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...
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.
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.
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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