Hunted by a collector for 20 years, this Chevy sold for $253,000

US automobile collectors have been going crazy for classic muscle cars, this month.

Hot on the tracks of RM Auctions' celebration of powerful motors in San Diego, starring a rare $401,500 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88, now Barrett-Jackson has also got in on the action...

Among the diverse collection of world class collector cars sold in Orange County, US, were two classic and lovingly-restored Chevrolets.

The first was a Chevelle SS 454 Convertible - a car whose back story is as impressive as the immense power under its bonnet.

The 1970 Chevelle SS 454 Convertible 

Arguable the pinnacle of US muscle cars, this sought-after Chevelle SS 454 Convertible is the result of one collector's lifelong obsession and 20-year search to obtain it.

Targeted in his sights was this Fathom Blue and Pearl LS6 Chevelle convertible.

After two decades, the collector tracked it down, rescued the automobile and - with no expense spared - treated it to a frame-off restoration. By 2005, the Chevelle had been restored to its original glory.

Sold with comprehensive documentation of its history, the historic Chevelle boasts a 450hp LS6 engine, M22 Muncie "Rock Crusher" transmission and. F41 suspension.

It also has its original matching numbers engine and most of its original correctly-dated components, including cylinder heads, intake, distributor and carburetor.

The Bloomington Gold Award-winning 1967 427/435hp Corvette

With all of the above painstakingly rebuilt to its original LS6 specs, the Fathom Blue 454 revved all the way to an incredible final price of $253,000, including Buyer's Premium.

Also in the top sales was a Bloomington Gold Award-winning 1967 427/435hp Corvette, restored in 2008 "with a fine tooth comb" having been owned by its seller for 12 years.

Equipped with power steering - rare for a 435hp - and a pleasure to drive, it finally sold for $181,500.


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