A Chevrolet Corvette raced by Briggs Cunningham in the 1960 24 Hrs of Le Mans was marketed for a final bid of $685,000 at an RM Sotheby’s auction held on Saturday in Amelia Island, Florida.
Increase on the profits fee, and the ultimate price tag paid out for the car or truck comes in at $785,500. The end result is perfectly underneath the estimate of among $900,000 and $1.3 million for the no-reserve sale, even though not surprising given what minimal stays of the primary automobile. Most of what you see, which include the engine, was switched up after the car’s brief racing job.
The auto, which bears chassis no. 00867S103535, is the racing variety 1 Corvette pushed by Cunningham and William Kimberly in the 1960 Le Mans race, and for a period of time was considered missing forever.
Briggs Cunningham Chevrolet Corvettes at the 1960 24 Several hours of Le Mans
It experienced a crash on lap 32 so under no circumstances finished up finishing the race. The crew, operate by Cunningham, entered three Corvettes and the no. 3 car or truck, driven by John Fitch and Bob Grossman, was the most effective, acquiring received its class.
When the whereabouts of the no. 2 and no. 3 cars have constantly been recognized, no. 1 was lacking for many years until it was last but not least discovered in 2011 sitting down in storage in St. Petersburg, Florida. As is normally the circumstance with this kind of finds, there was some dispute around who the true operator was, with various get-togethers declaring ownership. A decide ultimately resolved that the car be marketed, with the proceeds to be split and the new proprietor presented a apparent title.
The RM Sotheby’s sale coincided with this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Other impressive automobiles at the sale incorporated a 1929 Duesenberg Product J, 1930 Cadillac V-16, 1948 Talbot-Lago T26, and 1981 March 811 Formula A single race motor vehicle.