Barrett-Jackson’s auctions are always home to some of the greatest classic cars we ever see, but occasionally, there are a few oddballs, too.
At the moment, we’re talking about this 1963 Chevrolet C2 Corvette split window “ski car” that sold at the Scottsdale, Arizona, auction this past weekend. According to the consignment information, the Corvette ski car was originally a Hertz rental vehicle that a Colorado-based Chevrolet dealership purchased.
The dealer rented these cars out to skiers after Hertz outfitted each of the cars with ski racks and snow tires. The handful of special split window Corvettes received a white exterior paint color with red interior. A 327 cubic inch V8 engine sent power to a two-speed automatic transmission, which are both original to the vehicle.
In fact, the car was never restored save for a new exterior paint job in 2016.
The winning bidder received all sorts of documentation to prove its one of the few rare Corvette ski cars, including Colorado rental license plates, original dealer order from Hertz, and an original GM warranty booklet signed by the dealer owner. We don’t know how many miles are on the car, but the fact it rides on the original snow tires (and features an unused spare tire in the back) suggests it’s rather minty fresh.
How much did the car command at auction? A cool $132,000. Start saving now for the next time one of these rarities hits the auction block.