The famed Peter Max Corvette collection, which consists of 36 vintage Corvettes from various model years, will be given away next year as part of a contest.
The collection was formerly owned by New York City-based artist Peter Max and has been sitting in a Manhattan parking garage for years. The 36 cars represent one Corvette from each production year between 1953, when the nameplate was introduced, and 1989. They were originally offered as part of a VH1 contest, with the winner selling the cars to Max as he did not have the means to keep them. The lot is now owned by two separate families and will be given away as part of the raffle in 2020.
According to The New York Times, there will be 36 winners in the contest, with each vehicle going to a different winner. Tickets to enter are $3 and there are discounts for those who buy multiple tickets – with five tickets for $10, 20 tickets for $25 and so on.
The Corvettes were originally assembled as part of a VH1 giveaway, with music producer Jim Cahill thinking of the idea after spotting a Corvette in a traffic jam. Those who wished to enter were required to dial a 900 number, with just over 1 million people calling in. A New York state man was eventually declared the winner, but Max contacted him shortly after he won and inquired about purchasing the cars. Soon after, Max went to jail after failing to report over $1 million in art sales. He later sold the collection to the current group of owners in 2014. They have since been put up for auction multiple times and failed to sell. Max was also involved in a legal dispute in 2014 for allegedly failing to pay commission on a sale of the Corvettes.
The video below, taken in 2014, shows some of the cars as they sit in the garage in Manhattan.
Source: The New York Times