Ed Foss Low-Mileage Corvette Collection set for Mecum Monterey 2015.
An original collection of low-mileage Corvette’s will headline next months Mecum Auction in California.
The 26-car Ed Foss collection consists of some of the lowest-mileage and most original examples of the Corvette in existence, from a 1953 Roadster with less than 4,000 miles clocked, to a 2003 50th Anniversary Edition 'Vette with just 135 miles driven since new. The cars are expected to fetch up to $500,000 and $75,000 respectively.
The consignment recently received an expert-inspection, with the collection being found to be in 95% factory-original condition. It will feature as part of Mecum Auctions daytime auction from August 13-15 at Del Monte Golf Course, California, during Monterey car week.
One of the stars of the collection is a multiple award-winning three-owner 1969 L88 convertible, with just 6,453 miles on the clock. As one of just 116 ’69 L88s produced, the car has participated in Bloomington Gold L88 Special Collections and was previously owned by Corvettes at Carlisle co-founder Chip Miller. It is expected to fetch between $900,000-$1,200,000.
Another highlight is an unrestored 1965 four-speed fuelie convertible. The car is dubbed as the first truly ‘expensive’ collector Corvette—selling for $42,000 in 1976. It is expected to sell this summer for between $500,000-$750,000.
Elsewhere a 1963 Split Window coupe, a 1972 convertible, and a 1988 35th Anniversary Corvette will go under the hammer from the Foss collection.
David Burroughs—founder of Bloomington Gold, Survivor and Benchmark, hailed the collection the finest he had seen. “The Foss Collection is a library of ‘3-D Books’ that can be read to tell the stories of how these cars were actually built. There may be larger collections. There may be more cosmetically perfect collections, however, I know of no other Corvette collections containing more factory-production knowledge. These Corvettes are highly reliable sources capable of settling many questions about historic accuracy.
“The next owners will not only be purchasing wonderful vehicles, they will also be purchasing potential sources of education unavailable through any Corvette magazines or books published to date.”