ClassicsJim Osterman Classic Corvette Collection Heads To Barrett-Jackson
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Jim Osterman Classic Corvette Collection Heads To Barrett-Jackson
If you're a Corvette fan, this collection will interest you!
Eleven highly sought-after Corvettes from the Jim Osterman Collection of classicis joining the roster during the 12th Annual Las Vegas Auction. The auction takes place from October 3-5, 2019, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
“The Jim Osterman Collection includes some of today’s finest examples of classic Corvettes we’ve seen in one collection,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s rare for a collection of this caliber to be sold in its entirety, and we’re proud to have it as part of this year’s Las Vegas Auction. It’s especially exciting to see this collection consigned following the announcement of the new mid-engine C8 Corvette, when enthusiasm for America’s Sports Car is running high.”
Mix Of Classic Mustangs Heads To Barrett-Jackson
Lots of Pony Cars are trotting to the auction block! When Barrett-Jackson rolls into Connecticut for the upcoming Northeast auction, a heard of Mustangs will be joining the inventory for sale. The collection of Pony Cars is a mix of classic Mustangs, including some very rare finds. “Classic Ford Mustangs remain highly coveted by collectors,” said Craig Jackson, CEO and chairman of Barrett-Jackson. “These early Pony cars ushered in a new era of engineering and performance for enthusiasts, and we’re proud to have such an incredible mix of Mustangs cross our block at Mohegan Sun.
In the collection are two 1953 Corvettes in original condition, with multiple awards and distinctions behind them. A 1955 Chevy Corvette 265/195 convertible and 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Fuelie are also in the mix.
“Our Las Vegas Auction is a must-attend event if you’re a classic Corvette enthusiast,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The Jim Osterman Collection represents countless years of research and hard work, resulting in one of the finest collections of C1 and C2 Corvettes on the market. This will be a rare opportunity to see all of these cars together before they find new homes.”
Other featured vehicles in the Jim Osterman Collection include:
-1961 Chevrolet Corvette 283/315 Fuelie Convertible (Lot #728) – This matching-numbers Fuelie is #10,407 of 10,939 built in 1961, one of 1,462 built with a 283/315hp engine and one of just 647 in its two-tone color combination of Honduras Maroon with white coves.
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-1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270 Convertible (Lot #730) – Featuring a 4-speed manual transmission and dual-quad carburetors, this soft-top delete car is one of just 550 in its color combination of Cascade Green with a Shoreline Beige interior.
-1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/230 Convertible (Lot #729) – This Frost Blue convertible has 65,000 original miles and is an NCRS Top Flight Award-winner.
-1958 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 Convertible (Lot #731) – Presented in a Panama Yellow exterior and a Charcoal interior, this example is #5,190 of 9,168 built, and one of 455 produced in this color combination.
-1954 Chevrolet Corvette 235/150 Convertible (Lot #732) - This matching-numbers car is the recipient of the prestigious Arkus-Duntov Award and was an NCRS Top Flight Award-winner.
-1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/250 Convertible (Lot #726) – This original Ermine White Corvette is one of 11,318 built with 4-speed manual transmissions in 1962.
-1956 Chevrolet Corvette 265/225 Convertible (Lot #727) – Featuring an upgraded 3-speed manual transmission, this car is #3,622 of 3,642 built, and one of just 532 in its color combination of Polo White with a red interior.
To Drive Or Not To Drive: The Quandary Of Owning A Brand-New 1978 Chevrolet Corvette.
Would you drive a 30-year-old Corvette that is essentially still brand new? Back in 2013, an auction was held for more than 500 classic cars owned by Lambrecht Chevrolet, and all were essentially in band-find condition. The main draw of this collection was that many of the cars had extremely low miles including the 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Edition, which had 4.3 miles on the odometer. This car ended up selling for $80,000, and years later, Autoweek asks whether you would or wouldn't drive such a car.