prepped or licensed; the front spoiler is not installed, the car’s seats are still wrapped in plastic, the factory window sticker is still affixed, and the original Indianapolis 500 decal kit is still in the factory container.
1988 Challenge Race Car (Lot S124)
The SCCA’s Showroom Stock racing series provided the perfect venue for racing the C4 Corvette. In 1984 racers John Greenwood, Dave Heinz, and Rod Millen entered a BF Goodrich-sponsored 1984 Corvette in the premiere Showroom Stock race, the Longest Day at Nelson Ledges, Ohio, sweeping the field until mechanical gremlins put it out after nine hours. It was the only time Corvette failed to win a Showroom Stock race until the SCCA banned America’s Sports Car from the class at the end of 1987.
The SCCA compensated the factory by instituting a Corvette-only Showroom Stock series for 1988. Chevrolet named it the Corvette Challenge series and, in partnership with Goodyear, Exxon, and Mid America Designs, posted a million dollar purse. Chevrolet built 56 street legal Corvettes with 4+3 manual transmissions and Z51 Performance suspensions. They were then shipped to Protofab in Wixom, Michigan, and fitted with competition equipment that included a racing seat, safety harness and roll cage, a fire extinguisher system, performance brake pads and special cooling ducting. Special Corvette Challenge emblems, low-restriction exhaust and Dymag wheels with shaved Goodyear Gatorback tires completed the modifications. Engines built at the Flint Engine Assembly plant were matched for consistent power output and sealed before installation.
Running in support of Cart and Trans Am races, the series was broadcast on the fledgling SpeedVision network and was an instant hit with racing fans who liked the shoulder-to-shoulder action and forceful maneuvering that are inherent in any racing that places talent over technical advantage. Presented in as-raced condition, this 1988 Challenge Corvette number 3 was owned originally by Gloy Motorsports and driven by R.K. Smith and Brad Murphey. It competed in five Corvette Challenge races in 1988 and remains untitled on the original MSO.
1990 R9G Challenge Race Car (Lot S125)
After the Corvette Challenge race series ran its course through 1988 and 1989, Corvettes once again became eligible for the SCCA Escort World Challenge Series for 1990. For a brief period between February 6th through the 17th, dealers could order World Challenge Corvettes using the R9G merchandising code. This triggered multiple deviations from a normal build for racing application, such as heavy-duty springs with FX3 electronic Selective Ride and Handling. A sealed L98 engine was supplied for each car, which was also specified with an MN6 manual transmission, KC4 engine oil cooler, Z51 Performance Handling Package, power driver’s seat, standard radio and 24S or 64S tinted glass roof panel.
Chevrolet’s Race Shop engineers built their own car to World Challenge specs and put together a manual chronicling the car’s preparation. The build notes were provided to each purchaser of the 1990 World Challenge Corvettes - not, as Chevrolet emphasized, as a strict instruction manual, but rather to demonstrate what they had done in preparing their own car.
Such uniqueness and limited availability guaranteed an exclusive club; in the end, only 23 1990 R9G Corvettes were built. Although most of these rare machines were snapped up by collectors who stowed them away for safe keeping, some race teams, such as those of Tommy Morrison and Kim Baker, purchased them and put them to the use for which they were intended. Only eight cars, however, are believed to have been converted for racing.
The pristine and completely original example offered here is one of only five R9G Corvettes finished in brilliant Competition Yellow. It has never been dealer prepped or licensed, let alone raced, and shows just 11 miles on the odometer. The interior is still wrapped in plastic and the original window sticker is still in place, its presentation virtually flawless in every detail.
2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition (Lot S122)
The 5th generation Corvette was a design and engineering triumph by any measure. Its freshly sculpted body hid an advanced chassis and drivetrain highlighted by a new all-aluminum small block and a rear-mounted transmission that combined with race-ready suspension for the best overall performance ever in a base Corvette. The legendary Z06 nameplate was resurrected in a new high performance version in 2001; by the time the 6th generation was announced, the Corvette was a dominant force in international GT racing competition.
The Chevrolet Corvette 2004 Commemorative Edition Package honors and celebrates the final year of the 5th generation of Corvette production with a special tribute to Corvette Racing’s Le Mans-liveried C5R racers. The Z06 package Included special LeMans Blue exterior color and striping, crossed flag embroidery on seat headrests, Silver front and rear emblems recalling Corvette's success at Le Mans, a unique Z06-specific lightweight carbon fiber hood and special Z06 polished wheels with commemorative center inserts. Head-up display and FE4 Sport Suspension were also standard features on the high performance Z06 model.
Limited in production with only 2,025 units built, this highly collectible 2004 Commemorative Edition Z06 is widely touted as the finest 5th generation Corvette ever produced. In addition to its distinctive Le Mans C5R livery, it incorporates the AAB Memory Package, auto-dimming electrochromatic inside and outside mirrors, all power accessories, Delco-Bose CD stereo and body side moldings. It has been assiduously cared for and still retains the original interior protective coverings and labels. And with a total of only TWO original miles, it is also quite likely the lowest mileage 2004 Z06 in existence today.