Special Corvettes For Sale

Part of January Barrett-Jackson

Larry Jewett - November 21, 2013 09:21 AM


Asteroid Corvette


These two will be joined by a child's pedal car at the sale

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Lance Miller, co-owner of Carlisle Events and event manager of the internationally famous Corvettes at Carlisle weekend, has consigned three very special Corvettes to be part of the Barrett-Jackson/Scottsdale (Arizona) auction, January 12-19, 2014.
The Corvettes consigned by Miller will make up two separate lots.  One lot showcases the 1963 Asteroid Corvette, a car designed by the famed George Barris and currently owned by Lance Miller and Randy Koeppel, owner of Desert Autosport in Arizona. The Asteroid has earned recognitions since its first day on the street. Having graced the cover of Jan & Dean's "Drag City" record, the Asteroid will forever be known as a testament to speed, engineering and design during a time when the car culture was overwhelmingly popular among young enthusiasts.
Special ordered new as a paint delete car by legendary speedboat racer Bob Nordskog, this ’63 Corvette was delivered straight to Barris who made some radical transformations and redesigned the car to give it the unique look seen today. Don Ferrara of San Pedro, California, used his talents to design the interior. It was finished in a Pearl White Naughahyde complemented with copper accents to match the exterior paint.  Powered by a 352 engine with a 13:1 compression that is fed through six chrome Stromburg 97 carburetors, everything under the hood is either painted gold metallic or chrome-plated, providing the true "icing on the cake" for an already over-the-top car.
“The Asteroid Corvette provides a rich history and its story speaks for itself," said Miller. "This vehicle is a one-off ’63 Corvette and provides a rich history which will surely fit well in the highest bidder's collection.”
The final lot is an all-star set of Corvettes that highlight the brand 50 years apart. Enthusiasts can bid on a 1953 Corvette, VIN #181, that has just 9,259 miles on it and is believed to have the lowest miles of any original '53 in existence. When Chip Miller purchased it for $5,000 in 1972, the car had only 8,788 miles on it, meaning it has traveled just 471 miles in the past 40+ years.  In addition, joining the '53 is a 2003 tribute car, also VIN #181.  As an added bonus, Miller is including a children's pedal car designed to replicate the '53. The pedal car also carries a VIN of #181 though its mileage is unknown.
The ‘53 still has its original tires, top, interior, mechanicals and a majority of its original paint.  In 1978, the car was the only '53 certified by Bloomington Gold, was photographed by the Franklin Mint as the model car for their first series of sports cars in 1985, has been part of multiple special Concours d'Elegance displays, carried Zora Arkus Duntov as part of the 1995 Corvettes at Carlisle Parade and so much more.  The car is a true treasure and just like its former owner, Chip Miller, a treasure within the Corvette community.
“After going back and forth for a decade about selling one of my father’s prized possessions, the ’53 Corvette, I had an in-depth conversation with my mom about it and we agreed that it is time to let someone else enjoy this magnificent piece of history," noted Miller.  "The car will sell without a reserve and will be sure to make the new owner smile from ear to ear, just like my father did for so many years."  Miller furthered his comments adding, "The 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette was special ordered to the National Corvette Museum which allowed my father to secure VIN #181. The paperwork on both these vehicles overflows multiple binders and I encourage everyone who bids to do so with confidence.  You'll be bidding on cars that are the best-of-the-best, true blue Chip collector cars!"
Enthusiasts looking to catch these cars or any others crossing the block in January can do so by checking their local listings and flipping to Fox Sports 1.  The auction will be televised for multiple hours across multiple days beginning during the second full-week in January and serves as a great way to jump-start the new year.