AUBURN, INDIANA (February 13, 2009) – Worldwide Auctioneers announced today that one of the most sought-after Corvette Race cars in existence will join its Houston line up this May, when an acclaimed 1957 Chevrolet Corvette COPO Race Car goes under the hammer. “This splendid, factory big brake, ‘Air-Box Fuelie’ example is the most extensively raced and well documented ’57 Corvette race car of all time”, said John Kruse, Managing Partner. “Recently restored to its early ‘60s racing configuration, this very special automobile would make a spectacular addition to any collection and be a welcome entrant at any vintage race event”.
Of the 23 ‘Air-Box’ examples known to exist, this is one of only 6 factory COPO Airbox Corvettes acquired by known racing drivers. Proclaimed by Vette Magazine as “an open-track threat right off the assembly line”, the car was delivered new to Bob Mouat and successfully raced straight out of the showroom until 1965, achieving 21 victories and over 50 top ten finishes. Extensive documentation authenticates its history on the track and subsequent success at events such as Bloomington Gold, The Monterey Historics and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Enthusiasts will also get a rare opportunity to bid for the “8-Ball Cobra killer”, a singular 1965 Corvette Roadster, owned and raced by Herb Caplan alongside the legendary Dick Guldstrand. Further due to cross the block is the ex-Alan Sevadjian, John Mecum 1967/74 Corvette “Delmo Johnson Racecar, offered without reserve, a numbers matching, four- speed 1968 Corvette L89 Roadster, also offered at no reserve and impeccable 1954 Corvette Roadster.
Held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual Keels and Wheels Concours D’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Full details on the sale, admission, and advance bidder registration may be obtained visiting www.wwgauctions.com.