1963 Chevrolet Corvette

$107.3M, record prices at Gooding & Company Pebble Beach 2021
Friday, 13 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
Sale Price
$150,000 - $180,000
Est. Range
14 August 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 30837S109652; Engine no. 3109652 F0212RE. Sebring Silver over red vinyl. 327/340hp L76, 4-speed, power brakes, hub caps, AM radio.

Evaluation: Out of the “Silver Surfer” collection of late Rush drummer Neil Peart. Restored shortly before he bought it in 2011. Excellent paint and body. The engine compartment is fully restored and the underbody is excellent. The interior is in fantastic condition and shows little to no use. Probably the least exotic car out of Peart’s collection but condition-wise it’s probably the best.

Bottom Line: There was indeed a rush here for several of the lots from Peart’s mostly silver (six are silver, his Cobra is black) collection, but not all of them. His Aston DB5 stalled at a middling $560,000 high bid on the block. His Italian cars and his Cobra sold at prices appropriate to their condition. His E-Type brought an estimate- and price guide-smashing $318,500. But his Corvette was the biggest winner of them all.

A normal Split Window with this equipment and condition should have a 1 in front of its price, not a 3. Celebrity premium is hard to quantify in the old car market. Celebrity ownership doesn’t necessarily make a car more valuable. Except when it does. Two bidders just had to have this one.

by Andrew Newton
22 August 2021
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Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #4: Fair
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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