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Vintage Corvettes Will Cross the Block at the Barrett-Jackson 2015 Palm Beach Auction | Business Wire

<p>PALM BEACH, Fla.–()–,

The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will feature a

number of impeccable classic and custom Corvettes from the 1950s and

’60s during the 13th Annual Palm Beach Auction in Palm Beach, Florida,

April 17-19, 2015, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among the top

models is an unrestored, fuel-injected ’62 Corvette (Lot

#402) with only 29,000 original miles.

“The Corvette has captured the hearts of car aficionados since it rolled

out in 1953,” said Craig

Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The first generation

was undeniably head-turning. By the late ’50s the Corvette was

earning its reputation on the race tracks. Today the Corvette is one of

the most revered American sports cars. We’re excited to have many of

the best examples represented during our Palm Beach auction.”

This ’62 Corvette Fuelie (Lot

#402) is considered one of the most original unrestored 1962

Corvettes in existence. An impressive history began when it was selected

as one of three Corvettes presented in the 1976 original Michael

Antonick publication, “Corvette! The Sensuous American,” a book

dedicated to Harley Earl. This Fuelie was also part of the Chip Miller

collection from 1980 through 1986 and has earned a total of six NCRS Top

Flight Awards, including two National Top Flights. With the original

paint, original drive train and only 29,000 miles, it’s as though this

Corvette has been locked in a time capsule all these years.

The Palm Beach auction will also include a meticulously built ’62

Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot

#420) powered by a strong, dry sump LS7 427/505hp engine, six-speed

transmission and a custom nine-inch independent rear axle with inboard

brakes. The immaculate interior is donned in high-grade custom leather

upholstery and custom-built gauges. The attention to detail and superior

craftsmanship on this Resto-Mod creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for


“The Corvette wasn’t born an icon. It’s become as ingrained in

American culture as rock ’n’ roll and baseball,” said Steve

Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From the early models to the

new 2015 Corvette supercar, this American machine is a true mechanical

achievement. I’m confident the Corvettes crossing the block in Palm

Beach will be among our crowd favorites.”

An incredibly rare ’65 Corvette (Lot

#435) with matching numbers on the engine and transmission adds to

the list of amazing Corvettes crossing the auction block in Palm Beach.

In 2014, over 600 hours were spent on restoring this classic in the

garage of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty. “The King’s” team of

experts rebuilt, repaired and rechromed every original part that could

be brought back to new condition. The engine, transmission and rear

differential were completely rebuilt and the brake lines and fuel lines

were upgraded to stainless steel with all hardware being factory


The ownership history of this ’65 Corvette is just as impressive as the

car itself, all of which is well-documented with invoices and letters.

The late British actor Sir John Mills originally purchased the car for

his daughters, actresses Juliet and Hayley Mills. Juliet and her

husband, actor Maxwell Caulfield, owned the car through the mid-1980s.

Other Corvettes included in the Palm Beach auction include a ’61

Corvette Convertible (Lot

#376) and a ’57 Corvette Convertible (Lot

#431), both with frame-off restorations and matching numbers. The

’61 Corvette was restored using NOS parts and features a new interior

and new convertible top. The ’57 Corvette is the recipient of a NCRS

Regional Top Flight Award, scoring a 97.7.

Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach

will be broadcast in live, high-definition TV coverage on Velocity and

Discovery from Friday through Sunday, April 17-19.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona,

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®,

is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events.

The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. Palm Beach,

Florida. Las Vegas, Nevada. Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast

partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature

100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including broadcasts in

over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a

one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other

valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com,

or call 480-421-6694.

For high resolution photos, please contact Aaron Cook at ACook@TPRM.com

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