Most Sought After Classic Corvette Models
Ask a dozen Corvette lovers which of the six generations, or even which model in any one generation is the most popular, and you’ll get a dozen different answers. So we won’t try to answer that question. But it is possible to look at sales numbers, rarity, and the overall price and availability of any one corvette model and determine which are the most sought after by collectors. Going back to the first Corvettes on the books, here is what people are looking for:
If you ask this question by rarity, obviously there will be a few that stand out. Certain editions, models and versions of the Corvette (classic or modern) were only produced in limited quantities, so the rarity obviously spikes for those. Here are some examples:
The 1969 Corvette ZL-1
The ZL-1 is not only incredibly sleek and attractive, standing as a transition vehicle between the early Corvettes and the 70′s style of later models, but only two were ever made.
The 1967 Big Block Vert
The stock, 1967 Corvette was a monster with 427 engine and close to 500 horsepower. It was incredibly rare and among the most sought after C2′s ever built.
The 1963 Split Rear Window
The classic split window Corvette was only produced for one year (the first year of the C2) and is considered one of the rarest and most sought after Corvettes ever built. It’s also very cool looking.
The 1953 Corvette
Of course, the first Corvette is a must have for any serious collector. In retrospect it wasn’t very fast, but the iconic grill, sleek frame and open top are still incredible 60 years later.
Of course, the older Corvettes are the rarest, but what about the ones that are most sought after. What about the most actively searched for online or pined over by Corvette fans? Here are a few more that your average Joe might be looking for if he could get the money.
- The Corvette Z06 and ZR1 – The most powerful, fastest production cars ever built were the late generation revisions of the C6. Anyone with a Corvette fascination would LOVE to have one of these in their garage.
- Late C-3 Models and Early C-4 Models – While not particularly powerful, Late C3 and early C4 Corvettes are affordable, making them great entry Vettes.
- The C7 – The upcoming 2014 Stingray is going to make a big splash, so of course everyone wants one. It won’t be rare by any means, but it will be a big seller.
All Corvettes are popular vehicles, from the first 1950s models to the brand new, not yet released 2014 Stingray. Collectors will always try to track down the oldest, rarest models, while anyone wanting to actually drive one will want something either affordable or new and powerful.
Rarity and desirability ultimately come down to what any one person wants. One thing is for certain, though – Corvettes are hot.
Article written by Bradley White, a writer and blogger for Volvette Corvette Parts.