Bloomington Gold marks the beginning of the summertime Corvette gatherings each year. And of course, there's an auction associated with the event, organized by Mecum Auctions. At this year's event, the renowned auctioneer sold a variety of Corvettes totaling $5.8 million (hammer price) over two days of selling on June 24 & 25, 2011, in St. Charles, Illinois.
The big deal this year was a collection of 23 black Corvettes ranging from 1954-1969, including at least one example from each year. On Thursday afternoon, the collection turned heads through downtown St. Charles on the way to Pheasant Run Resort in a police escorted parade. With heavy interest and heated bidding on Saturday morning, the collection was sold off to various buyers for a total hammer price of $1.65 Million.
The top sale of the weekend was a rare 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible that sold for $410,000. One of just two ZR2 convertibles ever produced, this Corvette is documented with the original tank sticker, which confirms a build date of mid-May 1971 - the latest known build date for an LS6 Corvette. That provenance makes this car the last ZR2 ever made and the last of all first generation LS6-powered vehicles built by Chevrolet. Quite the collectible car!
The top 10 sales from Mecum's Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction were as follows:
- 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible 454/425 at $410,000
- 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/250 at $142,500
- 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 at $132,500
- 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 at $115,000
- 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/270 at $110,000
- 1965 Corvette Coupe 327/375 at $110,000
- 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/425 at $105,000
- 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 at $100,000
- 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/270 at $97,000
- 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/245 at $96,000