Mecum Auctions created a bunch of buzz at the recent Bloomington Gold event, by parading a collection of 23 black Corvettes six miles through St. Charles, Illinois, under police escort to its auction site at Pheasant Run Resort.
The black Corvettes – all from one man’s collection – covered the model years 1954 through 1969 inclusively, with at least one example from each year, all of them offered at no reserve. The top seller among the black cars was a 1958 convertible with the 283 fuelie along with radio, heater, windshield washer, and courtesy lamp delete. It had scored 99.6 percent in NCRS judging and pulled Mecum’s second-highest price at Bloomington – $142,500 – surpassed only by a one-of-two 1971 ZR2 convertible that scored to the tune of $410,000. Each and every Corvette in the collection not only had the same matching black finish but was restored to a very high standard of correctness.
Among the other black cars, a 1965 fuel-injected coupe that had copped an NCRS Duntov Award sold for $110,000. A second 1958 convertible, this one with the dual-quad 283, collected $97,000. Altogether, the black Corvette collection sold for $1.65 million!