CorvSport has compiled a top 10 of the hottest Corvettes to indulge your dreams
Kevin Hart's 1959 Restomod/Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson
Sit back, relax, and close your eyes. Now picture that you’ve just won the lottery, a big one, let’s say at least $5,000,000, but since this is fantasy if you need more to feel comfortable, just visualize more of those sweet-smelling hundred-dollar bills surrounding your recliner. You have piles, no, mountains of cash, and a burning desire to buy your dream Corvette.
Now that CorvSport has laid the foundation, let your mind do the rest of the work, and let’s do some fantasy shopping. Which Corvette do you buy if you have nearly unlimited funds? We’ve got something for everybody, no matter what generation is your favorite, and even some budget-like examples if you still wish to remain frugal-minded.
Description: “Corvette fans know #003, the best-known and documented Corvette in existence. It is the oldest survivor of the 1953 model production run (300 cars). The world’s oldest production Corvette was hand-built, has all matching numbers, and shows a mere 333 miles since restoration in 1990… It was meticulously disassembled, inspected, researched and well-documented during its two-and-a-half-year restoration, completed in 1990. It toured the US at car shows and parades, gaining National recognition and awards (Bloomington Gold, Corvette Hall of Fame and the NCRS Duntov Award). #003 is one of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world. The third Corvette to come off the production line, is a rare piece of automotive history, providing a tangible and accurate account of early Corvette history. Corvettes #001 and #002 exist only in memory…” [Text from Barrett-Jackson]
Description: A 1959 Restomod packing a 460hp 6.2-liter LT1 V8 – the same engine that powered the C7 Corvette. It also comes with a C7 front suspension from Art Morrison, adjustable Strange coilovers, C7 6-piston front calipers, braided lines, power steering, and bespoke EVOD wheels.
Price: $825,000 (Kevin Hart’s purchase price from the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction)
Description: “This Kindig CF1 was commissioned by… Corvette Mike, and built in 2023 by Kindig-It Designs of Salt Lake City, Utah. Featuring carbon-fiber bodywork finished in Caviar metallic over Pebble Stone upholstery, the car is powered by a Lingenfelter-built 7.0-liter LS7 V8 mated to a 4L80E four-speed automatic transmission. Additional equipment includes a modified Roadster Shop Spec 7 chassis, a Borla 8-Stack fuel injection system, staggered-diameter alloy wheels, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, power steering, Vintage Air climate control, Dakota Digital instrumentation, and an AudioControl digital sound processor. This CF1 roadster… has a clean Utah title that lists the vehicle as a 1953 Corvette Kit Car.” [Text source]
Description: A 1963 Split-window Coupe with a matching numbers 327/300 HP V8 engine, T10 4-speed manual transmission, and 3.36 rear-end. 1 of only 278 produced with factory air conditioning, and a very rare and desirable color combination of Ermine White with Riverside Red interior. Most all factory-correct type components are intact, including the spare, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, alternator, distributor, spark plug shields, hoses, hose clamps, exhaust heat shields, expansion tank, radiator, gas door assembly, bowtie mirror, glovebox door, cookie tin hood, owner’s manual, and sales brochure. A body-off restoration was completed in 2016. [Source]
Description: “The next best thing to owning a one-of-a-kind Corvette is owning a two-of-a-kind Corvette. The ZL-1 option package was almost as though GM made a last grand stand salute to the big blocks before the emission controlled economy cars took over the highways of the 70’s. Mandatory with the L88 special turbo jet 427 V8 package were the F41 special purpose suspension, a heavy duty transmission, positraction rear end, transistorized ignition, and a heavy duty brake system. The ZL-1 option consisted merely of an aluminum cylinder block.
The combined package added $4100 to the price of the car at the time. The L88 package was $1100 and the special ZL-1 aluminum cylinder and case were an additional $3000 making this combination a big, big ticket in 1969. Only two Corvettes had been factory assembled with this ZL-1 aluminum engine option package. That alone is enough to thrill a Corvette owner, but this car’s history turned out to be truly unique.” [Text source here, read more on this special 1969 ZL-1]
Price:$1,000,000++ (Currently not for sale, and owner Roger Judski makes sure to let you know, but with millions to spend, who knows, right?)
Description: “This 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is one of 2,025 Commemorative Edition models produced to celebrate the back-to-back class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car is finished in Le Mans Blue with unique stripes over black leather and powered by a 5.7-liter LS6 V8 paired with a rear-mounted six-speed transaxle. Features include a limited-slip differential, polished wheels, a carbon-fiber hood, pop-up headlights, cruise control, automatic climate control, and a Bose audio with a CD player. First delivered to Kerbeck Cadillac Pontiac Chevrolet of Atlantic City, New Jersey, it was acquired by the selling dealer in 2012. This C5 Z06 indicates 11 miles and is offered with a build sheet, window sticker, delivery plastic on the interior surfaces, manufacturer’s literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clean North Carolina title.” [Source: Bring a Trailer]
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