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What’s this unique piece of Americana worth?


What’s this unique piece of Americana worth?
We’d told you about Worldwide Auctioneer’s Pacific Grove sale before (here) but somehow missed out on this Corvette. It’s a 1958 car unlike any other. And it’s another creation by the late King of Kustomizers George Barris. In this case one that was built as a promotional vehicle in the mid-1960s for Accessories International, who’d supposedly bought the Corvette when new. For inspiration, Barris and Co. looked at GM designer Bill Mitchell’s XP-700 Corvette concept car - a car that on its own was based on a 1958 Corvette. Mitchell’s later XP-755 ‘Mako Shark’ (1961) saw its influences too.

Anyhow: Barris restyled the front end with quad headlights on a set of more pronounced pods. The new radiator grille featured a dramatic oval shape with integrated side scoops. An additional hood scoop fed air to the engine’s carburetor, and the signature 1958 hood louvres and trim were smoothed out. At the rear, the heavy 1958-specific chrome trim pieces were removed and smoothed and typical ‘Jet Age’ fins were grafted onto the tops of the rear fenders. A 1958 Chevy Impala roof vent was added to the Corvette’s hard top. After being painted, the Corvette was fitted with the whole range of Accessories International parts, from the Ansen magnesium custom wheels with spinner up, and it soon toured the country as promoter for Accessories International products at custom car shows, trade shows and other events.

This car no doubt is an acquired taste, but it’s one we can appreciate. The fact that the car is totally period absolutely pleas for it, too. What it is worth? Well, Worldwide Auctioneers have put a 110- to 140,000 Dollars price tag on it. At the same sale, there is a 1957 Corvette in beautifully restored condition (here), of which the estimate is 125- 150,000 Dollars. So… is this unique piece of Americana really worth less than a standard car of which there are many, many more?

(Words editor, pictures courtesy Worldwide Auctioneers)

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#2 Jeroen Booij 2017-08-10 06:26
Quoting George Cassidy:
You neglected to mention that the '57 is fuel injected, I think this was the first year. That is solid gold for collectors and should explain the price differential.

Quoting George Cassidy:
You neglected to mention that the '57 is fuel injected, I think this was the first year. That is solid gold for collectors and should explain the price differential.


Good point George. Didn't know that!
 
 
#1 2017-08-09 21:35
You neglected to mention that the '57 is fuel injected, I think this was the first year. That is solid gold for collectors and should explain the price differential.
 

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