2007 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale: Tanker Corvettes Sold at $510,000

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Bidders were seeing double at the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event, and it wasn't just because of the 10-free-drink punchcards that came with the bidders passes. As you've seen from some of our other posts from Scottsdale, there were a large number of paired vehicles auctioned off this week. Seven sets were sold together as matching pairs. We're not sure how well the pairing of lots works out for the sellers, but in some cases it was almost as if the second car was free for the buyers.

Perhaps the best deal of the bunch was the set of 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Tankers. In addition to its famed "Last"(tm) Corvette Sting Ray, ProTeam Classic Corvette Collection and Sales of Napolean, OH offered this pair of ultra rare and desirable Corvettes. The red 327/250hp V8 (Lot #1280) and 327/360hp FI V8 (Lot #1280.1) Split Window Coupe Tankers has extensive documentation, including race history. Lot #1280 also has a Powerglide transmission and the rare combination of power steering and brakes, air conditioning and the "tanker" 36-gallon fuel tank that gives these models their names. The sister car, lot #1280.1, was a similar Tanker 'Vette, but had a 4-speed transmission and the Z06 race package.

These lots had a lot going for them. 1963 was the only year for the sought-after split rear window models, they're both Riverside Red, only 63 Tanker cars were built in total, only 199 Z06 packaged 'Vettes were sold, and they both have NCRS Top Flight certification. The significance of these models is well explained by this Sports Car Market tidbit: "Purchasing a 'big tank' Corvette typically required the approval of General Motors executives and was an opportunity that was limited to Corvette racers. Consequently, the big tanks are seldom found on cars that do not also feature the Z06 or race package options, as ProTeam's air conditioned big tank coupe." Some estimates had them at a million bucks, so the $510,000 final gavel price seems almost a bargain.

[Sources: Barrett-Jackson and Sports Car Market]

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