World Renowned Collector Car Auction Announces Corvettes Crossing the Block in Monterey
By Claire Natale -
Tuesday Aug 10, 2021
Three Rare and Coveted Corvettes to be Auctioned off at Russo and Steele
The Russo and Steele Automobile Auction, returning to Monterey August 12 and 13, is offering a collection of highly sought-after luxurious and collectible cars. Lots are still available at the highly sought-after event for those looking to consign.
The Corvette, known as America’s sports car, is famous for maintaining high speed capabilities for all models built in the past 68 years. Russo and Steele is proudly featuring three Corvette’s at this year’s Monterey Auction including the 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Anniversary Pace Car (presented at no reserve), 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (presented at no reserve) and the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Roadster.
1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Roadster
Grand Sport Corvettes have retained a strong loyal following throughout the years. This vehicle is super rare, one of 41 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Roadsters produced with red interior and F45 high performance suspension for this 1996 model. Produced only in 1996 from April 3 to June 14, there are only 190 total Grand Sport Roadsters made that year, which are equipped with an exclusive LT 4 engine. This instantly recognizable and forever collectable car is one of the only C4 era Vettes to maintain high value. The exterior features a unique Admiral Blue paint with Artie White racing stripes, original Good Year GS-C tires and unique “Black Out” ZR1 wheels. It has 6-speed manual and special gloss black finished front brake calipers. Registries for this car track all VIN numbers and ownership history. This vehicle has been rated by CNN Business in their “Top 10 Most Valuable Corvettes.”
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Anniversary Pace Car (No Reserve)
On sale at NO RESERVE on Friday, August 13, this 1978 Corvette honored the 25th anniversary of production for this sports car. It was built with the option package RPO Z78. The exterior has a special two-tone paint scheme, front and rear spoiler, glass T-tops and alloy wheels. It also features regalia decals with “winged wheel” Indy Speedway logos. The interior has a thin-shell seat design—known for offering more support. This desirable collectible corvette pace car is ready to hit the track.
1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Offered for auction sale, live on the block Thursday night August 12th, with only 3973 ORIGNIAL miles, this Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport car was produced only in 1996 from April 3 to June 14 and one of 810 coupes made that year. This car is outfitted with an exclusive LT 4 engine. This Vette was one of only 197 Grand Sport Coups with a FE1 suspension option. With only 3,973 original miles, the vehicle is collector grade. It is equipped with optional custom Calloway performance exhaust, a Grand Sport PRO Z16 LT4 engine and a 6-speed manual. The Z16 Grand Sport RPO was a 1-year only option for 1996 models. The exterior features original Good Year GS-C tires and unique “Black Out” ZR1 wheels. It has molded fender flares above the rear wheels. Registries for this car track all VIN numbers and ownership history. This car is the most collectable C4 Corvette along with the legendary ZR-1 and has a unique Vehicle Identification Number sequence.
Billed as the “Mecca of Collector Automobiles”, Russo and Steele is among an elite list of events that contributes to Monterey’s Historic Car Week and holds the hottest ticket to Monterey’s race weekend. Lots are still available at the highly sought-after event for those looking to consign.
As a lead up to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event on Sunday, August 15, Russo and Steele’s auction is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Monterey. The event will auction collectible automobiles in its safe, highly interactive, visceral ground-level auction arena that provides an experience where buyers can get up close with the cars. Known for its auction-in-the-round format, Russo and Steele is unlike any other event and is known as “The World’s Most Exciting Collector Automobile Auction.” Russo and Steele places buyers, sellers and enthusiastic spectators up close and personal with vehicles.
About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
One of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions continues to set records and attract a discerning global clientele. In addition to its reputation for offering stellar collector automobiles, the unique high-energy auction experience is simply unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include a signature event in Scottsdale, Ariz. every January, followed by March at Amelia Island and August at Monterey, California. For additional information, please visit http://www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.