1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Z06 (small tank)
Gooding & Company's latest online sale brings in $16.1M
Monday, 3 May - Friday, 7 May 2021
Sale Price
$300,000 - $375,000
Est. Range
7 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 30837S117647. Ermine White over black vinyl. 327/360hp fuel injection, 4-speed, Z06 package including power big brakes and Posi-Traction, spinner wheel covers, Eagle GT+4 blackwall tires, T3 headlights, AM-FM radio, aircraft-style seat belts, original jack.

Evaluation: One repaint in the original color, original window sticker documented. Sold by Don Yenko Chevrolet to the original owner David Simkins, later sold to Charles “Cookie” Knuth. Acquired in April 1974 by the current owner and retained as-found. Never shown and represented as completely original other than the paint. Bodywork, major chrome and paint are good. Trim chrome is aged. The engine compartment is well preserved with some surface rust and paint loss. Original and rusty underneath with fluid leakage and road grime, newer exhaust system. Tired original upholstery. No competition history. Original but aged as would be expected.

Bottom Line: On condition alone, this is a $200,000 car and the difference is completely attributable to its originality. Unlike barn finds, though, this Z06 isn’t despicable, abandoned and neglected. It’s never fallen into disrepair and that is an important distinction that should give the new owner confidence both in the car and in its condition.

by Rick Carey
13 May 2021
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Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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