On auction next weekend at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, a perennial tradition will be crossing the block: this 1965 “Big Tank” Chevrolet Corvette.
The “Big Tank” Corvette C2 was a very limited run of 41 examples, so-named for their 36-gallon fuel tanks which, as Corvette Blogger notes, allowed for longer stints on the racetrack. This particular example became a perennial tradition at the Mecum Auctions because it just can’t seem to find a home. In 2014 at Kissimmee, it fetched a high bid of $135,000; a year later at the same auction, it garnered $165,000. Neither bid surpassed the reserve.
Corvette Blogger reports that this example was restored in 1993 by the Naber Brothers, and that it’s got quite the pedigree: Bloomington Certification in 1987, a Bloomington Gold Special Collection award in 1989, and again in 1995, a National NCRS Top Flight award in 1993, and a Triple Crown award at the Chevy Vettefest in 2004. It was an export model, with a speedometer in km/h, and it’s loaded with just about every option available in 1965 (Positraction differential, Teakwood telescoping steering wheel, etc.)
The 1965 Big Tank Chevrolet Corvette will try again to find a suitable home at the auction of the Amelia Concours d’Elegance from March 13th through the 15th.