Harley Earl’s Custom Corvette Heads to Auction
It’s no secret that vintage Corvettes go for top dollar at auctions. The ‘Vette is the king of the classic car world, and if you have a mint condition split window coupe or numbers-matching first-gen you are in for a big payday at auction. So what about the specially designed personal vehicle of the man responsible for the Corvette? You can expect a massive price tag for sure.
Harley J. Earl was the first head of design at General Motors. He was responsible for the Buick Y-Job, introducing tailfins to Chevys and Cadillacs, and of course, the project that would eventually become the Corvette. For his many years of service, GM built this custom 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, which will be auctioned off by Mecum in Chicago, Saturday Oct 10.
Filed as lot number S110, the ‘Vette was one of only four to leave the factory with the custom side-out exhaust with individual runners. What sets this car apart from the other four customs (aside from the famous owner) is the extra instrument panel on the passenger side of the dash!
The ‘Vette is just one of the 1,000-car lineup crossing the auction block in Chicago on the weekend of October 10-12. We suspect this could be one of the more expensive Corvettes to ever roll through Mecum’s doors. We’ll know for sure on the 12th of October.