Published on 01/31/2019

Best of the Best: Top 10 Highest-Grossing Chevrolet Vehicles of 2019 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

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DAN HODGDON

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The final numbers have been tallied from the Scottsdale edition of this year’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction -- and they are eye-popping. As usual, Chevrolet had a strong presence at the prestigious event with over 600 vehicles from the Bowtie among the 1,800 that crossed the auction block during the event.

We take a look at the brand’s top earners below, many of which feature crate engines and transmissions straight from Chevrolet Performance.

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Best of the Best: Top 10 Highest-Grossing Chevrolet Vehicles of 2019 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

The final numbers have been tallied from the Scottsdale edition of this year’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction -- and they are eye-popping. As usual, Chevrolet had a strong presence at the prestigious event with over 600 vehicles from the Bowtie among the 1,800 that crossed the auction block during the event.

We take a look at the brand’s top earners below, many of which feature crate engines and transmissions straight from Chevrolet Performance.

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1968 Corvette L88 ($291,500)

The top 10 list kicks off with one of the 80 Corvette L88 models built in 1968. The polar white car features red leather interior and is powered by a rebuilt 427c.i. making 430 horsepower. It is backed up by an M22 Rock Crusher four-speed manual transmission. The original build sheet is still glued to the gas tank, which has been removed, and the car has less than 25,000 original miles.

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1967 Corvette Custom Convertible ($330,000)

Next up is a slew of vehicles which amazingly all sold for $300,000. First, we’ll take a look at this 1967 Corvette Custom Convertible which has been built to serve as a Pro Touring Resto Mod by Roadster Shop. The shop fitted the original 1967 body to their Fast Track chassis. The power plant is an LSX 427c.i. engine making 625 horsepower mated to a T56 six-speed manual transmission controlled by a hydraulic clutch. The car is black on red and BOZE custom wheels provide the proper clearance for both the brakes and body while maintaining an aggressive Resto Mod look.

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1961 Corvette Custom Convertible ($330,000)

Another custom Corvette convertible also hammered away for $330,000, this one a 1961 convertible build. No expense was spared on this car, which started with a professionally stripped body. It is set on a complete Art Morrison GT chassis and is painted with a black base coat with charcoal coves and finished off with clear coat. The power plant is a supercharged 6.2L Chevrolet Performance LT4 engine making 650 horsepower, while the transmission is a state-of-the-art 8L90-E eight-speed automatic. Inside is Al Knoch custom leather seating, door panels, a leather dash, custom Daytona carpet and a custom-built console. The pristine car rides on 18-inch Billet Specialties polished wheels and custom red line tires.

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1960 Corvette Custom Convertible ($330,000)

Surprise! Yet another Pro Touring Corvette sold for $330,000 at this year’s edition of Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. This one is a 1960 model professionally built with a 6.2-liter direct-injected LT1 engine from Chevrolet Performance, which is capable of 535 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. It is backed up by a Supermatic 4L75-E automatic transmission. The car utilizes an Art Morrison C7 chassis, a fully adjustable ride height and JRI coilovers. It has a total of 200 test miles since its completion. The baby blue paint is a PPG custom mix with a Global High Solids clear. The interior features Italian leather, with double stitching on the dash and panels for a custom touch.

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1968 Camaro Kindig-It Design Custom Coupe ($330,000)

Another Chevrolet which sold for the magic price of $330,000 is featured here. However, this one is a custom 1968 Camaro designed by Kindig-It. It is customized using modern components including an Art Morrison front and rear coilover suspension, six-piston Wilwood disc brakes, 19- and 20-inch Billet Specialties stiletto wheels and red line Michelin Pilot tires. The car is powered by a 635-horsepower Chevrolet Performance LSX454 with Harrop fuel injection. A TR56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission controls the gears. The car, painted in Sikkens Mercedes Black, is a TV star, too. It was built on Season 3, Episode 11 of “Bitchin’ Rides”.

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1957 Corvette Custom Roadster ($330,000)

Returning now to Corvettes that sold for $330,000, next up is a custom 1957 Corvette roadster. This fresh, body-off custom build incorporates a variety of model years. Under the hood is a 6.2L LSA engine rated at 556 horsepower and utilizing a T56 six-speed manual transmission with a vintage Corvette shifter. It has an SR111 Motorsports chassis with C5 front suspension and C4 rear suspension. The color was inspired by Panama Yellow, which was used on 1958 Corvettes, and Murano Yellow Pearl was used in the clear coat. The interior is custom leather.

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1963 Corvette Custom Split-Window Coupe ($330,000)

The final $330,000 Corvette is a custom 1963 split-window magazine cover car. It utilizes an SRIII Supertub tube frame and power is made with a fully polished 6.2L LS9 engine capable of 744 horsepower. It is backed up by a polished T56 six-speed manual transmission. The car rides on ZR1 chrome wheels and tires and utilizes Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes for stopping. The exterior is finished in custom blue PPG paint while the interior has custom soft-hide buffalo leather.

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1955 Bel Air Custom Convertible ($363,000)

No list of top-selling Chevrolets would seem complete without a Tri-Five. Luckily, this custom 1955 Bel Air sold for top dollar. It was professionally restored by Patrick’s Classy Cars of Phoenix and features an Art Morrison GT Sport chassis along with chrome independent front and rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and coilover shocks. Under the hood lurks an LT4 engine with an Eaton supercharger. The car also utilizes a five-speed manual transmission, a polished-aluminum driveshaft and ceramic-coated dual exhaust. It rides on custom polished wheels, specifically designed for the chassis, and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. It is finished in a deep Gloss Black exterior, while inside is red leather interior with perforated appointments.

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Of all the vintage Corvettes on hand at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, this custom 1963 split window pulled in the most cash. The build was performed by Jeff Hayes and American Speed Shop. It utilizes an Art Morrison Sport chassis and the power plant is a new hot-cammed LS3 from Chevrolet Performance producing 540 horsepower. It is backed by a new Supermatic 4L70-E automatic transmission. The red Corvette rides on Schott wheels and custom-made red line tires, while the upholstery work features Saddle-colored Brazilian leather, carbon-fiber accents and extensive LED lighting.

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Jeff Gordon’s 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R ($600,000)

The top-earning Chevrolet at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was, no surprise, a Corvette. However, the car is a late-model edition as opposed to the classics on this list, and it once belonged to NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon. The black-on-black Z06 is only one of 570 CT.R-equipped coupes. It is powered by a supercharged 6.2L LT4 engine making 650 horsepower and is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. It handles like a dream thanks to magnetic ride suspension damping, traction control, active handling stability and four-wheel ABS brakes with slotted rotors and six-piston front calipers, among other goodies. It looks and sounds mean, too. But the best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer, research, treatment and patient support programs.

As you can see, some of the world’s most beautiful Chevrolets rolled across the auction block in Scottsdale this year. Incredibly, nine of the top 10 sellers either featured Chevrolet Performance crate engines or power plants available as crates. It’s further proof that the top builders trust Chevrolet Performance for power and reliability in vehicles that are built to make dreams come true.

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