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The Top 7 Coolest Corvettes From Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

CorvSport sifted through the 60 'Vettes that hammered off to new owners and found 7 that should pique every enthusiast's interest

This 1981 Greenwood Daytona Turbo screams 80s, and we love it! Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson

We have a great rivalry in the collector car auction world right now, with Barrett-Jackson and Mecum throwing out numbers that rival what other auctions are garnering for our beloved Corvette. After their Kissimmee extravaganza, where a whopping 72% of the 527 ‘Vettes offered sold, Mecum was declared the undisputed champion of collector car auctions. But Barrett-Jackson still rules when it comes to confidence and sales ratios, as their signature no-reserve auctions guarantee a sale. Today, we have a little something for everybody, with an emphasis on the popular trend of custom Corvettes with modern powertrains. Let’s jump right into the top 7 coolest Corvettes from Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Palm Beach auction. Our number one choice has a cool, unexpected connection to Zora Arkus-Duntov.


1996 C4 Grand Sport Coupe

Sold For: $55,000

Highlights/Why It’s Cool:

  • 1,209 actual miles
  • Power comes from the one-year-only 330hp 5.7-liter LT4 V8 engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
  • Grand Sport exclusive Admiral Blue with an Arctic White stripe up over the hood and rear deck, two red hash-mark stripes over the left front fender, and 17-inch black 5-spoke ZR1-style wheels.
  • Only 1,000 Grand Sports were built in 1996, and this is one of two as configured, per the Official Grand Sport Registry Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Window Sticker showing an original MSRP of $46,239.
  • Extensive documentation included a Build Sheet, books, manuals, sales brochure, and NCRS Top Flight award.

Deeper Dive: Direct link to the Barrett-Jackson listing


2022 C8.R Championship Edition Convertible

Sold For: $115,500

Highlights/Why It’s Cool:

  • 2,001 actual miles
  • Chevrolet released just 1,000 of these distinctively styled IMSA GTLM Championship Editions, and this example is #5 out of 1,000 C8.R Editions ever produced.
  • This C8.R served primarily as a marketing display vehicle featured at events such as Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in November 2021 and the Chevrolet Find New Roads Dealer Training Tour.
  • Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and finished in Hypersonic Gray.
  • 3LT trim with Z51 Performance Package and a Corvette Racing-themed Graphics Package with yellow accents.

Deeper Dive: Direct link to the Barrett-Jackson listing


1962 C1 Custom Convertible

Sold For: $238,700

Highlights/Why It’s Cool:

  • Driven 300 test miles since completion
  • GM Performance LS3 V8 engine, 4L65 automatic transmission, and Art Morrison GT Sport chassis.
  • Built by classic Corvette specialists Loomis Automotive in Oklahoma City, OK (in business since 1900).
  • A product of a 4-year build that started in 2017 and was finished in 2021, with a book of records.
  • The car rolls on EVOD ACC Classic hubcap polished 18-inch wheels with spinner center caps engraved with 1962 cross flags. As documented, the wheels alone were $9,318.
  • The power is transferred to the gray powder-coated 9-inch rear end housing with 31-spline Strange axles, Dana 1350 yoke and 3.70 gears.

Deeper Dive: Direct link to the Barrett-Jackson listing


1966 C2 Custom Convertible

Sold For: $335,500

Highlights/Why It’s Cool:

  • Completed in October 2022 by Jeff Hayes Customs
  • Powered by a 540hp LS3 V8 engine mated to a 4L70E automatic transmission
  • Rides on an Art Morrison sport chassis with 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes
  • Finished in Bright Red over a Saddle Brazilian leather interior and rolls on Schott wheels wrapped in custom red-line tires

Deeper Dive: Direct link to the Barrett-Jackson listing


1968 C3 Custom Convertible

Sold For: $220,000

Highlights/Why It’s Cool:

  • Powered by a full roller fuel-injected 383ci stroker BluePrint engine using a Holley Sniper unit, providing a dyno-proven 491hp and 455 ft/lbs of torque.
  • A TREMEC TKX 5-speed manual transmission with a McLeod hydraulic clutch backs the powerplant.
  • The exhaust system consists of Doug’s ceramic-coated headers and a 2.5-inch exhaust with twin Flowmaster mufflers.
  • Braking comes from a Granatelli Motorsports Electric Vacuum System using Wilwood 6-piston calipers in front and 4-piston calipers in the rear with 14-inch rotors.
  • The custom-designed hood is handmade from the original hood with a functional cold-air intake.
  • Six cowhides of Tomato Red Dani leather were used to cover every piece of the interior, including the hardtop liner and the rear speaker enclosure.
  • The wheels are custom-made Avant Garde AGL-67 models wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar run-flat tires with electronic Bluetooth tire pressure monitors.

Deeper Dive: Direct link to the Barrett-Jackson listing


1957 C1 Convertible 283/250 HP

Sold For: $126,500

Highlights/Why It’s Cool:

  • This first-generation gem was the oldest and most original Corvette at Palm Beach.
  • Powered by a 283/250hp V8 engine equipped with the original Rochester fuel-injection system and backed by the optional Powerglide automatic transmission.
  • Underwent a professional rotisserie restoration.
  • Finished in Venetian Red, this Corvette is an NCRS-certified show-winner and Top Flight award-winner.
  • Fully documented

Deeper Dive: Direct link to the Barrett-Jackson listing


1981 C3 Greenwood Daytona Turbo

Sold For: $247,500

Highlights/Why It’s Cool:

  • 26,606 actual miles
  • In addition to the Greenwood provenance, this C3 screams the 80s, and we love it!
  • This authentic 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Daytona Turbo, Daytona Turbo No. 2, has been previously displayed in the National Corvette Museum.
  • Powered by a turbocharged 350ci V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission.
  • Equipped with BBS racing wheels, as well as removable Kevlar cooling shields that cool the brakes.
  • The custom body panels are all calculated for best driving performance.
  • John Greenwood modified the front suspension and the 5-link rear suspension, which was an original John Greenwood design.
  • The rear hatch was specially designed for the curvature of the body, and it opens.
  • John Greenwood signed the dash, and Burt Greenwood and Zora Arkus-Duntov signed the extra air cleaner cover.

Deeper Dive: Direct link to the Barrett-Jackson listing

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