Marengo, IL. April 11, 2008 –MECUM has announced the sale of three Serial Number One Corvettes at the upcoming Bloomington Gold high Performance Auction June 27-28 in St. Charles, Illinois. The collection includes a 1955, 1956 and 1957 Corvette. “This is the only collection of three sequential serial one Corvettes known to exist in the world” says Dana Mecum.
The 1955 serial number one car was the first production Corvette to offer a high-performance V-8 engine. The 1956 serial number one car was the first redesigned Corvette produced by Chevrolet and the 1957 serial number one car was the very first high performance model Corvette to off the assembly line. The Corvettes were originally amassed in Rockford, Illinois in the late 70’s by Tom Harmer who identified the significance in collecting serial number one automobiles. In the early 80’s, they were purchased by Gene Morton. Having a great understanding for the unbelievable value of these three cars, he moved them to Alaska and protected them for years.
Around the year 2000, the cars resurfaced in Prescott, Arizona and were purchased by Al Wiseman and George Swartz. Mecum comments, “Al and George have restored these three Corvettes to Bloomington Gold standards and to the magnificent state they are in today”. The first time these cars will ever be unveiled to the public will be at the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show. The three sequential serial number one Corvettes will be offered for sale as a collection. This will be the first time all three cars been viewed together by the public.