In January, General Motors sent a shockwave through the Corvette community by offering for sale some of the marque's most famous experimental, developmental, and pilot-line cars. These special Corvettes were part of the GM Heritage Collection, an assortment of significant vehicles from throughout the corporation's 100-year history. Although GM did not offer an official explanation for the sell-off, it was believed to be part of a desperate bid to raise operating capital in the face of plummeting new-vehicle sales.

Thirty-three Corvettes crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson's annual Scottsdale event, and all of them sold. What follows is a list of some of the more interesting Vettes included on the docket. (Note: Sale prices include buyer's premium.)

1997 Chevrolet Corvette Tiger Shark Custom
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One of the more heavily modified Corvettes in the field, this car features PPG Tiger Yellow paint and custom-contoured seats. It's powered by a 7.0L, 742hp supercharged LS1 with an air-to-air intercooler and a BorgWarner six-speed manual transmission. Engine modifications include steel-billet main caps; a forged-steel crankshaft with nitrided surfaces; Oliver 6.125-inch billet-steel connecting rods; a Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft; high-flow heads with CNC porting, 74.5cc chambers, and larger valves; and a Vortech T-Trim supercharger.

Lot No. Description Sale Price
96 '89 ZR-1 Coupe $110,000
98 '91 Coupe "Purple Smash" $49,500
396 '05 "Pacific" Custom $46,200
397 '05 "Atlantic" Custom $38,500
46 '99 "Shark" Custom $57,200
470 '97 "Beta Build" $41,800
906.1 '94 Custom Coupe $66,000
907.2 '91 Convertible $110,000
1217.1 '94 H.O. $19,800
1218.1 '08 Indy Pace Commemorative Edition $63,800
1219 '07 Indy Pace Car Edition $50,600
1230.4 '89 ZR-1 Coupe $198,000
1301 '98 Convertible "First Built" $110,000
1302 '89 ZR-1 Coupe "Snake Skinner II" $73,700
1344.2 '92 ZR-1 Coupe "First Built" $82,500
1356 '90 Right-Hand Drive $27,500
1356.1 '93 LT-1 Spyder Convertible $30,800
1599 '89 "Splash" Custom $71,500
1600 '98 "X-Plorers" Concept $23,100
1615 '00 Z06 Race Car $28,600
1617 '03 Le Mans Pace Car No. 3 $27,500